I do, I wonder why I work so hard around the house trying to make it look nice. Why should I care? It’s not as if anyone will ever see what I’m doing or have done. So why do it? I don’t know. Maybe it’s just a need to keep busy, I don’t know. I’ve done a number of things inside and out that I think are nice, but why, why should I give a shit, it’s just me and the dogs.
I don’t know, I just sometimes wonder way.
Not much happening today, just did some mowing. Hmm, mowing, it seems like I mow just about every day during summer. I guess that’s what I get for clearing away so much tall grasses and such. The only other thing besides work, was after dinner I sat out back with the dogs for a while. That was nice, nice and sunny and temp in the low 70s.
Here’s a photo from the other day while lost, so I guess it wasn’t a waste being lost, this was a really nice spot.
East Branch Huron River
Went out today to Big Falls along the East Branch Huron River. I’ve been here many times, but each time is a little different. One time there was even a tree lying the middle of the left fall. Somewhere between 20 – 25 years ago I found this waterfall completely by accident out two-tracking, then quite a few years later I went hunting for it without success. A few more years passed and bingo, found it again. Now that I live UP here, I frequent these falls at least once a year, if not more. After taking photos down in the usual spot, I decided to hike up river a ways. Wow, it’s beautiful just above the falls, but very difficult to get down to the rivers edge, which I didn’t, or couldn’t, do today. The bank down is steeper and maybe longer than the normal photo area. I did make it to the bank a little further up river, but it’s not as nice, not as rugged. Ah well, maybe next time.
After spending some time at the falls, I headed back to Black Creek Rd. and turned south knowing that eventually I would come out on Ravine River Rd. Well, that didn’t work out so well…I got lost. I made a turn that made a loop around and back to Black Creek Rd. Well in taking that loop, it bypassed the turn on Black Creek Rd. that needed to be taken, and that’s where I got lost, either finding a dead end or trails that looked mighty muddy and I wasn’t into getting covered in mud again, not this time. So, I ended up back-tracking and that’s when I saw the turn I missed by taking the detour loop.
Made it back to town, got a Jeep wash and went to Shopko for some curtains and a couple hanging plants, then home.
Big Falls – Right Side/Fall
Big Falls – Left Side/Fall
Right side of Big Falls with sun streaks from about half-way up the cliff that must be climbed down, then back up.
East Branch Huron River Just Below Big Falls
Just as I was thinking the Baltimore Orioles should be here any day, boom, there was one at one of the seed feeders. At that point, I wasn’t sure, as I didn’t have my glasses on and it was there only for a moment. Then in a few minutes, the Oriole landed on the Oriole feeder to have some orange and grape jelly. This one looks like it might be a juvenile male. I haven’t seen a female yet, nor an adult male, just this one. They never stay here long, only a few days, but they are always a treat to see.
I was just looking out the kitchen window, which looks out toward the back of the property, and saw Mr. Wolfie wandering along the tree line. I then went over to the picture window to see if he would pass over by the pines where I have a trail cam, and sure enough, there he went. Funny thing, as I was watching him, one of the snowshoe rabbits that live here came running away from where the wolf was.
Mr. Wolfie I believe is a Coywolf. Coywolf is an informal term for a canid hybrid descended from coyotes and gray wolves. Hybridization between the two species is facilitated by the fact that they diverged relatively recently.
Coywolf – Measuring the size is quite easy here, as I know the spot very well. He’s a good 27-32 inches tall and easily 4.5-5 feet long. He’s a big boy, at least I think he’s male, don’t know for sure.
It’s hot, damn hot, outside today. We reached 86°F at 3:05 PM. If it wasn’t for the winds, reaching to 26 MPH, it would be oppressive.
In other news; I’ve started getting the garage in order for my wood shop. It’s only about half-way done, but it’s a start.