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Walk Buddy


After another bike riding lesson, Carolyn wanted to go for a walk. So, we hiked down to Duck Hollow: 3 miles round trip!

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Playground and Wagon


I had some time before Carolyn's bus one very warm February afternoon, so Saffron and I went to the playground with the wagon, and met Carolyn at the bus on the way home.

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Watching TV


She just stands a foot from the TV with her hands in her pockets?
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Off to Day Care


With sleeping bag and lunch box
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New Year's Visit


Carolyn and I took a whirlwind road trip to the frozen north!

Train:
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Cribbage:
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Pass the (Big) Pigs:
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Dominoes:
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Lunch:
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A to-do list:
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Lots of books:
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Additive color:
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Christmas


Patiently waiting!
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Playing "Yeti in my Spaghetti":
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Grammy and Grandpap's house:
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Jess made it to Christmas dinner!
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Christmas Eve


Before Santa came:
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Opening presents at Grandma's house:

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In case we were running low:
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Pumpkin Carving


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Saffron's Pumpkin:
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Carolyn's Pumpkin (these are supposed to be Pokemon):
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My pumpkin isn't that impressive under normal light:
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But under black light:
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Carolyn's Day Off


Carolyn had a day off school yesterday, so she wrote this to-do list:

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(If you are wondering what is missing, #1 was: Write a To-Do List)


 

Camping Trip - Day Three - Tadler Run


Another breakfast in perfect foggy peace and solitude:

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I spent a lot of time thinking, praying, and listening to ducks. Then hiked up the Tadler Run trail in an attempt to warm up. At the top, there's a side trail to a scenic overlook, that (now) just overlooks a forest!

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On the walk back I passed some camp sites deeper in the woods, and found that even though RVs had us greatly outnumbered (close to 40 by my count), there are still a half dozen tent campers left in the world that weekend.

After a few more board games, it was time to pack up and head home, very well-rested.


 

Camping Trip - Day Two - Irish Rock


Despite being cold, wet, and extremely sore all night (from sleeping on my side on the ground) I woke up feeling great. The rain stopped (for a while) a little before sunrise. Since I was the only one awake, I found a spot by the river (where canoers can come up to camp for a night) to sit and eat breakfast.

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After Bill and Lily woke up and had breakfast, we played some board games waiting for the weather to sort itself out (no cell reception means no forecast!?). Then we walked out to Irish Rock, up the Clarion River.

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Lily caught (and later released) more than 20 little frogs and toads:

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Irish Rock, on the left, is a Clarion River landmark:

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It rained on and off all afternoon. At one point the sun finally came out, and we enjoyed a little warmth and a little reminder:

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The Clarion as seen from my breakfast spot looks much different under a very temporary patch of blue sky:

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Light rain set back in, but the fire kept me dry for a little while:

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Eventually it started raining harder again and we gave up and went to bed.


 

Camping Trip - Day One - Beartown Rocks


Bill and Lily invited me to go camping with them last weekend at Clear Creek.

I arrived mid-afternoon, and Lily helped me set up my tent. I reserved site 42; Bill and Lily were at site 40, closer to the river you can see in the background:
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After getting the tent set up, I decided to try to hike out to Beartown Rocks before it got dark. It's only a two mile hike from the main road, but getting out to the main road was another two miles.

Here's Clear Creek itself; the water level is very low in early October:

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I followed the Clear Creek trail out to the main road, then crossed over onto the red-blazed trail to Beartown Rocks. The trail runs through a forest of Norwegian spruce, planted by the CCC in the 1930s:

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Starting to worry about running out of light on the way back:

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(Probably wouldn't be as much of an issue if I didn't stop to take so many pictures of salamanders)

I wonder what used to be penned in here:

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Beartown Rocks is a town of sandstone buildings in the middle of the woods:

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Scenic overlook, from the roof of one of the ursine edifices:

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I did run out of light on the way back, but I walked back on the park road for the last half rather than trying to find the Clear Creek trail. Bill had a fire going and made some incredible glazed chicken and mushrooms, enough for everybody!

The rain held off long enough to cook and eat dinner, but then down it came. Hard enough to put out the fire, and get us thoroughly soaked even under the pop-up shelter surrounding the picnic table. So began the first cold, soggy night in my tent.

I did venture out of the tent once later that evening, and managed to see more brilliant stars in a small window through the clouds than I can see on even the clearest night in the city. I stood transfixed for a few minutes, before the window closed, and the rain set in again.