We started 2014 out right with a picnic by the Tugaloo River in front of Yonah Dam. The kids had turkey and cheese. I had salami and pork rinds. A good time was had by all.
For the second year in a row we joined our Cub Scout troop for Winter Camp at Camp Marin Sierra.
Thankfully the snow wasn’t as late as I am getting these pictures up. We lucked out, again, and got fresh snow just in time for our arrival. The big new activity this year, given how fresh the snow was, was knocking on trees to create a mini-avalanche. Our hike took forever since we stopped at every tree. The laughter that followed more than made up for the extra time out in the cold.
After a short rain shower late yesterday afternoon a rainbow appears just behind the house. We grabbed the camera and went chasing after it, hoping to find a pot of gold. Alas, we were treated only to the sight of the rainbow itself, which couldn’t decide if it was a single or double.
One of the most pleasant surprises at our new house was our new pets: a fine family of deer who would come to visit every day. Sometimes they would arrive early in the morning and nibble on some of our freshly watered leaves. At other times they would come during the heat of the day and rest in the plant beds under the shade of our trees. Most occasions were just the mother doe and her new fawn (or fawns) but we would sometimes get the entire family.
Did you ever wonder what might happen if you put your iPhone on the hood of the car and then started driving down the road? Well, wonder no more! Thankfully with insurance from Verizon and regular backups we had a new phone up and running in no time with no loss of data.
On the way home from our visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Henry and I stopped at Marina State Beach. While we’d hoped to spend some more time hopping on rocks and exploring tide pools the wide, sandy beach and giant dunes (apparently among the tallest in California) proved to be just as much fun.
In the left corner, weighing in at, uh, next-to-nothing is Araneus diadematus…
Just before leaving for soccer last weekend we noticed a pair of spiders duking it out in the front yard. I rushed back in the house to grab my macro lens and tripod and snapped away. I assumed this was a fight to the death but after reading up a little bit online it looks like this may have been spider mating behavior.