Saturday, June 24, 2017

Walking Trails At The Park

I want to show you some cool walking trails today. These are located at my latest discovery Bacon Creek Park in Sioux City. You can get directions to this place from the bottom of this post. These trails are made for just about any type of person.

Parks like this with big concrete trails are places that welcome as many people as they can get. My aunt goes here quite often. I never knew this was the place she was telling me about until I discovered it myself.

I usually like places with fewer people, but I also like to mix things up a little bit too. Sometimes parks like these with lots of people have more wildlife for some reason. I have to say though that I've only seen a few geese so far. But I'm not finished exploring yet.

I only have two pictures of these trails because too many of the same thing can get monotonous. (Wait! I've added one more just for fun.) Big everyday trails like these sometimes tend to look the same in too many pictures.

This park isn't the only place to find this kind of trail around here. Sioux City is full of walking and biking trails. The whole place is made for walking and exploration. I read a few years ago that they might try a trail system like this at Detroit's riverfront, but I'm not sure if they were ever able to do it.

I was a few days later than I wanted to be with my post this time because my schedule changed kind of drastically on me. I'm sleeping at completely different hours. So it took some time to figure out exactly when to do my blogging. I think I'm starting to figure it out now.

And maybe my post of the pictures of this new park make it seem like I'm disappointed in this new park. That's not so at all. These big trails aren't all that's here. The big trails are just the beginning. I'll show you what else I found in a future post. It'll be fun. I'll talk to you later.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Roadside Wildflowers

I decided to take a drive around the countryside yesterday. The beauty of living around here is that you don't have to go to a nature park to find nature. Nature is all around me. So I decided to look around at some of that nature, and I found these wildflowers on the roadsides of the country.

You have to really explore sometimes to find flowers around here, and I got lucky to find all of these on just one trip. I'm not sure why wildflowers are so rare, but it's maybe only because I haven't searched enough until now. I'll have to keep looking to see if that's right.

The first thing I did this time was to find the dirtiest of dirt roads. Sure it's easy to just go up and down the main highways, but it's best to really get out into what some might call the middle of nowhere to find the best of nature.

I found this little bee walking around in this wild rose. It didn't seem to mind that I was there so I took a few pictures of it. Now the bee and the flower are both famous. They'll be seen by people from all over the world. And they thought they were just there for South Dakota people.

The leaves of this wildflower were interesting to me so I decided to show them to you too. The camera seemed to like them too because it focused on them instead of the flower.

If you'd like to find out what kind of flowers all of these are then here's a nice flower identification tool I found just for you: MyWildflowers.com

Here's one of these with all of the leaves showing too. Flowers are good, but the rest of the plant is good too.

These wildflowers are very small. I just zoomed in really close with my camera. I recently found out my phone camera has an 8X zoom on it. That's much better than I thought a phone could do. The camera also focuses on small stuff better than my big camera can.

As you can see, I have lots of pictures today. I didn't want to split these wildflowers up into several different posts. It would seem like the same post over and over with slightly different pictures. So I just decided to give you one big post. You probably like it better this way anyway because there are lots of flower pictures.

Right now I have so many pictures from my everyday adventures that I'm not sure I can keep up with them here. I'm posting as fast as I can, but I'll have to see if I can go even faster. I used to have a post every day, but I'm not sure I'm fast enough to do that anymore. I guess we'll see what happens. I'll talk to you later.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Swarmed By Butterflies

I went to Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center yesterday, which is an indoor and outdoor nature park. This is probably the best nature park around, and the most similar to my parks from back in Michigan. I love this place.

The only problem, which I've told you about many times, is that it is built on the side of the hills. Even with the hard to walk hills, I go here as often as I can. But there are so many nature parks around here that I try to split time between them all. But this time I went here.

So what happened on this trip? The title should give you a good hint. I was swarmed by butterflies! And I don't think my pictures or story can fully demonstrate this event as it happened. I'll try though. I'll try.

When I first got there I saw several butterflies around the concrete steps to get down to the park. I took many pictures because I figured those were the only butterflies. I'm not sharing the pictures because they're kind of unremarkable.

