After six hours I am FINALLY reconnected (to the Internet). It was a test of patience. Big phone/internet/TV corporation didn’t make it easy to connect my own router. (And I refused to pay the extra bucks for an approved router.) The customer service/troubleshooter even gave up on my problem, telling me to call the help desk (for a fee) or contact the router manufacturer.
After taking a breather, I figured it out on my own. It probably helped my sanity that I took a two-hour hike earlier in the day.
It’s amazing how a long nature hike in a light welcome drizzle revives the spirit. We intended to do a short walk, but as I was designated to make the trail decisions, we got delightfully lost.
And came upon this grove of live oaks.
I got us back to a trail and these white plumes caught my eye.
Although I’m not making a point of it, I did take a fence photo for Friday’s Fences. The Natural Area is crisscrossed with barbwire fences left over from its ranch days. Many of them are like this one, covered by shrubs and trees. The fence disappears into the undergrowth offering shelter for the lizards, snakes, armadillos, deer and other wildlife.
This blog is probably going to contain a lot more hiking photos. I’ve decided to make a concentrated effort to get out in nature more often and there are a number of state parks in the area to visit on foot. A friend has decided to join me.
A couple of days ago on a sunnier, hotter day, it was a different experience in the Natural Area.
So far the times we have been hiking we see few if any other hikers, riders or bicyclists. Walks like this make the tests of patience so insignificant.
Have a wonderful day.