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Monument sunset…

We were at Palmer Park, my two sisters-in-law and my brother-in-law, reminiscing while the sun came down on a very nice day.  We heard a few fireworks in the area, but no 4th of July fireworks display was planned.  The town tradition is to have an old fashioned parade on the 4th that is very well attended, and of course that was canceled too.

It had been a great day of hiking, 7 miles, all uphill.  Okay, maybe it only seemed to be all up hill when I wasn’t acclimated to the altitude and was out of breath most of the way.  We cut the hike short while thunder rumbled and we got drenched on the way back to the car.  We made a few stops for photos before our hike, and I’m looking forward to seeing what I got, but exhaustion is winning this battle.

Seems like life has been all about reconnecting with people these last years now, and it means the world to me…

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Westward Ho, day one…

The mileage on the car was 29,915 when I finally got underway yesterday. I was so proud of myself when I backed the car right under the trailer hitch in one try! You’d think I knew what I was doing. Only I couldn’t get it to hitch and had to call my uncle anyhow. Drive forward a half inch and I was good to go. Sheesh.

The road was straight and flat, and the scenery didn’t change as I drove, so I couldn’t help but notice the sky. And the travel info billboards that warned of severe thunderstorms, which materialized during the last 35 miles of my drive. I was heading to Marianna, FL. Which I’m told has more to recommend it than a Pilot Flying J travel center that’s open 24 hours. Maybe it would be a good destination for a winter camping trip, but this time it was just a place to stop. And get gas at the same $195.9 that I paid a few days ago. Prices were up by 15 cents everywhere except here. Slept like a baby…

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Camp Cooking…

When I bought my camper I was ‘given’ a $50 coupon for items from the dealership store, and this cookbook is one of the things I bought that day.  That I could find it to toss into the bin I have sitting in the middle of the floor, who’s sole purpose is for me to toss in anything I come across that I need to bring with me on this upcoming trip, is a minor miracle.  When I bought it I’m sure I leafed through it, but it didn’t make an impact on me until I was looking at it this morning.  Along with delicious sounding recipes involving cast iron dutch ovens and campfires, are wonderful anecdotes from camping over the years.  Those alone are with the price of the book.

My camping experiences from last year may not have prepared me for camping without hookups this year.  I do have solar in the camper, so all is not lost here.  But my real life camping information has come from reconnecting with a childhood friend who camped in the White Mountains every chance he got all his life.  His hilarious stories probably went a long way to making this all seem doable to me.  But as much as he claims that if you camped with him you ate well, it seems to me that Dinty Moore beef stew and Spam figured prominently in his cuisine, neither of which I have any intention of bringing with me.  I figure a person can survive on peanut butter and apples for a while.  Long enough to buy herself a dutch oven.  Oh, and to learn how to build a campfire…

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Speed bumps…

I’ve seen lots of pictures like my feature photo lately, enormous alligators crossing the trail at Circle B Bar Reserve, but being there in person was a first for me.  If you had asked me ahead of time I would have said that I had no desire to be 20 feet away from one of these creatures.  I was in the minority however, most people seemed very excited to see these alligators.  And I have many more pictures of them because they were everywhere.  And yes, it really was impressive to see him, especially since he seemed not at all interested in the few of us who respectfully waited for him to pass.

But this particular alligator may have had an agenda, one besides rinsing off the algae that was clinging to him.  The water on one side of the trail was low, and completely covered in that thick green algae.   He crossed to the blue waters of the big lake on the other side of the trail.  In the picture below you can see the trail of green that he left behind him as he joined a friend in the lake.  We held our breath a little, not knowing if we were going to witness a power struggle between the two of them.  And there was a struggle of sorts.  Was one playfully holding the other underwater just for the fun of it, or was this what passes for romance in alligator circles?  They parted company and each went on his or her own way, peacefully.  And so did we.

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Technology…

Apparently I have reached my limit.  Or my computer has.  While I have over 250 gigabytes of storage left on this computer, and that’s ridiculously more than the entire hard drive of computers I’ve owned not all that long ago, it’s not enough for my computer to sum up the energy to edit photos in Lightroom.  I get the endlessly twirling pinwheel as it tries to perform the function I chose while developing a photo, and then the computer just shuts down.  I don’t think it’s going to be an easy fix, and it’s not something I did or failed to do.  No, it’s that the complexity of the editing software is more than my computer can handle.  So I may be among the missing as I figure out if there is any fix other than buying a more powerful computer.  And the really sad news is that my laptop is in the exact same shape.  Built in obsolescence.  I feel like that applies to me too…

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Seeing One-foot Fred was the high point of this day, and then reality set it…

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Life goes on…

Things at the rookery seem to have been going along on their merry way without my supervision as of late.  Remember how excited I was to see little baby woodstorks  that looked like this?

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It’s hard to tell the great egret babies from the parents these days.04-13-20contortionist.jpgI can’t see many anhinga nests, I think they are too tucked into the foliage, but there was this one.04-13-20anhingafamily.jpg

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I was going to say that it’s nice to get out for a little peace and quiet in nature, to take a break from my four walls, but it’s not peaceful or quiet.  I believe it’s now in full swing.  The mostly grown babies are still yelling for food, and they’ve been joined by. plenty of new babies also.  Life is going on despite the human drama we’ve been experiencing.  I guess that’s the lesson here, it’s not about us, the humans, nature can take care of itself perfectly without us…