Then I got to the start of the trail. This is a dirt and gravel trail with wooden steps to get down to the lower part of the park. The park goes down a hill then back up even higher than you started. This is the place where the butterflies really were.

There must have been millions of butterflies here on the ground and flying around. These pictures show lots of butterflies, but they are nothing compared to the sheer number I saw when I got there. The butterflies in the pictures are just the ones that didn't leap into the air when I got close.

I had to walk through this butterfly swarm to get to the rest of the park. When I walked into the swarm there were butterflies bouncing off of me and landing all over me. You don't think it would be with butterflies, but it was really kind of disturbing.

I kept trying to gently brush the butterflies off of me, but I wasn't really fast enough. I didn't want to hurt any of them, so I was as careful as I could be. I really felt the need to get away, but I never really did. They were everywhere in the park.

I wanted to take video, but the light was at such an angle that I was having too much trouble seeing my camera screen to hit the right button. I decided that I would do it once I got down into the forest where there was some shade and then come back. But when I came back there seemed to be almost as many people as there were butterflies, so I don't have video for you.

When I finally went back to my truck to cool off and rest my back I took this picture of a butterfly on my window. It's probably my best picture of the day. I had to edit the first picture a bit to fix the lighting so you could see the butterfly better.

So that's my most recent adventure. Right now I have too many pictures and stories from my everyday adventures to share them all. I'm just not fast enough. I'll do my best though. I love when this happens. It means I'm having fun. I'll be back as fast as I can. And I'll talk to you later.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Bacon Creek Park

I promised that I was going to get back out to the nature parks this month, and so here I am. I found a brand new park, at least for me, called Bacon Creek Park. I found this park with an app on my phone called Alltrails. Wonderful app. It's showing me lots of new places to explore.

Bacon Creek Park is located in the eastern part of Sioux City, not far from where my aunt lives. In fact, I showed her a couple of my new pictures and she told me that she goes here all the time. I should have known. She seems to know just about everything about the Sioux City area.

Anyway, when I got here I instantly knew it was a very good place. The first thing I saw was this big lake. It's only my first visit, so I haven't seen a creek yet. The lake kind of dominates the park at first look.

This was my first visit to this place so I didn't do any serious exploring yet. On the first visit to a place I always just do a little bit of scouting to see if I like it. The verdict for this place is that I love it already. The lake is a big plus. It has plenty of trees, which is a requirement for me. And there are lots of trails.

I'll show you some of the trails in the near future. I did try some out. I couldn't go too far because I had my dog with me. Knowing I wouldn't adventure too far, I thought she'd enjoy the look at the new park. She got to poke around a bit and I got to do my scouting. It worked out well.

The only wildlife I saw this first time was a few geese on the other side of the lake. I tried to take a few pictures of them, but all that came out were a few blurry dots. The zoom on my phone is actually better than I thought, but it wasn't good enough for the geese.

I eventually sat on a bench and just watched the lake for awhile. The dog liked this part the most. She didn't even care about the few people that passed by. Watching a body of water is always relaxing. Try it if you haven't already.

I'll be back next time with either more from this place or another park. I have plans for more adventures very soon. These nature parks are always fun and relaxing for me. Let's see what cool stuff I can find in the future. I'll talk to you later.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Walk Around Town

My pictures today are dark and funny looking. I did this on purpose. The darkness is because it was very early in the morning. Some of the strangeness though was because I used an odd filter on my phone called Toy.

Years ago there was a blog I used to visit where the person's pictures had an odd effect where everything looked like toylike models, even though the scenes were from real life. I always thought that was really cool. I hoped this filter could do something like this, but I'm not sure it works like that.

Anyway, I thought I'd show you what it looks like in a small country town around here. I'm not sure what impression of the town you might get from these pictures, but let me know what you really think.

You can't see my house in any of these pictures because while I am technically in town, my property is kind of apart from the rest of the town. I'm on kind of a farm at the edge of town. My dad even used to keep cows here.

