If you're looking for sewing stuff today, there isn't going to be any! Although it's hard to believe, I do other things than sewing. And even though I have tons of work to do, I decided to take the day off! I have to laugh because the other day, someone casually mentioned that there are people who might like to do what I do! Hmm - I hadn't thought about that before. But it's a crazy life - there's rarely a day off, the pay sucks, but the projects I get to work on and the toys I get to play -- well, that makes it all worthwhile!
So the past two days were Earthcache Geocaching days. You got a virtual badge for completing one on either of the days. Since I had already received my badge the day before, I didn't need to get another, but I thought -- what the heck -- it's a good day to get out. And I really just needed a mindless day.
Since it was Earthcache weekend, I decided that it would be best to reduce my carbon footprint and walk to my destination. I laced up my shoes, grabbed a small backpack, and I was off. I snapped a few pictures of my walk as I went.
Yes -- even though I live in a large city and did NOT leave the city, I walked on all kinds of interesting trails and roads.
I started off in the forest at the end of my street. This is one of the smaller unofficial trails.
|Unofficial trail in the forest|
|A larger official trail in the forest|
|The sidewalk and MUT were covered in fall leaves|
|The pedestrian and cyclist crossing|
|An interpretive sign|
|The wall that helps the flow of water|
|The path in the Marsh area|
|The path at the pond|
|The blue heron|
|The blue heron|
|A very rocky part of the path|
|Chop, chop, chop!|
|A snail on a stick|
|A snail in the tree|
|And a spider|
Alas, I did NOT find the cache at the tree. I don't know if the people before me had taken it? It happens, or it fell out into the grass? I logged that I didn't find it, and I may go back if I see new activity on this one.
On the way to the Marsh, I passed a regular urban geocache stuck behind a speed sign. Right on the corner of a bustling intersection. Good grief -- how does one surreptitiously grab that? Well, I reached up and grabbed it, signed the tiny logbook, and then put it back. So if ever you see someone doing something bizarre in a public place, they could be geocaching!!!
The interesting thing about the storm management ponds is that they have to be dredged from time to time. According to the information at the Marsh, it's about every 15 - 25 years. I can't imagine the effort it would take to dredge that Marsh.
There's a storm management pond near my house, and they've been working on it for months, and it's nowhere near the size of this other one. And while the quantity of the trees turning color is not great, the colors are spectacular.
|Dredging the storm management pond near my house|
Miss Lexi and I had stopped to take some pictures of the one near my house in the morning.
|Miss Lexi helping take pictures|
All in all, it was a super day. We had our Thanksgiving dinner last night - and well, I just love the pumping pie and fresh whipped cream. And DH did make a pretty cool salad (that I ate more than my fair share of!). I was tasked with picking up the missing ingredients on my way home from the urban hike. I grabbed the few things, shoved them in my mini backpack, and I was home.
It was a great day with close to 18 KM walked! I can't wait to do that again as other Earthcaches are within walking distance of my house. I'm going to be so smart!!! My hike took about three hours, so it's very doable on a weekend or a weekday! The travel time? -- there was no travel time!
What a super way to get to know your own city. And I've been noticing on some of these interpretive signs that the city has resources to help make your own yard more eco-friendly, and I'm going to explore that. We've already gotten rid of the grass, which is a HUGE water waster. We do have some shrubs and such, but some of them are getting tired, and I'd like a bit more color. So I'm going to investigate that for next year.
I did get some sewing done and some research; that's all part of the job. And I'm learning stuff! Who knew!!! Don't worry -- once I've assimilated the information, I'll share it with you.
And yes -- the Monday group will be sewing today! If they weren't, I'd probably be out for another urban hike, but I have work that needs to be done, so I'd better stay indoors!
Have a super day!!!