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    Today's walk was only about a mile and a half... But oh so fun!

    Maverick's first pheasant hunt. He did well. I stacked the odds in his favor by hunting at the Cooke Canyon Hunt Club - so these are not wild birds. But we found eight pheasant, brought home five, and had a wonderful time. He hasn't had a lot of actual hunt training, but did a wonderful job of finding and pointing the birds, then retrieving them for me. He's not to blame for the pheasants that I didn't hit. Sigh...





    I think we're going to have a wonderful time hunting together for many years. I sure hope so.

    Regards, Guy
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    That's awesome, Guy
    Thanks for the pictures
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    Started out on my walk, and forgot to bring Mr. Ed a carrot.
    Turned around got a carrot for him. Stanley's pond is locked up with a coat of ice now. 27 degrees this morning
    17 yesterday.
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    Got my walk in, took a carrot down to Mr. Ed. My cellphone says freezing rain
    That's all the freezing rain stuck on the front of my frog togs rain coat
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    Quote Originally Posted by no primers View Post
    Got my walk in, took a carrot down to Mr. Ed. My cellphone says freezing rain
    That's all the freezing rain stuck on the front of my frog togs rain coat
    One question NP!

    Do people look at you like your crazy when they past by you? Walking in this cold!

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    After walking down to the park and back for the Veterans Day parade & ceremony, I parked the dog at home and took my kayak down to the river for a three-mile paddle. Temps weren't nearly as bad as in much of the country, only low 40's, but it felt chilly on the water anyway. I made an error leaving the sheltered place I'd put the little boat in, and shot straight out into the Columbia. The big river was moving real good, particularly right there. One heck of a current and the kayak was broadside to it. I felt the kayak start to dip, as if to roll or capsize, gave a couple of quick strokes of the paddle to get aligned with the current and all was well. Whew! I really thought I was going over for a second there!

    Once with the current, I was able to angle out of it pretty easily and turned the boat upstream. That was a mighty fine workout for the next 30+ minutes until I got past the mouth of the Wenatchee River, and into calmer waters. I went up the Wenatchee a bit, less than a half mile, staying mostly in calm waters along the northern bank. A train rumbled slowly past, heading into town over the old bridge. I noted two eagles in trees above the Wenatchee. My plan was to drift down towards them, to take photos. Well heck. By the time I was drifting back towards their location, they'd both left! I got a brief look at one of them flying past, but wasn't able to capture a good image.


    Then, I rounded the bend, back out into the Columbia and there was one of the eagles! Chowing down on a fresh-caught fish. Wow! I managed to get a few photos without crowding the big bird. This pair of eagles nested here last year and produced the first fledgling eagle in city limits, in about 30 years. I don't want to bother them, I want them to keep returning to the big nest they built, so I can see eagles for the rest of my days, right here in town and on the local rivers.





    Also found a merganser:


    And of course a lot of geese!


    While I was on the Wenatchee River, I caught a glimpse of this rock formation known as Saddle Rock. My home lies below that formation, to the left of it, down in the flats. I often hike up above that formation - it's not as tough as it sounds, there's a nice hiking route:


    In fact, I think the dog and I are headed up there later this morning. Yesterday was a pretty doggone good day.

    Guy




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    For an idea about how quickly the Cascades rise up from the bottom land, the river I was on is at about 600' elevation. Saddle rock is at about 1600', and the snow covered ridge in the background is a bit over 6,000' - and only 12 miles drive from town. Much closer in a straight line.

    Ya, the Cascades, like many mountains are a mite steep. Any hiking in them usually requires a lot of up and downhill walking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun56 View Post
    One question NP!

    Do people look at you like your crazy when they past by you? Walking in this cold!

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    Nope, infact they all wave to me , as they go by in their cars. In fact the temperature is dropping from this morning and the wind is picking up 24 degrees just now as I left the house
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    Today's 4 mile walk with the dog, along the Columbia River again. Overcast, 30's, perfect for walking.

    By the way, taking wildlife photos with a half-crazy bird dog tethered to me, wasn't easy....

    Kayak and canoe dock:


    Old barn, now used by the row & paddle club to store various boats:


    Young spike muley buck. He was on a mission! Air scenting and following, right across the open field. Hmmm. Must be November!


    Killdeer:


    Saw dozens of geese landing on the river:


    Bufflehead drake:


    Mallard:


    And I lucked out, found the eagles again:




    Regards, Guy









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    Quote Originally Posted by M700 View Post
    Today's 4 mile walk with the dog, along the Columbia River again. Overcast, 30's, perfect for walking.

    By the way, taking wildlife photos with a half-crazy bird dog tethered to me, wasn't easy....

    Kayak and canoe dock:


    Old barn, now used by the row & paddle club to store various boats:


    Young spike muley buck. He was on a mission! Air scenting and following, right across the open field. Hmmm. Must be November!


    Killdeer:


    Saw dozens of geese landing on the river:


    Bufflehead drake:


    Mallard:


    And I lucked out, found the eagles again:




    Regards, Guy







    You take some great pictures
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