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Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Today we drove over to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.  It was on my list of things to see while we were here.  We then hiked the trail that runs along the rim from the bridge.  It was a nice flat hike 🙂

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Terribly sad that there is a need to put these on the bridge.

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Today we Hiked

Today Glen and I hiked.  It started out easy enough on the Rinconada Trail.  Then we opted to take the Little Arsenic Trail which went down to the Rio Grande River.  Going down was the easy part.  Going back up to the rim….I now know that if I end up in hell, my eternity will be spent hiking up switch backs lugging a ruck sack.  We did manage to get some very nice pictures.

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We spotted a solitary Indian Paint Brush, so naturally I had to take it’s picture.

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Rio Grande Gorge…

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Obligatory selfie….I still look like a happy camper so we hadn’t started the horrible ascent.

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The only wildlife we saw besides a bunch of circling buzzards was this guy.

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We have no idea what typed of plant this is, but we thought it very interesting looking.

Three Toed Box Turtle

Yesterday, I met up with a friend and we went to Burr Oak Woods Nature Center to walk the trails.  This fella greeted us as we started our trek.

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While looking up information on this turtle I discovered that the three toed box turtle is the official reptile for the state of Missouri.

Assassin Bug

I found this interesting, yet ugly, fellow sitting on my Saint Francis statue.

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Total Eclipse

Today was the big day for the total eclipse.  As luck would have it we live in the area for totality.  Here are a few of the pictures that my wonderful husband took.  We got very lucky, in that we were between clouds and rain.  It was a total eclipse with totally perfect timing.

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Feral

Turns out the little skinny stray kitty I brought in the house the other day isn’t the only stray we have.  Turns out there is another kitty that is lurking in the tree line watching us.  This one looks older and healthier.  It is also pretty wild and will not let us near it.  We will continue to put out extra food and water for it.

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Bambino

Our neighbors rescue horses, clydesdale’s to be specific.  They then decided to breed them.  Their babies are so darned cute!  Someday I will have a more powerful lens to get a more close up picture.

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Clean Up Crew

Some critter got run over in front of our driveway and the turkey vultures showed up to clean up the remains.

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Being mindful that he doesn’t get run over.

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Taking a quick bite….

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While others were checking things out from above.

 

Blooming Iris

Last fall my mother decided to tear out all of her iris bulbs….as in she no longer wanted any.  These bulbs are originally from my grandmother, so I couldn’t let them all get trashed.

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I was excited to see that some yellow bloomed.

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Taffy says hurry up because you smell so pretty when you are in full bloom.

 

Tuesday Morning Mystery

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Taffy was very, very interested in something on the other side of the fence this morning.  She wouldn’t budge from this spot and kept barking and digging.  I went out to see what the fascination was, only to find absolutely nothing of interest.  Time went on and she kept carrying on, so I decided to take a closer look outside the fence.

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I moved some leaves and fluff and found these little guys.  Some dumb bunny decided to nest right by the fence.  I covered them back up and tried to come up with a plan to keep the dogs from tunneling out of the yard.

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This probably isn’t going to work, but it was the best I could come up with on the spur of the moment.  Now Taffy is pacing from one end of the tarp to the other.

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