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Thursday, July 24, 2014

What a beautiful day.


  I went for a walk at the little lake this morning. It's nice out there early in the morning before it gets hot. I can drive through the national forest on an old, abandoned forest service road, and even the drive is nice.

It's a clear day, with little thunderstorms coming over every now and then, raining just enough to cool things down but not enough to be a nuisance.

Nice breeze blowing.





I walked up the mountain a bit, to a place where there's a bald . That's where granite slabs keep trees from growing. I used to go up to this spot a lot from the house, but walking up hill has gotten more difficult.  However, I decided to make this walk in lieu of my daily workout on the elliptical. It was worth the extra effort.



On the way to the lake I have to ford a couple of creeks.  The dogs like to wander around in this one, which has a flat river rock bottom and some deep spots they can swim in. So we stop and take a break there. At the lake they have to stay on a lease, so it isn't as much fun for them there. Up at the big lake they can run loose, as there is little chance of meeting old people with their little tiny lap dogs. My dogs would not hurt a fly, but they might trample on a tiny dog when they are excited.


27 comments:

  1. It sounds wonderful. Nothing nicer than to envelope oneself nature in order to steady oneself.

    Take it easy.

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    1. Today is a stand down day for me. For the most part, I've been sitting at my table under the trees, just enjoying how beautiful it is here. A few rain showers, but for the most part clear and breezy. Supposed to storm this afternoon, though.

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  2. Dani said it better than I can, so I will just echo her thoughts.

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    1. The mountains are nice. I miss the ocean, walking on the beach at sunrise and sunset is relaxing.

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  3. Harry, Thanks for sharing these photos you do have a wonderful area to live at. I can feel my stress level dropping just looking at the photos.

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    1. I used to take a lot more photos than I do these days. I still have the same cheap little Walmart camera though.

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  4. Weather finally cooled down a bit here as well. Just as well, I need to head to the range to test new gun purchases. Picked up an AR and a Ruger 9mm today so they gotta get tested before they can get packed away. Work, work, work.

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    1. life is good, sounds like. Have a good time at the range.

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  5. That's great you had a cool down in temperature. I can see why your dogs would love that spot.

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    1. Two streams come together right there. The water is pure and clear, and very cold.

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  6. So beautiful Harry. The water looks so refreshing, kinda want to jump in and cool off. I like rocks. I collect them for my ginourmous fish tank.

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    1. I do swim in that lake sometimes, Glock Mom. There's a nice sand beach there. If you go late in the afternoon, after school starts back, there's nobody there. The whole beach is empty.

      You'd like the streams here. The bottom of the creeks have smooth river stones, but also colored fragments of different kinds of stone in white, red, and green. I am not a geologist so I don't know what they are, but they would be nice in a fish tank.

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  7. Think my old dog is a lost pack mate of yours. He is a big 80 pound mutt (Newf, Lab, some other stuff) that is about 11 years old. He doesn't move much or hear well. In Arizona I regularly woke him up stumbling over him in the hallway coming back from PT.

    Dog is probably the worst sentry ever. Though when he is awake and alert he is good. My son, for reasons I am not clear on, is Ike to Dogs Tina.. Granted my 40ish pound son is not really capable of hurting an 80lbs dog but the experience certainly is not pleasant. Worst case is that Dog was cornered by Boy and inadvertently knocks Boy down when he walks away.

    With other dogs he is friendly though in Arizona my neighbors yapper dogs kept messing with him. When I went out to check the mail and dog was walking loose with me their pair of yappers got out. There was lots of barking, yappers nipped Dog and Dog nipped yapper. The neighbor came running and we drug our dogs away. They apologized and asked if Dog was OK. I hadn't checked but confidently said he was fine. Their two dogs may have weighted 30 pounds together.

    It was probably sign of Dogs good grace and old age he didn't kill both of them before I could drag him away.

    Dog, when awake and alert, is amazingly gentle with kids but somewhat cautious of adults. If he saw trouble I expect he would hurt someone. However that is not really the point. My intent is not so much to have a scary dog that will bite people but to have a family companion which is big dog that makes my place less desirable to rob than someone a few blocks away.

