I know I’ve been remiss in my blog posts lately. New computer. Stuff to do. Places to go. I’m now in Seattle visiting my son, his wife, and my new (and first) granddaughter Sophie. KUOW Seattle Public Radio’s Facebook post said they wanted people to write letters to loved ones regarding their feelings on the upcoming inauguration. I had written my son a letter 31 years ago about my hopes for him, and thought why not. It’s a good time to let little Sophie know what her MeMaw hopes — and fears — for her. Read the rest of this entry »
Well, I’m in Southeast Texas where I did some of my growing up. Visiting family for Thanksgiving. Didn’t talk politics so it went well. Yesterday we did something fun. We went first to the Spindletop museum in Beaumont, where the first oil well gusher in the area roared to life in 1902. (Stay tuned for another blog post on that one.) Read the rest of this entry »
All winter I saw just a handful of bison at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. But now, the herds are prominent, and so are the little orange babies!
Two Sunday mornings ago they were right beside the road just past the Prairie Dog Town. I parked and watched them for about a half hour. Here is a sweet little video:
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Oklahoma City is 90 miles from where I now live, and visiting the national memorial dedicated to the terrorist attack of 20 years ago was on my list of things to do. However, the morning I had a medical appointment at the VA hospital there, another terrorist attack occurred thousands of miles away in Brussels, Belgium. So this would be an appropriate day to visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s not really a sea. It’s a lake with a strange history. You see, the Salton Sea was once a legitimate lake (a small portion of prehistoric Lake Cahuilla), but then it dried up thousands of years ago. When a canal was built in the early 1900s to divert water from the nearby Colorado River to the Imperial Valley for crops, the engineers failed to take into account the fact that the river sometimes floods. Read the rest of this entry »
I shouldn’t complain. I lived in Tacoma, WA for 18 years. I know what the weather’s like there. But my son and his wife live there, and I hadn’t seen them since their wedding 16 months earlier. The notorious rain actually started in Eastern Washington, the dry side, and followed me all the way: Through Snoqualmie Pass AT FREAKING NIGHT – which badly needs a fresh coat of lane paint. Across the Lake Washington floating bridge. And pretty much stayed for the next nine days. Oh, there were about four hours of sunshine. Never saw Mt. Rainier either. Read the rest of this entry »
The funny feeding frenzy of this unique bird
While exploring the high country of Laramie, Wyoming on Thursday morning, I saw a most unusual turn of the tables. At first I saw only the herd of pronghorn antelope running in a tight bunch, their white haunches flashing in the sunlight. Then I saw a smaller animal running quite a bit ahead. It looked big enough and furry enough to be a wolf, but it was probably a coyote.
Girl gull seduces boy gull. See what present he gives her before they make whoopie…