I still mostly only have the knowledge of a city slicker, so no farm animals for me. But you never know. I could still go the Oliver Wendell Douglas route and go full on Green Acres. After all, it's the place to be.

I'm showing a little of the town because most of the nature around here is on my own property. I promised walks through the town, but I'm not finding a lot of nature in that part of my walks, except for the bugs. Sometimes I have to run home to get away from flying insects.

Many small towns only have dirt roads. That is not the case here. All of the roads here are paved. That means we're so sophisticated. We don't have a store in town, but we have a small gas station where you can buy a few things, but not much. And there is a bar where people come from miles around to visit. Otherwise, there isn't much.

These pictures are maybe the closest I'll get to just sharing a picture of myself. Though I have a cartoon version of me that I've been itching to share somewhere. Actually, there is an obvious picture of me on one of my websites that nobody ever seems to notice. Uh oh, I've said too much, so I'll talk to you later.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wildflowers And Stuff

I have some slightly strange stuff to tell you today. Then again, all my stories are slightly strange. So I guess I have some normal stuff to tell you. Maybe it'll still be interesting. Let's see.

I'm a day later than I had planned with this post. The reason is only because I was just randomly distracted by stupid stuff. I warned you about that kind of thing a couple of posts ago. Still, a few posts a week is much better than a few posts a month.

As you can see, I have some wildflowers to show you today. This time I do know what they are, but I don't think I'm going to share that information. I'm going to let those of you who are interested find out for yourselves. A quick image search on Bing or Google will reveal all. Just type in a description. It'll be fun.

Sharing your findings in the comments section might be helpful to anyone who can't quite figure it out. Make a game of it. We all love games. and it'll make you very popular. I've actually seen a couple of other posts on other blogs with the lavender colored flowers, complete with the name. Those bloggers visit here, and I know they know the answers.

I'm still taking my morning town walks. That's how I found these flowers. I wish I could say I've been to a nature park already, but I haven't yet. I'll tell you all about why I haven't really been anywhere yet.

I was driving around last week when I found out the brake lights were out on my truck. It was the left one and the middle one. I replaced the one on the right last year. And when I say I replaced it, I mean I had to replace the whole fixture, not just a bulb. The plastic on the connections on these lights seems to melt after a few years, so the whole thing goes bad.
So I have now replaced all five lights, including lenses, on my truck. I had to replace the headlights last month because the lenses had become so cloudy that ther light wouldn't shine through. But now they are all good, and the truck was mostly ready. But I had one more thing to do.

The only problem left was the weather is getting hot and I had no air conditioning in the truck. So I went to work on the truck again. After a little bit of reading, I fixed the air conditioning. It was the first time I ever did that on any vehicle, and I'm kind of proud of myself right now. The air conditioning now works great.

So now I'm finally ready to go to any of the local nature parks. All I have to do is choose a good day to go. I wish I could go every day like I used to, but there is just too much other stuff to do right now. I'll try to go at least a few times a week though.

And now I come to the end of my thoughts. I always say that it's hard for me to talk about flowers, and this was no exception. I kind of weaseled my way out of it in the end, didn't I? But I did have a nice goofy story for you anyway. So that's something. I'll talk to you later.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A Sad Turkey Story

I have a sad story to tell you about this wild turkey in my pictures. My brother was visiting me from Michigan recently. We were driving around Sioux City looking around when we saw this turkey on the road. It was behaving very strangely, wandering around aimlessly.

We stopped to let the turkey get to where it was going, but it didn't move out of the way like animals usually do. Other cars behind us passed us on the left not knowing there was a turkey there stopping us. We kind of assumed the turkey was just being stubborn. We just weren't sure what was going on with the bird.

After awhile the turkey moved to the side of our vehicle and we went along our way. When we got down the road just a short distance we heard the blare of a car horn behind us. A car behind us wasn't quite so patient with the bird as we were. We both shook our heads and kept moving.

After we went a few places and quite some time had passed, we came back this way where we saw the turkey before. I had forgotten all about the strange bird. But as we passed near the spot from before, my brother told me he saw a dead turkey lying on the side of the road. It had to be the same one.