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    1. He sounds like a good dog. My old yellow hound Sam was that way. When he was young, he was a good watchdog. But when he got old, he was mostly blind and spent his days asleep in the hay for the most part. The cats liked him, for some reason. One cat could jump up on his back and ride him around the place. I have a picture of it because I knew it would sound like a tall tale otherwise. Sam finally passed away down at his favorite cool spot by the creek one summer day. When I found him there were butterflies all around him. Seemed like a good way to go out. I buried him down there, since he liked that particular spot in the shade above all others.

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  8. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    Nice country where your from.....By the way. I found out my ancestor that fought in the C.S.A. was originally from Gwinnick County, North Georgia (yeah I did spell it right) Some paperwork still exist showing proof.
    They went to Atlanta before the way and had a small farm outside of Atlanta during the war, that I believe escaped the burning of Atlanta.

    I gotta do a little more digging around.

    I just thought of something else I wanted to mention. Alpine, Texas would be a good town for you if you had to escape Georgia. There is Sul Ross State University and a good hospital there. Great retirement town with lots and lots of retired college professors in the area. Perfect for someone of your intellect. The area is very isolated in far West Texas.
    In some ways Alpine, Texas and some of the nearby towns of Fort Davis, Marfa and others remind me of rural New Mexico back in the 70's before all the yuppies from Hollywood California took over.
    The area is dry alright. Real dry....as in theres tumbleweeds stacked up in front of my house (remember tumbleweeds)

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    1. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      It was Gwinnett Country, Georgia (got the name wrong) Also Cherokee County, Georgia where my ancestors are from.

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    2. That' strange. He wouldn't recognize Gwinnett now, it's all houses and roads, and is part of Greater Atlanta. Actually your ancestor and mine lived pretty close together. Mine was from Appling county, Ga. He was in the 54th Georgia Infantry, from the start of the war to the bitter end.

      I was thinking last night about the end game here. There are lots of options and I don't know which I will choose. Maybe I won't choose, and fate will just choose it for me. That seems to happen sometimes.

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  9. I so miss not living closer to the mountains. We're still in the foothills, but a trek like that is a bit of a drive nowadays.

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    1. Leigh, the roads coming north into the mountains are packed in the summer, especially on weekends and holidays. Yesterday I went to town, and I got behind about 30 people on bikes, riding in the middle of the road. They slowed traffic down to a crawl until the Highway Patrol got there and started handing out tickets wholesale. I used to get really mad about the bicyclists but now I just don't care. I know someone will call the Sheriff's Department and I just wait til the road is cleared.

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  10. How do you keep from jumping in with the dogs? Envy.

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    1. That water is icy cold, even in summer. When my kids were home, we'd walk down to a spot where there's a wide, deep hole with river stone sides and bottom. The kids would swim in it , because it made a natural pool. I tried it a couple of times, but it was just too cold.

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  11. That's one thing I wish we had here, a little stream. There's little I like better than spending the day wading in a creek turning over rocks to see what might be hiding beneath them. I love frogs and salamanders and little tadpoles that swim by so quickly. Then you drop bits of bread into the water to see if there are any minnows around. Up on the river we watch the heron nest, water turtles sunning on half submerged tree trunks and little shore birds that somehow came to live here running up the sand and gravel beaches catching whatever it is they are eating. So peaceful.

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    1. There are several big streams either on or near my property. At night I can hear the biggest rushing by just down slope. I pan for gold in them, especially in Fall when it isn't so hot out.

      There are beautiful salamanders in the creeks. Red, blue, yellow. There' a black one with turquoise spots. There are trout, and crawdads. We have beavers in the creeks, but mostly they stay up on the national forest where people leave them alone.

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  12. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    its 0256 HRS.

    I was hoping you were up tonight. I'm getting bored and running out of interesting blogs to hit. Yours just happens to be one of the 'most interesting' ones.

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    1. Sorry CC. I was up, just not messing with the computer.

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