October 29, 2007

Deer Creek State Park

Husband read that yesterday was supposed to be the peak for colors at Deer Creek State Park, so that means even more tree pictures! The peak had passed and it won't be long until the trees are not so photogenic so there will be less tree pictures soon. We hiked the Ridge Trail and the Rich Van Horn Trail. We would have hiked another, but the restaurant was closed for the afternoon and I was hungry and weak. I had never been to Deer Creek before. It's more of a resort type park and I usually go for the basic type, but it was nice.

I kept staring at this tree seeing the fractals.
Deer Creek State Park

Ray on the Ridge Trail. There weren't any tall trees where we were.
Deer Creek State Park

This is me on the Ridge Trail.

Deer Creek Lake. Again, I could have spent all day staring at the water.
Deer Creek State Park

THE pretty tree.
Deer Creek State Park

My goal is to hike the Grandma Gatewood Trail in Hocking Hills. I think I need to hike each part separately before attempting it all at once. Grandma Gatewood sounds like a very cool lady.

October 26, 2007

More hiking, more fall colors.

The Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park again, this time the Cobshell Trail and both ways on the Indian Trail, for a total of about 1.5 miles. This is not a level trail. I think it's one of the most scenic trails in the Metro Parks system. My daylight hours were limited, so I hustled enough to get some decent exercise. It's also one that has the least amount of traffic noise that I have been to so far. Enough leaves have fallen to make the path covered with them, which is part of the fun. The water was moving, due to the recent rains. I would have liked to have been able to sit and just watch the water for a while.

Battelle Darby Creek
Battelle Darby Creek
Battelle Darby Creek
Battelle Darby Creek

October 22, 2007

Dawes Arboretum

Yes, more trees! In contrast to having a trail to myself at Battelle Darby Creek, Dawes was packed with people. I noticed there is a lot more that is still green at Dawes.
Dawes Arboretum
Dawes Arboretum
Dawes Arboretum

The Cypress Swamp. I had not seen it dry before. I'm fascinated by this for some reason.
Dawes Arboretum

The view from the observation tower, which swayed when someone walked up the stairs.
Dawes Arboretum

A picture of Ray taking a picture.
Dawes Arboretum

We stopped at Clarks for their famous chicken on the way home. The menu gives you the choice of chicken, ham, or steak. I didn't see anyone eating anything other than chicken.

October 21, 2007

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

I usually go to Hocking Hills in September for a few days and then again in October for a few days. This year I have no plans to go because I don't want my dog left alone all day while I'm gone. To get my fall color nature fix, I'm taking advantage of what we have around here. Yesterday I went to Battelle Darby Creek for a stroll on the Dyer Mill/Ski Trail. This one is 3.2 miles and mostly level with one dip to get down by the creek.

Big Darby Creek

The first part of the trail was pretty much all green and bare trees. Then I came across the maple section. Lots of yellow there.

A leaf not letting weather control what it does. This red was a rare sight,
Red leaf

until I came out of the woods and back to a prairie.

A few oak trees had both bright green and bright red.
Red and green Oak Leaves

My newest desktop.
Red and green Oak Leaves

The sky was perfect.

There's a place for ice skating in the winter I was not aware of.
A place for ice skating

This is a good place to go and enjoy nature without being bothered by people.

October 17, 2007

When Jupiter Aligns With Mars

Yesterday and Circumstances

1) A tall building in Columbus was scheduled to have fire drill.
2) Because of #1, Husband was working from home.
3) He was watching early morning news while starting his workday.
4) He saw on the news that Skybus has opened a new flight to Punta Gorda.
5) He emailed me to tell me that. (Yes, we were in the same house. We communicate electronically unless we are in the same room)
6) I was awake and sitting at my computer - HIGHLY unusual, but I needed to pee.
7) My parents go to Punta Gorda for the winter and I am expected to visit.
8) I got The Deal. Round trip to Punta Gorda in January - $36.30.

