Our friends got to break in their canoe with us.

We went with our friends Scott and Rachel on the Chassahowitzka River.

Scott, Rachel, Trav, and me on the Chaz

We visited Seven Sisters Spring and “The Crack.” Trav and I went through the longer cave for the first time today… it was fun!

Us at Seven Sisters Spring

Seven Sisters Spring

To the right, you can kind of see the entrance to the bigger cave. It’s about a ten foot swim to the other side.

Nature is flexible.

I feel bad when we have to remove stuff from the yard, even though it’s so we can have nice things. I take some solace that our changes will make different opportunities for wildlife in our yard. Maybe a bunny or a snake will come live in the brush pile!

There’s no place like home.

I love going on a trip, but it’s hard when Trav stays here and I go. I miss him, and our kitty, and our bed. Everything, really. I usually get very homesick around the 4th or 5th day, and this trip was no exception. But it was taken away by talking with Trav on the phone and then seeing my family.

Had a great visit with my family!

I was in Tucson for a week, and I got to spend lots of quality time with my relatives. We went bowling, celebrated Father’s Day, visited Kitt Peak, and did some shopping at interesting stores. I also had breakfast with my high school pal. It was very satisfying and I’m glad I made the trip. <3

Father's Day

Twelve mile paddle!

5th/24th Anniversary trip up the Weeki Wachee! We started at Rogers Park and went all the way up to the springs, then back down. It was a blast. Paddling upstream is a little challenging in places, and I learned a lot about steering and paddling on this trip. Lunch was chipotle chicken lettuce wraps and jicama sticks, with Dove chocolates for dessert. We saw two snakes, a raccoon, slider turtles, a snook, and lots of other fish which I’m working on identifying. The birds were plentiful with anhinga, cormorant, duck, ibis, herons, a grebe, and George the bald eagle. We saw a pair of great blue herons fly gracefully into their nest, calling to their babies all the while. Plus I got a new bird to mark in my book, the Louisiana heron.

I love my new phone.

It’s new to me, anyway. I got Trav’s phone after he upgraded. Now I don’t have to worry about space for a long while and it has some really nice features. My wallpapers are pictures from the Hubble telescope and just beautiful to look at.