Tuesday, July 23: I went south to celebrate Mom’s 97th birthday, joining up with my sister and her spouse. We had dinner with Mom, ate chocolate cake, showed her photos of our respective recent adventures, and enjoyed spending time together.
Wednesday, July 24: After going to see Mom, taking her hearing aid to be checked, and getting her headed toward lunch, I went to knitting group, then to kayak on Mansfield Hollow Reservoir. There were lots of turtles – Lots of ducks – Unfortunately there was also invasive water chestnut. I pulled as much of it as I could find and continued on around the lake. I’m unable to identify this heron – a juvenile something? I did see a great blue heron fly over, too, but that’s obviously not what this is. Paddling back to the launch, there was a constant stream of fishing boats getting out on the water. I’m glad I quit when I did – 15 to 20 bass boats make a lot of noise! Then walking up to get my car, this two inch long beetle was crossing the road.