Anglers Nest – Part Two

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10/22 – 11/22/2016 – Anglers Nest RV Park, Los Indios, TX

These pictures are all birds. Some were labeled in my last post but many I’m not sure … so if you know, please pass on the info for those and I can put the correct name on the correct bird. I’m being lazy on some of the familair ones. Remember how nice I said people here are? Well, I had not known exactly the date I’d leave. Many were trying to convince me to stay through Thanksgiving. The weather and winds had me make the decision today to leave tomorrow. I went around to let some folks know. While working on these two posts, two couples came to tell me dinner was with them tonight – that I shouldn’t have to do anything tonight! As I said, wonderful people. I’m going to miss them.

And away we go ….

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Tomorrow the trek to Arizona starts.

Anglers Nest

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OK, I’m happy here and could easily stay a season. The park is small (about 60 sites), the price is good, the people are wonderful and I can take walks with Peaches around the canals and see all kinds of birds. I’ve made friends and they accept that I sometimes don’t want to be sociable … it feels like family and there’s a good chance I’ll come back for the season next year. But that’s too far away to make a decision so it’s just a possibility now. Since the park is mainly Winter Texans who are now leaving their rigs here year-round and many less that are transient sites … it isn’t a place you can be guaranteed a spot next year … but the owner would love me back, so hopefully if I make the decision, there will be a place for me.

That said, the following pictures are of birds I’ve already resized and named, for the most part – as well as some sunset pics and Peaches pics, etc. I’m going to do a separate post with many more pics (some of the same birds, some of others, etc – but I took sooooo many pictures and hate to leave too many out.

Please feel free to correct me if I’ve misnamed a bird. I’m not a pro at this.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Eastern Phoebe?  very blurry!

Eastern Phoebe? very blurry!

European Starling

European Starling

Haha - I wouldn't say the fake owl there is any deterrent, would you?

Haha – I wouldn’t say the fake owl there is any deterrent, would you?

Golden-Fronted Woodpecker

Golden-Fronted Woodpecker

Great Egret

Great Egret

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee

Green Heron

Green Heron

The heron below was almost totally hidden in the grasses along the canal. I was zooming in to see for sure, when he dove in the water and flew off to the field. I found him in the field where he was taking apart and eating the fish he caught.

Heron Feeding

Heron Feeding

Heron Feeding

Heron Feeding

Heron Feeding

Heron Feeding

Heron Feeding

Heron Feeding

Heron ... not sure which one

Heron … not sure which one

I saw several beautiful sunrises and sunsets - this is a sunset.

I saw several beautiful sunrises and sunsets – this is a sunset.

Sunset

Sunset

We were having several very cloudy days and I was watching everyone posting the early supermoon, etc … then posting the rising supermoon – and I thought I would not see it. I kept checking and as the night progressed, the clouds broke. Nothing like the rising pictures I’ve been so admiring, but I was so happy to see that big, beautiful globe in the sky.

The supermoon

The supermoon

Maybe a yellow rumpled warbler?

Maybe a yellow rumpled warbler?

Yes, a pigeon - maybe a band-tailed pigeon?  I like the look.

Yes, a pigeon – maybe a band-tailed pigeon? I like the look.

Roseate spoonbills are one of my favorite birds since I first saw them in Port Aransas when I spent the year there. It’s funny because I’ve never been a big fan of flamingos which are big with women rver’s. I thought I would only see them at some of the major birding areas, but with the amount and variety of birds I had been seeing here, I always kept an eye out. My first sighting, I scared the couple of them off by the time I realized they were there. Love that they, the white pelicans and the egrets here all are mixed up and sharing space. One thing that was interesting – as I’d get closer, first the white pelicans would fly. Closer yet and the spoonbills flew off. The egrets aren’t nearly as afraid, but still would fly off if too close.

Mix of roseate spoonbills, wood storks, egrets.

Mix of roseate spoonbills, wood storks, egrets.

Mix of roseate spoonbills, wood storks, egrets.

