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One more post concerning a field notebook
I copied this from the internet on one of my many google searches ..

BACKYARD NATURE HOME | PLANTS | ANIMALS | FUNGI | ECOLOGY | GEOLOGY | GARDENING | TOOLS

KEEPING NATURE NOTES:
YOUR NATURE JOURNAL
Let me show you something...
I've just risen from my computer, walked across the room to my library, and taken out an old, black, vinyl-covered, three-inch-thick, three-ringed binder from way back in my school days. It must contain a thousand pages of loose-leaf binder paper of the kind highschool students use. Groups of pages are separated by stiff boards with colorful plastic tabs attached. The green tab reads "ferns," the yellow one "insects," and the blue one "RR weeds." This latter topic reflects a special interest I had years ago when I lived in St. Louis and loved to walk along railroad tracks looking for exotic weeds.

I randomly open the notebook, find myself in the red-tabbed "birds" section, and now I type what's on that page so you can see:

April 18, 1976
(Easter Sunday) Kentucky: McLean County;bushy, weedy area around bridge over Cypress Creek on Knobbs/Semiway road 1 mile E of Semiway; 70�, light breeze, clear, from 6:30 to 8:30 AM
1: Mourning Dove
2: Red-bellied Woodpecker
3: Purple Martin
4: Blue Jay
5: Crow
6: Tufted Titmouse
7: Carolina Chickadee
8: Carolina Wren
9: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10: White-eyed Vireo
11: Black-throated Green Warbler
12: Hooded Warbler
13: Myrtle Warbler
14: Yellow-throated Warbler
15: Yellowthroat
16: House Sparrow
17: Cardinal
18: Goldfinch
19: Rufous-sided Towhee
20: White-throated Sparrow

My first sensation upon looking over this list is that it's really neat knowing exactly where I was on Easter Sunday morning way back on April 18th, 1976. I was visiting my parents on the farm in Kentucky. I can visualize that early that morning, perhaps even before my parents presented my Easter basket -- a tradition continued far into my adulthood -- I entered my old Volkswagen Beetle and drove to Cypress Creek a couple of miles away. If I think hard, perhaps imagining more than remembering, I can even remember that early-spring morning, the fresh, pale green leaves unfurling on trees, the odor of moist earth from still-unplowed soybean fields along the creek...

In short, this sheet of paper is a souvenir of a time past. It evokes memories of a life and way of being that exist no more. It feels good to remember those Easter baskets, and driving in the old Volkswagen down the gravel road to Cypress Creek, as the cold air gushed through the rusted-out spot below my feet... And it's even good to see which birds I saw that day.

To tell the truth, the list itself isn't a very spectacular one. Not a single species on it can be considered rare or out of the ordinary. These are exactly the birds to be expected along a bushy, weedy creek bank in mid April, in my part of Kentucky.

However, it's also true that what I now know very largely results from my having compiled hundreds of lists similar to this one. In 1976, I was just learning which migrants arrived first. Once I'd amassed several years of lists, gradually the impressions began dawning: Yes, Black-throated Green and Hooded Warblers, and Yellowthroats, they're the "early birds," the migrating species arriving first during spring migration. If today I'd read that on that Easter Sunday I'd seen a Blue-winged Warbler -- which now I know to be a late arriver -- I'd be sure I'd made a misidentification back in 1976.

In other words, my nature study notes have always been, and continue to be, a real "tool" I use as my insights into nature keep growing, evolving, and branching into new fields of interest. It can be the same way for you...

Now I continue thumbing through my notebooks' bird section. I remind myself that by no means have my birding experiences been limited to weedy creek banks near my childhood home. Many of my lists are souvenirs of exotic places. I've birded in over forty countries, and I have lists from them all.

Ah, here's the list from the time I saw my first Chaffinch, spotted downtown near the University of Santiago de Compestela, Spain, back in 1980, during a visit with my friend Sergio. And here's a good sighting of the Gray-collard Becard, seen in southern Mexico near a town with the jaw-breaking name of Ocozocoautla, and here's the wild peacock seen next to that Hindu temple, in India, in 1996...

