Archive for June, 2010

Aug 7 Naukabout Music Festival in Cape Cod, followed by a trip to Acadia National Park.

September: Driving back out to Yellowstone, then down to Colorado for a photo meet at Rocky Mountain National Park.

October/November: Spending a week down in Smoky Mountains National Park

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I just purchased my ticket for the Naukabout Music Festival in Cape Cod. 8/7/10…and I think I’ll combine it with a trip to Acadia National Park in Maine.

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Making it home…

I had planned to meet up with an online friend of mine in Ohio this morning, but found that the number I had for him was wrong.  So, I stopped at a cafe to use the wifi and contact him via facebook only to have the cafe’s wifi not work with my laptop.  I texted in an update to Facebook (I dont have internet access on my phone) telling him I’d have to catch him next time.  By the time he got my message I had stopped for lunch in Western Maryland.

We’re thinking of it as a comedy of errors.  I’m pretty sure we’ve been in the same place at least twice without meeting and only found out later the other had been there.  Trying to meet on purpose didnt seem to work much better.  I might have to start thinking of him as my imaginary friend or something. haha

Made it home in one piece despite some nasty weather in the mountains.

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I’m exhausted today.  I woke up at 5:45 and decided I better get a move on.  A ways down the highway my first stop was a hotel/gas station/gift store/travel stop/restaurant/grocery/wifi hot spot. The coffee stunk, but I drank a gallon of it while checking my email.

And then I was just a driving fool, making it to within 30 miles of Columbus, Ohio before grabbing a camp site during yet another thunderstorm.  I guess this close to home I just get anxious to get there. :)

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Had a restful morning and returned to Coffey Haus (http://www.thecoffeyhaus.com/) in Luverne, MN for some wonderful coffee. I love a place that has coffee that is drinkable black.  I also love a place that has wifi and a staff that remembers their customers.

When I hit the road, I wasnt sure whether I would be staying staying in Frontenac State Park, MN (where I’d heard there was excellent birding) or continue on to WI. 

I started out by visiting Pipestone National Monument which was beautiful and provided for a nice little walk along wildflowers and streams, but the last part of my visit was during a thunderstorm so I was glad to have wisely left my camera in the car.  I set my GPS for Frontenac, and between my moody GPS and hours of downpouring rain, it took me twice the time I expected to reach my destination. 

I still had time to wander around a bit and while I didnt find many birds, it was a pretty spot.

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