So in February last year, I asked David if a vacation could finally be had.  We didn’t have a honeymoon, hadn’t had a vacation that didn’t include work (I’m thinking of our couple months as boat gypsies before we married) and well, it felt like we were working hard enough to deserve a nice getaway.  Since neither of us are the tradtitional cruise types, we looked into the barefoot cruise lines, where they take you out on a sailboat, as we both enjoy sailing.  (David likes the hands on, I like the riding along).  Within a few days, I had booked the trip for December.  December the previous year had taught us that there isn’t much car-hauling to be done during the holidays.  So rather than be stuck out on the road, we took the time off and had a grand adventure.

The first three days we were at the Atlantis Resort.  Expensive, yes, but wow.  DSC01089

We were in the least expensive of the towers (the original one, I believe) and this was our room.  This was our view from the room.  We left that sliding glass door open all the time we were in the room (including all night, as the temp never dropped below 68 in mid-December)


We were on the rougher side of the island (Paradise Island, aptly named) seawise, and the weather was a little dreary the first couple days, but the sun came out later and stayed and it was all good.


The first day there, I did their Ultimate Trainer for a Day program.  I got to swim with dolphins, pet them, hug them, ask them to do tricks, feed them.  I also got to go backstage on some of the other exhibits and feed sharks and stingrays, snorkel in one of their big tanks, and see a lot of interesting things.  The guides they have there were amazing (Dylan made us laugh a lot).  Because of when it was, it was just me and one other girl.  She and I were of like minds, so we enjoyed sharing the experience a lot.  We also had a photographer following us around, catching images like the one above.  At the end of the day, I got a flash drive with 100 or so pics on it, chronicling my wonderful day.

The next day we did the water park experience.  They have a slow river tubing experience, and one with some rapids.  We chose the rapids, and did it twice.  We both laughed a lot.  We then made our way to the big drop waterslide.  I chose no, but David went on it a few times, coming up grinning each time.

mayan tower  It drops underwater in a tube, and there are sharks swimming in the water there.  David said it went too fast to see sharks.  We then did the curvy waterslide in the same building there, and when you reach the underwater portion (after twirling through the dark with quick direction changes – I laughed soooo much!) you can see sharks.  That’s a big shark next to David.  We enjoyed this one so much we rode it a couple times.  David came away saying he didn’t think he was a waterpark kinda guy, but he was wrong.  He enjoyed it as much as I did.

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The resort kept to its theme very well.  All the little details were nautical.  Lots of fish and seahorses and dolphins.  Very colorful, as well.

After our days at Atlantis, we went to the boat, an old Clipper style sailboat, 125 ft long.  On this voyage there were 15 passengers and 10 crew.


We got to be under sail.  We got to help pull up the sails, which is quite the workout, yet fun.  We motored some.  Basically, we went island hopping down the Exumas.  Each day had a new adventure.  I got to see wild iguanas, feral yet friendly enough pigs, though very few birds.  I saw most of my birds (including 3 lifers) on Paradise Island.  Days on the boat were relaxing and peaceful.  There was a fabulous group of people, and we all seemed to click.  I can’t recall ever seeing David so relaxed and happy.  It was a wondrous thing to see.


See the iguanas on the beach?  They come running, hoping for food.  The pigs, on the other hand, swim out, hoping for food.  The cooks saved all the scraps for the pigs, so the pigs knew what they were doing.



We went snorkeling on the islands, as well as in a grotto.  I got to go before the tide changed, so it was just like being in a huge aquarium.  When I went back with David a few hours later, the tide had shifted, the water level was higher, there was a considerable current and most of the fish were gone.  It was still amazing.


This is where the grotto is.  It’s inside that big rock bowl.  You have to swim through the coral (carefully!  Coral bites!) but when you do, here’s what you see:


Nature’s cathedral.  I could’ve just floated there all day.  It was very peaceful and amazingly beautiful.DSCF0293

The fish swim right up.  I like how I caught this one looking at me.  I had a little underwater camera I had gotten free with points from our debit card.  I was the only one with a digital underwater camera!  Some folks (especially the younger men), had GoPro cameras, so they caught some fun video.  One of those may be on my list of things I’d like before too long…although this camera has video as well.

