Wednesday, June 28, 2017
It's so quiet when you get into places like this. The only things here are you and nature. And I like the feeling that I could get lost in a large forest. It adds to the fun of eventually finding my way through. Such a wonderful feeling.
In the forest is where I find the best wildlife. The animals don't really come out until you visit a lot. That's when they get used to your presence and can learn if you are a threat or not. When you are a dangerous visitor to their home they have to be cautious.
So the forest seemed very still on my first visit. The animals didn't know me yet. Yet. Soon enough they will find out that I am no threat and they will make their presence known to me. It's always a great feeling to know when you are welcome. I'll talk to you later.
Monday, June 26, 2017
The pictures I have today aren't the best. I only had my phone with me. It doesn't have the powerful zoom that my big camera does. It still did okay though. You can at least see the bison. I'll take my big one with me next time.
This was actually the closest bison I've seen at this place. They're usually much farther away. What you see in the pictures here is how I saw it. The zoom on the phone did just enough to match the eye. I was actually close enough that this creature could hear me talk. It knew I was there.
I saw many more good things this day. Some I'll share with you soon, and some that I just won't have time. So some things will unfortunately only ever be seen by me. I wish I had time to share everything. So many good everyday adventures make it all so fun though.
Anybody could do this. That's what I keep saying. But not anybody does it. I do. I wish everybody with the resources would try. These everyday adventures give me so much peace of mind. I always come away refreshed and ready for the world again. And ready for nature again. I'll talk to you later.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
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 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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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'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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.