Sunday, January 17, 2016

Some days and good and some days are YIKES!

It had been a while since I took the pups on a walk away from the neighborhood. It was time to get away from the distractions of the neighborhood dogs barking at us because we are walking down the street. I decided we should check out Palmer Hay Flats at Cottonwood Creek. The deals they have on the trails to protect from erosion are hard on Macy's feet and I figured they were covered with snow now, so we should be good.
 Well the place looked awesome. Not a lot of snow, but enough for ground cover. Only two cars in the parking lot, so no people distractions. That's good because Cooper was being a schmuck. He was not listening and was very hyper. I kept him close on leash, but Macy I let loose. She never goes far, maybe 20 feet before she checks to see where I'm at.
 I should have been paying closer to her, but Cooper was being Mr. Brat. Normally he walks OK, but today he was pulling, running from side to side and generally not earning any treats. So I wasn't watching Macy and I wasn't watching the trail.
 You got it. Moose! Maybe 15 to 20 feet away in a bunch of willow brush. I didn't see it until I heard a loud snort and the snap of branches. Neither dog saw or heard it, probably because of Cooper acting up so much. I rushed them up the trail, keeping an eye on Bullwinkle. He came onto the trail and stood with a wide stance while watching us. The pups still haven't noticed it. I'm glad I don't use them for hunting. It turned around after we were maybe 30 feet away and went up the trail from where we came. Now we only have to watch for it on the way back. Fortunately it was long gone by the time we returned.
We made it home in one piece. I have a little less hair, Macy's exhausted from the walk and Cooper is giving the innocent look. I think I need to give Cooper a little more time before I take him back.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Gunpowder Falls State Park, Maryland

I was competing against Mother Nature and fog. But I was determined to get some photography in. Gunpowder Falls State Park is one of the largest in the state. I went to the area called Jerusalem Mill Village, formerly a Quaker settlement operating a gristmill for about two centuries.
 Here's the fog coming off the river. I was kind of eerie.
 But the small village is set in a beautiful area.
 This building has been many things over its existence, but it's most remembered as a gun shop. Gun stocks were manufactured her for the Maryland Militia during the Revolutionary War. 
 This is the restored gristmill that is now the park headquarters and visitor center. It was originally built in 1772.
 A large blacksmith shop. There are demonstrations of all types all over the park on the weekends.
Finally the fog won. It was getting pretty heavy by the time I made it back to the car. I'll have to check it out again on another visit.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Merry Christmas

No, I'm not celebrating the Orthodox Christmas. I'm just late posting photos from my trip to Maryland and spending Christmas Day with my daughter her hubby and three of my grandkids.
 Yes, Cassie was born and raised in Alaska. The Army and her heart took her away for now. But deep down inside........
 Sort of reminds me of one of the spirits in A Christmas Story. But, it's not.
 Someone likes Thomas the Train, actually all trains. He also likes the idea of using other peoples money to put in it.
 The fashion girl.
Of course the biggest hit is the boxes.
Loves her big sister, dresses like her too. And of course being a little girl, loves her dolls.
 
My daughter has a beautiful family. Her hubby thinks the world of them all. You always want your kids to have more than you did. Well, they do and their kids have more than them.
 
It was hard to leave and I can't wait to see them again!


Friday, January 1, 2016

Off to Aberdeen Proving Grounds

For Christmas vacation, I went to Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in Maryland to spend it with my daughter, her hubby Corey and 3 of my grandkids. More about that in the next post. Anyways, APG was opened 6 months after the start of WWI, the war to end all wars. It's main mission is the test of ordinance.
 
I like history and driving around APG you get to see plenty. There's also lots of natural beauty and wildlife. 
Can't be an Army base without old tanks on display.
It was a windy day, but they were out in the river playing with Army boats.
My tour guide Corey.
These white tail deer where everywhere.
The thing about it in Maryland, if you hit and kill one with a car, it's just left there. Now we don't have white tail deer in Alaska, but if you hit and kill any game animal, the driver is responsible for reporting it, field dressing and salvaging the meat. There are even non-profits that the Alaska State Troopers will notify for you. They'll come out and field dress it for you, salvaging the meat and donating it to a needy family.
The above deer was prancing for me. I guess my Sigma 150-600 sport didn't scare it.
This tank had seen better days.
 
Thanks for the tour Corey. APG is an interesting place to visit for sure.