Therefore, for me, there are three main reasons for keeping nature study notes:

They are "tools" that help me learn
Rummaging through them evokes great memories of being in the field and doing and seeing interesting things
It's a lot of fun to show your lists to others, as I just did...
Of course, nowadays I keep my notes on the computer (and back them up fastidiously!) You might be interested in the computer-friendly ideas for organizing your notes on our Note Organization Page.

When you get some solid identifications of plants and animals in your Notebook, be sure to consider posting your IDs at the wonderful iNaturalist.Org website.

Cite this page as:
Conrad, Jim. Last updated August 13, 2014 at 11:03:44 PM PDT . Page title: Keeping Nature Notes in a Journal. Retrieved from The Backyard Nature Website at http://www.backyardnature.net/notebook.htm
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1/26/15 9:09 A

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Nice....

I got in my run yesterday, 5.5 miles! emoticon working my way up gradually.

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1/25/15 5:06 P

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Most times I have my camera with me and so I have a photo journal... But I now tend to bring a notebook with me when I walk Dalhouise as well. I see interesting plants, bugs, birds and "



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I think that's a great idea, Marty. Have you started already?

I have an activity tracker that I wear that has a spot for weather and mood, so I've been filling that in lately, and sometimes I'll add some notes, but nothing observational yet. I may have to start doing that too, it would be fun to go back and see how last year compared to this year. I have done that in a small way with activities, like I could look at last year to see when we started skiing, when we stopped (we did not ski at all in January last year, no snow, kind of like this year!) and how long we were able to go.

Today I plan on getting out for a run. I did a little over 4 miles last Sunday, so I think I can get in at least 5 today!

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1/25/15 11:00 A

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I am often - well to be correct I do most of my activities outside. I see so many things that I would like to remember but I have the shortest memory in the world and so I have begun to attempt to write notes in a field notebook. I am not so observant or clear as to what to write. I think it would be a real good idea especially if done correct and during the winter I look back on summer notes or even years later to review them and to be taken back to the time written .
Also I think it would improve my observational skills.
As I keep doing my recordings I think I am getting better at including times, conditions of environment. I don't always include temperature which I want to

Do any of you relate to this?



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1/24/15 6:13 P

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I got in a quick walk around the trails, not quite an hour, but it's beautiful here as well! Sunny, clear skies...still hoping for some snow soon (we DO need the snow pack, another year of drought will NOT be good), but I'll enjoy the sun while it's here! emoticon

Marty, your longer description of Dahlhousie running along the beach path was delightful, sounds like you have done this before!

Ladybug, enjoy your hike tomorrow!

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1/24/15 4:43 P

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Haha! Marty, that's awesome! I wish my dog was more active, but she just likes to lay around and occasionally run circles.

It's a gorgeous weekend here, perfect for hiking. I had to spend all this morning catching up on work, and this afternoon I'm going to do a lot of reading, but I'm planning to hike Iron Mountain tomorrow morning. It's been a while!

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1/24/15 1:32 P

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It is kind of funny to watch .. Dalhouise runs so fast for an old dog. As we drive towards the beach about a mile away he begins to get so excited and whinny ... Then when I pulmthrough the gates... I go just far enough to make sure no cars are coming around a bend... Then I open my door and Dalhouise climbs all overme to get out. Then he runs in front of the car - I wait for this because I know he wants to pee on the tree at the passenger side.. Then he runs I front of the car a few yards past the fence and then over to the walking path... I now am following him in the middle of the road as he runs 10 km to get past the fence... I drive in the middle to prevent any cars from becoming an issue if they should appear.. Once Dalhouise is on the path I drive slow on the wrong side with flasher going for his safety. The road is a pot hole dirt path with lots of room for cars to go around us.. Once Dalhouise is about to thirds down this path I drive ahead tomthen parking lot and wait for him... He never leaves the safety path along the ocean.... Depending on how busy the area I might driver further down the parking lot to the official sandy beach area and wait. He knows the route well and comes along at his leisure happy as any wet dog can be...



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Turn it into snow and send some of that my way, Marty! I smiled thinking of you driving along the beach while you dog ran along the path! emoticon

I should get out here pretty soon, it's clear and sunny here, and I have an appointment early this afternoon, that was rescheduled from later this afternoon, so have to get out earlier!

