Of course, this being me and all, it wasn’t quite that simple. 😀 Upon reaching the car we realized we hadn’t brought a towel to dry Ryder off with or a sheet to protect the back seat. *shakes head* So back down to the creek in a rocky spot to bathe the dog and then make sure he stayed out of the mud on the way back to the car. That kept the mess to a minimum. We’ll remember next time!
Tag Archives: State Park
A month ago, right before things went crazy around here again, Spider Bait and I managed to get Ryder to the State Park for the first time. The walk to the Mineral Springs would be an easy jaunt along and over and through a creek. The weather was gorgeous and with all the rain there would be plenty of flowing water to introduce him to.
More to come!
I’ve been dealing with a case of cabin fever here recently as the weather has been bitterly cold and not safe for me to be out in. But the sun was shining Wednesday with temperatures in the 20’s, so I figured I could handle it if I broke out the heavy-duty winter gear. With winter coming to a close, I decided to see the mineral springs in all their winter glory. It was supposed to be a joint trip with Spider Bait as my companion, but a meeting beckoned and I was on my own. So I bundled up against the nasty cold (I have circulation issues) and off I went.
It was a quiet walk through the woods. It was midday on a weekday and I had the trail to myself. Crisp clean air and no one talking over the muted gurgling of the creek and the occasional bird. Heaven.
At this point I left the grotto and went up a side path to sit on a bench above the grotto and take in some sun. It was blissfully quiet except for a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers drumming and squawking. But since they can be quite shy, I was more than happy to share space with them. Sorry, no pics. They didn’t get close enough for my cheapo camera to see them as more than just specs in the trees.
Eventually I was forced by the cold to get a move on. I had gotten wet climbing around and wet plus cold is Bad. So back down the trail to the grotto I went.
Hope you enjoyed the walk! If you would like to see our summer pics of the mineral springs, go here.
Special thanks to Spider Bait for using his fancy schmancy new phone to help with the photos. My camera was very finicky about the light there at the end and I got lots of dark photos. His fancy phone did much better than my camera.
After I had been on the lake with my new kayak long enough to feel guilty about leaving Spider Bait on shore all alone, I headed back in and offered up the kayak so he could take a spin. He declined and said he wanted to take me hiking up to the mineral springs. So I deflated and bagged the kayak and then changed back into shorts and shoes.
Back in the 1800’s the mineral springs were a big deal and boasted curative waters. They even had a resort on the hill above them at one time. Now it is all woods and a hike to get to them.`
Of course, after hiking through the woods in the heat we were both thirsty. Spider Bait went first.
Well, if he thought it was cold there was no way in heck I was putting my face in there. So I dug out the ziplock bag I had for my camera on the kayak. It made a perfect canteen.
We then decided to grab roots and climb up above the springs and look around. There was a creek up there with neat rock formations.
And then it was time to return Spider Bait to school and get home for dinner. So one last look around…
Hope you enjoyed the trip! Night!
My son and I spent an afternoon together at the local state park a couple of weeks ago (when it was still warm). I wanted to christen my new kayak (even if it’s just a blow-up boat) and my son wanted to take me hiking to the mineral springs. So I picked him up from school and off we went.
Did you know that it has been two years since my daughter Saver of Bugs first talked me into a kayak? I was shocked when I went through the archives to see when my first venture into a kayak was. (You can read about my first solo trip here.) And I got this kayak for Christmas and it’s christening didn’t happen till now, the end of the season. I really, really need to reorganize my life. This is just sad. *sigh*
It was a transitional day. Dark clouds were scudding across the sky in big swathes battling with the bright sunshine.
Deciding to be smart about this, I headed to the beach for my first ride. I had no idea how stable a blow-up kayak would be and figured I should find out where there were no rocks to hit my head on and where I wouldn’t have to swim lord knows how far if I couldn’t climb back in.
One of the pictures you won’t see is of the people. I turned out to be that day’s entertainment on the beach. Quite a few people approached me about my kayak. Where did I get it? How much did it cost? ($87 on sale on Amazon a year-ish ago.) How good was it? (We’ll soon see!) So I had an audience while I tried out my boat. They liked what they saw and I was thrilled with my Christmas present as well! Spider Bait said while I was on the lake, people spotting the box came over to talk to him about the boat. I think I will probably see more of these boats come spring! On to the lake…
You can go here to listen to their alarm calls.
The next post will be about my trip to the mineral springs. Hope you enjoyed the visit to the lake!