Mix of roseate spoonbills, wood storks, egrets.

Peaches has no problem finding mud to cool off in when I'm looking at birds and she can get away with it.

Peaches has no problem finding mud to cool off in when I’m looking at birds and she can get away with it.

She’s really a sneak – knows to stay out of the mud puddle in the one area – until I’m trying to focus in on the White-Tailed Kite which I do from near it. This kite like the area that I can best try for pictures from next to that dang mud hole if there’s been any rain in a few days. One day (no picture) I heard Peaches splashing around in it. Yep, that’s my girl.

Luckily she doesn't mind, too much, when I run the hose on her.

Luckily she doesn’t mind, too much, when I run the hose on her.

I loved when this Ringed Kingfisher would be around.

I loved when this Ringed Kingfisher would be around.

Ringed Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher

The Mississippi Kite I only saw one day.

The Mississippi Kite I only saw one day.

Mississippi Kite

Mississippi Kite

Neotropic Cormorants - a different type of cormorant for me - and I love this picture.

Neotropic Cormorants – a different type of cormorant for me – and I love this picture.

Osprey

Osprey

Only shot I got of this Northern Bobwhite - a butt shot.

Only shot I got of this Northern Bobwhite – a butt shot.

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret and a Snake

Snowy Egret and a Snake

I could see this White-Tailed Kite from a distance most days - luckily my camera zooms - because I had to zoom!

I could see this White-Tailed Kite from a distance most days – luckily my camera zooms – because I had to zoom!

White-Tailed Kite

White-Tailed Kite

10/22 – 11/22/2016 – Anglers Nest RV Park, Los Indios, TX

There will be more of the same birds in the next post, as well as others – some of which I don’t know for sure what are … hopefully I won’t repeat any of the shots in this post. And, sadly, I saw birds I didn’t get pictures of (two just this morning!)

Texas Iwo Jima Memorial

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11/18/2016 Iwo Jima Memorial, Harlingen, TX

The previous day I took two couples to Progresso, Mexico. Neither had been before and we had a great time. And other than buying some antibiotic to replace the old I have, I actually spent no money. And they didn’t let me pay for my breakfast OR lunch. I fought that, but didn’t win. It was a good day. During the ride I mentioned that I intended to visit the Iwo Jima Memorial the next day. None of them knew about it. Later, one of the gentlemen knocked on my door and asked if he could come along. Of course!

A little history: The man, the sculptor, Dr. Felix W. de Weldon, was on duty with the US Navy when the Pulitzer Prize winning photographed was first released. Within 48 hours he constructed a scale model which became the symbol for the 7th and final war bond drive. After the war, he felt the event should be depicted on a massive scale in our nation’s capital. Over a 9 1/2 year period he labored to prepare a working model from molding plaster. Once completed in plaster it was disassembled and trucked to Brooklyn, NY for casting in bronze. This process took 3 years and the bronze parts were then trucked to DC for erection at Arlington National Cemetery. The bronze memorial was officially dedicated by President Eisenhower on November 10, 1954, the 179th anniversary of the US Marine Corps.

The working model was moved to Weldon’s summer home in Newport, RI for storage. In October 1981 Dr. de Weldon gave the plaster working model to the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, TX. Factors involved in this decision include the fairly constant temperature and humidity which are ideal for the preservation of the plaster figures, the street facing the memorial was named Iwo Jima Boulevard by the Academy’s founders in 1965, and the Academy is the only place outside of Washington, DC where proper honors can be rendered with battalion-size dress blue parades. Also, a chapel faces the east side of the memorial, the Marine placing the flag pole in the ground was a local, Corporal Harlon H Block of Weslaco, and the famous quote on the base of the memorial was spoken by Admiral Chester Nimitz of Fredericksburg, TX.

Pictures and then more info follow:

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I wish they would place signs on all the different pieces of equipment. I like that they did on the one Iraqi one. These were all outside the museum. Inside we watched a movie (about 30 or so minutes long) and walked through much more information. We also spoke with a veteran who gave us much more information.

