The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rural Illinois Good Fence


On a country road in Illinois

On my way to to see Thomas Lincoln's (Abe's pa) farm we drove by this very nice looking farm
with the perfect white fence around it.

I like their choice in roofing decor.
These pictures were taken through a windshield while driving so the sharpness isn't there.
This is a common problem with the back roads of America - no place to pull over.

While we're at it with Good Fences, here is Tom Lincoln's fence.
The difference two hundred years can make in fence making. 

For more fences check out TexWisGirl's GOOD FENCES





Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Odd Couple


Everglades, Florida

I learned long ago when I see some birds grab a shot and at least get something into the camera.

Then I can fuss around with settings and position and try to get something better.  Too many times the animal, especially birds will have moved on as soon as they realize you are interested in them.

For more birds go to Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday



A Short Hike in Florida


Gulf Island National Seashore, Florida

There was this hiking trail close to my campsite and I thought I'd do a little exploring.
Gotta lock my bike up first though.

 Ooo...this looks like it will be fun.  Yep, I was imagining I was in the jungles of Africa.

Oh my, they don't have trees like this back home.  Best I pay attention to where I go.

This is the top of that mean looking tree, whatever it is.

I was surprised to find these fungi and seeing them made me pause to think of my hiking trails back home and a wee bit of homesickness set in for just a moment.  
After all, home was 2500 miles away from us at this point.

What's this? Someone threw an old tire and a board into the water way?  Good grief!

Oops, a closer look proved otherwise.  

I really did think it was an old tire and had ignored it earlier.

Back at camp that evening it began to rain with thunder and lightening as a bonus.  
Poor Sinbad.  He does not like thunder.






Anniversary



My little buddy has been with me for 15 years today.  I don't know his actual birth date but he was several months old when I adopted him.  According to cat age calculators he is 76 in human years.
There is no celebration or special foods planned to commemorate the day.  He just wants to do his normal everyday thing.  I understand.  I am that way too.




Monday, September 15, 2014

Flea Market Finds


I found this really neat backpack yesterday at the flea market.  Well actually it found me. I was looking at one of these camo bags.  I asked how much and the seller said $3.  His wife chimed in saying "You can have both for $5."  Okay, that's a good deal and I can put these to use some way I was thinking.   

While I was digging for my money the seller's wife bends down and picks up this old canvas backpack.  "Here, you can have this for $5 too.  $10 dollars for all three."  I couldn't believe what she was holding.  Heck I was practicality standing on top of it and didn't even realize it.  I fell in love with this backpack at first sight.  Her husband proceeds to tell me it is an old National Forest Service backpack from the White Mountains on the east side of the Sierras in the Inyo National Forest.  And there it is, stenciled right on it.  This is one of my favorite areas in California, east of Yosemite.  The White Mountains are the home to the ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest of California where some of the trees are over 4000 years old and the White Mountains themselves have six summits that are over 13,000' (4000 meters) in height.  I once had a backpack of similar design with two compartments and buckskin bottom (which I foolishly gave away years ago) but this one exceeds it in quality and design.
Oh the history it must have and stories it could tell.

Then right next door the next seller had this old classic camp stove - $5.  I tossed it into my new canvas backpack and I was one...okay, get ready for it...happy camper.

Back home I cleaned the stove then fired 'er up.  There was still butane in the canister and it works fine.  Some research online later though is leading me to believe these fuel canisters may not be available for purchase anymore - at least here in the States.  I'll go to my nearby outfitter shop next week and learn more.  It may end up being a sit-on-the-shelf-for-looks piece.




Sunday, September 14, 2014

One That Didn't Get Away


Everglades, Florida

There were fisherman here and there throughout the Everglades and I was fortunate to be where one lucky fisherman hooked the catch of the day.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Along the Lincoln Highway


Highway 30, Nebraska


Note the 'California' license plate

 I liked their prices but unfortunately they had no diesel.

 Good thing I wasn't wanting an ice cream at the time.  
  No store or shop was to be seen anywhere.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Alligators


Everglades, Florida

More pictures of the fascinating animals.

A teenager?  I wish they weren't so aggressive for I would love to pet and hold one.

 I was surprised to find a few right alongside the gravel road.

Yes, I stopped and got out.


I thought about how neat this would be to explore in a canoe.




Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Good Fence Just for Looks


Near Napa, California

While out looking for earthquake damage I thought this might make for a GOOD FENCE entry.

It serves no purpose other than to look nice.

If you came here from Theresa's Good Fences and are interested in seeing some effects of the 6.0 August 24 earthquake near Napa, Ca., here are some to look at from earlier posts to my blog.
The most dramatic one is here.
These other two show cracks in the earth here and here.

For more fences go to TexWisGirl's GOOD FENCES







Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Earthquake Effects #3


I drove along Cuttings Wharf Road to see if I could locate some more signs of the quake and didn't have to go too far before I came upon this.


There were a half a dozen cracks running across the road.  
The squiggly painted line must mean something in road repair language.


The cracks ran up this slope toward the ranch property.  I wondered if there were cracks on their land.  I didn't see any damage to their home that I could tell.  No doubt they got a good shaking though.

Unlike nearby Highway 12, this road did have a slight upheaval to one side of the fault.

The irrigation in the vineyard across from the ranch house will need some repair work.


I was thinking of the root system of this particular vine.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Just Picked Up Some Take-out


Everglades, Florida


For more birds visit Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday





Earthquake Effects #2


Alongside the highway several fissures ran off into the vineyard.
(If you missed part one of the Earthquake series click here.)


Notice the irrigation line.

On the other side of the highway more fissures coming out from the vineyard.

I tried to get a picture down inside a crack.  Hard to tell from the photo but this is no more than a yard deep.  I wondered what the deepest one, wherever it was, would measure out to be.

Imagine what it would feel like to have the earth split open at your feet.

The winemakers will probably come up with some catchy name for this year's vintage that will be picked very soon.

One more set for tomorrow.