Thursday, June 23, 2011

More from Turkey Run State Park

I promised to share more photos from our trip to Turkey Run State Park. Dennis took these while he was hiking some of the more challenging trails in the park. Most of the trails are accessed by crossing Sugar Creek via the swinging bridge as shown in a previous post.

It was a hot day and the creek was very inviting to canoeists, although this stretch was empty at   the time of this shot.

Sugar Creek

Near the beginning of Trail 3

Hike the stream bed.

 Both of these photos show the actual trail.

Boulder  Canyon

Don't try this climb in flip-flops.

I hope that you enjoyed this pictorial hike through Turkey Run State Park.  

Saturday, June 18, 2011

First Fruits (Vegetables) of the Season

The plants in our small garden have persevered through temperature extremes and excessive rainfall. (Part of the garden had been under water several times.) We are about to pick the first vegetables from our garden.

I love fresh lettuce, but hot weather can cause problems here in Indiana. As I remember growing up in Wisconsin, I think we had leaf lettuce from late spring (in a cold frame) until early fall. I have never been able to duplicate that feat here in Indiana. Almost every year I try to grow lettuce with varying degrees of success. This year we started with plants instead of seeds. Dennis spent $1.25 for eight Romaine lettuce plants. It looks like we will have lettuce in June.
Fresh from the garden
Rinsed lettuce

If you don't have a salad spinner, I recommend getting one—no more soggy lettuce! It's also fun to use. Push down and watch it spin.

Add radishes, olives, onions or anything else you fancy and enjoy eating a delicious salad.

Dennis and I are eagerly waiting for the tomatoes and cucumbers.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Camping at Turkey Run

Turkey Run State Park in Indiana is one of our favorite parks and places to hike. When we decided not to spend the money to go to the upper peninsula of Michigan this year, it was not hard to opt for a six-day trip to Turkey Run. Instead of walks along Lake Superior shoreline and hikes to find tall pines, we were in for moderate to rugged trails through topography that looks nothing like the relatively flat farmland of northeastern Indiana.

A flat spot along the bluff
Suspension bridge over Sugar Creek

Camping for us means hooking up our 26-foot trailer to our pick-up truck and heading for a campground.We used to tent-camp, and we had a pop-up trailer for one camping trip, but those days are behind us. We have a comfortable bed, small kitchen, bathroom, table and small couch, heating and air conditioning. I guess people now call it "RV-ing, but we still saying "camping." 

Dennis and Greta relax under the awning. Yes, the dog has her own chair.
A visitor to our trailer 
Be observant to spot these spiders.
Most of the wonderful photos from the rugged trails were taken by Dennis, since my left knee has been bothering me for months and I chose to remain at the campground. I contented myself with some easy hiking and wandering through the campground looking for interesting wildlife.

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
We saw lots of Tiger Swallowtails. Unfortunately, the only one I could photograph landed at our campsite with a damaged left wing.

Camping is hard work. Greta is waiting for me to join her for  "reading time."
I'll have more photos and camping commentary this week. 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Saving a Toad

This post could have been about lots of things–camping, weather, gardening, graduations, but nature intervened.

We had a good bit of rain and wind while we were gone for six days, so Dennis (husband) who was mowing asked if I would remove some large branches from the yard. I obliged, but in doing that, I found a toad nestled against the trunk of one of our large maple trees. Since I didn't want him to be hurt, I coaxed him into a small bucket and deposited him in the bushes of our side yard. Sorry—no photo. He did not stay around to say "Thank-you."

May he or she live long and eat lots of flies and mosquitoes. 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Why blog?

I started thinking about blogging about twelve months ago. You may say, “What took you so long?”

I was looking for a title and I was deciding on a topic. Note the title. There is a small bit of alliteration, (if only two word with the beginning sounds the same can be alliteration.)  And note the lack of formality. I intend for this to be rather informal and to touch on many topics. I love reading and I read many books blogs. Do I want to add to the many book blogs? No! I have other interests and none of them are all-consuming, though my husband might disagree during the school year when teaching and music are very time-consuming.

I like to write, and sharing with others (you are out there, I hope) is a good idea. After all, why hide all of one’s thoughts. Share them with the world, or at least one or two others who find their way here.
I’ll comment on books, music, education, language, nature, living in the Midwest  (USA) and anything else that catches my fancy. I’ll probably stay away from politics. I have friends across the political spectrum, but perhaps I’ll comment on religion, belief, worship and morality..
My husband wanted to know why?   A friend and colleague said to post often so she can keep track of me this summer. A friend who blogs from half way around the world says she is looking forward to reading, and my daughter says that this sounds like a fun summer project.

So here we go!