Sadly, on this evening of the trip, I got food poisoning and spent the next couple days confined to our bunk.  David took it easy and kept an eye on me.  I lazed in bed with my ipad reading to me (yay Audible!) and when I felt I could, went on deck to enjoy the sun.  If you’re going to get sick, there are few places that make it not so bad.  This would be one of them.  While I was incapacitated, David took the small sailboat out on his own and really enjoyed himself.  At one point while he was out, I wandered up on deck and saw him quite a ways out.  The captain smiled at me and said, “He’s not coming back.”

DSCF0206 David on the Peapod.

On Friday, I finally felt normal again, so got to enjoy the last beach outing.  We swam to shore from the boat, over a shallow coral reef.


Since I had missed a couple days of water time, I put on a mask and just floated right at the line where the waves broke, puttering back and forth, mesmerized by the play of light in the water.

DSCF0379 Mesmerizing…



Most everyone else was up on the beach.  There was talk of a bonfire later, but we all wore ourselves out before dark and stayed aboard.  One of the crew members, Cassie, wanted to be a mermaid.  David and I took her up on that, though David was the chief engineer.  He and I create well together.  She was very pleased with her mermaid tail.


DSCF0411  He also did the letter sculpting, which showed up really well with the shadows.

And now some random pictures from our time out.



I adore the Blue out there.  It soothes me deeply.  I can sit and just stare at the water for hours and hours (and did!)

From Atlantis:


Me being pushed by a dolphin – his snout is on my foot.  This was fun!  Then it was time for the double dorsal fin pull, and that was less fun.

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The dolphin on my right side (the one under water) was a youngster, and she did not pull her weight.  The other girl got two teenage male dolphins pulling her, and she rose up out of the water like a queenly mermaid.  I had mama and baby, with baby just playing, and I struggled with this.  It was still cool, though difficult.  I should’ve asked for a re-run.  :)

I loved this fountain.

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So, that was our time in the Bahamas.  It was amazingly beautiful and relaxing.  It was what vacations are supposed to be.  I wish this for everyone at some point.

Even when exciting things happen, I’ve not been by to note them.  So sad.  I think the immediacy of Instagram and Facebook have taken over, even though, honestly, I prefer the blog format.  It’s fun to *me* to go back and see my pictures and read my words.  Much more fun than Facebook.  Instagram is still fun, even though I’ve not even been there much of late.  Life as a driver of trucks often seems to be drive, sleep, drive, sleep, lather, rinse, repeat.  There are days when we stop, but then I’m recovering from the drive/sleep/drive routine.  I do love the job, which surprises me a bit.  I mean, I thought it would be okay as I’d always enjoyed driving around with David.  But it’s a job I feel pride in, and I like that.  I enjoy the work, enjoy the driving through the countryside (the cities, not so much, but they’re getting easier.  I’m getting pretty good with the interchanges).

So, happenings.

1.  Vacation in December to the Bahamas.  Amazing!

2.  Decision to move out of Michigan to the Pacific Northwest – do you hear that huge sigh?  That’s my soul no longer longing for home.  That’s me being so tickled pink I’m glowing.  That’s me dancing in my seat because I’m so excited by the home we found.  David found the home on Zillow (the house-hunting truck driver’s friend, let me tell you!) back in August.  Back then, it was out of our projected budget.  In December, after being on the market for nearly a year, the price was dropped right into our ballpark.  Our offer, accepted immediately (on the market for 400 days at this point), put it squarely where we wanted it to be.  This is the first time I’ve ever been through the home-buying process, so it’s interesting.  We believe the home was on the market so long because it’s a ways out.  For us, it’s perfect.  An hour drive to the truck yard in Vancouver (we currently drive 3 hours to Brighton, each time we get back to work), on a slough that is a quick paddle to the Columbia River.  Across the slough is a wildlife preserve, so there won’t be any houses messing with our view and privacy.  closing appears to be somewhere near my birthday, so happy happy birthday to me.  The moving process may end up being drawn out, though hopefully not too much.  There will need to be some time spent here in Michigan cleaning the place up to sell it, probably as a hunting property.  If you’re here the first couple days after posting, the “I’m on Instagram” photo to the left is of our deck in the back of the house, off the kitchen.  This will be where I have my chai every morning, rain or shine as it’s a covered deck.  There will be some sort of rocker or swing there, and I will be appreciating it so very much.

