…But not as bad as back home in Illinois!! Dennis and I have been hunkered down inside the Hiker for the past couple days with all day/night shades pulled down. Actually, I forgot…we did go do our laundry and groceries yesterday…( I try to forget the laundry trips..Date of the magazine I leafed through on this trip was August, 1997..I KID YOU NOT!) Being the caring, concerned wonderful wife I am, I have been finding meals to make inside so MacGyver doesn’t have to freeze his
cojones fingers off cooking our dinner. I have also discovered that a sweet Brandy Manhattan can be a good alternative to Rum and Coke, although ONE drink is more than enough to warm your gizzard!
Good news, though….a much nicer weekend is in store! I really haven’t ridden my “old lady bike” much on this trip, and I am going crazy NOT getting any good water bird photos. I also have a special mission to see if I can find the elusive Whooping Birds…If I ever do see them, MOI will be the one doing all the whooping!
MacGyver and I have been taking separate walks these “arctic” days, too. He seems to be drawn to the beach area for his walks…With this wind and cold, I am becoming a “tree hugger” and stay in the shelter of the Live Oaks…I found that if I take one of the trails in this park, the wind isn’t an issue at all.
While Den was walking backwards on the beach, I decided to take Turk’s Trail through the trees. This trail is made mostly of oyster shells…thus, it isn’t muddy if we get rain. I love the winding and bending trees on this trail…GET READY..HERE COMES A LIVE OAK COLLAGE!!
This trail took me past one of the biggest Live Oak trees in the park…
Notice that they have prepared a brace for that low hanging branch on the left…I decided to try to give you an idea of just how long some of these branches are..
..OK, it was a feeble attempt, but you can get the main idea…extremely LONG limbs, with long fingers sometimes touching the ground…amazing, these trees.
There are two designated areas with a water reservoir and they have a constant dripping in each little pool which keeps ice from forming…yes, I did say ICE..Plus, they say that birds enjoy the water if it has a dripping feature…When I say the word “they”, I mean the REAL birders out there…NOT me..I am a birder “wanna be”..I have the camera, cap and map, but don’t know what the Heck I am really doing…I do LOOK the part though.
Before the crappy weather took over, MacGyver and I caught a great sunset…I think it was made great because the ominous clouds (sign of things to come) were moving in…
That first left side photo I took from my chair by the fire..too lazy to get up..The second one, Den took. He had the withal to actually get up and take the photo. (FYI, I am not sure “withal” is a word, but this is how Google spells it , if it is! insert winking face)…I REALLY HAVE TO GET MY COOL EMOTIONS FACES WORKING AGAIN…SHEESH!