I don't know what happened to this turkey because it could have been a couple of things. Either it was sick, which is why it was acting so strangely. Or some careless driver either accidentally or on purpose ran it over. Now just thinking about the poor bird makes me sad.

At least the turkey won't just be forgotten. I have these pictures to remember it forever. Something else to always remember is that nature isn't always fun and happy. I'll talk to you later about something happy because we'd all rather be happy now.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Rainbow In Sioux City

I have an extra diversion today from my normal adventures. While I was driving through Sioux City I spotted this rainbow. And of course, anytime I get a picture of a rainbow I have to share it. I wasn't sure I'd have time to get my phone out of my pocket, but it was easier than I thought. So here it is.

I'll probably be back posting my town walks next unless I get to bring you some stuff from one of the nature parks first. I'm already making my big plans for those. For the foreseeable future, I'll have several posts a week. I'll probably do it that way until I get tired or some distraction happens. I hope to stay very busy with posting here for quite a while.

The good thing is when I post a lot I get a little more creative and entertaining with my writing so you won't necessarily be bored with it. The posts will also usually be smaller ones, but they will vary in size a bit too. Let's see what happens. I'll talk to you later.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

An Early Morning View Of Nature

Do these pictures look nice? I'm not really sure. To me, they look like chaos. I've always hesitated on sharing pictures like these because of this. But I have them for you today because I realized that much of nature seems like chaos. A beautiful chaos.

There's so much green and brown in these pictures. And there's no real defined subject point to look at. You just kind of look everywhere. Maybe there is a kind of beauty in the chaos. Nature itself is beautiful, and this is nature if nothing else.

I took these pictures on another early morning walk around town. The light is a little dim because the sun was just coming up. The whole world seemed alive with nature activity. There were birds singing everywhere. And I saw little movements all around me.

The smell of the world seems so fresh this early in the morning. there is a dampness to the air as well. It almost feels like a lingering rain, but the sunlight takes that feeling away too. There may not be a better feeling to the world than at this time of day. Everything is new and waking up.

And now I have a new episode of Rat TV for you. It's nothing fancy because I have a new video editor which I haven't learned yet. So no fancy graphics to interrupt the video this time. It's just a video of the morning.

The real reason I made the video was for you to hear what I heard. You can see what I show in the pictures, but the video has sound as well. The sound is the important thing here. Don't worry, the video lasts for only about thirty seconds. So you won't have to suffer through a long movie. You'll like this because it's just soothing nature sounds.

Maybe one of these next times we'll take a closer look at some of these plants. I like looking at them, but I have trouble writing about them. So I'll have to come up with something at least a little bit interesting to say. But who knows? Maybe I'll come across a skunk or something before that.

So we come to the end of another everyday adventure. My little adventures aren't meant to blow you away. They're just here to give you a small pleasant feeling. That's what nature is for. And the main thing to remember is that everyone can experience this. I'll talk to you later.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

All New Neighborhood Rabbits

I just took my first walk around town. I decided to start off light, so I only took my phone camera, not my big one. I knew I'd kind of regret it, but I just wanted to get started. There would be other days.

Guess what was the first thing I saw. Rabbits! They went running in front of me just a little too far away for my phone camera to get good pictures. The big camera would have been perfect. Next time.

Luckily, one rabbit stopped not too far in front of me. I got a few bad pictures so you will have trouble seeing the rabbits. If you look very close you can see the rabbit there. It's camouflaged very well. Don't you think? 

Sometimes I can get beautiful pictures and sometimes I can't. The pictures are usually only part of the story though, as they are this time. The real story here is that these are my first results from this new everyday adventure.

This post is also a bit smaller than my last two. The last two were nice meals compared to the little snack you get here. Sometimes these little snack posts are easier to take when a person is busy. I'll have many more of them, but they will be more often than the others. Will you be able to keep up?

I'll have another one of these little posts soon. I'm finding out that I can find lots of stuff on these little walks. The morning is literally alive with activity. Let's see what I find next. I'll talk to you later.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nature Everywhere

I have lots of pictures for you today with lots of birds. I'm trying to post as much as I can until I finally return to the nature parks at the end of this month. It's not nearly as much as I would like. Seeing the old pictures is fun, but my thoughts about them are from awhile ago.

