Jammin' and Cruisin'...

Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 21, 2011

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

We made our last two batches of raspberry jam this morning and it turned out great.  I did taste a bit of it that splattered on my "stirring" hand.  All told, we got about twenty-two jars, mostly pints.  If you're on the list, you can expect some...or not.  I have no idea what I'm talking about, so just disregard that last bit of whatever.

After jammin', Lynn suggested we make a lunch and head out for a bit of cruisin'.  We made some egg salad sandwiches and brought along some of Lynn's fairly famous oatmeal cookies.  

I set the phone for Skalkaho Falls and off we went.  It showed about forty-five miles to the destination.  We drove slowly so we could truly enjoy the peace and scenery of the trip.  The road is primarily paved, but includes about fifteen miles or so of good gravel surface too.  We hadn't been up to the Falls in several years, so were anxious to see it again.  The scenery was interrupted by the appearance of a rather ancient bull moose who just had crossed the road in front of us.  His waddle, or chin-beard, was quite long and his antlers mere stubs.  He continued to walk parallel to the road for some distance.  I drove slowly, just keeping him in sight.  All of a sudden, he decided to cross over in front of us.  We were stopped at the time.  I was able to get one good shot, when a "fine individual", if you get my meaning, passed me to get to see him better.  I managed to see the moose again and get a couple more shots, but he was at a distance.  The FI guy moved on.  I'll let that lie, although I did have some problems doing so during the rest of the drive.  

The Falls was nowhere near as beautiful as the ride up there.  It's cool though, since it brings back memories of when we visited when Joe was in his early teens.  We hiked to the top then and he did a great job of guiding and assisting his mother.  Those were the days, eh Joe?

We decided to return via the East Fork Reservoir Road which continues on to the Georgetown Lake Road.  It's much shorter than going back to Flint Creek Hill and back.  The road we took is gravel, but is wide and smooth.  We made good time coming back and rally enjoyed driving on the "Job Corps Road" to the west of the lake.  

On our return, Lynn spotted a few mule deer feeding just south of the house.  You'll see their pictures in this blog too.

I also got a better shot of the female grebe with the two young on her back.  Seem a bit late to me for such small birds still to be hanging with mom.  Hopefully the fall will be a long, temperate one and they'll survive to grace the lake next year.
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