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Unknown Common Brown Skipper

This poor guy was so beat-up I couldn’t¬†figure out an ID for him. I’m going to guess Hayhurst‚Äôs Scallopwing (Staphylus hayhurstii), however I¬†wasn’t ballsy enough to put it in the title. I am confident that he is a skipper of some sort, so I’ll discuss some skipper traits.

The skipper butterfly is part of the Hesperiidae butterfly family and is subdivided into seven subfamilies: Hesperiinae (grass skippers),  Coeliadinae, Euschemoninae, Eudaminae (dicot skippers), Pyrginae (spreadwings),  Heteropterinae (monocot skippers), and Trapezitinae (found only in Oceania).

Skippers wings appear small because of their much thicker body. The typical skipper butterfly shape is a thick body, large head and short triangular-shaped forewings.  Antennae are separated at the base and the tips appear very bulbous and curved.

They are called skippers¬†due to their pattern of flight¬†fly. They skip from flower to flower in a quick, erratic manner rather than a graceful flight pattern like other butterfly species. Kind like me when I’ve had too much coffee!

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Skipper on trillium.

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Pearl Crescent ~ Phyciodes tharos

The Pearl Crescent is a very common butterfly in the eastern United States. It is also one of the hardest butterflies to identify with certainty, because of two very similar looking cousins, the Northern and Tawny Crescents. I’m hoping I picked the right one with this ID ūüėČ

They love to inhabit woodland edges, roadsides, and open fields. I saw this one at Illinois State Beach.

They usually have two broods a season. The first occurs from early May through early July, with the second brood occurring in August through mid September.

Caterpillars like to eat species of smooth-leaved true asters.
Nectar from a many of flowers feed the adults including shepherd’s needle, dogbane, swamp milkweeds, asters and winter cress.

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This one was enjoying some clover.

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Snapping Turtle ~ Chelydra serpentina

Common snapping turtles have a long neck and a long tail with sawtooth projections on the upper surface. They also have a large head with a strong beak instead of teeth. The edges of the jaws have sharp edges to rip apart food. I think their cute beaks look like piggy noses. =@)

They like to live in any body of water. They especially like shallow, mud-bottomed backwaters and ponds with lush aquatic vegetation. Exaaaaactly where we were walking the boys near Illinois State Beach Park.

April through July, is their mating season, which generally takes place on land, resulting in Mama turtle laying 20-50 eggs in a shallow clutch. Just like sea turtles, the hatchlings just know where the water is, and head for its safety.

They only seeking to escape when approached by humans in the water and are of little threat to swimmers. However, they are aggressive and menacing when on land. If you see one on the road and want to help it across… Be Careful! Watch the video below to educate yourself on how to safely pick up a snapper!

Vegetation is their main food source, however they also eat fish, snakes, and crustaceans. The turtle actually ‚Äėinhales‚Äô its food by using a strong suction created from its buccal cavity. They extend their necks to create a negative pressure and the prey is sucked into their mouth and down their throats! Now that‚Äôs how you gulp food! HaHa =-)

Snapping turtle’s heads are too large to pull all the way into their shell, so they have learned how to use that powerful jaw as defense and snap at their enemies. The hard beak on their jaw is attached to adductor muscles that are situated at an angle to the trochlear to create an enormous force. These guys are strong enough to remove a finger! Yikes.

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Isn’t she* cute?!?

As there were many (100’s!)¬† leopard frogs leaping as we approached them, we were constantly looking down, hoping to avoid stepping on the ‘lil guys. Oreo stepped on one, however he seemed unphased and hopped off. Whew. So, while looking up to enjoy the landscape and down to avoid the hoppers, we got pretty close to this little lady before noticing her on the trail.

The trail is narrow, and both sides turn into swampy, muck pretty quickly, so no deviation off the trail is possible. We weren’t turning around either. We neared her, hoping she would just scurry away. Nope. Is she dead?? I inch closer…. Waiting for movement. Oh! She blinked! OK, now what? Us humans can jump over her, but the boys? I kept myself between Oreo and her and he virtually ignored her. So did Breck. That’s a Border Collie for ya… No movement, no fun! Thus, I have no cool ending to my post. The End =-)

Here’s a helpful video to learn how to help a turtle across the road!