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Heavy - heavy rain - raining dogs and cats .. It was so heavy I did as little walking outside today as possible. I took out the Dalhouise for a short time - later I took him to the beach and opend the car door and let him run.. He runs down the beach path while I drive on the road..
Lazy me... But it is raining so friging heavy.




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1/22/15 12:33 P

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GPS - I have a Mallegan - some times I am furstrated with it other times it works great. I paid 150 at London Drugs two years ago.
Garmin is what I think I want ... But others say they have issues too...
I think the best to do is to find out what the majority of the people are using in your area.. If they use one type more it seems that the GPS you will use will get better readings...
It is not suppose to be that way but in reality it is... That is my personel opinion ....



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1/22/15 11:27 A

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3. Thats my record for eagle sitings at one time. One of the lakes up here in northern Michigan has an island that has an active eagles nest in one of it's trees. I've paddled the kayak out to the island but the best activity is watched from the water just off the islands shore.

Marty, what is the best of the cheapest devices (gps) for geocaching?

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Last night I looked at my old fashion pedometer and it read only about 1700 steps... That can not be true... It must had gotten reset some how during the day. I had walked Dalhouise earlier in the day that would had been at least 2000 steps right there and then I was geocaching in the afternoon - that I believe would had brought me close to ten thousand steps alone..
Today I am not sure what will happen - we have the plumber coming this morning to fix broken sinks, drains and to remove a broken garburator and to instal our new dishwasher. How long will this take? I have no idea. Then I think by afternoon the rains will be upon us so that will limit my outdoor activity, especially right now as this cold bug will not let go completely. This nasty dry cough came just when I thought I was healed ...
My mood is better though at the moment... I do hope I get to hike and geocache Burnaby Lake before th end of January though...

The day I seen 45 eagles I did indeed get many pictures. Some were the best I have ever taken which made that day even better than imagined.




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45 eagles? That's awesome! Did you post any pics?

I'll be "hiking" to work and back tomorrow, as usual!

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Geocaching is fun... And at times frustrating .... But it does take you to many new hiking trails and paths you might had never have heard about



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I've always wanted to try geocaching. My brother does that. It sounds fun. I got out in the snow and hiked for an hour on the Michigan shore to shore trail. Someday I would like to hike the whole thing but work seems to get in the way :-/

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Today was an amazing day. I hiked for two hours in the morning and then I biked two hours in the afternoon.
No geocaching.. But I did go birding..
I hiked mostly along the Manquam River Dyke. I recorded in my field note book 45 Bald Eagles.. And the best part of this I was able to get the best pictures of these magnificent birds ever...




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I agree, I like to mix up my activities outside as well, biking, hiking, running it's all good!

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That sounds great, Marty! And any kind of exercise is good. You're no traitor!

“Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” – H.H. The 14th Dahlai Lama


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1/15/15 12:08 P

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I went for a bike ride instead of a hike.. I'm a traitor ...
But at least I was off the couch..
The day was a perfect spring like - January thaw day.. Could not stay inside.



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Got in some urban hiking today while running errands. I haven't started my car all day!

“Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” – H.H. The 14th Dahlai Lama


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240 minutes -- my feet hurt. I went hiking or was it slow walking.. Nevertheless we (Noni - Dalhouise) and I were out side walking along the lower Seawall at Stanley Park and on return up on the upper trails. I found a couple of geocaches - took some pictures of scenery and different birds .. And walked and walked.



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Yeah, no lunch walk for me today either. Too much work to do! That means W/Th/F I need to be active in order to get 5 days of activity. Push push push!

“Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” – H.H. The 14th Dahlai Lama


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1/13/15 9:02 A

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I think they call that "linner" (lunch + dinner), Marty! Wow, that's a lot of caches! and a lot of birds! Great outing.

Ladybug, hope you enjoy your day, tomorrow!

Suzzzie, that's a lot of gain in a little distance, my kind of hiking! Enjoy!

JStetser, is that a snowshoe on Mt Washington, or is it hiking? I would think it would be covered by now?

I'll be hiking to work and back today, I may try to run in, but my knee was talking to me this morning, and not saying good things!