3.  Truck show and Women in Trucking.  Our company became a sponsor of Women in Trucking, although they don’t have many women drivers – under 10 of the few hundred.  I’m guess under the industry standard of 5%.  But as a sponsor, they got to have a big ol full page ad in the Women in Trucking magazine, Redefining the Road, and I’m in that ad!  Plus, in the latest issue, there’s an interview with me, which is pretty cool.  IF you click the magazine name, it will take you to that issue. The ad with my picture is on page 3, the story is on page 18, and my interview comprises the last three paragraphs there.  As a result of that, we ended up going to the Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville last weekend, and attending a WiT event.  It was a happy event, and I felt proud to be a woman driver among so many others.  There were ladies there who have been driving 40+ years.  I know my aunt Judy drove back then, and she drove a lot.  I come by the trucking honestly – Grandpa, two uncles, two aunts, Kevin and David all led me there.

So, that’s the big doings.  I’ll end here so I can make a separate post of pictures from our vacation and talk about that.  I’m going to see if I can’t get back in the habit of coming here to post, instead of just Instagram and Facebook.  This is more meaningful to me and I tend to talk more when it’s my own space.  So, we’ll see what happens…

Took a nice walk with the dogs this morning.   I finally saw the mama woodpecker.   She’s a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  Any time I walk by the tree her nest is in I can hear the chicks.  I believe they were newly hatched when I first heard them as their cries were rather soft and whispery.  Now they’re rather loud and boisterous.   And almost constant,  whether mama is at the nest or not.


The nest is in this tree around to the left even with the dark spotting.  She’s in the picture but I only had my phone so you can’t see her.  I like listening to the chicks.


The Ox-eye Daisies are everywhere.  I’m so grateful I took the time to learn my local wildflowers.   That little bit of knowledge makes me happy.


They do so enjoy being dogs.  And isnt the green fabulous?!  Time for a mow, if it will just dry out enough.  We’ve had rain nearly every day for a while.   The days it didn’t rain were, of course,  the


Yoga after.  Tucker decided the mat was a nice place to flop.


Then Hobie joined in.


Phoebe was on the floor with me too.  She gives me room though.  


I got these little bottles because of the shape.   I decided later to mix a big batch of bug repelling oil with which to make my own sprays (a combo of citronella,  lemongrass,  rosemary , lavender , geranium,  and a little clove.  Add a bit to a 50/50 mix of water and witch haxel and you have a pretty good bug repellent) and realized this is the perfect bottle for it.   I like to swirl it in the bottle to mix.  I feel all alchemical.


After a couple rainy days I decided to brave the outdoors (i.e. mosquitoes) for a little walkabout.  I’m home for my dental implant surgery (which went well though I remember nothing of it) while David’s out keeping the coffers full.

Getting both dogs to pose is hard.  Phoebe will do it but Tucker is always interested in whatever is off camera.  I did get this cool shot if them, though, in Utah.

Even then, off camera.

I was very happy this morning to find I’m home for the wild strawberries.


Unfortunately Tucker saw me harvesting and realized they are yummy so he started harvesting.   Last fall he was also snarfling blackberries off the vine.  He’d love Washington!  

Also on my walk I discovered a nest of what I believe are Flickers.  The parent bird that flew off appeared by size, color and flight to be one.  I’ll be checking it out.  The nest is in a tree trunk with an entry hole maybe an inch and a half across.   I can hear the whispery calls of the hatchlings.  I doubt I’ll be home to see them fledge.  But it makes me wonder how they get out!

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The day before we left out last time, we took the dogs for a walk.  I caught this picture of Tucker levitating and Phoebe being kinda dorky.

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We started off heading to Idaho.  This is Montana.  It was very lovely there.  I miss mountains.

When I’m not driving during daylight hours, I often sit in the jump seat with my camera at hand.  I’m getting pretty good at capturing things quickly.  My camera is very responsive.

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I almost didn’t see the horse at first.  He just blended into the scenery.  Then when I saw the picture, I was very pleased.

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This, too, was taken from a moving truck.  I barely saw the pronghorns – just lifted the camera and snapped.  This one made me very happy indeed.

I also saw these deer:

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After we delivered in Moscow, we headed to Washington.  I hadn’t been through Eastern Washington but once or twice before.  I drove much of it, as well as Snoqualamie Pass for the first time.  (spell check gives me “squalidness” for Snoqualamie…)

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I like the swirls on the hill.  There were lots of tumbleweeds out there while we were driving.

We picked up a load in Tacoma, then headed south to give it to another driver.  Since we were so close, we stopped in Ripon and my mom came and picked me up so we got a bit of a visit in.  Just before we got there, we stopped at a rest stop north of Sacramento and I saw this Red-Tailed Hawk sitting on an irrigation bank.  I had my telephoto lens, so was able to capture him when he flew off.

