Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Gwne has been down with a partial tear of her ACL. So far, we've avoided surgery, and her treatments appear to be helping. For the most part her walks have been quiet and short. The early morning was a great time to get her and Eva out on our short trail to let Gwen walk a little longer while not taking a chance of stressing her on a tough trail. We made this trail years ago for Murray and Becky. It's always been a nice path for us to spot wildflowers, but we had never spotted orchid leaves before today. The two round leaves we spotted won't bloom this year, but they are in a great position. Hopefully, we'll get to see a spike in future years.
We missed the 2011 Allegany State Park gathering so we were really happy the schedules worked and we could be here. It seems the best we can do is about alternating years. ASP is our favorite Mega Event (for me the only one I like) so it was great to be here. The crowd seemed to be down a bit this year. GeoWoodstock was only a few weeks away in southern Indiana and probably diverted some attendees. We were really happy to be able to say hi to a number of friends some of whom we hadn't seen since GeoWoodstock in Warren last July.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
We had chores to do at the house so I dragged the camera along for a few images of the wild (and not so wild) spring blossoms around the house. When we first purchased this house, Ali's mom brought us a few wild forget-me-nots to plant. Besides being a great, old song, the simple, long-lasting blooms have long be among my favorites. They've spread and create a blanket in some areas. There are also more white blossoms every year.
Monday, July 16, 2012
There was still enough rain to leave our stream flowing. We enjoyed a walk around the property mostly to see if we could spot any of our orchids and hoping to see them getting ready to bloom. We were excited to find an orchid on a trail where we have never seen them before. There was no spike, but still it was great to spot yet another orchid in our woods.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
We had planned a short one-day vacation on our return back from Williamsport. We were hoping to add a few more Legacy of Conservation caches. The trail ends next year and the hides are in locations detailing the history of conservation in Pennsylvania. This is a geotrail made for us so we are hoping to complete it. My hopes for a bright, sunny spring day never happened. You can't pick the weather, but you can still visit super locations. I had hoped for a longer visit to Pine Creek and a trip to Wellsboro, but the caches were in great locations, and there's always time for another visit to Wellsboro.