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Strolling On Pine Avenue November 21, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Life Balance, Nature.
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Last week, when we went to the Farmer’s Market on Pine Avenue, we parked at the far end of the street and strolled the length.

We enjoyed the signage outside the Pineapple Junktion Co-op.

We had to STOP to check out the Waffle Bar (with made to order waffles ~ a/k/a “sugar delivery devices”).

After visiting the market, we checked out AMI’s pier which is being rebuilt after being damaged during Hurricane Irma two years ago.  It’s getting there but it’ll be a few more months before we can walk the planks.

Since it was a gorgeous day, we continued our walk up Bay Boulevard to enjoy the views.

On the return trip, we stopped in the Olive Oil Outpost to get some fresh-from-the-oven baked bread.

Just outside, this rusty truck with a cargo of “empties” caught my eye.

Aah . . . what a trusty rusty recycling bin!

Walk On The Ocean November 17, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Exercise & Fitness, Nature.
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Walk on the ocean . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

So Says The Duke . . . Or Not November 15, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Nature, People, Word Play.
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At the Farmer’s Market at Phillippi Estates, we parked next to a car that made us laugh out loud.

Well, not the car exactly, but a quote appliquéd to the window.

Now, I’ll be honest, it didn’t sound like something the Duke would have said, so I checked it out on Snopes.com . . . because Snopes knows!

And, nope, not the Duke:

Well, whoever said it first, it’s got a ring of truth to it.

Aah . . . that’s more like it!

Raised Bed Gardens November 9, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Nature, Sustainable Living.
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As we age, bending over to plant flowers or pull weeds becomes more challenging.

Instead of bending down to the garden, put the garden on stilts.

These raised bed gardens from the Bishop Museum demonstrate a wide variety of plantings benefitting from elevated germination.

I just wish they were in my backyard!

You can see more container gardens in the background of this shot.

And for the cacti lover in you, here’s a little zen garden for you.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Giants, Dragons, & Unicorns November 5, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Magick & Mystery, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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After our aborted first attempt, we fit in a visit to the Bishop Museum to see Giants, Dragons, & Unicorns (The World of Mythic Creatures).

The exhibit features unique cultural objects (art, jewelry, masks, puppets) which highlight the similarities and differences in the ways people around the globe envision and depict mythic creatures.

As we wandered through the exhibit, we learned about Sea Monsters, Griffins, Unicorns, and Dragons . . . oh, my!

Giants, Dragons, & Unicorns (The World of Mythic Creatures) shared theories and research highlighting how misidentification, speculation, fear, and imagination spawned the creation of a myriad of mythic creatures.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to meet this guy in a dark alley . . . even if he has misplaced his dentures!

While at the museum, we also visited the Mosaic Backyard Universe where kids can run, jump, climb, and blast off into space in a cardboard rocket!

But first . . . here’s a Unicorn for Tippy Gnu:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Say Hello to Paitoon & Jilian October 7, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Life Balance, Nature.
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Like cats?

Meet Paitoon & Jilian:

For the first time, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is home to rare clouded leopard cubs. The two cubs are the newest residents on the Zoo’s Asia Trail; [they  made] their public debut Wednesday, Sept. 11.

The cubs are a male named Paitoon and a female named Jilian. They were born April 29 and March 24, respectively, at the Nashville Zoo. Visitors will be able to see them for short periods of time during the morning at the clouded leopard exhibit from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The cubs are learning how to climb but will need to be supervised by keepers while they explore and acclimate to their new exhibit. As they become more independent, they will spend longer periods of time on exhibit until they no longer need keeper supervision, and visitors will be able to see them for much of the day.

“The cubs are extremely curious and precocious; they have been exploring and investigating every nook-and-cranny of their new home,” said Michael Brown-Palsgrove, curator of Asia Trail. “It’s a great time to visit the clouded leopard exhibit to see them and learn about all our conservation efforts here and in Thailand.”

Clouded leopards are arboreal and have large paws with sharp claws and long tails that help them adeptly navigate forest canopies of Southeast Asia. The Zoo’s energetic cubs spend most of their time perfecting their natural climbing abilities and wrestling and vocalizing to each other.

Aah . . . that’s precious!

Mountains August 10, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Nature.
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Mountains aren’t funny . . .

They are hill areas.

Aah . . . that’s punny!

Roadside Rest Shelters Rock! August 5, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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Before the arrival of McDonald’s drive thrus, parents often packed picnics to take on road trips (in case the natives in the back seat got restless or hungry).

To keep said natives occupied en route, parents assigned them the task of finding a suitable stopping point for lunch.  The task, thinly disguised as a game (complete with coveted prize) went like this:

“First one to spot a shaded picnic spot for lunch gets an extra cookie for dessert!”

Noses glued to the windows, kids scanned the horizon for a picnic spot that would score them an extra cookie.

And bragging rights!

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Since a 2007 cross-country trip, Ryann Ford has been documenting historic roadside rest shelters with amazing vistas and views:

Roadside Rest Shelters: Destinations All Their Own

For a few more great shots of rest stops:

Attraction:  Retro Roadside Rest Shelters

I don’t know about you, but I think Ryann deserves an extra cookie for capturing these iconic images!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Meet Memorial Rock August 3, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Nature, Sustainable Living.
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What do you do with an 8.5 million-pound boulder that crashes down a mountainside, digs a trench across a highway, and stops in the middle of on-coming traffic?

Nope.  You do NOT blow it to smithereens.

Instead, you give it a name, escalating it to landmark status and creating a tourist attraction even better than a giant ball of rubber bands!

And, if your new landmark is located in the middle of a highway, you reroute the road, saving $200K in the process.

Meet Memorial Rock:

Colorado Highway Rocked By 8.5 Million-Pound Boulder’s Crash Landing

Aah . . . that’s a bold boulder!

Ticks . . . ICK! July 25, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Nature.
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As if we needed yet another reason to hate those blood-sucking critters:

Maine Confirmed Its First Case of a Rare Tick-Borne Virus in Years. Here’s What to Know About Powassan

The article’s advice ~> Steer clear of deer ticks.

Aah . . . that’s basic!