The Solstice approaches and the days continue to shorten. Holidays pile on and make their demands. We too make changes and take in new opportunities.
In addition to all my other activities and Jojoba Hills (reminder those are Spanish “j”s pronounced like “h”s) I have joined the hiking group. I went on my first hike with them on 12/12 and survived. It was supposed to be a 7 mile hike, but through some missed turns it was more like 8 or 9 miles depending on whose pedometer one chooses to believe. Mine said ten! Here’s the gang gathered at the picnic table that marked the missed turn and our lunch stop:
After lunch we decided to continue on for a bit and we started getting to view like this which justified the increasing tiredness in my legs:
We had some excitement when we came across a buck lying in the brush. He got up and starting running in circles. It became clear he was injured and soon we were able to see that he had injured one eye and kept turning toward that side. We felt almost as threatened as him and backed off quickly. As always it is hard to see animals injured in the wild and know that there is nothing to be done.
In the mean time, since I have nothing to occupy my time I have taken up wood carving. Billy Outlaw, yes that is his name and he is our immediate neighbor, is a fine carver and teacher. My first project is a bear and I am working from another carver’s finished product, as you can see I have a ways to go:
I am still making myself visible at every event and gathering in the Park as I pursue the Board seat. I am having fun doing it and last night Carol and I went to a Park Dinner Dance and were up and dancing a lot with Valley Winds Big Band playing.
We also have made another addition to our site with wonderful screens on the awning so we can block the hot sun in its season and the wind in its current season.
You can see it reducing the sun glare 🙂 The screens can be all the way down or up or one position in between about 6 feet off the ground. Next we have to have the site remodeled a bit for better traffic flow.
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