I am starting to find many treasures around where I am. I have climbed that highest mountain, well at least the tallest Loess ridge, a feat in itself. Shopping has also taken its toll; I am still keeping my other home so getting all new. This going to work each day hasn’t been a priority for over two and a half years, so I am trying to get use to that regime again. It was hard to leave an area I had played hard on, but this area has some of the older prairie remnants for the state. It has been hard getting around to some areas, the Missouri River flooded real bad around me. Many small bridges are still out, and this often is only one way to get into many towns.
It was nice to return to the area. This is a new piece of land to survey between mighty hills and gentle croplands. A familiar sight was a tiny strip of restored prairie that offered a chance to remember a few friends from around my other home. Dried clumps of goldenrod caught the sunlight acting like tiny lanterns to lead the way. A Red-breasted Woodpecker greeted me in almost the same area it had my previous visit. Perhaps this was a sign to return many more times to enjoy this wonderful area. Harvested soybean fields become a challenge for the mountain bike. They are easy down, but hard to navigate up without taking the slope in a series of switchbacks. I laughed today thinking I need a toboggan to exchange for my bike in a few weeks perhaps. If you have one you aren’t using please send it over to me, I have some nice areas to sled. I would love to have you join me.
As I rounded the bend a pair of male Eastern Bluebirds flew off in one direction, while the females went the other. There are a pair of houses nearby I think they are using; maybe they are related staying into near winter. They aren’t ready to pose for a picture yet, I missed them both directions hiking in today. It was nice to hum, “Mister Bluebird” and remember the happiness they give me when I watch them through the summer. This was a slow year for fledglings in this area, only forty-nine found, some years have approached ninety. When the Missouri River flooded it approached this area through a series of creeks, flooding out the picnic area and trails. The main overland flooding stayed back to preserve this archeological dig. They are trying to locate a Woodland Indian encampment through a series of post holes dug across the area. Some exciting finds drew studies to the area.
Bittersweet looks almost like Chinese Lanterns
This looked like a squid when I found it in the middle of nowhere. LOL Sometimes I feel so remote, yet I am 20 minutes from Omaha, Nebraska.