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Fathers Day Hike

DSC_0001 I don’t attend church on Fathers’ Day. My father passed away on June 20th, 1999 which was Fathers’ Day of that year. Also, the fact of never having children gives me a saddened DSC_0002feeling on that day upon seeing the honor being bestowed on all the fathers in attendance.                         DSC_0011

I left early while the temperatures were still comfortable to hike at State game Lands 137. I always am hopeful to see bear. This is the black bear mating season so seeing a black beauty increases some.

 

Elderberry Blossoms

Elderberry Blossoms

DSC_0024  I was blessed to see some deer, including a doe with her three fawns. I hurried the camera and failed to get a clear photo. However, I am including the pic here.

I saw plenty of birdlife since the habitat is great for nesting birds. I saw some young ravens, and some squirrels, too.                DSC_0003

 

Spiderwort

Spiderwort

Those few hours proved to be a much needed therapy for the morning as the  DSC_0005memories of that 1999 weekend permeated my thoughts. Woodland time always is a great joy.

 

Squawroot

Squawroot

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Lots Going On!

DSC_0017  Prior to Memorial Day, my wife, began having a lot of pain in her lower back. the pain would follow the back of her leg and in the front calf. The pain became very acute to her. I find seeing her in such pain and being helpless a most terrible feeling, as well. As you may surmise my domestic duties increased thus limiting my outdoor ventures.      DSC_0008

We have been to a number of doctors and still we do not know with certainty what has caused the issues. There seems to be some MRI evidence of a bone fragment pushing on nerves. The neurosurgeon will not make a determination on that until after July 8th. At that time, the doctor is going to do a nerve test. A therapist and a pain clinic doctor, both, suggest a possible resurgence of Multiple Sclerosis. The MS doctor isn’t committing to that, yet.                                                                                        DSC_0011

One may easily see my outdoor ventures have been limited. However, now with meds to lesson the pain to a slightly tolerable level, I have been out a little for short times.

This past week I walked a local game lands one morning for some exercise.                       DSC_0001

DSC_0026 This morning, June 17, I spent a couple of hours along the Allegheny River enjoying nature and fishing. I caught one catfish. I lost a nice fish, and missed three hard strikes because of either not concentrating on fishing or taking photos.                                                                       DSC_0020

I saw a mother mallard with a small flock of ducklings. I saw a loon. Later, I saw daddy mallard.

At home this morning I watched a doe with her playful fawn. Later, I saw some movement and saw two adult Canada Geese with five goslings. I have been rebuilding a deck over the last couple of weeks, too. A groundhog has been trying to regain lost land. The hole was under the deck.

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