Leading a group of Mountaineer photographers to the Theler Wetlands
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June 26th, 2010 – by: aelder2259
A short drive later, we arrived at the Wetlands. The sky was on the gray and cloudy side, but at least it wasn't raining and the weather was pleasant. I was quite comfortable in my sweatshirt and capri length jeans.
All the trails at the wetlands are easy and are ADA compliant. I was wearing my new unloader brace on my left knee, so I was glad for level walking services. I saw more birds than I saw since the weeds and reeds were quite tall. Red-winged blackbirds were abundant and I love listening to their song. I also saw goldfinches, swallows, sparrows, crows, and some killdeer. There were a pair of kingfishers hunting for food that were a delight to watch, but were too far away to get a decent photo.
After walking about two miles, I dumped my heavy camera equipment in my car trunk and got some lunch at the farmers market. I also bought a really cool birdhouse for my neighbor (an avid birder). When I was done eating, I did another half mile hike along a different trail, using only my point & shoot camera. By this point, my right knee was really hurting (though the left felt pretty good). I was wearing my Sketcher shape-ups and gave my calves and hamstrings quite a workout (which I really felt on Sunday).
When we were ready to leave, my car wouldn't start. Being a former mechanic on aerospace ground equipment, I could tell it was the battery, but I didn't have jumper cables with me. So, I called AAA, only to learn that I forgot to send in my renewal payment. Got it paid and assistance was on the way.
Before I even opened my car door, a young man ran out to my car and asked how he could help. I told him I wanted to price a new batter, and if it wasn't too much, I needed to have it installed right away. He ran back inside and after a few minutes, came out with three different prices for different battery lengths.
While on the ferry, I called my husband to let him know what time to expect me and that I forgot to thaw anything for dinner. He said he was inviting friends over and would do fajitas on the grill. Now that is how I like ending a day....my husband cooking while I'm sitting back with friends drinking tinto.
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