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I am home... Went to the store and found out that it was closed on Mondays.. Then I got loss...
Eventually we found our destination - Piper Spit at Burnaby Lake.
Wewere able to see lots of Mallard Ducks, Wood Ducks, Dowitchers, Green Wing Teals, Spotted Toehees, Great Blue Herons, Common Mergansers, Canada Geese, American Coots, Crows, Black-cap Chickadee's and Red-wing Blackbirds.
We walked the trails for two hours and ten minutes roughly..
I found Eight caches... So this was definetly a successful Geocaching day for me.. Could not find two that we searched for though.
To finished the day we went to Swiss Chalet for lunch and supper meal as one. I was hungry.
Now it is time for a shower and go to bed...
I wonder what tomorrow will bring?




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Sounds like a great hike, Kay! Suzie and JSTETSER, looking forward to hearing all about yours!

No urban hiking today. I have a working lunch. I'm looking forward to getting out tomorrow, though!

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I am going up to Mt Washington's Tuckerman Ravine next weekend.



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If all goes well, we're hiking Mt. Si next Sat. or Sun. It is something like 3100 feet up in 4 miles and a good view if we're lucky with the weather. Views this time of year (especially on a weekend we're free to hike) seem to be very rare. I'm preparing for a stair race and soon I'll be able to get more hikes and trail runs.

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Sorry your hike was cancelled, April, but next time you'll have a great trail to hike on!

Marty, hope the missing glove turns up! I have a few single gloves lying around, not sure why, I should just get rid of them!

I did get another hike in out back yesterday, this was a little longer, I went up and over the ridge and into the next canyon over. Lots of up and down!

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Another day with no rain.. I drove to the Estuary and then spent over an hour hiking - taking pictures of birds and the beautiful scenery.
I don't know why I don't hike here more often, it is so beautiful.
I lost one of mine pensive gloves.... I have been so careful too but when I returned home I onlynhad one in my pocket... I will try to retrace my steps tomorrow but I think it is gone ...




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Well we tried to take a local hike today but the trail was closed for maintenance boooo. So now we just did a short little walk around our courtyard just so I can say I tried to get some fitness in outdoors today before sundown. Now we're off to see a movie. I hate these short days. Looking forward to longer hours of sunshine. It's tough fitting in all the things!

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We were hoping to get in another ski here, but the conditions have been deteriorating rapidly with the warmer weather! I think we may (hopefully) get some more snow next weekend....so I may just get out hiking on our local trails, like I've been doing here lately!

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I work at the children's hospital and we have a hiking group. Today I'm going to check it out for the first time; we're doing a ~2 mile hike on the same trail I took last week. It's a beautiful day; currently 55F with a high of 68 expected this afternoon. Looking forward to it! I hope I can keep up!!!
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April, you're here too! Welcome! I was actually just looking at your pics and noticed you did a lot of hiking. I was going to suggest this team! Happy to have you, April!

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Hey folks, I'm April and I'm new to the team. I am lucky to live in a warm climate so it's easy to get outside and get hikes in year round. Hoping to get a short day hike in tomorrow.

Anyone else hiking this weekend?

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I got in a nice hike/walk after my yoga/facial! It really is spring-like conditions here. I was checking the weather, and looks like more of the same until possibly next weekend. Guess I'll enjoy it while it's here! emoticon

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It's pretty gorgeous out here as well. I'm looking forward to a long walk on my lunch break to loosen these calves from my run yesterday!

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Huh, I wonder how many posts get flagged for hidden words like that, I don't think it's happened to me before.

Quiet start to my day, it looks calm and cloud free outside.

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Put it all together. Add a i after the h and before the t



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That's great that they were so responsive, now I'm curious as to what the word was! And since you can't put it in a post, I'll just have to let my imagination run with it! emoticon

I did get out on the trails today, it was so nice out! I'm still hoping we get more snow, but I guess I might as well enjoy the sunshine while it's here. emoticon

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I had problems again with posting so I did contact Spark people with a copy of my post.. And I asked what is wrong with it? They responded so quick - one of my words smelled a bad word in the middle of it and wouldn't allow it saying it was profanity. so I just took out the word and we were good to go.