*Sometimes I don’t know the sex of an animal and just assign it one, as I don’t like referring animals as ‘it’s.
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Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois State Beach Park

This is the third time we’ve been to Illinois State Beach Park. Part one here¬† | Part two here.

This is a IDNR (Illinois Dept. Natural Resources) park, one of the most protected areas in Il. It’s located in Zion, kinda a rough neighborhood, but you don’t even realize where you are after entering the park. We also had a great view of the dormant Zion nuclear plant. Awesome…?

This area is 4,160 acres and has a recorded 650+ different plant species. Long recognized for its unique geological features, native flora and unmatched beauty, the Lake Michigan dunes area originally was, in the 1700s, part of the ‚ÄúThree Fires‚ÄĚ of the Algonquin Nation: the Potawatomi, Chippewa and Ottawa.

This area was slated to be a preserve as early as 1888, when Robert Douglas, a Waukegan nurseryman, and Jens Jensen, a famous landscape architect (If you live/visit  Chicago, you’ve seen a lot of his work), worked together to make the area a regional park. With industry progressing from the south, sand mining ravaging the dunes and parts of the surrounding rural area succumbing to pasture and homesteads, legislative efforts to save the area finally began in the 1920s.

In 1948, the state obtained the first parcels of what is now known as Illinois Beach State Park. The Illinois Dunes Preservation Society was established in 1950 to protect the area. Through its efforts and the determinations of the Department of Conservation, in 1964 the area south of Beach Road was dedicated as the first Illinois Nature Preserve.

This area is unique, as it is a sand dune area, and the rest of Illinois is nothing like it. I was on the hunt for Opuntia ‚Äď Prickly pear &¬†Juniperus horizontalis ‚Äď Trailing juniper, both of these are native to this area. In 1804, explorers Lewis and Clark noted that trailing juniper ‚Äúwould make a handsome edging to the borders of a garden‚ÄĚ

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Cicuta maculata ~ Water Hemlock    Stay away!!    ||   A mossy rose gall, caused by a Diplolepis rosea or Bedeguar Gall Wasp. So cute and fuzzy!! Not really detrimental to the plant.


Midwestern Plant Girl on the hunt for blooming flowers!!!image

The still standing Zion Nuclear Power Plant. It was built in 1973 and decommissioned in 1998. The hot, nuclear mess still sits in holding tanks below the buildings. Supposedly, the new date for clean-up is in 2020. All the hot stuff will be sent to a remote location in Utah. Poor, Utah… drew the short stick, didn’t we??? It will then be restored to its original habitat, hopefully.

Pretty scary that it sits right next to the largest fresh water supply of the Midwest….


There were a few gulls on the nuclear power plant side of the fence. ūüėČ They know folks are supposed to stay on the other side of the fence. There are still armed guards here, keeping folks away from the hot mess.


Pretty rocks… I would have made a great petrologist =-)


I love our savannas.

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Chelydra serpentina — Common snapping turtle¬†¬† ||¬† ¬†¬† Lithobates pipiens or Rana pipiens ~ Northern leopard frog¬† They were everywhere!

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Wasps and beavers



Breck with Daddy and Chicago waaaaay in the distance.

Door County, Wisconsin


I write many of my camping posts while riding in the passenger seat. The star is Door County.

We decided to spend our long, Independence Day weekend in the quiet town of Rowley’s Bay in Door County, Wisconsin. It was magnificent! My husband used to come up here for his summer vacations as a child. I’ve never been.

He was tooootally holding out on me!

The area is called, The Cape Cod of the Midwest, however I liked the catchier, The Thumb the local radio station used. Cherries and apples orchards are everywhere around here. We were here for cherry season, and if you are a fan, you can enjoy cherries in too many forms for me to list here! Basically, from wine to cheese to pie, you name it, they can make it with cherries here!


Halfway to the North Pole

The geology of this area is pretty unique. In a seriously, small nutshell: About 425 million years ago, there was a shallow sea in the Lake Michigan area. After the sea dried up and deposited all the Limestone, it was covered in a glacier. All the pressure & chemical reactions turned it in to dolomite. Many years of erosion made all the beautiful bluffs we see here today. Click here if you’d like to read more about it. I think it’s fascinating. I really feel like a true Northerner when we stood at the halfway point between the equator and the North pole.

