Yesterday we did indeed take Mr S. to lunch, shopping and putting away his purchases. After that we sprang the surprise and loaded him back into the car. A short delay for picking up Anna's cameras, a Starbuck's coffee, and a tank of gas, and we were on the road to check out Lake Lahontan and the dam. Mr S. had earlier related a bit of dining room gossip that the lake was so full that the water was going over the spillway. I was trying to decide which direction I was going to drive after lunch and this gave me the clue I needed.
The lake isn't quite that full, but does have a lot of water in it. Our view of the dam wasn't very exciting so I drove into the park and chatted with the park ranger who allowed us to drive around the lake free of charge and check it out.
A lot of fishing and boating stories later, we had driven to the far end of the lake road and were returning when we met the same ranger on the road. We stopped and spoke with him again and learned that the trees had a disease in them and were dying off. They are trying to replant and as with everything, budget battles are hindering them. This gentleman truly loves his park and his job and I have every confidence that he will find a way to make it all work out.
Our delay was perfect as it gave us an opportunity to spot a large bird in a tree that at first we thought was a vulture. Getting closer so that Anna could photograph it, we saw that there were two and at least one had a white head. Eagles! How very exciting! More maneuvering and driving in sand that has been known to trap vehicles we got close enough to get decent photos. One looked to be an adult and the other I could see dark feathers on its head. Juvenile!
Later at home Anna sent me a couple of the closer pics and I knew right away that this was not a bald eagle. Further investigation proved that we had seen a pair of Osprey, aka Fish Eagles. A first time for all of us to be close enough to photograph this species. Very cool!
Today the weather guessers predict a mostly sunny day with 69F for a top temperature and SE winds at 10 mph or so. No rain in the forecast and a clear night with a low above freezing at 36F.
The story offering for today was inspired by a discussion held a long time ago about first memories that involve more than just a face or scene. Something of "event" status. One of the participants in this discussion was a psychologist friend and the one who called my ability to recall detail, "odd". This friend was a person who would only drink from a glass that was between 3/4 and 1/2 full, and always held any glass with a napkin. To be called odd by such a person was then, and is now, a source of humor for me.
It is a short story and merely offers a whimsical glimpse into an event from more than half a century ago, which sounds terribly ancient, doesn't it? Please read and enjoy.
A few months after they had given up trying to contain me, I took a dive off of a top bunk and fractured my skull. I only bring this up as a note of warning for those with hard to deal with children. Keep doing what you know is right and safe for your child, even if they aggravate you and get on your last good nerve. The question "what can he do anyway?" was answered by my "Humpty-Dumpty" nap dive. Hold steady parents!