Sunday, April 24, 2011

potter to mchugh and potter marsh...

Happy Easter to all. admittedly, i do very little to celebrate easter at this point in my life. tried watching a show on the history channel on the lost 40 days of jesus. not much in the bible regarding the 40 days jesus spent on earth post resurection and before ascention. apparently, there are many documents written in those years after jesus died that were not included in the bible. mary magdalene even had a book, though i suspect she was probably not educated enough to write a document. if it was her words she had someone write them for her. i mean a female prostitute in that time frame, probably illiterate. so i do realize the meaning of easter, though it does seem to be lost to bunnies and all.
my first year ever not having purchased a chocolate bunny and eating the ears off. perhaps it's lost it's thrill, perhaps in my mid 40's i'm needing to lose a few pounds and bunny eating should be limited.

got a few invites to dinners, but not until today and i'd already made my little plans. i took the dogs to hike potter to mchugh and then after that i wandered the boardwalks of potter marsh. always cool birds there. not too many today, but gotta look when you get a chance.

the potter to mchugh trail is generall the first trail to be cleared of ice and snow, but also the first trail to have bear activity. have heard of many bear sightings. i took my bear spray, the dogs and i all wore bells and with it being a weekend i mostly figured bear sightings would be less likely due the popularity of the trail.

no bears seen, no scat seen either. the dogs enjoyed thier day. lots of roots which are tough for rio. we turned back at approx 2 miles so a total of 4 miles, good enough for a little outing.

these first pictures were all taken at potter marsh. lots of cool reflections i thought. i love a reflection opportunity. there used to be just one boardwalk out there. the above boardwalk was added just a few years back. there is still much of the marsh that these ramps don't cover. in the winter, it freezes and locals use it for ice skating. one of these years i need to get out there for that myself.

though the days have been cloudy, there hasn't been any rain to speak of. i lived in ketchikan for 6 years. it never threatened to rain there, if it was cloudy it just rained. i prefer that, all the clouds without the rain is depressing, i mean just get on with it. oh well.

saw several woodpeckers out there. they are so cute. much smaller than i would think, but that could just be because of the amount of noise they make.

i think he's probably a downy woodpecker. i'm not an official birder. i suspect i've seen many birds in my bird book than i know of. to me, they often look very similar. this one below is a duck, a goldeneye probably. again, i'd need confirmation from a real birder sort. i know that they often hang out down at potters marsh and you can go there in the mornings for planned birding adventures. not much happens in my world in the mornings.

the gulls i'm terrible at. they are all just sea birds to me. we met a guy in st paul who said he goes around specifically looking for the various gulls. who knew? i'd pick a cooler bird if that was all i was doing.

actually bought a real bone in ham a few days ago and cooked that up today. should have invited guests myself, but want to get the house more cleaned up before i do that. the ham was quite tasty. undecided about the ham bone, give to dogs, not give to dogs. i think i probably won't. there is only the one anyway. no way to split it between the two dogs. rio really doesn't need more reasons to pass gas.

watched some play off hockey while the ham cooked. love hockey. haven't spent much time watching it of late and so many of the names are unfamiliar. the game is still great. it's rare that i watch any other athletic event on tv. i do enjoy tennis and the olympics as well.

plan to watch "the kings speech" tonight so i need to get on that as i suspect it will be a longish flick.

really like these next two reflections.

the world is an amazingly beautiful place, all one has to do is simply slow down and take it all in.

each season brings a new light to this world we live in.

chatted with my sister for a few minutes yesterday before i went swimming. did get my mile in. i've been a slacker and want to get back up to doing the mile regularly. still took me less than an hour. today the gym closed very early so i was unable to get to the swim.

my sisters curiosity got to her more than mine did. one day she checked out our mom's bra's and noted the size was in the G range. she had them special ordered. so i suppose i am quite small in comparison. i think my mom gained weight after having 7 kids. when you gain weight the result is generally bigger breasts. those don't seem to go away very rapidly with any weight loss. i'm getting use to my breasts being closer to my face, though it does seem odd still.

these are canadian geese.

above is a female northern pintail and below is the male northern pintail.

rio is sleeping and dreaming. she started to wag in her sleep. i always love when they dream and wag...must be a good sign that she is a happy dog. of course, the kitten has been enjoying chasing rio's tail of late anytime she wags it.

more geese.

i think rio enjoyed her walk today, but it's always more troublesome for her than blossom. she is blind and these obstacles can be quite a challenge. i've trained her a few words to assist her, but she was still a bit anxious about this one.

words i've trained her on are "over", "careful", "follow". lots of roots out there today, which is really tough. i think she gets really tired as she really must concentrate on her foot placement. she does great though.

i let blossom chase her tennis ball off leash a few times.

of course, this also meant that she was able to locate the mud puddles and get thoroughly saturated in thick, tenacious mud.

always have to stop at the lookout on this trail, though there are many peek-a-boo views of the turnigan arm.

mud, glorious mud!

lots of people out there today.

i took my cleats but never needed them.

most of the time i kept both dogs leashed. just seemed to busy not to. though in the end there were so many dogs off leash i began to feel like i was the bad owner for having them on leash.

enjoyed all the branches and roots from different persepectives. rio of course, doesn't share my interest.

looking out at turnigan arm. to the far right in the background is "sleeping lady" mountain.

there are my well behaved and leashed dogs.

the kitten had to give her dogs and i love rubs when we returned. not sure what rio or blossom think of this cat rubbing against them,but they don't seem to mind the little kitten.

sapogi relaxes at home.

not sure they are totally bonded yet, but they definitely are getting along better each day.

yesterday, i took them to the bog and then the neighborhoods for a few hours. works out to probably 4 miles of walking. dogs don't really care where they walk ultimately. they just want to walk and if it's a variety then they get all the new smells and are all happy.

the creek near here is still a bit frozen. well, that is as much excitement as i think you can all take in one day. hope you all enjoyed your easter.

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