There are many bays on this peninsula and since the area is so skinny, there aren’t any cities in between the bays on the Green Bay side and the Lake Michigan side. The GB side is much calmer, better for us kayaks, swimmers and non-motor boaters. The LM side is rougher, requiring a larger boat, however that’s where the good fishing is. Many folks at our campground had both campers and boats.


Actually not sure which Green Bay side bay I’m in here, however they are all equally exquisite!

The area is also known for its concentration of artists. Every craft is represented via signs along the roadways. Aside from the beauty of the area (which would make anyone want to stay), I’m not sure what draws them all here. Is it the camaraderie?

There are many workshops available to attend. The Clearing, a folk school founded by Jens Jensen, a famous landscape architect of this area, is a future destination of learning for me. We visited, however only went on the 2 hour walking tour of the grounds. I’ll have a post to link to this soon.

Otherwise, living here year-round can be tough. There are no Walmarts or big box stores nearby. I think the nearest larger town is Sturgeon’s Bay, which was an hour away from our campsite. The winters can get really hash here and there are no tourists at that time. I could see it being a good time to be immersed in a project. A bit of ‘alone time’.

The towns are all very conscious of the natural beauty around them and try to keep Mother Nature happy. Many shops had beautiful gardens and well chosen natives for the area. I think these gardens gave me about 6 posts of Blooming Flowers alone!! Hmmm, I wonder if I could make it as a garden designer up here?

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Many little nooks contained fountains and other artwork. Modern technology is not abandon here, however it does get its artistic touches, like this cell tower currently getting spruced-up to resemble a spruce!

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These folks spend many hours putting together their summer flower displays. So pretty!

Sadly, we felt that the shopkeepers were all pretty rude. It seriously amazed me. The shops here are all somewhat upscale and expensive, not exactly touristy. Most of the time we were not acknowledged at all. We went into a kaleidoscope shop. I love them! Many were over a grand, however there were some for as low as $50. The ‘Do Not Touch!’ signs outnumbered the¬†kaleidoscopes. Had one of the two clerks just said HELLO, I would have promptly bought the $80 one that I thought would produce some cool photos via my camerone. I’ve got principals, tho. I felt like I was looked-over and dubbed too poor to buy and no energy was going to be exhausted on us. They lost a sale because of their attitude.

Like I said, there are not many average places to buy a shot glass with Sister Bay on it or a T-Shirt, seems those places were off the beaten path. If you did find a T-shirt location, it was an astonishing $35 for a thin shirt. I always feel you have to go to a ‘locals bar’ for good T-shirts. Now those are our homes away from home. We love hanging with the natives and getting the inside scoops to places they go, away from the hustle and bustle. My advice is, always tip heavy and respect that you’re in their hood. They’ll be flapping their gums about the best spots in less than 10 minutes.¬† We bought our commemorative, vacation glass from a bar in Gills Bay that was being sold for charity, with all the proceeds going to the local dog shelter. Duh, that was a no-brainer!!

As with any area here in ‘Merica, there seems to be a concentration of one culture or another. Here it’s Nordic. We saw many examples of this, such as the Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik, “The place with the goats on the roof”. in Sister Bay. You can click those words for the ‘Goat Cam’… Yes folks, there is a goat cam!!! (It’s a still shot, so repetitively click your ‘refresh’ button to make it a video).


Clearly not something you see on a daily basis….


Aside from the horns, they almost resemble Breck!


Horns are great for getting those back itches!


Another bay where I don’t know where I am….


There was only one night of rain, but it was a doosey. Many weak tornadoes around, but little damage. This was Rowley’s Bay.




More examples of the artistic flair of this county.

All in all, it was a wonderful trip, and we’re so coming back to this area next year. Among so many other pluses, there is little light pollution at night, which makes star gazing and spotting constellations cake. Fishing is great, along with the fish being offered at the restaurants. It is very quiet here, no big box stores, large highways or airports. If you pick a strategic location, you can see a water-based sunrise and a water-based sunset!


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Kickapoo State Park ~ Campground

imageWe came to this area for the Memorial Day weekend. It was only about a 3 1/2 hour ride south for us… Granted, just getting around the “shitty” (city = Chicago) takes an hour in itself. We were lucky that the Kickapoo State Park is even open with our state is such debt. Many state campgrounds have closed because of the lack of funds to man them.¬† Sadly, Kickapoo is on this list. I’m glad we got here before the October 1st closing. This one did have a “camp host” opposed to a ranger, which is a family that is allowed to camp at the campground for free in exchange for working at the entrance and taking care of all the daily needs of the campers. Some camp hosts are awesome, some suck. The set here (5/2016) at Kickapoo sucked.

