Dan River Feed

The River is always nice

I did my daily Zeeops mission today in Munzee and it was to capture a jewel Munzee.  I looked on the map to find some and there were several at the YMCA.  I went and looked and found one of four that were supposed to be there! I was happy to find the one since the other ones seem to be gone.  I walked down to the river and took a few pictures while I was down that way.  I thought it was a pretty day for it.  here are a few of the pictures I took.

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This is the old Dan River 'White Mill' building.


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This is from the YMCA building looking down at the river.


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This is the river from the Riverwalk trail.


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This last one is the huge rock formation that is in the parking lot near the street.  You can see the street light above it. I thought it looked pretty neat and I took a picture of the rocks.

I enjoyed going down and taking pictures.  I was also glad to get my Munzee.  After this, I went to get gas and filled up my car.  Goontz is full of gas and ready to roll. :p


Goodbye November and NaNoWrimo!

It's hard to believe that tomorrow is December! I wrote a bit more for NaNoWriMo today and made it to 55,007 words!  I was happy to get there, too!  I will start back on my other story tomorrow.  I'm going to re-read it tonight so I can get back into it.  

I went out to do my recycling today and decided to go to the grocery store while I was out.  I didn't plan to go when I left the house, but then I just decided, what the heck. I went and got my groceries.  I have plenty of good things to eat and I have a lot of snacks, too! :p. I love to snack.  I almost went to Starbucks while I was out, but then I remembered that tomorrow was the first and I always like to go on the first. I don't have any money on my card at the moment, but I have enough stars for a free drink. That is what I'll use tomorrow. I hope to load a few bucks onto my card for December.  Starbucks For Life starts tomorrow!  Wish me luck. :p

It rained here last night and it was pretty heavy at times.  We had a flood warning go out today.  I have a weather alert radio.  I have it so that alerts are off.  It went off today!  I wonder if this is why whoever donated it to Goodwill did so! lol. It's gone off like this several times.  Luckily never when I'm sleeping.  It's so annoying and yes I check every time and it is still turned to OFF! Argh. Silly radio!


Flooding galore!

I know I have mentioned before that I live in a river city.  Well, yesterday and today we had some really heavy rains.  The river is projected to be well above flood stage.  I rode down to look at it today and it was crazy high and it hasn't even gotten as high as it's supposed to yet.  That current was crazy strong, too!  I meant to get pictures.  Maybe I can get some tomorrow. Tomorrow is also the day my hard drive is supposed to arrive.  I will hopefully be installing it tomorrow.  That is going to be interesting! I pulled up a few videos on YouTube. (installing it and cloning the drive to have it be the boot drive) and I saved them to my watch later list so I can have those play on the television.  It's not like I can watch them on the MBP while I'm working on it!  It's going to be interesting to do this tomorrow, but I think I can do it.  It was no trouble getting into the case when I maxed out the RAM.  I think I'll be okay. I just hope everything goes well and I have a good internal drive and then I'll do a complete backup on the external!


Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain!

I have a tradition where I go visit one of the cities old cemeteries on Halloween.  I totally forgot last year, so I made up for it this year by going to three!  I also ended my day out by stopping by Abreu-Grogan park to take a few pictures. It's right on the Dan River.  I thought I'd made an album and share my pictures. I took a few in each cemetery.  I didn't take a lot as I have plenty of other trips.  I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful Halloween.

 

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Sunday again....

Yes, I know I haven't posted in several days. I just haven't had the energy to post anything.  I got out today though.  I went to a few places and I stopped by a dam on the Riverwalk and took a few pictures.  I didn't go on the trail, though. I just got a few pictures to share.  I hope to get back to my daily posts here tomorrow, but we'll see how it goes. For now, enjoy these pictures I took!

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Art installation at a stopping point on the trail.  There are benches (as you can see) and tables here.


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The dam.  It's higher than usual because we had some rain recently.


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The Union Street bridge that is near the dam.  I took the dam picture and this from the same spot.  I just turned in different directions to take them.


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Looking from the area back toward the parking lot. My cute little Note is in this picture. :)  I deployed a physical Munzee while down there too!


Sunday again....

Yes, I know I haven't posted in several days. I just haven't had the energy to post anything.  I got out today though.  I went to a few places and I stopped by a dam on the Riverwalk and took a few pictures.  I didn't go on the trail, though. I just got a few pictures to share.  I hope to get back to my daily posts here tomorrow, but we'll see how it goes. For now, enjoy these pictures I took!

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Art installation at a stopping point on the trail.  There are benches (as you can see) and tables here.


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The dam.  It's higher than usual because we had some rain recently.


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The Union Street bridge that is near the dam.  I took the dam picture and this from the same spot.  I just turned in different directions to take them.


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Looking from the area back toward the parking lot. My cute little Note is in this picture. :)  I deployed a physical Munzee while down there too!


Sunday and an apology

Sorry for not p0sting yesterday.  I meant to and then it got late and I never did. My friend and I rode to a few places to look at cars and we were able to go to the Goodwill in Martinsville.  We haven't been in there since before COVID, so that was nice.  I found a Dunkin Donuts mug.  As you know, I'm a Starbucks girl to the core, but this was a nice mug.  It was from 2013 and it still had the sticker on the bottom!  It is in excellent/new condition and it was a whole twenty cents!  I also found a Keurig metal rack that fits washi! Of course I have containers for my washi, so I'll eventually use this for something else.

I went out to replace some of my Munzees today that needed maintenance.  I replaced two, I archived three (these are in hard to get to locations and I figured it wouldn't be any need to replace them. I only have on more I need to replace now.  It's at a picnic shelter in Dan Daniel's park. I went there today but there were people at the shelter, so I didn't bother them.  I drove to Angler's park and replaced that one.  That was the one that was the furthest away and I figured it would be a while before I got to it.  Nope, it was fixed today!  The other one was never the River on the other side and I replaced that one too and deployed a new one nearby.

