Sep 11, 2010
Time for fun - or not...
Not if your name is Finnegan, anyways. We subjected him yet again to the horrors of a beautiful breezy day out in the wildlife refuge here. This time on bicycle - I thought that would be easier for him than hiking, I was mistaken! Loch and I had a fabulous time even if it was short lived!
Video of a very sloooooowww ride!
Finn was not happy with the day's events...
Loch will be ready to go alone with Daddy when he gets back - he actually said "we could go faster without Finn"... awwww, I explained that Finn was still little and he'd get better, blah, blah, blah, and said "who would watch poor Finn? We can't leave him behind..."
Loch replied, "Go to sittercity.com", where does he come up with this stuff LOL?
Loch found one of my favorite spiders and got excited because there were egg cases, too! I call them garden spiders, but technically they are "Agriope" spiders and they are stunningly beautiful, I'm always talking to them in the garden :)
I had never seen the cases and will have to be on the lookout now because these beauties take up residence in my garden every year in late August and I have to be careful ripping out my tomatoes since that's their preferred place to hang out. They have a neat zigzag pattern on the web, and will usually collect their web in the morning and spin it again in the evening!
Shown next to my hand, the egg cases were over an inch long, each contains over 1000 spiders! The female stays in her web and guards the egg cases until they spiders emerge. They are not aggressive at all, and it is said to bring good luck if they are in your garden, although here they are in everyones garden! There are other colors of orb spiders here, but this is the most common variety.
more cases spotted near a bird observation platform
Above is what a wild blueberry bush here looks like - to the right of the kids, it's called a "Northern Highbush" blueberry - very different from the wild blueberry bushes of northern AK, MN & ME, which are very low to the ground and produce tiny berries, but to me the smaller variety are more tasty. I'm sure everyone has their favorite!
After our ride
Finn "walked it off" and was feeling better so we went to talk to the Ranger for awhile so the kids could report the wildlife they saw. He keeps a neat little log in the check station where kids can write down what they saw and they get little activity books for the refuge on which animals, scat, tracks, etc to be on the lookout for. No snakes today, we've been on a roll!
Here's our post-ride comfort food dinner tonight - at the suggestion of Finn's Uncle Mikey I told him that someday when he gets older and gets really good at biking, the post-ride dinner always includes a frosty IPA ! He looked intrigued, so maybe that will inspire him! Yeah, uncles can be good for some things, like recommending a certain beer style to the children LOL! (and the kids' other 2 uncles will back up Uncle Mikey I'm sure!)
No yard work today, yippee!