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I followed his flight and got a couple nice pictures.  

Just outside of Ripon, I snapped this picture, thinking it a murmuration of starlings.  I couldn’t find a group name for Red-Wing Blackbirds.

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Make it bigger-it’s cool!  I’m thinking of getting a large print of it.  You can see the red wing patches on the males.  Again, taken from a moving truck!

After going back to Tacoma for our load, we headed out to the Midwest, then to South Carolina.  We had a few days layover, which was a nice rest.  It was 70 degrees there, and there was birdsong.  Spring is coming, just not here yet.

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After South Carolina was some Michigan time.  We got by the house to find a power outage had turned off the heat, so it was good to get things back on.  Poor Hobie was cold.  I stuffed him in my coat and that calmed him down.   Knowing we were heading for Arizona made the zero degree temps more bearable…but only just.

On the way to Arizona, Tucker got skunked in Missouri.  Thank goodness our noses tune out scents after a bit, because he continued to smell a bit skunky for awhile.  Fortunately it wasn’t a full-on skunking.  I keep telling him to leave kitties alone.  It doesn’t work.

In Arizona, I saw this cloud that looks like an elephant:



I also got a new bird – the Gila Woodpecker.  I had seen one earlier in the day, but couldn’t get a positive ID.  We spent the night in the hotel and I saw it there as well.  Bonus for identification was when it called out.  I whipped out my phone with my handy birding app and made the positive ID.

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Looks like a cross between a Flicker and a Ladderback Woodpecker, doesn’t it?  It has a loud churr call.  I love my iBird app.

I also saw these ravens, who were grouping together and playing.

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Also in Arizona.  There had been some serious rains the few days before we got there.  I’d never seen so much standing water in the desert before!  There were clouds after that, but no rain.  Makes for interesting pictures, however.

From Arizona to California.  I finally saw the Hollywood sign!

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David, bless him, did the driving in LA traffic.  From LA, we headed north, over the Grapevine.  We came down the other side just at dusk.  I love seeing where hills fall into the flatlands, and I love the tone of light in the Central Valley of California at sunset.  I got both in one picture.

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Ever north.  I got to see my beloved Bellingham and Skagit Valley.  The swans are still visiting there:

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Another place where the hills march down to flats.  I hadn’t been to Bellingham since 2006.  It surely pulled at my heart.  We were just passing through on the way to British Columbia.   Then it was back down to Tacoma and homeward bound.  At this point we’ve been out four weeks.

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Phoebe loves her some snow.  However, we arrived home to find a broken water pipe and an inch of standing water in the house.  We pulled up all the flooring – laminate wood floors and carpet – so we wouldn’t have to deal with mold later.  Now we’re trying to decide what to do about the floors, which are concrete slab, and quite cold right now!

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Can’t have Phoebe without Tucker.  :)  He just came in damp from outside, and sadly, he still has a hint of skunk.


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Sunset on New Years Day, somewhere on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

So.  My grand plan to return to semi-regular blogging has been derailed by work.  January was pretty busy for us.  Lots of constant movement was involved, but included lots of time in the much warmer south.  There were days of 70 degree weather.  Coming back to Michigan’s 0 degrees was a little hard sometimes.


From our time in Arizona.

I caught a nasty cold the first of the year.  David came down with it a few days later.  I healed up, as I got to rest.  He hasn’t rested, so he’s still fighting it.  He’s finally taking some rest days now.


We got a new truck.  It’s a 2013 Peterbilt with a mere 50,000 miles on it.  Our old Pete had 975,000 miles when we let her go.  This is the rig I drive now.  Seeing it like this always makes me blink in surprise.  It doesn’t feel quite so big when I’m driving it.  I do notice that getting into a car is weird now.  David says that means I’m really a truck driver.

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Tucker grew these past couple months.  He gained 5 pounds, putting him at 50.  He also got longer and thicker through the chest.  Solid muscle, is our Tucker.  He likes spreading out on beds like this.


Full moon somewhere in Texas, as we headed out of San Antonio.  Next full moon, I’ll be using my telephoto lens to get a more detailed shot.