I have some more news on our internet troubles. Apparently our neighbor’s tree has grown big enough to be a problem. It means every time it rains or there is a heavy dew, we lose our connection (the tree becomes more ‘solid’). Our roof is in too bad a shape currently to move our receiver up there and it’s possible that it won’t be high enough. Our internet has been paid for by my husband’s company in a deal they had, but with financial problems at the company, we won’t be able to ask for them to pay for hardwire internet. Which means at some point we are probably going to have to figure out a way to bring it in and pay for it. For now we suffer till the leaves all fall off and we should be good to go till next May.
About three weekends ago, I decided to leave the Sat. football game after half time and take myself for a boat ride on the lake at our local State Park. I love being near water and cruising along on it even though I have drowning issues. When Saver had been home at the end of July, she talked me into a 2 person kayak, which I survived, so I decided to try a single person kayak. They are not as stable as a two-person kayak and I was wobbly and muttering imprecations at my daughter. But I persevered and began cruising around the lake at water level. It was awesome.
Not shown in the pictures is a Great Blue Heron (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Blue_Heron) that I was attempting to get close enough to get a good picture of when my cell phone went off. (Note to self: Put the damn phone on vibrate next time!) Oh, and Saver, the bird you and I saw when we were out was most likely a Green Heron (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Heron). It is the only thing whose body shape and size matches what we saw. (It was in dark shade, so we couldn’t really see markings.) Also not shown were the waves that came up with the wind when a storm blew past near by. I was too busy not tipping over to take pictures. They weren’t huge swamp-the-kayak type waves, but enough to keep me busy. And the storms in the area meant I practically had the lake all to myself.
Life At Our House
I am currently sick with a cold and crossing my fingers that it doesn’t turn into bronchitis. This is what stress and lack of good sleep can do to you.
Spider Bait has SAT’s this Saturday. From there he goes to the stadium for Homecoming. The Husband will be cooking and selling Boy Scout chickens from a float in the parade. It is going to be really strange for me not to be doing parade and band things this year. I will be on standby to pick Spider Bait up from the SAT test and then get him to the game. One of the band members will have his uniform and instrument waiting for him at the stadium. Weird.
I am on a bruschetta frenzy as the tomatoes are going away. *Sniffle*
And look at these beauties that I got at the Farmer’s Market. You better believe I’ll be roasting some of these to make into a spread.
Fur Babies and Other Friends
Out In The Yard
And since it is now past 11:00 pm I am calling it quits. Here is our
Mug of the Day
By Marjolein Bastin. Yep, I’m a fan.
My son was playing Disney music this morning and Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas began to play. Now I wasn’t hugely impressed with the film but this song never fails to bring me to tears. I hate the way we humans treat the Earth. Did you know there are rafts of garbage floating in the ocean? Here’s one of them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch
This also reminded me that at one time I was a regular woods tramp. I tried to remember when the last time was that I enjoyed myself in the woods. I couldn’t come up with anything more recent that when my son was young. So we’re talking about 10 yrs. That’s really sad. So after I dropped Spider Bait off for an afternoon with his friends, I made a detour to a nearby State Park. Things had changed since I was last there! They’ve spiffed up the info center, evidently have more trails, and…. lol, they’re selling t-shirts! Nice ones! I chatted up the people at the center, grabbed brochures, a map, and got the card of the educational dept. guy who handles classes. It’s the same person from way back when! I wanted to go pop in at the Wildflower Preserve but was short on time so since the rain had stopped, I grabbed a couple of quick photos from the hill in front of my car.
“…and we are all connected to each other / in a circle / in a hoop / that never ends…” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkV-of_eN2w
This is where I’ll give you a brief tidbit about crystals. Hopefully getting me back in touch with why I started collecting them and educating and entertaining you in the process.
Today’s crystal is Rose Quartz. It can be found in South Africa, the United States, Brazil, Japan, India, and Madagascar. Astrologically it is associated with Taurus and Libra. This crystal has no bad qualities. It is the ultimate in healing crystals as it can help with both physical and emotional problems. Rose Quartz is important for both your heart and heart chakra. It can also draw off negative energy, is soothing for those in crisis or in grief, helps in self-forgiveness, and aids in acceptance of necessary change. Wear it, especially over your heart. Rose Quartz is also a crystal of infinite peace and unconditional love. If you wish to draw love into your life, keep some by your bed or in your relationship corner (Feng Shui).
The color is somewhat light. I’m still working on lighting.
Life at Our House
Today I made bread. A rye sourdough with molasses in it.
Fur Babies and Other Friends
Stolen from the stash. All my pics were a bust. Damn dizzy’s.
Out in the Yard
No yard work today! Our header today is pink phlox.
And here’s my mug for tomorrow.