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A Summer Day Hiking Dream

Sun beating down

a hot summer day

longing for cool comfort

along the trail way

 

Suddenly I hear

while turning  around

a trickling noise

then a roaring sound

 

Following the path

a cool mist on my face

relief from the heat

I quicken my pace

 

Allowing my feet to dangle

in the pleasure of the rapid

another world appears

which mystical creatures inhabit

 

A chameleon appears

changing colors in the rainbow

finding food on a rock

his pace is quite slow

 

Down a bit further

a fish jumps along the bank

performing acrobatics

his movements are swank

 

A duck appears

bathing in the mist

diving and shaking his wings

doing the twist

 

Back to the real world

refreshed from the rapid stream

thankful for the inhabitants

of a summer day dream

 

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An Adventure in the Grand Canyon

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I love the early mornings in the Grand Canyon. The air is crisp and cool as the sun begins to rise. Looking from the overlook you can see the bright orange and purple colors across the canyon. There is still a bit a snow on the ground in the surrounding campsite. There are a few tents that the snow surrounds like a warm blanket.

After admiring the beauty of the sunrise for a few more minutes I take the path back to the campground. There is a variety of wildlife awake at this hour scurrying around in the surrounding trees. A rabbit darts in front of me and watches as I jump at the sudden movement.

Everyone is up and ready to take on the day as I return to the campsite. The cooking bacon and eggs have a wonderful aroma that fills the site. Food seems to taste better when eaten in nature. Our senses are more in tune to the simple pleasures of life.

After breakfast it is time for the mule ride down the canyon. There is a winding trail that is steep and narrow that the mules maneuver each day. It promises to be an exciting adventure.

Our ride begins with everyone on their mules following the directions of the mule skinner. He leads us down the canyon with the mules following him. Mules are interesting animals. They are like horses and are very precise on the trail and surefooted.

Looking across the canyon as we ride down is the most beautiful view. You can see miles of canyon with red, orange, and blue hues across the rocks. The birds are majestic as they fly across the clear blue sky. It is an ecosystem of freedom for the wildlife that inhabit this canyon.

It is difficult for me to look down to the bottom of the canyon. I am afraid of heights and it is a long way to the bottom. Still overcoming a fear is part of the reason for this adventure. Taking a deep breath I glance down to the bottom of the canyon.

There is much beauty at the bottom of the canyon. There is a slow-moving river bed that is surrounded by a large bank with trees and rocks. This is where we will stop for a break before returning to the top of the canyon. The ecosystem of the canyon is serene and tranquil.

I am briefly startled as my mule has decided to pee and shifts his weight a bit. Nervous that the mule may drop me down the canyon I freeze. The mule is unfazed and steadily continues down the canyon.

We reach the bottom of the canyon and find a spot on the edge of the river bed. The water is cold and feels refreshing in the midmorning heat. The bottom of the canyon is significantly warmer than the place where we began this adventure.

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After about half an hour we resume our ride back up the canyon. Going up the canyon has an entirely different view than coming down. The colors of the canyon appear to be deeper in the sun. It is as if God has sent artists to paint wonderful colors on the canyon.

I listen for the sounds of the canyon as we continue the trek up. There is the sound of birds singing in the brush. Small animals are scurrying through the brush creating a rustling noise. The mules snort as they climb the canyon. It is a peaceful experience.

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Finally we reach the end of our journey and it is time to leave the mules. This particular adventure has a certificate that accompanies it. It is given to everyone that completes the adventure.

We reach the campsite and decide to rest until time to cook dinner. My legs and backside ache from riding the mule. The aches and pains are worth the wonderful adventure of riding the mules.

I make a final hike for the day to the rim of the canyon. The sun is beginning to set presenting a new set of colors. The canyon is now the backdrop to the rich orange and pink colors in the sky. The night air is crisp and cool with a hint of rain in the air.

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Returning to the camp dinner is ready and the fire is warm. We eat and tell the stories of today’s adventure. Someone pulls out a guitar and begins creating a tune to tell the story of the mule ride. It is a grand tale.

