Saturday, September 29, 2018

September 28, 2018 Rocky Mountain Way

 We've been planning this trip to Colorado for most of the year and today is the day we flew to Denver with our nephew Kennedy. After lunch at Wahoo Fish tacos, we stopped at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

This land was an arsenal for decades. So the visitor center has the full history on display. This photo is for my Decay Devil friends.
We drove along the 11 mile loop road. We were so excited to see these two bison. Later on the drive we saw two huge bison herds off in the distance.  

Chrissy got a good close up of this bison.

There were prairie dogs everywhere. This one ran into his tunnel quicker that I could take a picture.

At different times, either the sun was out or storm clouds were closing in on us.

I liked the ground cover color around this prairie dog.
Chrissy got a few good photos of these fat but elusive prairie dogs

We saw this flying V and thought it was sandhill cranes. After turning off the radio, we heard that familiar trilling sound and confirmed they were sandhill cranes migrating south.

We stretched our legs with a short hike around Lake Mary...

...with a floating boardwalk over the water.

On our way out we saw deer...

...and finally got a closeup of a prairie dog. 

We ended our night at my friends, Nick and Mary's house. We caught up on the past couple of years since I last saw them over a delicious dinner that Nick cooked. There's nothing I enjoy more than sitting around a table eating and drinking with friends and family...a very close second is hiking and seeing wildlife. This was a great day.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September 9, 2018 A Fun Afternoon at Mt. Baldy with Friends

A strong wind out of the north and temps in the low 60's...winter is coming. But today was a beautiful late summer day for a walk on the beach.

I am someone who loves spending time with friends. But months seem to go by so quickly before I realized it has been that long between visits. We had a blast with Tom & Laurie in Cleveland back in June. That was over three months ago. Since we started the summer together, it makes sense to me that we are ending it together with an afternoon hike at Mount Baldy. 
It has been a busy weekend so we brought the dogs along. 

There were decent size waves and very little beach today.

The sound of the surf...

...turquoise water and blue skies make this paradise to me.

We walked east toward Michigan City.

Somehow the slanted horizon, the curves of the surf, the high water lines on the dry sand and the glossy wet sand make me love this imperfect picture.

Nola loving the cooler temperatures and walking on the beach.

This is what makes a walk on the beach so special. We walked together at times and we had some solitude to enjoy the moment as we pleased...except I love photographing people enjoying the outdoors in their own special way so even private moments become public. Sorry Tom & Laurie.

Oslo leading the way.

The water level is so high that the compressed sand at the base of the dunes really got exposed here.

Both dogs were a bit afraid of the waves today.

The sky was perfect for photos today.

Time to the reasons I enjoy the beach.

When Oslo stops to rest, we all stop.

We hiked off the beach along this access road near the NIPSCO plant. 

Nola have fun with the deep water and tall grass along the metal break wall.

Chrissy & Oslo heading back to the beach.

You can see how much sand is flowing off the beach...

...and into the lake.

Nola after a dip in Lake Michigan.

Oslo enjoying his favorite place to be.

It was chilly but the sun popped out several times to warm us for a few minutes.

Laurie was happy we brought the dogs, so she walked with Oslo on the way back.

Once again, We had a wonderful time with Tom & Laurie. After our hike, we had lunch at Bartlett's. It didn't seem like it, but for more than two hours we ate and talked about upcoming trips, music, politics and where we should get together next time. I think we settled on New Orleans. This should be fun. I can't wait to see my friends in the Big Easy.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

September 3, 2018 Labor Day at Mount Baldy with Music in my Head

It's Labor Day. A day to remember all those people who fought for worker's rights throughout our history as a country. If it wasn't for their determination and sacrifices, I would be at work today instead of enjoying a day at the beach. So thank you to those that fought bravely in the past and to those that understand we still have to continue the fight for future generations. Labor Day also means that summer is coming to an end. So today's post is photos of our morning at Mount Baldy in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the songs in my head as I went through the photos.
"Do you realize that you have the most beautiful face
Do you realize we're floating in space,
Do you realize that happiness makes you cry
Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die
And instead of saying all of your goodbyes, let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round" 

- Do You Realize by The Flaming Lips

"Leave your cares behind, these are the good times
Good times, these are the good times
Our new state of mind, these are the good times
A rumor has it that it's getting late
Time marches on, just can't wait
The clock keeps turning, why hesitate
You silly fool, you can't change your fate
Let's cut the rug, little jive and jitterbug
We want the best, we won't settle for less
Don't be a drag, participate
Clams on the half shell and roller skates, roller skates
Good times, these are the good times
Leave your cares behind, these are the good times
Good times, these are the good times" - Good Times by Chic

"If the illusion is real
Let them give you a ride
If they got thunder appeal
Let them be on your side
Let them leave you up in the air
Let them brush your rock and roll hair
Let the good times roll
Won't you let the good times roll-oll
Let the good times roll" 
- Good Times Roll by The Cars

"Alright, Already
And we'll all float on alright

Already we'll all float on alright
Don't worry even if things end up a bit
Too heavy we'll all float on alright"
- Float On by Modest Mouse

"Hey there mister blue
We're so pleased to be with you

Look around see what you do
Everybody smiles at you"
- Mr. Blue Sky by ELO

"You can feel it in the streets
On a day like this, the heat

It feel like summer
(I feel like summer)
I feel like summer
(I feel like summer)
I feel like summer"
- Feels Like Summer by Childish Gambino

"Like hallelujah in the big sky country
Just like forever and ever is why

Be getting over in the big sky country
Be kissing time, kissing time goodbye
God knows it's all been done"
- Big Sky Country by Chris Whitley

"(Remember) walking in the sand
(Remember) walking hand-in-hand

(Remember) the night was so exciting
(Remember) his smile was so inviting"
-Remember (Walking in the Sand) - by The Shangri -Las

