Bob was a goose

(Click any image to enlarge) On our previous visits to my in-laws’ place, we learned about one of the full-time residents of the neighborhood pond — Bob. I was lucky enough to actually see him a few times. Even though there are a lot of geese and ducks that hang around the ponds, Bob was a unique character. And I’ll admit that when I heard about his poignant end (while we were already coping with the pandemic), I shed some tears for Bob. Bob the Chinese Swan Goose — Bob was very vocal, very social, and very loved! Bob wasn’t an ordinary goose! He bonded with the wild geese and dutifully helped care for their babies every year. He was always very loudly excited when the wild geese flew into the pond and always quietly frustrated when they flew off. Being a domestic breed, he wasn’t able to fly high and was left behind. Bob was helping guard the nest one night in April 2021 when tragically coyotes attacked. Domestics were bred to stay on farms and cannot fly away from danger or fly around to find enough healthy food. Domestic geese and ducks should NEVER be abandoned at any pond as they will sadly have to struggle to survive — Memorial sign

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Sights of North Texas

(Click any image to enlarge) We’re enjoying our all-too-short visit with the Big Guy’s parents before we have to hit the road once more and head for home on Saturday. The weather is pretty warm — today’s forecast is for a high of ‘only’ 100°F and 51% humidity — so we’re not spending too much time outdoors except for the […]

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The Adventure Continues… B2 Bomber

Well, since I’m away from home, I didn’t plan my posts ahead of time very well, and I’m currently trying to write this on my phone, today’s post may not look like my normal Wednesday feature. But in this hour-long episode of Visiting, Huell takes a trip out to the Mojave Desert to Edwards Air Force Base, and since I drove right past the place a couple of days ago it seemed only right to have a look at Huell’s experience. This one hour special takes us from Northrop Grumman where the B2 is built, to Edwards Air Force Base to take a look at the B2 close up. Huell and Luis were the first media representatives to be allowed in the cockpit of this top secret plane. (Click on the linked image below to see the video.)

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Beautiful rocks

(Click any image to enlarge) The very small portion of the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona that we were able to see makes me long to return and spend time exploring all there is to see. Here are a few more of the phone pics I shot plus two images from the park’s brochure.

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Southwest in summer

(Click any image to enlarge) I haven’t been posting in the past few days because I headed out on a somewhat unexpected road trip with the Big Guy across the Southwest. We’re driving through Arizona, New Mexico, and northern Texas in the height of summer. And while we’ve experienced some hot weather, we also had wind and even some torrential […]

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Natoma ponds

On a warm weekday morning in late June, I went down to the Mississippi Bar ponds with the Big Guy. I needed some fresh air and exercise, and he was hoping to find hungry bass and ripe blackberries. We spotted a few fish, but the berries are going to need a bit more time.

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The Adventure Continues… S.S. Catalina

One of life’s sadder sights has got to be a once-proud ship lying neglected and rusty, overtaken by the waters it once sailed upon. In this 1998 episode of Visiting, Huell takes a trip to Ensenada, Mexico, to learn about the “Great White Steamer.” From 1924 until 1975, she cruised back and forth between Los Angeles (not Ensenada) and Avalon […]

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