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Feeling still icky - nevertheless I went with camera around neck to walk the Side Channel with Dalhouise. The sun is out - so bright after days of rain, snow, overcast ness ... I spotted seven Eagles, and a flock of hooded Mergansers and Mallard Ducks. Walking was a little tricky as the ground was frozen - pass people steps from pass walking frozen up making for very uneven ground. I am so thankful for my hiking poles that help stabilize me.
The temperature is warm and the sun is out maybe I should go out again.. Force some fresh air into my lungs



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Well now that's 2 ways to self-limit, no driving, no shopping, and no calling! (3 ways!)

Marty, hope you get in another snowshoe before it all melts! Our hills have almost no snow left...but that's to be expected with all the sunshine we've been having.

We're headed out to ski today, lots of sunshine, should be a pretty day!

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Well it just so happens that I left my wallet attached to my keys when I let BF drive off with it this morning! LOL So no phone, no wallet, no money. I wouldn't have time to stop, anyway. emoticon

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A hike is a hike. You might find lending your car out more often will be the best thing in the world to do.
Just don't stop to shop because your pocket book will loose weight too and if you like me you want a large pocket book....



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I'm going to "hike" around downtown today! Let's call it Urban Hiking, lol. I lent the car out to the BF and have meetings about a mile away on the other side of town. It should be a solid 20-30 minutes one way, which will get in my exercise for the day. I made sure to wear flats and comfortable clothes!

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I still feel slightly under the weather but I did go out for a snowshoe today. My thigh muscles are feeling it. I am now looking forward to when I can go out again. How far.. I don't know ... I didn't go far today and I was tired out puffing for breath... But then again I am still in recovery.
I think I would like to tackle my pond walk on snowshoes... Only problem is it is raining and all our snow will be gone... This will mean if i want to snowshoe I will have travel towards Whistler, 64 km away.




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Hope you start to feel better soon, Marty! I started with the sore throat a few days after Christmas, and still have a bit of a cold, but I'm finally feeling better today. Been drinking lots of warm tea, and it sure helped.

I got out for a walk around the neighborhood today, didn't want to get out too far, as I think the trails are probably pretty muddy from the melting snow around here, but I feel good for having gotten out for a bit.

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I ended the year with a hike around Alice Lake. To start the new year I met with friends and we hiked / walked the trails in Central Park Burnaby and then around the Metro Town Mall.
But now my cold is zapping me and so I am staying in except to walk to the neighbourhood park to walk Dalhouise... Unless my wife will do it and let me stay in bed.




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Can't say I blame you for wanting to sleep in after a late night! Great that you got to enjoy the snow!

Larry's waxing the skis, so we'll be getting onto the snow here too! Thursday's ski was pretty good, if exhausting, I went i-pod-free, and just enjoyed the views, trees, blue skies mountains around, and greeting all the other outdoor enthusiasts along the trail!

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Well it was supposed to be a sunrise hike but we nixed the early rise the night prior because we both wanted to stay up late, lol. Instead we both slept in and contacted one another when we woke. We were actually going to hike somewhere different but my friend wanted to see snow so we drove east until we found some!

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Hey Marty, sounds like some kind of glitch in the system regarding your posting. Have you tried contacting Spark Technical support? Maybe they can explain the issue. Glad you were able to post something!

SDL, nice that you got out in the snow! Was that your sunrise hike? I saw all the news reports about the So Cal snow! We didn't get any here, but I wouldn't mind more! emoticon

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Hiked in the snow in southern California this morning out at Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve. Gorgeous!

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I tried for two days removing words and still I kept being sent a message about profanity and to read the guidelines, I slowly removed words and tried to post and never getting through.
Oh well - I will do a new post about today.
It was still sunny and cold but we went out the door to Alice Lake and hiked for a couple of hours. It is 6 km and surprisingly Noni did well with no complaining.



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Well that is interesting that post went through. I wonder what word or words are red flagging my post I want to post?



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I have been having issues with posting - I keep getting a message about swearing and to read the guid lines. I look over what I write and I don't understand



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Trail Trodder, enjoy your New Year hike! hiking and soup sounds like a nice combo!

SDL, nice desert hiking! Those old mines are fun to wander around, but carefully! Hope you get your sunrise hike in!

I'll be walking to work in the morning...they are predicting a dusting of snow, so I'm planning on bundling up!

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Hiked for a couple hours yesterday morning in the Mojave. We found an old abandoned mineshaft and a dried up watering hole where they held cattle! (as evidenced by all the dried cow piles around, lol) I'd like to do a sunrise hike with a friend on Wednesday morning, so hopefully that goes down.