I kind of like the newer thoughts I come up with more than the old. The new thoughts and adventures are exciting and fun. The old ones are fun, but they've lost their excitement. Still, these old pictures are new to many of you. And nobody has seen some of these before.

And I think I've come up with a fun new idea I'm going to try. I may start it today, and I may wait a little while. Let's see what you think of it. Who knows? Maybe it'll be a dud.

Many years ago I used to take early morning walks around town with my dog. The dog loved it mostly and it was good exercise for me. It was fun because it was like going on a little adventure before I started the rest of my day.

These walks were what I did before I ever knew nature parks existed. I always loved whenever I would come upon even a small nature area along my walk. I remember thinking how much I wanted more of that. So I found my favorite thing in the whole world when I finally found nature parks to explore.

But I always kind of missed my old neighborhood walks too. I always told people that you can find nature even in your own backyard or your own neighborhood. So that's just what I'm going to do.

I'm going to take early morning walks around my tiny town and take pictures of the natural things I find here. From the rabbits to the birds to the bugs and plants, I'm going to find nature. And then I'm going to share it with all of you. And I'll only share the most interesting parts if I can.

This doesn't mean I'm not going to the nature parks. I'll be going to those too. This little neighborhood walk experiment is kind of a side adventure. It's something to add to everything else. This way I'll have even more material to share right here. Just like I said in my last post, I hope to have so much to write that only I can keep up.

Maybe all of this together will give me a much better variety of things to write about. Maybe it will add back the excitement that is needed to do all of this. Like I said, the old pictures are fun, but they lack the excitement of the new.

Okay, that was a lot of pictures, and maybe more words than I realize. So I think I'll end it with that. Let's see if I have something new for you next time. I'm not sure what's going to happen yet. That's what makes it exciting. I'll talk to you later.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Lots Of Cool Animals

I'm back to share some of the pictures of animals I took back in May of 2010. I had lots of adventures back then. Some of these pictures haven't been seen by anybody else but me up until now. I just happened to be digging through my old pictures when I saw these. I thought they needed to be shared.

I'm trying out a different way of doing things with my post this time. I have lots more pictures and I spread out the writing a bit. Let me know how you like it compared to my usual way. I may try both in the future.

I'm showing you these things from the past because right now I don't have any new stuff, and I'm still getting myself back into shape to go on new everyday adventures around here. I'm beginning to make some progress, but it's still kind of hard. I'll be ready to start my new adventures at the end of this month no matter what shape I'm in. I can't wait to start.

I've been doing a lot of research to find all of the available nature areas around here. I now have a list of new places to add to my current nature parks so I can find plenty of new subjects for my nature pictures and stories.

I'm not sure if I'll see lots of animals like in my pictures here, but I know I'll see at least a few here and there. It's possible that the animals have more places to hide in this area of the country, so maybe I won't see the same amount that I saw before. Even if that's the case, I'll still have plenty of things to see.

My plan right now is to make this my best summer for nature from Iowa here on The Everyday Adventurer. Maybe I can even get back to posting more than most of you can keep up with. I haven't been able to do that in a few years. I really am planning to have lots of adventures.

One of the main things I'll be looking for is at least one nature park with lots of trees. I've been frustrated with not finding that up until now. This year I've been spending plenty of time doing research on the parks so I can change that. I've found a few good places to begin. I hope one of these new parks becomes my new favorite.

Even if I don't get what I want with the trees I'm fully prepared to adjust the way I see things at the existing parks. I'll just learn to love what I have. I think I can find plenty of new things to be happy about.

I may have a few more posts before I really get going. I'll try to make them good and entertaining. And I'll try to keep you up on my physical recovery progress. Then when I have the new stuff it will really get fun because I'll be having fun. Hope for the future is always a good thing.

I hope you liked this look at these older animals and the little update about some new stuff. I don't usually like posting this many pictures, but all of these seemed good. And the difference was kind of fun. I'll talk to you later.