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.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tough Acts To Follow

I really expected to come home in a couple of months with a lot of new, entertaining and weird things for the blog.  But now that has all changed.  After touring the Great Plains and then the Deep South, it now looks like I'll have nothing more than things around home to present for the time being.  Meanwhile, my little buddy seems to be back to his normal self with 48 hours of no puking.  I'll start him back up on his thyroid medicine Tuesday and hope that doesn't stir things up in him.  I am happy again.

Here is a Madrone tree I noticed on yesterday's hike which had an assortment of colors going for it.  As I noted in a post a few years back about this particular species, they are sometimes called the refrigerator tree for even on the hottest day laying your hand against the reddish part of the tree will feel cool to the touch.  I don't know why that is, but it is.

A big thank you to everyone who wished Sinbad a speedy recovery.  Thanks..."sniff"


  1. Are that natural colors of this tree?

  2. That is an unusual tree with those colours. So you don't have to go far to see something special. It is just around the corner ha,ha.

  3. good news on the Sinbad front, and what an amazing tree; with those multiple intense colours. Very picturesque John

  4. Remarkable tree.

    Hope the improvement in Sinbad continues!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  5. such a very cool tree. and you always find things near home to interest us. :)

  6. Awesome tree. Happy about Sinbad, not you need to cheer up too.


  7. Cool tree! Glad Sinbad is better and I hope it stays that way.

  8. What a curious tree - almost a work of art in itself (as if all trees weren't)

  9. Looks like a huge manzanita. Note the little leaves around the base.


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