October 16th, 2011

little review

Poem for Sunday and Autumn Nature Trails

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The weather was magnificent on Saturday, so after lunch we went to Brookside and Meadowside Nature Centers. The latter had an event earlier in the day so people could watch the raptors eat and talk to their keepers, but Adam slept very late after getting almost no sleep on Friday -- he hadn't gone to bed till after 1:30 a.m. working on an English project, then he had school, the pep rally, and the Homecoming game -- so we realized we weren't going to get there in time and went afterward, when we figured the trails would be less crowded.

Brookside has a fall chrysanthemum exhibit in the conservatory, which also has displays of harvest fruits and vegetables, and there are plenty of flowers blooming outdoors where the turtles are still active, though we saw very few Canada geese. At Meadowside we briefly visited the animals inside the nature center, then hiked in the woods, where the leaves are slowly turning yellow and orange around the stream. The hawks weren't out, but we saw the barred owl and bald eagle before we left.

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Adam went out to dinner and to the homecoming dance in the evening while Paul and I had blackberry "chicken" and watched the Rangers beat Detroit, which was not what we were rooting for...and worse, Maryland lost to Clemson, in a game that was not televised here, after leading for a while. It sounds like Adam had a good time but he lost his phone (or it was stolen, he isn't sure which), meaning we had to find out how to cut off access while he was still out with his friends. Supposedly Verizon blocked it but he still appears to be signed into Gchat on Android, which makes me nervous!