"And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll"
- Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin

"Well, I dreamed I saw the silver Space ships flying In the yellow haze of the sun, There were children crying And colors flying All around the chosen ones. All in a dream, all in a dream The loading had begun. They were flying Mother Nature's Silver seed to a new home in the sun"
- After The Gold Rush by Neil Young

"Show me, show me, show me how you do that trick
The one that makes me scream" she said
"The one that makes me laugh" she said
And threw her arms around my neck
Show me how you do it
And I promise you I promise that
I'll run away with you"
- Just Like Heaven by The Cure

"And you said
"This is the first day of my life

I'm glad I didn't die before I met you
But now I don't care, I could go anywhere with you
And I'd probably be happy"
- First Day of my Life by Bright Eyes

"And it really didn't have to stop, it just kept on going...
And so castles made of sand slips into the sea, eventually"
- Castles Made of Sand by Jimi Hendrix

"It's time now - to sing out
Tho' the story never ends
Let's celebrate
Remember a year in the life of friends"
- Seasons of Love by Broadway Cast of Rent

"And if I had a boat
I'd go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I'd ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
I said me upon my pony on my boat"
- If I Had a Boat by Lyle Lovett

"Step inside my house babe
I'll sing for you a song
I'll tell you 'bout where i've been
It shouldn't take too long
I'll show you all the things i own
My treasures you might say
Couldn't be more'n ten dollars worth
But they brighten up my day"
- Step Inside My House by Lyle Lovett (written by Guy Clark)

"Just us kids hangin' out today
Watchin' our long hair turnin' gray
Not so skinny maybe not so free
Not so many as we used to be"
- Just Us Kids by James McMurtry

"We're on a road to nowhere
Come on inside
Taking that ride to nowhere
We'll take that ride
I'm feeling okay this morning
And you know
We're on the road to paradise
Here we go, here we go"
- Road To Nowhere by The Talking Heads

"Kiss a little baby
Give the world a smile
If you take an inch
Give 'em back a mile
Cause if you lie like a rug
And you don't give a damn
You're never gonna be
As happy as a clam"
- It's a Big Old Goofy World by John Prine

"See 'cause Mr. when you're rattling
On heaven's gate
Let me tell you Mr.
By then it is too late

'Cause Mr. when you get there
They don't ask, they don't ask what you saved
All they'll want to know, Mr.
Is what you gave"
- Excuse Me Mister by Ben Harper

"When you have woken
From all the dreams broken
Come and dance with me, dance with me
Into the colours of the dusk
Dance with me
Into the colours of the dusk"
- In The Colors by Ben Harper

"Yeah I'm a lucky man
To count on both hands
The ones I love
Some folks just have one
Yeah others they got none
Stay with me
Let's just breathe"
- Just Breathe by Pearl Jam

"Buddy, I coulda gone that extra mile
For an extra bark or an extra smile
'Cause I never felt so free
It was just my dog and me"
- My Dog and Me by John Hiatt

"Now there's so much that time, time and memory fade away
We got our own roads to ride and chances we gotta take
We stood side by side each one fightin' for the other
We said until we died we'd always be blood brothers"
- Blood Brothers by Bruce Springsteen

"That's when you need someone
Someone that you, you can call
When all your faith is gone
It feels like you cant go on
Let it be me
Let it be me
If it's a friend you need"
- Let It Be Me by Ray LaMontagne

"Pull on the rope that lifts the sun back to the sky
Hold a hand. Cry on a shoulder.
Listen in the wind and open up your eyes.
And feel again.
Feel again"
- Not Alright By Me by Vintage Trouble

"Stay forever in the light
Never lose sight of the way
For I alone can't face the future
I need your strength
To help me make it through
Walk forever by my side"
- Walk Forever By My Side by The Alarm

"There was a girl
There was a shoreline
Was an american dream
Hear her laughing
Really feels like
An american dream"
- American Dream by Cory Branan

"Every night she comes
To take me out to dreamland
When I'm with her, I'm the richest 
Man in the town"
- Coney Island Baby by Tom Waits

"She marked our trail up the back bone ridge
How many times can one dog pee

Keeps me high as an eagle when I'm on the skids

I guess you gotta come down eventually"

- My Dog and Me by John Hiatt

"This land is your land, this land is my land
From the California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me"
- This Land Is Your Land by Woodie Guthrie

"And the sign said, "Everybody welcome. Come in, kneel down and pray" But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all, I didn't have a penny to pay So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign I said, "Thank you, Lord, for thinkin' 'bout me. I'm alive and doin' fine."
- Signs by Five Man Electric Band

"So come on darling stay with me 
Let’s cut through the crowd
Make the most of being lost
In what time we’re allowed"
- So What If We're Outta Tune by Marah

"They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone"
- Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell

"One foot in and one foot back.
But it don't pay to live like that.
So I cut the ties and I jumped the tracks.
For never to return"
- I and Love and You by The Avett Brothers

"Your pepperoni and your garlic powder
Were on my breath in my finest hour
The night I sniffed the eight ball's power
And got shocked into a man"
- Pizzeria by Marah

"Oh, it’s a little bit of everything,
It’s the matador and the bull,
It’s the suggested daily dosage,
It is the red moon when it’s full.
All these psychics and these doctors,
They’re all right and they’re all wrong,
It’s like trying to make out every word,
When they should simply hum along,
It’s not some message written in the dark,
Or some truth that no one’s seen,
It’s a little bit of everything"
- A Little Bit of Everything by Dawes

"You're born you're here you live you die
and along the way you laugh you cry
and try to think of a reason why
and sometimes you can not believe your eyes"
- Life is a Ride by Paul Sanchez