NICE CLUMPS OF PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE GROWING IN THE MARSH
With sunny skies overhead & welcome cooler temperatures upon us Pheebe & I headed ourselves on over to the Hullett Marsh for a nice quiet Sunday morning walk. A pleasant breeze with no Mosquitos in the air & lots of frogs in the low grass kept Pheebs busy jumping from one spot to the next. Blue Herons, Canada Geese, Killdeer, Ducks, & Blue Jays ruled the lower air corridors while Turkey Vultures soared in wide spiralling circles higher & higher atop rising thermal columns of warm air. Huron Counties Hullett Marsh was alive with an abundance of late summer's winged creatures.
AND YEP WE DON’T GOT NO GATORS UP HERE IN THESE PARTS:))
We didn't travel far today & spent most of our time in the Marsh. A month from now Hullett will be slipping into her early cloak of fiery Autumn colors as Hullett prepares itself for another long cold snowy Winter.
ONCE TOO NUMEROUS TO COUNT JUST A FEW YEARS AGO MONARCH BUTTERFLIES ARE NOW A RARE FIND
After reading comments on my Saturday post regarding our South Dakota travel plans I'm thinking we may have to reconsider that route. I knew it was a bit late in the season for that area & with reader's first hand accounts I'm thinking we do not want to take any chances with winter driving conditions. Weather's just too unpredictable for that time of year that far north so it's on to Plan B. South Dakota will still be there next time.
Pouring over my Atlas & ‘Mountain Director West’ book again tonight I've decided on a secondary route that can still land us in the CAPITAL REEF NATIONAL PARK area of Utah in early November without having to go through Denver. Picking up I-80 (an old familiar route for us) in Chicago we can follow that right across the Plains swinging slightly north up through Cheyenne & Laramie to Rawlins in southern Wyoming. (This is another route Mike McFall told us about) From Rawlins we will be on the same route south we were on last Fall. A left hand turn west of Rawlins will put us on highway 789 dropping us straight south down through Craig to Rifle Colorado. Coming from a higher altitude this long stretch will continually descend us into warmer & warmer weather. I remember that from last year. In Rifle we’ll pick up I-70 west through Grand Junction heading for Utah. My favorite scenic State. I’m guessing we will be running about 3 weeks behind where we were last year. So there it is…….Plan B. And yes we do have a plan C, D, & E:))
ALTHOUGH INVASIVE THESE PURPLE LOOSTRIFE PLANTS ARE REALLY PRETTY & ADD SOME NICE COLOR TO THE MARSH >>>
Monday morning we’re off again still in search of a small table for our rig. Big used furniture place North of Goderich, another one in Lucknow Ontario & another in Wingham. They are all kind of in a long traveling arc unless we get lucky & find something at the first place of course. Weather looks good again so we’ll have ourselves a nice scenic morning drive.) I like when those scenic drives happen:)) No sooner had I typed this paragraph tonight when I noticed the sky darkening. Quick check of our ‘live time’ computer weather site surprisingly showed a big green rain monster over Michigan just starting across Lake Huron heading straight for us. Fingers crossed skies will be clear in the morning. A nice steady rain overnight is generally a good thing & makes for happy giggling plants. Say, I wonder if maybe I stood outside in the rain for awhile it would wash away my grumpiness & turn me into a happy giggling something or other too……………:))
JUST ANOTHER MIGHTY FINE SUNDAY MORNING COUNTRY ROAD JEEP TOUR FOR US GUYS:))
GROANER’S CORNER:(( A young woman, pursuing a graduate degree in art history, was going to Italy to study that country's greatest works of art. Since there was no one to look after her grandmother while she was away, she took the old lady with her.
At the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, she pointed to the painting on the ceiling.
"Grandma, it took Michelangelo a full four years to get that ceiling painted."
"Oh my," the grandmother says. "He and I must have the same landlord."
A Sunday School teacher asked her class, "Does anyone here know what we mean by sins of omission?" A small girl replied: "Aren't those the sins we should have committed, but didn't?"