Our first trip out was Michigan to Omaha, NE to Phoenix.  We got to sit in Phoenix a few days, which was nice (and warm).  Then the hard running began.  We went to San Antonio, then to Tampa, up to Georgia, then Michigan, back to Florida (Miami this time) and then back to Michigan.  There was a day or two where we got to stop, but it was a lot of non-stop driving.  There were days where I’d drive an 8-hour day while David slept, then he’d get up and drive while I slept, then I’d get up and we’d switch again.  At the end of it, I told him I didn’t really want to be running quite that hard all the time.

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Tucker finally got to romp.  When we reached Florida the first time, we had a bit of time.  We got the dogs out and let them run.  Doesn’t he look happy about it?

phoebe and tucker

They wrestle.  Phoebe puts up with his physicality for awhile, then will get frustrated and chase him off.  He likes that, though.  This was in Ocala, Florida, and there was frost!

tucker and friend

We had breakfast there and when we walked out of the truck stop, the dog on the left was just outside the door.  We both did a double-take, thinking Tucker had somehow gotten out of the truck.  Then we realized he was missing the white parts.  This dog is named Gunny, and he was almost aggressive at first – lots of growling.  We didn’t want any dog troubles, but his owner kept assuring us it would be okay.  We let Tucker off leash, and they began chasing each other around.  Tucker was faster, and kept circling outside Gunny and almost herding him.

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There was much doggy joy.  Phoebe tried to run with them, mostly to control the situation, but it didn’t work.  These boys wanted to run.

tucker and bambam

Later that day we were at another driver’s home, picking up a vehicle they couldn’t deliver due to a break-down.  Tucker got to run the fence with their Shih-tzu, BamBam, as well as see horses and a cow and an Australian Shepherd to also run fences with.  Tucker is taking it easy on BamBam here.


There was a rainbow.


And birds to photograph (Eastern Bluebird).

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This is what greeted us when we got home.  There’s a good foot and a half of snow on the ground at our house.  Before we could even park in the driveway, David had to run the snow blower.


Hobie was waiting for us.  He seems to be doing pretty well, though he’s a bit lonely.  We don’t want to try another cat – a kitten needs socializing and attention, and an adult cat doesn’t have the survival skills to live out here.  So for now, he spends some time alone.  Once spring comes I doubt he’ll really notice as much.


Both dogs really love the snow.  Phoebe rolls around in it every chance she gets.  Tucker likes sproinging through it.  He was coming to get me in this picture.

snowy phoebe


See all that snow??  One good thing about living in a cold climate is getting to knit and wear fun things.  (I cut my bangs back a little since I took this picture the other day – they were a little crazy).

So, that’s what we’ve been up to.  I think I may try updating with my phone.  I need the reminders of where I’ve been.  It takes nice pictures as well.

Been lots of driving going on, little time for much else.  I’ve been tired a lot.  But tonight we’re in a hotel so I can update with pictures!


I caught this guy on our last afternoon in Arizona.  Oh, how I miss Arizona now.  Since then it’s been nothing but cold!  Anyways, I believe this bird is also a flycatcher of some sort.  I will need to consult my bird book.  We did get home for a day, so I now have one of my bird guides with me.  Not that I’ve had a chance to look at it much.  It is with me, though.

big fish

We went from Arizona to Baudette, MN.  Baudette isn’t far from International Falls, which is where the coldest temps in the country are generally found.  It was -4 degrees while we were there.  They have this giant fish statue in Baudette.  Minnesotans take ice fishing very seriously – they have ice shanties that are essentially camping trailers with a hole in the floor.  They lower them onto the ice and camp out there while fishing.  I hope to go ice fishing this winter.  Ice fishing and snow mobiling – those are the things I want to try this winter.


From Baudette, we went home via the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  It was my first time up there.  To get back to the Lower Peninsula, we crossed the Mackinac Bridge.  On the right is Lake Michigan, on the left Lake Huron.  I also saw Lake Superior that day, so three Great Lakes in one day.  Looking down into the straights, I could see a lot of ice.



These are big big chunks of ice.  My eye was caught by that strip of blue running through there.  I like that color a lot.

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I also caught a picture of myself in the side mirror.

So, we were home for a day, then they sent us BACK to Baudette.  Brr.  The car companies do cold weather testing up there.  We delivered cars to a company that does the testing.  We picked up other cars on this trip and took them down to Ohio.  From Ohio we ran up to Rhode Island, which was my 44th state to visit.  Since it’s just us, we told them we would stay out over Christmas if they needed us to.  I brought a strand of lights and we put them in the truck window.