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I hope you can read this - it was one of several times that morning I was in tears.

I hope you can read this – it was one of several times that morning I was in tears.

Following are some statistics regarding the Memorial:

The figures are 32 feet high shown erecting a 78 foot steel flagpole holding a cloth flag which flies 24 hours a day. The figures all occupy the same positions as in the historic photo. Hayes (the TX man) is the fire farthest from the flagstaff. The canteen would hold 32 quarts of water.

The entire cost of developing the memorial site was donated by U.S. Marines, former Marines, Marine Corps Reservists, friends of the Marine Corps, members of the Naval Service, Academy Trustees, Alumni, Cadets and friends of the Academy. No public funds were used on the project.

The base is another place I cried. It’s made of black Brazilian granite and burnished in gold on the granite are the names and dates of every principal Marine Corps engagement since the founding of the Corps, as well as the inscription “In honor and in memory of the men of the United States Marine Corps who have given their lives for their country since November 10, 1775.” Also inscribed on the base is the tribute of Fleet Admiral Chest W. Nimitz to the fighting men on Iwo Jima: “Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue”.

Finally, the men depicted on the Monument:

1. PFC Ira H. Hayes died in 1955 in his birthplace, the Sacatone Reservation, Arizona.
2. PFC Franklin R. Sousley of Flemingsburg, Kentucky was killed in action at Iwo Jima 3/21/1945.
3. SGT Michael Strank of Johnstown, Pennsylvania was killed in action at Iwo Jima 3/1/1945.
4. PM2/C John H. Bradley died 1/10/1994 in his hometown of Antigo, Wisconsin.
5. PFC Rene A. Gagnon, Concord, New Hampshire, died in 1979 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
6. CPL Harlon H. Block, born in Weslaco, Texas, was killed in action at Iwo Jima 3/1/1945.

I’ve seen the original in Washington, D.C. and now this one here. It’s mind numbing for me.

Laguna Atascosa NWR

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11/16/2016 – Laguna Atascosa NWR

Oh my – the normal road into this NWR is under construction. Nothing says how bad the detour road is. It’s terrible. But I got there and learned once there that the longer (16 mile) drive is closed to vehicles. You have to take their shuttle. Of course, I was there on a day the shuttle wasn’t running. So, I didn’t get off to a great start. Did I have a good time, yes. I will go back, but hopefully after the road in is complete. And I’ll make sure the shuttle is running and purchase an advance ticket if necessary.

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

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Laguna Atocosa NWR

Laguna Atocosa NWR

Mexican Squirrel

Mexican Squirrel

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The drive to the Osprey Overlook was open.

The drive to the Osprey Overlook was open.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Ducks everywhere

Ducks everywhere

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Great Egret

Great Egret

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

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Sharing Space

Sharing Space

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Again, everywhere!

Again, everywhere!

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Alligator Pond

Alligator Pond

Alligator

Alligator

No problem!

No problem!

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White Pelicans

White Pelicans

Alligator facing ...

Alligator facing …

Great Blue looking back

Great Blue looking back

Staring contest.

Staring contest.

Other ducks keeping an eye out.

Other ducks keeping an eye out.

Blue Winged Teal

Blue Winged Teal

The ducks don't seem to feel any danger.

The ducks don’t seem to feel any danger.

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Hmmm, look what's under this sign ...

Hmmm, look what’s under this sign …

Another alligator.

Another alligator.

White Ibis

White Ibis

Harris's Hawk

Harris’s Hawk

Harris's Hawk

Harris’s Hawk

Border Patrol Plain Flying Overhead

Border Patrol Plain Flying Overhead

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On the drive home through San Benito I took a picture of the Water Tower with Freddy Fender commemorated.

On the drive home through San Benito I took a picture of the Water Tower with Freddy Fender commemorated.

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My next post won’t have to do with birding! But birds are the reason many come to south Texas and I certainly understand why!

