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Katydid!

I made a new friend today.  I've never seen one of these in person before.  This cute guy was hanging out on a tarp in my yard.  He is pretty big, too.  Check him out.  I took a picture because I was thinking he'd be gone the next time I went out, but I went out a bit later and he was still hanging around.  Here he is:

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Pretty cool little guy, yes? I got a few errands done today that needed to be done. I have one more thing I was supposed to do but didn't.  D'oh! Hopefully tomorrow.  I made it out to pick up some supplies and I somehow found myself here:

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I don't know how that happened. :P


Monday madness!

Well, not much madness, just the usual Monday stuff. :p. I went out for a quick errand earlier and ended up down at the Crossing. I didn't walk on the trail, but I did take a picture of the hammocks they have down there now.  These are neat.  I wanted to try one out, but I didn't get up the nerve. I'm scared I'll fall out trying to get in. LOL

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One day I'll try one.  I also went to Ballou Park and stopped at this little shelter.  This spot used to have two picnic tables and a trash can.  They took it out and I was a bit upset. My mom and I had a picnic lunch there one day many years ago and I was sad to see it go.  I didn't know that they were going to put in a little shelter here and they put back two tables to the right!  It looks nice and it makes me feel better.

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It looks nice, doesn't it?  It also has a little parking area (which I parked in).  Before, you just pulled off to a little gravel side spot.  This is a very nice addition to the park. :)


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!


Munzee and more!

I received a new traveler's notebook in the mail today. :P. This one is bigger than a passport size.  It will hold small Moleskine cahiers and Field Note notebooks.  I made mine into a Munzee kit!  I can use it as that and if I want to change it up, carry it as a smaller tn in the future! I like the way I set it up.  I want to get another pocket type insert.  The one I'm using cam in another thing I got and I saved it. It fits perfectly in this little TN and I can store Munzees in there.  All the extras I have in an old Altoid tin.  I can add more to the TN as needed.  Neat, yes?

Of course, I had to give it a test run!  First I drove to a place where there was a virtual Munzee and captured it, then I rode to Ballou park and drove around trying to decide where to deploy a couple of Munzees.  I have deployed several in the park.  You can deploy one within 50 feet of someone else's and at least 150 feet from your own. (Or the other way around, I forget! LOL!) Anyway!  I was able to deploy two and that was fun.  I took pictures of the TN while there since I was outside is beautiful natural light.  Here are the pictures:

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This is the TN itself.  I put it in the bag my Foxy came in to carry it in my purse.  It's such a cute size!


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The inside.  I have a Moleskine Evernote notebook in there.  I am using it to keep track k of the Munzees as I deploy them to keep a record. (I also have a tracker in my bujo)


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The little plastic guy that I'm using for now to hold my Munzees.  I used washi tape to secure everything since it's easy to remove and re-stick.  The blue post it has a list of ones that I need to repair that I've deployed in the past.

I think this will be a neat system and I can easily toss this TN in another bag if I go out without my  purse.  I think I'm going to love it.  I found this TN on Amazon for a very good price. It comes in brown, black, and dark brown (what I have).  Very nice quality. It came with one notebook and an extra band. Highly recommended!


One more Munzee post. :p

I went out and did some Munzee playing today!  I looked at my list of deployed ones and found that I have several that need to be replaced.  I was able to replace one. I'll get the others on another day.  I deployed five new ones!  That was fun.  I really like the ones they sent.  They are lightly laminated and they should hold up a lot better than the ones I do myself.  I ordered some more. I still have some, but I can get a sheet of 50 for $6 so I did that. It will take me a long time to use that many so they will last forever.

It was fun to go out and do it.  It was a deploy trip, but I did find one that I haven't captured before, so I did that.  I was going to deploy one there but it said there was one close by, I found it and captured it.  I also deployed my very first virtual one. :). Luckily, it wasn't too hot out there.  My car didn't give me any issues.

Since I was still out and about, I got lunch while out and ate in the shade of these trees and bushes:

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It was nice to sit there and eat. This is a parking lot that is right at a part of the Riverwalk trail.  I noticed a sign nearby so when I finished eating, I deployed a Munzee there!  It was a nice afternoon.  I came home and took the trash out to the can and then I carried branches to the street.  I had been meaning to put them out forever and finally remembered today.  They pick up yard debris on Monday which is the same day they pick up trash.  I don't like to put it out there too many days ahead of time.

I have my bed linen in the dryer, the clothes I washed yesterday are now put away, and my hair is nice and clean.  All I have to do now is to put the linens back on the bed and decide what I'm fixing for dinner. I'm going to rest and read for a bit and wait for my linens to dry. :)


NaNoWriMo Day Two and a Day Trip Too!

I am done with NaNoWriMo day two!  I also went on a day trip to The High Bridge Trail. It's located in and around Farmville VA.  The trail head we got on was at Rice, VA.  There is a almost half mile long bridge that is 125 feet  over the Appomattox River.  It's a beautiful spot.  I took a lot of pictures from the bridge and some along the parts of the trail we walked on.  I came home and got my NaNoWriMo words done for today.  Still on track and I'm a bit ahead. ^_^

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I forgot to mention that on the way up, we were stopped by a herd of cows in the middle of the highway! lol . I tried to get a picture before they mooooved, but this is the best I got:

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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. ^_^