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Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens…

Williston, FL was our destination yesterday, for a lovely hike that included flowers, waterfalls, and a cicada serenade.   It was not your usual botanical garden with beds of flowers.  No, the flowers were tucked away along the trail that began up high, above the water, with a lot of blessed shade on a hot summer day.  Views of the water and waterfalls and bridges revealed themselves as we walked.  We wondered about the lily pads we were seeing, if they were real I mean.  Turns out they were real, but the dinosaurs were not. 

The trail circled the lake with it’s bridges and waterfalls, and along the way we found some creatures to photograph also.

 It was a much needed day out, while following the rules of course…

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Sunrise and sunset…

Home improvements have been on my mind lately.  Prompted by a friends who are fixing up their houses or just spending all their time on their pretty decks while the weather is good.  Here in Florida our perfect weather is still in the offing, and I’m not exactly leaping into action myself.  But I did go to Lowe’s and took note of all their gorgeous flowers.  Then I took pity on them because I have no green thumb, so I haven’t bought any so far.  

And another day gotten through. Sunrise, sunset, and a pretty half moon…

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Back to the Tetons…

Not actually back to the Tetons, just diving back into the photos on my phone.  I love the feature photo.  More often I saw hills to the east, that light green color mostly, with those dark evergreens following the contours of the land.  Here that color looks amazing with the mountains beyond.  There was an amazing view every time I went out to see what I could see.

Along with all the wild flowers I was surprised to see along the trails, I also enjoyed my cousin’s yard and deck where her green thumb is readily apparent.  I would love for my house to look as charming as hers does, but I’m afraid that I could never put in the work to keep it looking that way.  When I was talking to another photographer about tripods and lenses he said that I need a sherpa to carry my stuff around for me, LOL, I agreed.  For my yard to look as nice as my cousin’s does I’d need a gardener to keep it alive.  I came home determined to make some improvements to the curb appeal of my house, but I’m sitting here talking about it instead of doing something about it.  Maybe I’ll get around to it one of these days…

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On at least on occasion a moose has dropped in to enjoy this view also, and to graze through the herb garden, but not while I was there…

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The Chief Washakie Trail…

The following, including the photo, is lifted right off the internet…

Chief Washakie, 1804-1900 a chief of the Eastern Shoshone Indians of Wyoming was noted for his exploits in fighting and also for his friendship with the white pioneers. When wagon trains were passing through Shoshone country in the 1850’s, Washakie and his people aided the overland travelers in fording streams and recovering strayed cattle. He was also a scout for the U.S. Army.5304goinglander-------.JPG

I didn’t have a clue who Chief Washakie was until I looked him up once I got to my hotel in Big Spring, NE.  All I knew is that I rode the Chief Washakie trail east across Wyoming as I left, and what a beautiful drive it was.  There were the mountains of course, and the fabulous olive green hills with rows of dark evergreens riding the ridges.  I thought that it looked like coloring book pages, but if I’d colored them like that I wouldn’t have though it looked natural.  Only it was.  I couldn’t stop for pictures even though I really wanted to, except for the sunrise pictures as I got myself on the road early on Monday.  If only I had been able to be on wifi while I was in the campground, to learn more about the different places to visit, as well as learn more about the places I did see.  When planning my next trip I will have to do a better job of investigating the destination instead of endlessly asking myself which route to take to get there.  Thank goodness for my cousin Mary and my friend Karen, who shared their love of the area with me while I was there.08-04-20lastsunrise2.jpg

Interestingly, after all that stressing over which route to take to get to WY I just set the GPS and headed home.  East on 80, into Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri so far.  This morning I had my coffee just outside of Kansas City, in Higginsville, while sitting in bed with the internet.  Headed home…

 

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Making the rounds…

I was making the rounds, yet again.  Feeling great about being out and about after spending a day hunkered down in the camper while it poured outside.  Plus some thunder and lightening.  And while it wasn’t toasty warm in there, it was dry, and that was a plus.  I don’t know how people do tents.  I’m not sure that my pop up is all that different from a tent really, but I can stand up and move around, and I’m off the ground.

I took a photo of a bird outside my door, obviously on a sunny day.  07-23-20campbird.jpg07-23-20campbird2

As you see from the feature photo I returned to the Moose-Wilson road again, and this time I was in luck, although no babies were there

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The views upriver and downriver were beautiful also.07-29-20upriverview.jpg07-29-20downriverview

On the way home I saw antelope for the first time.  Well, actually the one time I returned to the campground after dark I caught a glimpse of a rump just to the side of the road, traveling in my same direction.  It has made me reluctant to be out after dark because I never saw it until I was right on top of it.  For a Florida gal who usually dodges bunnies that was a jolt.07-29-20antelope.jpg

I stopped at Oxbow bend on the way back also, and found a pelican…07-29-20oxbowbend07-29-20pelican.jpg

And now that my visit is winding down I spotted the Milky Way right overhead last night.  I tried for pictures but clouds were taking over and I missed my opportunity.  Here’s hoping I get another shot at it…

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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…