They’re on the driver’s side, since most of our time is spent in the right-hand lane.  This way everyone who passed us would be able to see the lights.  They made me happy.

Christmas had us trucking through Pennsylvania and Ohio on our way to Chicago.  This morning David was playing with the dogs.  The normally over-crowded truck stop was nearly empty due to Christmas.  We were able to let the dogs off leash, as there was a fenced field.



We’re teaching Tucker a game where he runs back and forth between us.  If we can get Phoebe to go out a ways, he’ll run between the three of us.  It burns off some of his prodigious energy.  I swear that dog is all muscle.  And bone – especially in his big head.  :)



The skyline of Chicago is rather pretty.  I like big city skylines, but prefer to stay on the outskirts.  David drove downtown Chicago, as it’s where he learned to drive.  He made a comment about me needing city driving experience.  I’ll get that in smaller cities, thank you.



Any time David leaves the truck, Tucker wants to watch.  He usually jumps into the driver’s seat immediately.  This time he just stood up at attention.  It’s not his full meerkat impression, but it’s close.


I saw lovely things today during my shift.

Started in the Flint Hills of Kansas.   Wide open prairie with no signs of men except for the freeway twining through.   If you look off to the side it’s just grass forever in low rolling hills.

I saw a flock of over 1,000 Canada Geese in a pond.   They were all floating close with just a few taking off.   Then all through the day I saw skeins of geese flying.  

Every 1/2 to one mile I saw a hawk of some sort perched to the side of the road in a tree,  on a fence post, on a power line.  I drove 455 miles and that makes me think I probably saw 500 or so hawks.  Wow.

I finished up in Iowa.   David will get us to Minnesota tonight.   It was 8 degrees and snowing.

No pictures today.  Just mental ones.  

We’ve left the warm and are delivering a set of mini vans to Baudette, Minnesota for cold-weather testing.  Time to put the long johns back on!

I went out looking for the hummingbird again.  I heard them but did not see them.   I saw other flycatchers and got more pictures.   But I’m posting this from my phone and haven’t gotten the new pics off my camera.


So here’s a gratuitous Tucker pic.  He’s becoming such a good dog,  even if he did eat Phoebe’s dog dish today.

Driving through Oklahoma City was pretty because they had groups of trees fully outlined in colored lights.  Like 12 of them grouped together in all different colors, though each tree was one color.   I didn’t try for a picture because I didn’t have a camera ready.  Plus, Christmas light pictures from a moving truck look like this.

Artful but blurry. 

Time for sleep.   Good night!

It is nice.  Oh, so very nice.  74 degrees yesterday.  It is 10-17 at home.  With a foot of snow, at least.

So, one of the nice things about our company is that they put us up in hotels when there’s nothing for us to do.   Yesterday we got David a new laptop so he could play his favorite game (Skyrim) on it.  I use mine for photo editing and surfing, along with blogging.  The game will probably work on my computer as well, but it was time he had his own.  We also got a Chromecast, but aren’t able to use it here as the remote won’t let us change the input on the tv so I haven’t been able to set it up.  I plan on a cheap universal remote to add to my bag, so this won’t happen again.  Most hotels come with flat-screen tvs now, along with free wifi.  So I can set it up so I can watch netflix in our room.  That is the plan.

Last night I went out in search of birds to photograph, as I hadn’t played with my new telephoto lens much, and I had heard hummingbirds.  Hummers in December!  bliss!

First, I had to play tug-o-war with Tucker.  He was bored.  I wanted to try taking a picture of it.  It worked.

tucker tug


Then I went out birding.  It was the lovely golden hour of light, and it was nice to be outside.

I saw this guy first.  I believe it to be a flycatcher of some sort, based on it’s behavior.  Unfortunately, I do not have a bird book with me!  I do have my birding app (iBird) but it has not been helpful at this point.

wee bird


After I’d been waiting a bit, I found my hummingbird!



Flowers in December!  More bliss.  Female hummer, so I’m not sure what exactly she is at this point.  More research to do.  As I’m in Arizona, I can’t just assume it’s one of the three I know.  After checking, I think she may be a Blue-Throated hummer.  I may have to go see if I can find her again and get closer pics.

She perched up high in a tree and let me get rather close.  So I have this pretty shot:



I had to circle around so she wasn’t backlit and I could get the iridescence of her feathers.   Then, because she stayed put and I could see the moon, I framed this:

hummer moon



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