As I drift off to sleep in the tent my dreams float to the place of gratitude. It is wonderful to be alive and my soul is nourished.

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Scintilla: Mischief in the Mud

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Gathering close to the water

scintilla of mischief in the air

fresh rain produced mud

adventure with a flair

 

Coming closer

mom turned around

siblings near

close to the ground

 

Siblings close to the puddle

excitement in my eyes

just one push

will ire arise

 

Pushing the first one

oh so much fun

hit face first

the others begin to run

 

Getting up

my sibling chases me

running through the mud

sounds of glee

 

Mom grabs my neck

then we both fall

covered with mud

silliness for all

 

Chided into the lake

dunked until clean

adventure was fun

should have heard them scream

 

Quiet now

lying in the shade

mom watching closely

mischief well played

 

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Redux: Awakening in the Spring

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Spring brings a redux

of all forms of life

waking from a winter’s sleep

geese, squirrels, and other wildlife

 

Bringing antics

associated with the young

so much laughter

some are high strung

 

Watching the water

goslings learn to swim

playing follow the leader

diving on a whim

 

Seeing a fish jump

their eyes fill with wonder

attempting to catch one

missing as it goes under

 

Marching back to the nest

it’s time for a nap

mother tucking them in

under her wing wrap

 

Wonderful spring day

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relaxing as children play

listening to the dog’s bark

 

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Permit: Turtle on a Log

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The tree permits 

the turtle to share its space

laying in the sun

filled with God’s grace

 

Enjoying the 

coolness of the morn

it is a wonderful life

where the turtle was born

 

A peaceful environment

sharing with other wildlife

a nature filled park

there is little strife

 

The turtle is startled

there is laughter on the trail

he jumps in the water

a leaf becomes a veil

 

Again feeling safe

he crawls on the log

now sharing the space

with a frog

 

The park is peaceful

nature welcomes all in

a cool spring day

to be enjoyed within

 

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Gremlins: Sharing on Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Thank you for sharing your world. I wish all of you a Thanksgiving filled with wonderful health, joy, happiness, peace, and love.

A Thanksgiving picnic

blessings are abound

food and family in abundance

there is a gremlin around

 

A cool breeze is blowing

family football in the air

morsels of food disappearing

the pecan bowl is bare

 

Leaves are blowing

the gremlin continues his haul

food that is dropped and unwatched

he is having a ball

 

Truly grateful

for this unintentional act of caring

his treasure is buried

giving thanks for the sharing

 

Joy and laughter

the gremlins day is complete

time to take a Thanksgiving nap

everything is tidy and neat

 

Thankful to God

for all the simple things

grateful for love, joy, and happiness

each new day brings

 

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An Athletic Deer

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Small brown deer

wandering through the park

so athletic

after running in the dark

 

He stops for a moment

searching for a friendly hand

spotting  dropped food

scattered throughout the land

 

Showing much grace

while wiggling his ears

swishing of the tail

as he draws near

 

Photographs are taken

by quiet observers unseen

making his way to the table

a feast to be gleaned

 

Eating a small morsel

a child begins to cry

startled and running

he leaps into the sky

 

Over the fence

beautiful form in his jump

leaping to safety

not even a thump

 

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Meditation about Life Purpose

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Sitting in the park

enjoying this beautiful day

not willy nillying but contemplating life 

in a unique way

 

Pondering questions

about how God guides us

how are our talents chosen

ordained or a life bonus

 

We are given an opportunity

to interact with the world

using our special gifts

kindness to unfurl

 

Is nature our destiny

or maybe politics

or caring for others

healing the sick

 

Perhaps our gifts

are in music and arts

expressing feelings

that come from the heart

 

Maybe we are explorers

in space and time

how the universe works

changing a paradigm

 

Perhaps we are all of it

sharing with one another

creating a kinder world

loving each other

 

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A Fishing Tale at Lakeshore Park

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It is early and the sun is slowly beginning to rise as William and I pack our things for a morning fishing adventure at Lakeshore Park. This park is located on the Ross Barnett Reservoir and is our favorite fishing hole. The fish are spawning this month and we hope to catch some perch.

