Saturday, April 22, 2017

A reminder that we are not in charge. Our first spring thunderstorm rolls in.


This storm was a couple of days ago, but it's appropriate to post on Earth Day.  Science is important.  Our environment is important.   If we don't take care of our planet, everything else will not matter.






No, it's not a fire except in the sky.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday Road Trip

We decided to drive to Kootenai Falls today as we have a little sunshine and it finally feels like spring.

This herd was in the middle of the road on the drive up Bull River.  There were about a dozen of them in all.  I hope they all made it across the road without a car colliding with them.






The walking bridge over the railroad tracks at the falls.





The falls were spectacular!





Stromatolites below the swinging bridge. 


Stromatolites are a calcareous mound built up of layers of lime-secreting cyanobacteria and trapped sediment, found in Precambrian rocks as the earliest known fossils, and still being formed in lagoons in Australasia. (I had to look that up, but Retired Mountain Man already knew that)  He loves rocks.  Especially this kind of rock and yes, he picked one up and brought it home.



Only five people are allowed on the swinging bridge at one time.






There were a lot of people in line waiting to go across, so I decided not to go this time, but I did get a photo.

We decided to drive to Troy and find a park there where we could eat our lunch.  RMM spotted this next on the way there.






We drove on towards Bonners Ferry and saw the slide areas where the hillsides collapsed into the highway and then we took the Samuels Cutoff Road to head home.   It was a beautiful day.

I took video of Kootenai Falls, but I apparently don't have the right software to get it uploaded to blogger.  Maybe tomorrow.






Saturday, April 15, 2017

I spy.....the first mushroom of the season.

Retired Mountain Man, who has keen eyesight, is usually the one to spot the first mushroom of the year.  Not this year.  Yay!  I found the first one.  (Retired Mountain Man says I'm a showoff.)

We hiked down the trail to the bench to check his game cameras and then we walked back up the shale pit road.  It has been four or five years since I have been able to go on the hike.  We threw branches and broken limbs off of the trail as we went.


We found these on the bench in the clearing right next to where one of the game cameras is located

I am adding a few photos from our first day of fishing too.  The perch aren't biting yet, but it has to happen soon.







We will be having fried mushrooms for dinner tonight.  Yum.