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Stamp show for Earl.
Stop at Milwaukee Art Museum.
Picasso Freedom Roosters was amusing. Nearly didn’t get there because of a Komen walk blocking everything.
Stop at Milwaukee Public Museum. 3D Film about Pandas being reintroduced to the wild. Saw what the earthquake did to the center we had visited back in 2000. Found Earl’s muskrat diorama which captured his imagination 25 years ago being the first one in the US.
Had a chance to visit relatives in Ohio on the way to Milwaukee. Friends on the way back to Maryland.
Soldiers Delight State Park, Owings Mills, MD
These birds have white bellies, white wing bars, dark legs and thin, relatively long pointed bills; they have yellowish lines over their eyes. Adult males have olive upper parts and bright yellow throats and breasts; females and immatures display upper parts which are olive-brown. Their throats and breasts are paler. The song of this bird is a musical trill. Their calls are slurred chips. Their breeding habitats are open pine woods in eastern North America. These birds are permanent residents in southern Florida. Some of them, however, migrate to northeastern Mexico and islands in the Caribbean. They forage slowly on tree trunks and branches by poking their bill into pine cones. These birds also find food by searching for it on the ground. These birds mainly eat insects, seeds and berries. Their nests are deep, open cups, which are placed near the end of a tree branch. Pine Warblers prefer to nest in pine trees, hence their names.
Young female pine warbler
|Breeding-only (yellow), all-year (green), wintering (blue) ranges in North America|
|Spotted San Francisco Bay, April 2013
Pachygrapsus crassipes Randall, 1839
Lined shore crab; carapace trapezoidal with 2 antero-lateral teeth on each side; dark green-black with red or purple highlights on appendages; broken transverse lines across top of carapace, 40-45 mm across.
Abundant, but fast, cryptic & pugnacious; high to mid-intertidal zone, exposed & protected outer coast; feeds on algal films & scavenges.
Geogr. Range: central Oregon to Baja
Had an extra day off so we took a ride down Tamiami Trail to Loop Road. We haven’t been down Loop Road for at least ten years. Loop Road had been closed for renovations for several years. It is now mostly paved except for the last 10 miles. The gravel road is much better, no big pot holes anymore.
Here’s some pics from the day. The deer was pretty far away so the image was taken from a digital zoom.
For anyone who’s interested, this is what I plan on taking for my trip to Korea, China and Mongolia.
One medium backpack (a GoLite jam – lightweight bought for Grand Canyon hike back in 2006).
3/4 inch thermarest. small sleeping bag and silk sleeping sack.
Nalgene container and water purification tablets.
eyeshade, earplugs, inflatable pillow
Nylon waterproof zip trousers. leggings, cargos that convert to shorts.
tank top, ss shirt, ls shirt, poly blend ss dress. 4 pairs of socks and undies.
hiking boots, flip flops. bandana, hat, sweater, windbreaker, scarf
swimsuit, smock, vest of many pockets.
sunglasses, spare pair of eyeglasses
3 phrasebooks (korean, chinese, mongolian). Lonely planet guide for Mongolia.
Netbook, cell phone, ebook reader.
binoculars, little camera, big camera
Misc. drugs for travel ailments, antibiotics, vitamins, etc.
Comb, hairnet, towels, wash cloth, baby shampoo, dental floss, toothpaste/brush.
sewing kit, tweezers, scissors, scotch tape, stretchy clothesline and clothespins
compass, whistle. notebook, pencils, pen, postcards, name cards, and map of the world.
cloth bag, plastic trash bag, handbag, poncho.
flashlight, alarm clock, batteries
moneybelt, passport and printout of lodgings, airlines, etc.
and one bivy tent, a gift – thanks to my sister-in-law.
Nina has been wanting to do the Billy Goat Trail since 1997. Figured it was time to make the attempt. We started the trail around 1pm and by 2:30pm got to the 40 foot cliff climb. Looked at it and said “nyaah”, turned around and did the fun bouldering part over again. We also visited the overlook of the Great Falls on the Potomac. Very beautiful and interesting hike. Saw a blue heron, mallard ducks, the ubiquitous white tail deers, and lots of colorful trees. Finished up around 5pm which was perfect – just in time for beltway traffic on the way home.
We joined Volunteer Ranger and mining historian Johnny Johnsson on a two mile Mining History Hike to the historic Choate chromium mine. The history of mining in Soldiers Delight was supplemented by demonstration of various mining artifacts. There was an opportunity to pan chrome sands in a restored buddle (kind of like panning for gold).
We were treated to the origin of the words “Jackhammer” and “yellow cab”. Stories about “Soldier’s Delight”, murderous plots and other interesting historic tidbits. The tour lasted over 2.5 hours. It was lots of fun.
The trails were a bit wet because of yesterday’s unseasonable early snowfall but it did make for some pretty scenery on this clear sunny day.
Went with Nina on a hike today. Beautiful weather. Lovely autumn colors. Saw a blue heron and a green wren. We were going to hike a couple of hours but it turned into 3.5 hours. http://oregonridge.org/trails.php Treated ourselves to Maryland Crab Soup and steamed jumbo shrimp afterwards.