Looks like I'm going to pick up the Shade of Death trail and hike to the beach then backtrack down to the park office.
it's 8:45 and time to head out. I pack up my camera equipment a turkey
sandwich that I saved from my work lunch and a bottle of H2O
First sign of trouble.
Are you kidding me, well its the only way to cross the creek so I guess I'm going for it.
Ok here we go, I guess I'm going the right way.
I hiked this trail, many many years ago with my 2 daughters and they had a great time.
I stopped for a quick break to jot down some notes and set up the camera to document this incredible event.
was a moment when I lost focus and got sidetracked chasing some wild
turkey, chased these guys for almost a quarter mile... those bitches are
fast on their feet, I got a bit winded chasing them and gave up.
at the spillway and called Mrs. SQWIB to check in and texted a few pics
to some friends.It was getting a bit warm so the jacket came off.
On the way back I spotted this guy... I wasn't sure if it was safe to eat so I let it be, turns out it's called a Puffball and
is edible, you can read about them here on my cooking website.
after admiring the mushroom I came across a few kids well actually
young adults probably early twenties... but still kids to me.
were dressed in some medieval garb, there was a pretty big group, not
sure what they were doing but looked like they were having a blast
the way back I came across a nice little field that I decide to have
lunch, I sat next to some flowers and decided to play with my new 100mm
only 10:45 and I'm stopping for lunch.
I was playing with the lens a friendly visitor stopped by, these guys
are one of the most important insects we have, don't squash them.
I popped my 70-300 L lens back on and started my hike again
a few hundred yards I saw this wooly caterpillar, so I know how much my
daughters love these critters, so I stopped, tossed the
100mm back on and laid down beside it and snapped a few shots.
After I bothered this guy a bit I popped the 70-300mm back in and was on my way.
took the trail down to the Park Office got down there by 11:00am, here's
some random photos of the trail down to the Park Office then back. I
wont bore you with too many pictures.
Back to camp I came across this little trap and was curious.
If you are curious as to what it is, click the next picture.
Saw this little guy in the tree and wasn't sure what species it was..
Got back to camp by 11:45 and let me tell you.. I'm beat
Ahhhh... Home sweet home.
I got back to camp I decided to lay down for twenty minutes or so, well
that didn't work out too well, I slept for 2 hours WTF. Half asleep I
decided to take a walk up to the restrooms and freshen up a bit.
Back at camp I sorted through all my gear to organize and thin out a bit.
Set up the kitchen lol...
it's time to start my gourmet dinner to go with my Cocoa Cafe' Latte
coffee.It's still fairly early 4:30pm but I'm going to make it an early
night I have a little over 2 hour drive and want to get home fairly
As my dinner simmers a bit I start prepping for the fire.
Finished eating about 5:30pm.
Started the fire with my usual, cotton ball/Vaseline, piece of napkin and my handy dandy GobSpark Armageddon FireSteel, I highly recommend this fire starter, it has been a blessing to have.
Wow, one strike and its lit, this combo has never failed me yet.
Started with some tooth pick sized pieces then onto some pencil sized pieces, cigar sized pieces, then some split fire wood.
Time to heat some water for my Cocoa Cafe' Latte.
it don't get any better than this, sitting by a nice warm fire on a
fall night, a nice hot cup of joe and a little debbies oatmeal cookie,
man.. I'm livin' large.