As many may be reading this for the campground information, allow me to elaborate:

Kickapoo State Recreation Area has two major campgrounds for tent and trailer camping, with 184 sites. All of the sites are very large, even the rustic camping. Our electric (30 amp) site cost $25 a night. About half the sites have electrical hookups, two shower buildings and a sanitary dump station is available. Sadly, because of lack of funds, the dump was bubbling full when we pulled away from the line of nine campers behind us waiting to dump. A limited number of walk-in sites are available for primitive campers. The shower buildings are closed by November 1 and reopen May 1. Although I did not use the shower house, it looked clean.

Kickapoo owes its crystal clear ponds and luxuriantly forested ridges and hillsides to the regenerative powers of nature.¬† During the past 50 years, trees and vegetation have reclaimed the former mined land. The state’s 1939 purchase of 1,290 acres of mined lands from United Electric Coal Co. was largely underwritten with contributions collected from Danville area residents.

With twenty-two lakes and access to the Middle Fork River, Kickapoo is known for the opportunities it provides for water-based outdoor activities. Anglers find excellent fishing for large mouth and small mouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, crappie and redear sunfish. Especially popular are the annual fall and spring stockings of rainbow trout, which provide an unusual opportunity for central Illinois anglers to fish for catchable size trout.
There are 12 launching ramps on nine of Kickapoo’s lakes. Boat and canoe rentals are available for Clear Pond. Only electric motors are allowed on the park’s lakes. For people wanting to canoe the scenic Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, a canoe rental and shuttle service is available from Kickapoo Landing.

Hiking the trails within our campground was a treat. The once stark surface mined banks are now covered with a forest of cottonwood, haw, ash and wild cherry. Bald cypresses, introduced along the pond edges, add to the variety in the canopy. A fav of mine, the sycamore, was well represented in the campground, along with having 4 on our site. The trails were single file paths that canvassed the landscape both high and low. We crossed land bridges, looked out over scenic bluffs and let the boys run into the ponds. Oreo was a bit surprised at the fast descending sides of the pond. Two dog steps in was over two feet deep, which is about snoot level for him. He quickly retreated.  The deep water ponds were abound with aquatic insects, plants, crustaceans, amphibians and a variety of fish.  Our stay corresponded with the cottonwoods blooming and it looked like it was snowing.

I’m not sure if this Google Maps image helps show all the ponds that were available for us to paddle on. Our campsite was #95 and is almost in the center of the photo, right on the bank of Long Pond. The pond was a good 50 feet down a steep embankment. See the photos below for perspective.

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Our campsite, #95, Long Pond is directly forward in this photo. A pretty good site, aside from the path going though the back of it. Although the site was very large, folks would walk through very close to our trailer and well within the 20′ long leads my dogs had on. My dogs are friendly, though energetic to meet people. Not all folks are dog people, but then WHY, for all that is holy, would you walk within a dog’s radius than walk 10′ father away and yell at me for having my dog jump on you???!?! People have no sense.


Long Pond is to the left. The path in the previous photo is to the right.

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This area was inhabited by the Kickapoo tribe. They later were moved to Kansas.
Kickapoo (Kiikaapoa or Kiikaapoi) which means ‚ÄúStands here and there,‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúwanderer‚ÄĚ which describes their nomadic ways.
Twenty-two deep water ponds, ranging in size from 0.2 of an acre to 57 acres, provide a total of 221 acres of water for boaters, canoeists, scuba divers and anglers.

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Long Pond from just a bit down the road from our campsite and one of the many beautiful Bald cypress trees along the pond.


Here is the location of our camper viewed from the Long Pond. You could barely see it. The arrow is pointing to the front, top corner of the trailer. It does blend into the scenery being brown. I think all the scrub growing on the bluff doesn’t allow for perspective of just how high and steep it was.


Yeah, you go first and clear out all the cobwebs.


There’s no current in the ponds, which made it easier to paddle all around.

Don’t dock here!! Blooming poison ivy is on guard here!