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Our local hiking club will take it's annual New Year's Day hike to Horse Thief Canyon which is about 40 miles west of me. Looking like it's going to be a cold one, but it's a tradition. Soup and music afterwards.

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Maybe you could pack an extra jacket for Noni next time, if she gets cold easily? Better to avoid the arguments if you can help it! Sounds like it's a place worth revisiting though!

I did my usual walk to work and back yesterday, won't be doing that tomorrow! We'll be skiing on the way to my sisters for Christmas dinner.

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Burnaby lake loop this is a 10 km hike around the lake. My intention were to hike this loop with my wife and to do some geocaching as we went and to look for birds. I don't think I was asking too much.. Well once we parked the car and walked to the trail, got a little side tracked with the amount and different species of ducks, spent to much time there looking and taking pictures so that Noni became cold. Once we began walking Noni complained about having sore feet.. I know - when this happens it is best just to stop and go back.. I will return and do this my self.
This almost blew into a huge argument- she would had tried to keep going - butnI know I would have to live with her complaining for a day or two about how sore her body is.. So I said I would not walk with her... Happy wife makes for a happy life...



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My trails usually get pretty muddy with the rain, but these past storms have been drying out pretty quickly, for which I'm grateful! I will hike in anything, but I prefer it not be so muddy my shoes weigh twice as much when I'm done as when I started!

SDL, welcome back! And enjoy your desert hiking!

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I posted a picture to show how muddy the trail is from all this rain we have had for the last month. My wife will not go with me she does not like dirt or mud... But Dalhouise and I dont care. - we just keep going wet feet or not.. No wonder I have been fighting a sick bug for this last week - but regardless I love hitting the trails



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Good morning, everyone! I used to be a member of this team and then I closed my account and when I came back I forgot to add you! I see some familiar faces, so that's fun! I'm glad to see everyone is still active on here.

I just did a LOT of hiking over the Thanksgiving holiday (blog on my page) and am headed out to the desert next week to hike and go spelunking out there. I'm pretty stoked!

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We were just saying a little sunshine would be nice! We had a glimpse on Saturday for a minute or 2, and then the clouds came back! Glad you were able to enjoy it!

This week my hiking will be on the walk home from work on Tuesday and Thursday, hoping I can get out early enough to walk home in the light!

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This afternoon was a perfect day and I mean a perfect afternoon. There was no rain and no bugs and not too cold but a bright warm sun that shone upon us as we walked. Noni has not been going out much lately so I suggested that we walk together to enjoy this perfect afternoon. Dalhouise is always happy to go either on a long or short walk. Because Noni has been not so active I decided to keep today's hike slow and medium length



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Nice sightings on your beach walk, Marty!

I'll be walking in to work tomorrow, the only birds I've been seeing lately are the Canada geese heading south for winter!

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Too much time spent in the mall walking around and spending money.. So on the way home we stopped off at a little beach wilderness area to suck in some fresh pure undiluted air. Porteau Cove. I was hoping to see some oyster catchers (birds). But at first only spotted a couple of crows... The. On a rock seen some ducks that turned out to be a different spieces than I normally see. harlequin ducks. Anyways it was a good short hike enjoying the sunshine and clean air



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At least you're getting out, despite the weather! Those new trails will wait until you're ready, Marty, just do what you can, and enjoy the holidays! emoticon

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I have been hiking / walking the pond since I have returned home. Jet lag and very cold temperatures and rain have not helped the motivation to get out and hike different trails. I hope to give my self a kick in the pants and get out ... But it is so hard and now the Christmas seat. Is upon us



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We did a mountain bike ride in Auburn, CA, near Forestville, I wasn't feeling well (probably pie overload from the night before) so I cut it short, still, it's a nice area, and a great bike trail (or hiking trail!)

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Horsethief Canyon in central Kansas next Tuesday. Wanted to get out this weekend, but with family here till Sunday.....I here with family.

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I ended up Hiking up at Breitenbush Hot Springs and then after had the most wonderful soak in the natural springs with dear old friends.

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”

~Dr.Seuss -'Oh,The Places You'll Go!'


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