Estero Llano Grande

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11/4/16 – Estero Llano Grande State Park, Texas

This park is a major birding destination. I spent most of the day there. Warning – they have been inundated with tiny ants from other countries. They do not bite, but just stopping to stand still for pictures, they’ll start climbing up your legs. Dress appropriately!!! That said, I was in sandals and a sundress and it was easier for me to deal with them than some of the people in long pants, shoes and socks – unless they had the socks over the pants. It was very, very hot that day and I would have gone crazy dressed that way. Instead I learned to swat them away…. and luckily they weren’t everywhere!

I think I named the birds correctly. I’m not positive on all, especially the mottled duck.

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

Thanks to my friend Nancy, I’m able to correct some birds – the next I would never have gotten … cool, new bird to me, as far as I know – or I’ve just never known what I was looking at :)

White-Faced Ibis

White-Faced Ibis

On another excursion I saw the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher I thought for the first time. This bird I had to zoom way in for and discovered when doing this post, that I had captured one here.

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

House Sparrow:
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Plain Chachalaca

Plain Chachalaca

Plain Chachalaca

Plain Chachalaca

Insects can be beautiful, too.

Insects can be beautiful, too.

Plain Chachalacas

Plain Chachalacas

Golden-fronted woodpecker

Golden-fronted woodpecker

One of a few totem poles

One of a few totem poles

I called this a Great Kiskadee, but new it wasn’t quite right – so now it’s got it’s proper name here.

Kingbird - Maybe Couch's Kingbird

Kingbird – Maybe Couch’s Kingbird

It was also at another location that a sign showed me the Mexican squirrels we find in this area. I’m pretty sure this is one of them. But looking at the two, they are different. ONE of them is the Mexican Squirrel lol … I’m guessing the one in the next post but not really sure.

Mexican Squirrel, I believe

Mexican Squirrel, I believe

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-Necked Stilt on Right

Black-Necked Stilt on Right

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

White Pelican

White Pelican

I did my day backwards. In the morning I spent my time under the cover of trees, for the most part. Because I wanted to see the roseate spoonbills, I should have done things the opposite – as I spent the hottest time of the day in the direct sunlight – and burned my face, nothing new there. And it was worth it when I saw this one!

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Whistling Ducks

Whistling Ducks

Variety of Ducks

Variety of Ducks

Variety of Ducks

Variety of Ducks

It was a wonderful day and I look forward to going back one or more times next time I’m in this part of Texas.

Lake Corpus Christi, TX

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October, 2016 – a visit to Lake Corpus Christi SP in TX

I had been here to visit others camping here, but never stayed before. When I realized I was arriving on a Friday, I elected to make it only a one day stay, as this place gets jam-packed on weekends. And by the time I went to bed Friday it appeared most of the open sites had been taken and the place was happening on Saturday! I was glad to head out! But also very glad to have stopped.

My site at Lake Corpus Christi SP.  I believe all the sites here are pull throughs.

My site at Lake Corpus Christi SP. I believe all the sites here are pull throughs.

A turkey vulture grooming.

A turkey vulture grooming.

I have long given up on getting butterfly pics, but this one wasn't too bad.

I have long given up on getting butterfly pics, but this one wasn’t too bad.

On a trail.

On a trail.

The Old Park Pavillion - used mainly as offices now from what I could see. Twas built by the CCC in 1933-34.

The Old Park Pavillion – used mainly as offices now from what I could see. Twas built by the CCC in 1933-34.

Peaches enjoying cooling off in the water.

Peaches enjoying cooling off in the water.

Across the lake

Across the lake

Should we give them the benefit of the doubt that they came up on the other side of the sign and didn't see this?

Should we give them the benefit of the doubt that they came up on the other side of the sign and didn’t see this?

Tree overflowing with grackles.

Tree overflowing with grackles.

American Kestrel - one of my favorite raptors

American Kestrel – one of my favorite raptors

Think he knows to keep the lake safe?

Think he knows to keep the lake safe?