Whoa. I never expected to get in on one of their deals because I know they sell out so quickly and go on sale so early in the day.

And yes, I know if I have to check a bag, I pay $5. If I want some water, I pay $2. That could make the grand total a whopping $50.30. Everyone feels compelled to point that out to me for some reason.

More Jeni's Ice Cream. I think I may have been served by Mr. Jeni. Whoever it was gave lots of samples!

Jeni's Ice Cream
1) Dark Cocoa Gelato with almonds
2) Saigon Cinnamon
3)Torrone - White chocolate and honey with coarsley ground toasted almonds

Those 3 flavors blended together VERY well.

October 13, 2007

Prairie Oaks

Today Shauna and I went to Prairie Oaks for a walk on the Coneflower Trail. This is one I like a lot because you walk through prairie and woods, and I used to be able to walk along Big Darby Creek, but that part of the path was blocked off today. I don't know why but you can still go look at the creek at one point along the trail.

The prairie.

The woods.

Big Darby Creek.
Big Darby Creek

I have a thing about exposed tree roots. I think they are so neat.
Big Darby Creek

Seeing this helped me decide what pattern I'm going to use for the alpaca/merino yarn I bought at A Wool Gathering. Can you guess that it will have cables? :)

Shauna was tired.
She's tired.

October 11, 2007

diamond geezer

My very favorite city is London. I found a London blogger that I just love to read. His posts are always interesting to me whether it's his unique perspective on the city, his puzzles, or his wit. Yesterday he posted a puzzle that I looked at for a few minutes and had absolutely no clue what it was. Today I looked at it and right away I knew which direction to go and had it all solved in 10 minutes. It's really nice to know that my brain is working while I'm sleeping, now I don't have to worry so much about it not working when I'm not sleeping :)

Anyway, here is the blog for diamond geezer.

October 9, 2007

October tomatoes

I was not one of the people complaining about the recent heat wave. I was happy to have it and now I am ready for it to be October. One thing I had not yet made myself do was get rid of the tomato plants. They were filled with green tomatoes that had stopped ripening. Lo and behold, the heat wave and this is what we have.

October Tomatoes

The vet called today with Katy's test results. As feared, it looks like she has bladder cancer. He's going to call back tomorrow to talk more about it. She is feeling better after starting a new medicine so her tail is wagging more and that is a good thing.

October 8, 2007

A non-productive day.

It was one of those days. By late afternoon, I still hadn't accomplished anything other than getting dressed. I'm stressed and worried about my beagle's health.

Here's my baby, Katy.
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I needed to get out of the house so I treated myself to a Jeni's ice cream sundae.
Jeni's Ice Cream
Pear Riesling Sorbet
Spiced Apple Sorbet
Spiced Caramel Syrup

I thought a movie might help my mood.
Grandview Drexel

As I sat people watching, it dawned on me that it's more than a little ironic I was going to see something called Death at a Funeral to get some stress relief. It was enjoyable except for the short bit that made me gag - which I have to admit was kind of funny.

I liked these shutters.
Purple Shutters

October 5, 2007

Good Gourd!

The $100 pumpkin.
$100 Pumpkin!

Today I stopped by Smith Farm Market on Winchester Pike. They had such a huge variety of pumpkins, gourds and squash, I had to take pictures. As usual, there are more pictures at Flickr.

There were the Goose Gourds.
Goose Gourds

There were Jug Gourds - and these things were pretty big.
Jug Gourds

A variety of big ones.
Variety of Gourds

A variety of little ones.
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Today's nature stroll was at the Slate Run Wetlands, one of the Metro Parks. This time, there was only one other person there - a guy sitting on a bench with binoculars. This trail was level grass and 1.5 miles.

There were lots of frogs here, but I wasn't fast enough to get any pics of them.
Slate Run Wetlands

Slate Run Wetlands

Slate Run Wetlands

Dry wetlands.
Slate Run Wetlands

Slate Run Wetlands