Wednesday, September 29, 2010

10 August 2010 Butterflies and Zinnias

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

9 August 2010 In the Flowers

8 August 2010 Three States and Home

Before starting our journey home we made our way to the intersection point of Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan to find the virtual cache there. The nice granite marker which once marked the triple corner is broken and damaged now, but still marks an interesting location. I'm not sure we've ever found virtuals in three consecutive days before.

On our way to the tri-state benchmark, we saw a sign for indian mounds. Neither of us were aware of any mounds in the area, but have been to a number of mounds in southern Ohio. We were surprised to find four mounds from the Hopewell Indians. We stopped for a visit and a few pictures before continuing our journey.

Our trip home was going to include a stop to get another page of the Ohio Delorme Challenge completed. I had stopped briefly at a Toledo metropark in the spring and was impressed by the quality of the park. Ali decided we would cover a page need with a stop at Secor Park in the Toledo Park system. She picked well. An early cache led us to a small but very well-flowered prairie area. The prairie dock was a real surprise.

Our last stop was at the Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve to do a very rare earth cache. Lately we've reached the point of avoiding earthcaches, but the write-up of this wet prairie left us interested enough to make the stop and do the earthcache. we were not here at the best time since much of the prairie was dry from our dry summer, but there were nice wildflowers and some interesting birds.

Monday, September 27, 2010

7 August 2010 Geocaching Sends Us to the Poorhouse

...okay not truly, but we did visit one. Poet Will Carleton was inspired to write his moving poem about the plight of a widow who has nowhere turn but the poorhouse as she gets older. Hmmmmm... maybe there's a lesson in there for our modern social security naysayers. The county historical society was hosting a fund raising event on the grounds. We stopped and walked a bit before moving on to a nearby park for some serious caching. The main remaining building is a cobblestone building. This was the first I had seen a cobblestone building outside the Niagara Falls area. The sorting tray for sizing cobblestones was quite interesting.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

6 August 2010 On the Way to MWGB... Marblehead and Beyond

Sunday, September 19, 2010

5 August 2010 The Coming Storm

We headed into the trail with a bright sunny evening. About halfway through the walk, I noticed the wind had packed up a lot and the temperature was dropping. "Is it supposed to rain?" I asked. "There's no rain in the weather," Ali replied confidently. About five minutes later I noticed it was really dark to the west. With a lot of trail left and no cover for my camera, I started to get a little excited. When the skies opened, we took off running with Gwen and Eva. I figured we hadn't a chance of making the Subie before the rain, but knew there was very small, very old shelter off a small side trail. We made it wet, but not as wet as we could have been. The shelter has no walls, but still kept us dry. Ali followed a few minutes later. We gratefully stayed in that small shelter until the rain stopped.

I had no idea nettles flowered. I thought their only purpose was to cause pain.

A wet Eva waits out the rain on a bench in the shelter.

4 August 2010 Half of a New Cache Hide

We went out this evening just looking for a long walk. We ended up on a trail we had never walked before and finally at the edge of this large wetland area. We have been to the other side of the wetland a number of times to look for birds and wildflowers. When we got here, we realized, it was a great location for half a cache in 2011.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

3 August 2010 On the White Pine Trail

Two on a branch

1 August 2010 Visiting Smith and Bigelow Cemeteries

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

28 July 2010 In the Yard

It's been a long time since I planted zinnias. I used to always plant these for my Mom and Dad at their house. This spring, I decided to plant near the side porch. The flowers have been really pleasing and the bees have been happy.

The daisies weren't as dense this year as usual, but the black-eyed susans have been great.

I replanted monarda this year. It is past its prime, but still drawing a crowd of hummingbirds.

This is shaping up to be a great tomato year!

Monday, September 13, 2010