Great Egret

Great Egret

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

The pier used by many to fish ... and boat ...

The pier used by many to fish … and boat …

Like most Texas State Parks, it’s nice and well taken care of. Unfortunately, unless I’m staying in TX for enough time to take advantage of purchasing their pass so that I can avoid the daily parks fee also, I don’t stay in them often.

Next posts will be from my month stay in south Texas.

Thorsness Park, SD and Frontier Military Byway, KS

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October 2016, traveling south

I’m a fan of city and county parks. Most often they are low price and sometimes, like Thorsness Park in Lake Preston, SD, they are free. This is a small city park and includes electric. These sites were all back-in and I selected one because I was looking to get the morning sun (it was chilly overnight). But when I plugged into the electric, it was bad. So I changed to another site. There was no one there that day to tell, but I emailed them later. Otherwise, it was a nice stop. Just one picture of my site:

My site at Thorsness Park, Lake Preston, SD

My site at Thorsness Park, Lake Preston, SD

Because I was unhooked, I took a ride over to see the lake and drive around town before settling in for the night.

From here I visited friends (and unfortunately had to cancel some stops with friends) – and stopped in various overnight spots and lucked into this rest area along the Frontier Military Scenic Byway in Kansas – another one of the seredipity places you can’t plan for:

I elected to park where I had the lake out my "living room" window.

I elected to park where I had the lake out my “living room” window.

The following pictures are informational ones I took on the trail around the rest area walk mainly regarding the Frontier Military Byway.

Frontier Military Byway

Frontier Military Byway

Frontier Military Byway

Frontier Military Byway

Frontier Military Byway

Frontier Military Byway

Frontier Military Byway

Frontier Military Byway

Frontier Military Byway

Frontier Military Byway

Frontier Military Byway

Frontier Military Byway

Frontier Military Byway

Frontier Military Byway

Frontier Military Byway

Frontier Military Byway

Frontier Military Byway

Frontier Military Byway

If memory serves me correctly, there was a dump station here, also. Nice place to stop.

Next stop, TX.

Lewis & Clark Rest Area

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October 2016 – SD Rest Area

You just never know when a quick stop to take a breather and walk a dog might turn into something very interesting.

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While I was walking around a tour bus made a stop here – planned rest stop here because of the statue! It was a nice respite.

Edit: Since the posting I’ve been asked questions. One friend, Liz, asked if the statue is Sacajawea. That was my first guess, but there was absolutely nothing there to say one way or the other. Some of us guessed it probably was, but because I wasn’t sure I didn’t say so. Another friend, Pat, has since answered the question with a marvelous link – which also tells me my timing was impeccable as the statue was almost brand new to the location:

http://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/dignity-statue-a-gift-to-the-people-of-south-Dakota

Liz read the link and realized the artist of the statue has the same name as her maiden name – not a common name … so Pat found and provided the artists website (it would be very interesting if they were related somehow, eh? – the 6 degrees of separation?)

http://lampherestudio.com/

(Copy and paste the above links into your browser. For whatever reason, putting them in clickable isn’t working right now.)

Redlin Art Center

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10/09/2016 – A bucket list visit to the Redlin Art Center in Watertown, SD (and I’ll go back!!!)

The Redlin Art Center

The Redlin Art Center

When Terry Redlin quit his job to pursue art full time, he sold his original paintings. At one point his son suggested he stop doing that and only sell the prints and save the originals. At the Center they have all the originals and prints of most, if not all, of the rest of his work. I have admired his work for years and when this center was first built always wanted to visit. Oh my, I can’t tell you – I spent almost the entire time they were open on this Sunday and it simply wasn’t enough. I cried over several of the paintings. I smiled, I laughed and simply felt the joy in many others. Some of my pictures are better than others. I apologize now for some of the pictures I’m including of the information regarding the pictures – but I find that information invaluable, and hope that even blurry, etc, some of you will also. I was very surprised when I asked to find out I could take pictures. I had no problem accepting that I could, but no flash. And I didn’t take the time to redo pics – maybe next time.