We arrive at the park and set up the fishing poles and chairs by the bank of the reservoir. There are other people along the bank with their fishing poles and a few in boats not far from us. It is a friendly and optimistic group this morning. There are several people who have caught fish and are using buckets to house the day’s catch.

It is not long before one of our bobbins goes down in the water. I quickly pull on the pole to pull the fish out of the water.  The fish fights as it comes out of the water trying to escape the line but all goes well and out comes a medium size perch. It is a beautiful fish that is admired before being delivered into the bucket. William puts new bait onto the line and the pole is once again in the water.

I decide to explore the park while William watches our fishing poles and lines. There is a group of geese in the park this morning. The wildlife in this park is fun to observe and photograph. The geese are happy to see people in the park because of the food that is given to them. They will deliver quite a show to get free food. This morning someone is feeding them bread while they strut and show their glory.

My observation on the morning stroll is the marina across the bay. The boats are pretty sitting in the docks. People will be in this marina all day taking rides in the boats. I enjoy taking photographs of this area. The people are fun to observe. There is usually an interesting and diverse group sharing stories of the day .

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The marina is also home to some of the reservoir water life. Ducks and geese split their time between the marina and park. The reservoir water between these two points provide abundant food and shelter for the birds. The marina is a place where alligators have been spotted as well. There have been some days when alligators will swim between the boats searching for food.

Alligators have become more common in this area through the years. They are mostly harmless unless disturbed. I have lost more than one fishing pole when an occasional alligator has decided he wanted my fish. It is better to let them win the prize than risk life and limb for the fish.

It is time to check on William and the progress of the fishing poles. He has caught two more perch and has decided to try catching fish along the shoreline. Sometimes the fish will come extremely close to bank in the spawning season. I sit down and watch the other fishing poles as he walks down the bank.

There is a snake in the water this morning. He is quite large and colorful flowing through the water. Usually they will pass by people unless disturbed. I sit quietly and let the snake swim by the poles without moving. Snakes are poisonous here and not to be taken lightly.

My bobbin on the fishing pole is going down again in the water. I pull on the line to bring the fish in to shore but pull too hard. The fish gets away and now my line flies through the air and is now stuck in a tree. An entertaining site to see for observers as I try to get the line out of the tree. William returns and saves the day by retrieving the line. The line gets new bait and is returned to the water.

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We have some new visitors as a hawk tries to get his lunch in a nearby tree. He is climbing the tree with a squirrel. The squirrel is faster and more efficient in the tree than the hawk. The hawk struggles for a while and then moves on to try for easier game. The squirrel then returns to a safer spot on the ground.

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Following this spectacle is a group of geese with their goslings going toward the water. These birds are protective of their young and do not allow anyone near them. They are entertaining to watch as they cross the park to the water. I take a photograph and return to watch the fishing poles.

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The morning ends and the temperature has risen. It is now hot on this day and time to return home. William gives our fish to some of the remaining fisherman. We enjoy fishing but do not keep our catch. Most days the fish are either put back into the reservoir or given to people around us.

We pack our things and return to the truck. It has been a peaceful and beautiful outing with nature providing food and recreation. William and I look forward to our return on another day.

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Saturday Football

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A crisp fall morning

there is football in the air

barbecue on the table

sweet spicy aromas with a flair

 

The fans are waiting

for the game to begin

teams with a rivalry

each expecting to win

 

The stadium is full

the game begins with a flair

cheering this afternoon

a goal line ball in the air

 

It is half time

the band begins to play

marching in formation

a grand stand this day

 

Second half begins

more touchdowns to be found

cheering crowds stand up

excitement on the ground

 

The game is over

the trash talk begins

fans having fun

only one team can win

 

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