Monday, October 27, 2008

More from Arbor State Park, Nebraska City

This little guy was not too happy that I was close to his tree. I really got a talking to from him.

I wish I would have noticed the out of place stick on the left side. Maybe I can clone it out later and post a better picture.

It takes a real man to love a cat. This cat appeared out of nowhere. Funny how they all seem to know that we are cat people. It came right up to us wanting a pet.

Arbor State Park--Nebraska City, NE

Larry and I took a ride over to Nebraska City this past Sat. We stopped at the Arbor State Park. I haven't been there forever. I can remember the whispering bench and that's about all. We will be going back more often. What a great place to take pictures. I would like to go back in the spring when the flowers are blooming in their gardens around the mansion.

White Sands, NM

We made a stop at White Sands National Monument on our way back from Arizona a couple weeks ago. I remember going there once as a kid while on vacation. I told Larry since we were going to drive right through it, we might as well stop and take a look. He had never been to the area and we will most likely never be back that way anytime soon. Here are some pictures from our brief visit there.

A little history about White Sands taken from the brochure I picked up.

At the northern end of the Chihauhuan Desert lies a mountain-ringed valley, the Tularosa Basin. Rising from the heart of this basin is one of the world's great natural wonders--the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert here and created the largest gypsum dune field in the world. The dunes, brilliant and white, are ever changing. They grow, crest, then slump but always advance. Slowly but relentlessly the sand, driven by strong southwest winds, covers everything in its path. Within the extremely harsh environment of the dune field, even plants and animals adapted to desert conditions struggle to survive. Only a few species of plants grow rapidly enough to survive burial by the moving dunes, but several types of small animals have evolved white colorations to camouflage them in the gypsum sand.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Cat's At Play

Miu and PeeWee are finally friends. It took a couple weeks but they are chasing each other around the house now. These aren't the best pictures. I had to act fast because when they get going they are hard to catch. Poor PeeWee is about to get body slammed in one picture. I think we will be investing in a screen for our patio door too the way it looks. I've already had to take the screens out of some of our other windows to keep Miu from climbing them.

More of Miu

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The past comes alive

Here are some pictures from Tombstone AZ. Talk about a blast from the past! There are about 3 blocks in town (almost makes up the whole town) that are blocked off all the time. No motorized vehicles are allowed on them.

There are a couple of different groups that do "shows" in town. This group does a "pay to see" show, gunfight and all. They walk around town gearing up and luring the tourists to the show. The other groups put on shows on main street at no charge.

You can take a stagecoach ride or if your wanting to blend in, there are a couple shops where you can rent some old west costumes.

There is a lot of history in this small little town.

Oh, and if any of you are wondering if Elvis is still alive....He's in Tombstone, AZ ;0)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Arizona Textures

I don't think, if I had the choice, that I would live in Arizona. It is very brown and dry there. I did however, manage to find a little green while we were there.

The last holdouts.

I still have some critters lurking around the back yard. I doubt that they will be around much longer with the weather changing.