Wintery Mix

Dave in Park City, UT

It snowed here a little, but it never really got going. I guess that it was just chillin. I perused social media this week and was surprised by the accounts of Dave’s extensive travels this month. He’d been to the Great Smokies in Tennessee, Portland, OR and as pictured, Park City, UT. I lifted this photo (with permission) off of his Instagram feed. He had tag lined it, “Baby’s first ski trip. Didn’t die!” Portland started off as a 45 minute layover, but bad weather in Boston turned it into a long day and a half delay. It gave him a chance to see some of the town though, including the Oregon Zoo. And he’s not done yet. He has a business trip to Baltimore upcoming soon.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

We haven’t gone very far afield this January, no trip to Florida this year. We did get out though, at least for the day, just not very far. We drove over to the De Mun neighborhood, which was a bit of an adventure in of itself. Our plan was to walk through the zoo and maybe catch the penguin march, if they were out. We walked through the Kennedy Forest corner of the park and while walking, we encountered a man who said that he had seen five deer, four does and a six-point buck. We had just passed through that section of the forest and decided to double back and look for them. We never did find those deer. Oh, dear!

We did get a nice photo of this woodpecker, who was making quite the racket. We ended up exploring the forest’s trail system, parts of which are brand new, with lots of switchbacks. The parks department’s campaign to eradicate invasive honeysuckle has mission crept. An idled digger, with a huge claw, stacks of cut logs and green tagged fallen and rotting trees speak of a campaign to tidy up the forest. While this goal is not exactly au naturale, it should be remembered that this is a city park. The effects of this campaign are already self-evident, opening up lines-of-sight and should have made deer finding a piece of cake, but there is still plenty of work left to be done.

We never did make it to the zoo. We eventually hit bingo, turned around and headed back to the car. On the way home, we stopped off at the Greek place, the Olympia, for a late lunch, early dinner combo. It was a delightful afternoon.

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