All in all, we really enjoyed our stay here, however I can’t not mention the amount of rude campers we experienced here. We’ve both been camping a loooong time and we’ve never seen this many together, I swear it was a “Bad Camper” convention! From unleashed dogs, doggie land mines, 24/7 barking, large fires, loud music, loud drunk folks (although it’s supposed to be a dry campground), speeding, brutalizing trees, public urination, cars parked willy-nilly, excessive lighting, walking thru our site and to ice the cake, someone setting up a tent on OUR campsite! We were told that it was such a big site, we should be able to share…. Host actually agreed with them and rather than get kicked out, we dropped subject. How F-ing rude IMO.

We’d come back if by some miracle they are open in the future. We have a better site scoped out for our next visit. One where there’s no paths going thru it!

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Late Winter Walk


The Sand hill Cranes  fill the air with their calls

I’ve said it before, Spring has sprung in the Midwest!

We took a walk in the local forest preserve to enjoy the latest batch of awesome weather Mother Nature baked up for us this week. It was 50F / 10C and that is a tad above average. The forecast is for the temperature to continue on this week with little precipitation. Sweet. It was 2012 when I last witnessed this early of a spring. We had lilacs blooming April 13th! A more regular pattern would be blooming by May 15ish. The springs since then have seemed to really drag on… I keep a camping journal and noticed that in all the years of camping between 2011 & 2015, we’ve never camped in May. Long bouts of precipitation is the only thing that stops us from camping. We couldn’t care less about the temperature, however if we can’t have a campfire, why camp? We usually use those rainy weekends for house chores… They don’t do themselves. Or can they?

There were many other creatures enjoying this fine Saturday. Mother doe and her two offspring were resting in the brush off the side of the trail. She wasn’t too wary of us, however kept watch.

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I always like finishing my walk by circling the first pond as there are usually swan around. I didn’t get too far when I noticed another one of Mother Nature’s creatures enjoying the warmth.. and another and another. My brain didn’t freak-out, but I did assess my current situation and concluded that the only bad part about this situation was that I was wearing wimpy, walking Mary Jane’s and not hiking boots. I backed out the way I came, snapping pictures on my camerone, hoping I would capture a shot.


An ‘overcrowded’ area of Real Estate… ie – more that 3 snakes in my sight!

The area was pretty much covered in snakes. Not like Indiana-Jones-pit-of-snakes snakes but enough that even I wasn’t going to push forward.¬† I’m not scared of Midwestern Snakes, as they are not venomous (these were garter snakes). Even had I been wearing boots they couldn’t bite through, I didn’t want to step on any of the little guys! You could hardly see them. I actually heard them before I saw them. Slither slither slither ~~~~~~C8~

I couldn’t see any fish in the pond, however I knew they were there by the amount of fisherpeople throwing lines in. A sign that these ponds are healthy was the amount of animal activity around it. Another thing I learned from my frog monitoring days is that there are fewer to no fish in ponds where you can hear lots of frogs. Why? Because fish eat frog eggs. So if you’re fishing on a pond that is buzzing with RIBBITS!!! most likely you’ll not have a good day fishing.



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Black-billed Magpie ~ Pica hudsonia


Photo credit: My Husband =-)

We first saw these beautiful birds out in Colorado. They are not in the Midwest. Black-billed Magpies have a long history in American history. Lewis and Clark wrote about magpies brazenly entering their tents to steal food.


Black-billed Magpie have an interesting behavior. They conduct funerals‚ÄĒwhen one magpie discovers a dead magpie, it begins calling loudly to attract other magpies. The gathering of loud calling magpies (up to 40 birds have been observed) may last for minutes to hours. I watched a few videos on YouTube, it’s very interesting.


Generally, Black-billed Magpies are considered to be nonmigratory, but varies regionally and by the year. If they choose to migrate, flocks form in about July and typically consist of a few to a hundred birds, occasionally turning into several hundred.


Black-billed magpies, like other corvids, are opportunistic omnivores. Their food choices include cracked corn, suet, sunflower seed, insects, carrion, also picks ticks off backs of wildlife. They forage anywhere food is plentiful, sometimes even from picnic tables, and when food is plentiful, they hide it away for a rainy day. Although they do remember where they put things better than squirrels!


Magpie rhyme:

One for sorrow,

Two for joy,

Three for a girl,

Four for a boy,

Five for silver,

Six for gold,

Seven for a secret never to be told.


Many had homes in the cliffs in the Garden of the Gods.