I also got one virtual Munzee at another park in the city.  I hadn't been to that park in a long time.  It has changed quite a bit. I didn't get out there, I just captured it in the car. :p. 

I took some pictures down where I fixed one of my Munzees. It is near a dock where a bridge used to stand.  I loved that bridge and still miss it!   They have a plaque and an arch near the street and you can walk down to the dock.  

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This last one is from the path near the dock. You can see the arch in the picture at the top of the steps.  (there are two sets of steps)

 


Camp NaNoWriMo is complete!

I just need to validate my word count on the site.  I'll do that tomorrow as it's getting late and I have other things to do before bedtime.  I didn't walk at my usual time today because I thought my friend would want to walk.  He didn't because he said it looked like rain. ~_~; It didn't rain!  I decided to take a late walk.  I went to the trail because I didn't want to go my usual route.  It was nice down there. I walked quite a bit further than I do when my friend goes.  It was nice.  I enjoyed the walk and was glad to get back to my car and inhaled the bottle of water I carried with me. LOL

Before I got in the car, I walked to one of the Free Little Libraries that are in that parking lot. I found a wonderful brand new looking copy of The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft. SCORE!   I love Lovecraft and I am happy to add this to my collection.

I did more work on the puzzle today. I had actually hoped to finish it today, but I started on it late and didn't get as much done as I would have liked. I did get quite a bit done though.  It's starting to feel like I will get it finished!  Here is my progress:

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I seem to be currently missing that one piece on the left. I'm hoping it's there and  I'm just missing it. We'll see when the whole puzzle is done.  As an added bonus, here are two pictures I took along the trail!

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It's a bit hard to tell in that first picture but it's a Goose and her Goslings! ^_^  I didn't want to get too close and upset her so I took the picture from across the way.  The second picture is the Dan River as it goes under the MLK bridge. ^_^


Hello again

Sorry about yesterday.  It was late and I knew I didn't have time to write out a post, so I just shared a picture from one of my walks.  I got a LOT accomplished on the puzzle the last few days.  I am so happy. There is still a lot to go, but as the pieces get fewer, it's going to go faster.  Here is what I have so far:

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I finally filled in the right side.  Now to finish the left!  I'll probably work on it a little more after I post this.  Instead of walking at my regular time today, I waited and walked this evening with my friend along the Riverwalk trail.  It was lovely out there as it always is.  I took a few pictures to share:

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I hope they get the other section open soon.  The foot bridge is still gone as far as far as I know!  If they get that back, we can go down and go on the parts of the trail that we used to go to.  It was a nice change.  I love the trail.  I won't get in 15,000 steps today as I like to, but at least I'll get 10,000 and that is not bad.  Now I need to do a little for NaNo and then work on the puzzle.  I may skip NaNo tonight as I'm so far ahead.  I'm 17,172 words as of now and I only plan on 20,000!


Walking at a different place and time....

So today I was getting ready to get up and get ready to go for my daily walk.  I got a text from a friend and he said that he was getting off of work at noon and if I could wait until 1 or 1:30, we'd walk on the Riverwalk trail.  I said that would be fine as I haven't been down there to see it since the hurricane and flooding damage.

He eventually got here about 2 and we headed down.  Well, we park and go across the bridge and everything looks okay.  Then I noticed that it looks like the trail is blocked off a little further down.  We walk to see what it is, and yes, it's blocked.  They had a barrier up and it said 'this part of the trail is closed'.  So, we turned and went the other way.  The trail, which used to be one continuous trail is now divided into three!  They have portions that are messed up, bridges washed out, etc.  I hope they get it back to normal soon.  The part we walked on isn't my favorite part, but at least I got to the trail!

It was nice out there, too!  I came home and my steps were lacking.  My friend didn't want to walk a lot since it was his first time in a while.  I usually walk right at 6 miles.  We only walked close to four.  I pulled out my lawn mower to get part of the back yard done as the weeds are bad. (Still no significant grass! LOL!)  The mower WOULD NOT start.  I was getting frustrated.  I figure it might just need some gas, but I didn't feel like driving to get some and risking car problems, so I pulled out the electric mower my friend got me as a backup some time back.  That was a pain in the butt! lol . It started fine, that part was great.  It was just that the mower is quite small so it only does a little patch at a time and I had to keep watching out for the cord.  It isn't rechargeable. :p . So, I get a small part done and I think, that is all of that I'm going to do! I put that mower back in and was about to put the other one in when I decided to try it one more time.

Guess what started on the first try!  Seriously! I decided since it started, I would go ahead and do the front.  It isn't too bad yet, but it was starting to need mowing so I got that done.  That helped quite a bit to add to my step count for today.

I came in and relaxed.  I had to turn the air on for a bit to cool off!  I worked on my puzzle and finished it! Yay!  I went to turn it over to tape it and part of it fell apart. D'oh!  I got it turned back over and re-did the parts that came out and it's now taped and hanging on my wall.  The picture was so pretty I wanted to display it.  Here is the completed puzzle:

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Isn't that pretty!  I will probably start the other one tomorrow or the next day.  It all depends on how my day goes tomorrow if I start it or not.  I need to pick up a few things at the grocery store, so I might just pick them up on my walk tomorrow . It isn't anything heavy or cold so picking it up on the way home won't be a problem.  Now if my friend gets off early tomorrow and wants to walk, I'll have to get him to run me by there!

Oh, if you are wondering, I'm still writing every night for Camp NaNo!  I have 8120 words! I'm almost half way there.  I set a goal of 20,000 words for myself.  I'm off to get today's part done.  Good old Scrivener is helping me again!