Health, Painting

Aftermath

I arrived home ahead of schedule on Wednesday and just sort of collapsed. I took the dog and about three absolute necessities into the house, got into the shower, and then into bed. Thursday I unloaded the car, hauled things into the house, and dealt with the tire situation. I sorted through some laundry and reassembled the toiletry/medication storage in…

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Birding

Western Adventure – Day 14

Wednesday was the day I was scheduled to meet my friend and go birding with her in the Boise area. We met at 7am and went through Star Riverwalk. From there, we went to a local country road hotspot, where we found a rookery containing cormorants, herons, and egrets. There was also a pair of foals and a bunch of…

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Western Adventure – Day 13

Well, I’m afraid there isn’t too much to show today. We left Salt Lake City and headed up to Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge before going onto to Boise. Once again, the maps took me down dirt roads, but this time it ended in a locked gate. As I sat there, pondering what to do, a NWR employee came up to…

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Western Adventure – Day 12

Today I “broke camp” from Colorado and started making my way home. I drove around seven hours to Salt Lake City and specifically to Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. My car clocked the temp at 104, but it was still an amazing place. I went before and after I checked into the hotel and I may go back tomorrow before…

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Western Adventure – Day 11

They say that the unexpected adventures are part of the joy of travel. It’s possible, but I don’t think that’s going to do much to persuade me that today was worth it. Today was the final day of the Peggy Judy workshop, and Peggy had arranged for us to have a “cowboy” photo shoot at a ranch down in the…

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Painting

Western Adventure – Day 10

Again, the focus of the day was the painting workshop. More about that in a minute. But Key and I did take a little birding expedition after the workshop and before dinner, so I have a few photos to show. There was also a reservoir with an abundance of waterfowl, but there was no way to get close enough (at…

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Painting

Western Adventure – Day 9

It’s a pretty, boring post today. It was the first day of the Peggy Judy workshop and I forgot to take pictures of the paintings I worked on. You’ll have to settle for a few photos of the scenery nearby. I’ve all but decided to skip the Moab/Arches/Canyonland leg of the journey. Word is that there isn’t a lot of…

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Birding

Western Adventure – Day 8

Well, we’re here. In the southwest part of Colorado. Our southern-most port. And I’m glad to land for a few days. The big birding stop of the day was Highline Lake State Park. It’s so hot that the pickings are slim. Just to check, I looked at eBird tonight and it confirms that June is one of the worst months…

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Western Adventure – Day 7

Dirt roads. No internet signal (so no maps.) A very long day. We hit the road early today to a lovely sunrise. The goal for the day was Seedskadee NWR. When we were almost there, we came across Fontenelle Reservoir, where several American white pelicans were hanging out. They still have their breeding humps, which is a fun  reference to get.…

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Western Adventure – Day 6

Ah, Yellowstone day. The day I felt most nervous about. So nervous, in fact, that I woke up at 4:30 am (not planned) and was on the road by five. The first excitement came with a set of dancing bison. This group was obviously young bachelors who were head butting and running about in a circle. I may have to…

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