|Here's the first deer I spotted. No matter what I did, Scrappy refused to look.|
|Here the little bugger is peeking around a tree to spy on us!|
|This is the middle path out of the woods that leads towards the barn. More impressive when the trees were still alive, but cool on halloween.|
|I turned to my right, and here's deer #2, way down by the creek. After she split, I saw the buck a few steps down, but he split before I could get him.|
|If you turn right at the edge of "fields 15-17" rather than going straight to the barn, you get to follow this pretty path.|
So Saturday we set out early, as we had plans to visit New Haven Canal Days later on.
|We saw the moon...|
|...the sun rising over the river...|
|...and a lot of red-wing blackbirds, but that was about it.|
The reason for that was some dude was out with his big black puppy (at least double Scrappy's size) whom we ran into on both sides of the swamp. Dude doesn't believe in a leash, apparently, but thankfully he and Scrappy hit it off.
So it was off to New Haven Days. Now, for me, three things made NHCD great. The first was the rat roulette, where you placed bets on a rat being put on a roulette wheel with holes and won if he chose yours. Haven't seen that in a while, probably somebody bitched about the gambling aspect. The second is when the adopt-a-greyhound people were there, and you got to make friends with these sweet dogs. I believe they still show up, but we were early. The third was all the food being cooked out away from the midway, with my favorite being the NH Lions Club's philly steaks. Others like Laurie loved the one stand which always brought in the nearly world-famous Casa salads. In the last few years though, the food lines have contracted until there was only one grilling stand, and it weren't either of those. In other words, the whole visit would have blown- except we got there for the tail end of the parade.
|This is the Subway "Sub-Man".|
|New Haven Alumni Band.|
|They have a dining porch on a pond, where you are encouraged to through morsels to the duck, swans, and fish.|
|Ol' boy here gave me fits- his head was above water about 2 seconds out of every ten.|
|And here are the "welfare ducks" lying around doing nothing until their daily handout comes along. Bobby G. knows the type.|
Late Saturday, Boogle and I went out again, this time to IPFW.
|First thing I saw was a bunch of barn swallows! They've been getting rarer, so I love watching them as the dive across the fields snapping up bugs.|
|They are a bit hard to capture on film, though.|
|Then we ran into Mr. Ground hog. Scrappy about took me into the river chasing him.|
|Kildeer getting a drink.|
|Click on this one to enlarge, and you'll see Scrappy's new buddy. We met him both on our way across the bridge to IPFW and on the IPFW trails coming back.|
And then on the way home, we finally got Mr. Bunny Rabbit...
|You'll have to click on this one.|
Finally, we went out into the heat of Sunday morning as well. And we saw...
|...and one pooped pup.|