Things are still going snap, crackle, pop and lighting up the night around these parts. As if the night needs lighting up! Did we tell you that it doesn’t get truly dark here until well after 10 p.m.? Yes, that’s right. And at around 3:30 a.m. the light starts coming in the windows again.
But we digress… The Fourth of July seems to be a week long experience in these parts. In addition to the store-bought variety being set off at the cabins during the week, on Saturday, the marina next door to us had a big Fourth (x 3 or + 8 = 12th?) party on the beach. It was followed by fireworks which were followed by music and mayhem lasting well into the night.
Time will tell.
Speaking of time and things going ‘crack’… Remember these?
Then one day she goes over for her morning check and sees something new.
Actually, there were four somethings new. You can see one here peeking out from behind Papa. By the way, we’ve learned that it is the Dad not the Mom who sits on the eggs and tends to the Spotted Sandpiper young.
As soon as their down is dry, the adventures for these little ones begin. They were led on a three plus hour journey away from the nest and toward the shoreline. It was only about thirty feet away but…
There were plenty of random wanderings (usually in four different directions) which prompted a very nervous and busy Papa to run back and forth peeping and a whooping. There was also plenty of resting.
Papa keeps a close eye but is getting more comfortable with Nicole’s daily monitoring. By day three the chicks had become more aware of their surroundings and photos of them just a blur as they zip here and there.
Speaking of chicks. The day that the Sandpipers were born we had a visit from our Canadian Geese families.
Last but certainly not least… the HUCKLEBERRIES are coming in!
We’re used to hearing noises in the woods and seeing a deer pop out now and then but with the Huckleberry season in full swing there are random people popping out of the woods with buckets and bags.
Darlene, on the other hand, spends her time foraging through our own private wild strawberry field located next to our water spigot.
That’s all for now. Time to enjoy our two days off. See ya later…