Sunday evening when I was setting up the game at the bridge club, I couldn't help noticing some grubby stains on the carpet, one in particular looked like a dollop of doggy do. So I put my super duper cleaner to work and let it soak a while on the stains. Scrubbed it up good, but it took a few tries of getting that brown sludge up, what on earth could they have spilled and why couldn't they at least have tried to clean it up??
Monday morning I felt good, elbow included so after 40 minutes of warm up intervals on the elliptical, I did my challenging boxercise video which uses weights, and after 50 minutes of it I was pleased that my right elbow held up with no squawking. Then it was to the club and running the game. Was busy at first, but settled down. Then it was home and waiting for the wind to settle a bit so I could attempt cleaning my windows. After eight months of wind driven dirt and snow being blasted at them, they were pretty darn dirty. I tried to brush the worst of it off first before using the squeegee. Well, it was an exercise in frustration. Even on a wobbly stool, I am not tall enough to reach the corners well, and they were streaking like crazy. In particular, the window that opens at an angle was especially dirty and really awkward to reach and was what was streaking the worst of course. Tried at least seven times trying to get it clean, but it still showed streaks! Grrr! I am not a died in the wool perfectionist, but I do try to do the best job I can, and the streaks were so visible. Then I went inside which was much easier, as I could stand on a stable stool and reach all corners of the windows no problem. I also used my fresh vinegar and soapy water to clean my glass desk, bathroom walls and mirrors and was just enjoying the freshness of the vinegar smell. It took me two hours, 40 minutes to finish it all and my hands and elbows are pretty sore.
I must admit, I do not like my new Nikon Coolpix camera at all. It may be more expensive and have fancy features like GPS locater and wi fi, HD video, but I really don't need all that. The little aperture is in the top left corner and I am used to holding the camera there so have trouble getting my fingers out of the way, making it awkward to hold. Also there is very little zoom to it so no close up wildlife photos with it like my Canon. So it looks like I will stick with my Canon for my hikes.
So this is my first effort with it:
It was an overcast start to our day and with no leaves yet, very dreary, Daisy being the bright red spot:
This was a tough boggy trail, lots of up and downs and not enough boardwalk to cover all the wet spots:
Hazards were everywhere, hard to believe this was set up by off road bikers:
They would have to lift their bikes over this, was happy to have long legs :P
All those leaning trees, hope one doesn't come crashing down on someone:
No boardwalk to help us through this part, but Daisy didn't care and was impatiently waiting for us to pick our way through it without getting a good foot soaking:
Mom was wishing she had her poles to help balance through this part:
I am not shooting at an angle, lots of the boardwalks were tilted precariously:
More water to get by:
Finally getting out of the boggy part and the sun started to come out:
One last water hop:
The other thing very annoying with this Nikon camera was I had to figure out and jump through hoops to get it to upload its photos to my computer, and then when I finally found them, I was disappointed to see I had to rotate them so they were in the proper position. As soon as I plug my Canon in, it automatically uploads the photos to my computer and always has them in the proper position, no editing needed. So for a technophobe like me, the Canon is much easier to operate, no brains required, my kind of electronics.
Hope you enjoyed my hike, thanks for stopping by!