Magpie Superstitions Around the World:
  • In¬†China, instead of being a sign of misfortune, European magpie is considered to be a lucky sign. The name is literally “happiness magpie.”
  • In China ¬†a singing Magpie foretells happiness and good luck.
  • An¬†old¬†English¬†folk tale¬†states that when Jesus was crucified on the cross, all of the world’s birds wept and sang to comfort him in his agony. The only exception was the magpie, and for this, it is forever cursed.
  • In many parts of Europe, the Magpie is honored due to the fact it warns people of the approach of wolves and armed men.
  • In¬†German folklore¬†the magpie is seen as a thief.
  • In ancient Greece, the Magpie was associated with Dionysos and intoxication.
  • In both¬†Italian and French folklore, magpies’ penchant for picking up shiny items is thought to be particularly directed towards precious ones.
  • In Korea, the Magpie delivers good news and invites good people into your life. He is also seen as the village spirit. Therefore in Korea, the Magpie is seen as the symbol of good luck and happiness.
  • In the¬†Middle Ages¬†and during the witch-hunts in Europe, the bird was considered to be connected with witchcraft – just like crows, ravens and black cats.
  • In Mongolia, the Magpie is considered a clever bird with control over the weather.
  • In¬†Native America, the Magpie is considered as a friend and helper.
  • In¬†Native American folklore, wearing a magpie feather is a sign of fearlessness in some tribes as the magpie is bold and has little fear.
  • In Norway, a magpie is considered cunning and thievish, sometimes wicked, but a playful and loud bird is also bringer of good weather.
  • In¬†Ancient Rome, the Magpie is sacred and linked to the god Bacchus.
  • In Scandinavia, the Norse snow shoe goddess Skadi was associated with Magpies.
  • In¬†Scotland, a Magpie near the window of the house foretells death.
  • In¬†Scottish folklore, (in a story possibly related to the above) magpies were long reviled for allegedly carrying a drop of Satan’s blood under their tongues.
  • In¬†South Dakota, there is a myth that all the animals had a race to determine if the two legged animals had the right to eat the four legged ones or if it was the reverse. The Bison was winning, but the Magpie was sitting between his horns. As he got close to the finish line she burst forward and won. The Magpie straddles both the inspiration and chaos archetypes.
  • In many parts of the United Kingdom spotting a single magpie is considered bad fortune and saluting it is a way of showing the bird respect in the hope that the magpie won’t pass on some of the misfortune that follows it.
  • The Magpie is featured in some creation myths and one myth is that it allows its tail to be used as a bridge for people needing to cross a river into this world.

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Gross Reservoir / Dam and South Border Creek ~ Colorado


We took a wonderful, dam drive out to the Gross Reservoir area looking for a dam place to hike. The reservoir area was kind of boring. We decided to go towards Osprey Point which headed up! We found this parking area and heard water… That was an invite in my dam mind!

This river was a Class V Kayak run:

Class V- Extremely difficult. Long and violent rapids that follow each other almost without interruption. River filled with obstructions. Big drops and violent currents. Extremely steep gradient. Even reconnoitering may be difficult. Rescue preparations mandatory. Can be run only by top experts in specially equipped whitewater canoes, decked craft, and kayaks… Mmm, so we’re juuuust a tad under-experienced ūüėČ Safe to say, we didn’t brink our Yaks.

We decided to hike the random railroad tie steps down to the water. Pretty dam steep my friends. I walk leaning back in case I fall, I’m way closer to the ground. I had my grippy shoes on for rocks, however all bets are off with the dam loose soil. We noted the sign warning of cougar attacks and how to thwart one… Remember, you never need to outrun the thing chasing you, just who your with ūüėČ I also hoped to not be part of a horror movie where the dam dam breaks and we’re washed away…

It was well worth walking down to the water. Toe test proved it to be pretty dam cold. No wading for me, although we did see a few fly fishers standing in it, no prob.

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Owned and Operated by Denver Water. I think there are seven reservoirs total. Colorado is pretty anal about their dam water. I get it. It will be worth more than gold, once people get their heads out of their dam asses!!
Elevation: 7,225 feet (2,220 meters) ‚ÄĒ spillway
Capacity: 41,811 acre feet (one acre foot = 325,851 gallons)


Karma Khameleon ??








Gross Reservoir

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The Dam Lookout



The Dam Mountain View

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