Monday, July 27, 2015
We returned to Cotton Wood Hollow this afternoon to avenge an earlier geocaching DNF and to hopefully spot the spring wildflowers which were still tucked under snow on our last visit. The wildflowers delivered with a good variety and we were able to spot the cache which we missed on our last visit.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
With all the traveling this year, we were happy to have one evening and have a peaceful walk at the Rookery to listen for spring peepers. I used to think I was a bit of a freak for finding their thundering calls so soothing. I continue to find others who share my absolute love for this ritual of spring.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
I had a few days before travel took over again. I was happy at the thought of going home, but exhausted from the week's drive which included Evansville. The weather was super and we were looking for cache finds in Auglaize County. A chance to visit and walk a place called Dr Elizabeth Yahl Kuffner Nature Preserve sealed the deal for the homeward caching. The nature preserve was an awesome place. Despite a little used marked trail there were so many wildflowers they were spilling onto the trail and became obstacles to avoid during my walk. I found the cache, but the walk was worth so much more.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
I had a late start on my return trip from Evansville to Fort Wayne. I was also losing an hour with a time change. I was hoping for a new county for geocaching and a nice place to walk and exercise. Fowler Park in Vigo County was a very happy surprise. There were wooded trails with elevation changes and spring wildflowers. The visit was topped off with a couple nice cache finds.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
I decided to head west after work to find the caches in a new county. After a disappointing visit to a state park, I made my way to the town of New Harmony, Indiana. New Harmony started life as a utopian community founded by Lutherans from Pennsylvania. They left after ten years to return to Pennsylvania (they had enough of the mosquitos on the Wabash?). After the departure of the Harmonists, the town was purchased with the goal of establishing a community of shared wealth and resources. Today it is a quiet home to about 900 residents and a tourist attraction. I arrived as the town was setting up for a weekend art show. I enjoyed a few finds and a quiet walk around town making the relatively long drive back to my hotel. The only real break to the quiet of the town were three owls very near town. It was the first time I had noticed three owls triangulated and completing what sounded like a call and response. I was within 100 feet of one ot the owls.
Friday, July 17, 2015
It had been many years since my last visit to Evansville. It's not my favorite trip. Since there are few flights and the few that do exist pass through some of the most congested hubs, I drive. It's a long, monotonous drive with a time change. I always end these trips exhausted. I broke up the drive today by finding caches in new counties along the way. Ironically, the best location of the day was a rest area west of Indianapolis. There was a cache in a wooded area filled with wildflowers.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
We started our day with a walk at our home looking for birds and wildflowers. The hepatica wasn't yet in bloom, but we were able to spot a few birds.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
We enjoyed a spring walk with no snow and early spring wildflowers. We also enjoyed a fun series of puzzle caches on our walk.
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
We try to set aside on day each April to visit Sheldon Marsh to look for birds. Today we had the opportunity to make a few additional stops. Old Woman Creek is a tough place for images. It is a great place for birding, but often the birds are off in the distance and hard to capture. This morning we were not helped by a stiff wind that made keeping the camera stable a daunting task. We were happy to see a number of great egrets and great blue herons. We were also pleased to see an immature bald eagle on downed trees in the water. It moved around a couple times while we were watching, but did not appear to have any success fishing.