This is simply a sampling of the pictures – and you’ll recognize he did some series – I don’t include all the pics in any series …

Entering one of the galleries.

Entering one of the galleries.

"His First Goodbye"

“His First Goodbye”

His Last Goodbye

His Last Goodbye

His Last Goodbye

His Last Goodbye

Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning

O Beautiful For Spacious Skies

O Beautiful For Spacious Skies

O Beautiful For Spacious Skies

O Beautiful For Spacious Skies

For Amber Waves of Grain

For Amber Waves of Grain

For Amber Waves of Grain

For Amber Waves of Grain

For Purple Mountain Majesties

For Purple Mountain Majesties

For Amber Waves of Grain

For Amber Waves of Grain

Above the Fruited Plain

Above the Fruited Plain

Above the Fruited Plain

Above the Fruited Plain

America! America!

America! America!

America! America!

America! America!

God Shed His Grace On Thee

God Shed His Grace On Thee

God Shed His Grace on Thee

God Shed His Grace on Thee

Sharing the Evening

Sharing the Evening

Sharing the Evening

Sharing the Evening

A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand

Bust of Redlin

Bust of Redlin

Quiet Afternoon

Quiet Afternoon

Quiet Afternoon

Quiet Afternoon

The Masters Doman - 1987.  The picture I took of the info was not legible to copy here.

The Masters Doman – 1987. The picture I took of the info was not legible to copy here.

Lights of Home

Lights of Home

Lights of Home

Lights of Home

Sharing the Sunset

Sharing the Sunset

Sharing the Sunset

Sharing the Sunset

Migration Days

Migration Days

Migration Days

Migration Days

Hometown

Hometown

Hometown

Hometown

Following is some of Terry Redlin’s history – starting with his drawings at 6 years old!

At 6 years old, Terry Redlin was drawing comic book characters.

At 6 years old, Terry Redlin was drawing comic book characters.

Comic Book Character Drawing

Comic Book Character Drawing

Comic Book Character Drawing

Comic Book Character Drawing

Art School Work

Art School Work

Art School Work

Art School Work

Read this from his art school teacher!

Read this from his art school teacher!

Original Dog Drawing - his first assignment for art school

Original Dog Drawing – his first assignment for art school

I cannot even begin to describe what my feelings were while here. I will go back and take even more time. It’s on my to-do list for next fall again if the weather co-operates!

Keystone Sept 2016 Farewell

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Sept 2016
Keystone, SD

A parade during Keystone’s Days in Sept and a couple other pics.

A car show came through and parked to visit Keystone.

A car show came through and parked to visit Keystone.

More of the cars.

More of the cars.

Time for a few parade pics

Time for a few parade pics

Loved this one.

Loved this one.

A few horses were in the parade.

A few horses were in the parade.

There were many turkeys around this September.  These were out my rv window.

There were many turkeys around this September. These were out my rv window.

This picture of turkeys was in the actual cg by the Travelodge.

This picture of turkeys was in the actual cg by the Travelodge.

The last couple weeks I saw deer and turkeys pretty much every day. I never tire of wildlife.

Driving through one of the tunnels that has a view of Mt. Rushmore.

Driving through one of the tunnels that has a view of Mt. Rushmore.

Flies come in to die as the weather changes.  I was walking past and saw they had picked a spot in one open sign.  Yikes.

Flies come in to die as the weather changes. I was walking past and saw they had picked a spot in one open sign. Yikes.

Linda tried to stop me – I was thinking those flies were IN the sign. She realized the sign was smack against the window and moving it would make them fall … Ha, fall they did. So it could have been a slightly easier clean-up. Not to scare any of those coming to help me open, but we’ll have a lot of dead flies to sweep up in the spring. And my boss comes in weekly and takes care of some of them. You wouldn’t realize it.

The weather actually stayed good through Sept, but quickly was changing when I left. I saw a few snow flurries the morning I pulled out. Definitely was time to move on down the road.