hiking at the fairgrounds

by grace on August 22, 2019

Wednesday, aug. 7th, kevin and i hiked all around the fairgrounds. it was the day before the fair opened and the place was bustling with so many people. not only were folks setting stuff up, cleaning stuff off, but we saw some cows and sheep and other animals being judged.

i hadn’t seen this before.

both of these were in close proximity to conservation world; maybe they carved them there?

it was fun to be at the fair that day; the last time i’d gone we missed the chickens because they don’t keep them around long. this is good, because there were some ducks that i felt sorry for; ducks should be in water!

as we walked through the building they were judging lots and lots of eggs.

i love this new double-decker merry-go-round. the animals were so cool! it would have been neat to see it at night all lit up, but that didn’t happen.

when i went back to the fair the next week i took some close-ups of some of those cool animals on the ride.

and here’s the coliseum, finally re-opened. they’ve installed the biggest ceiling fans i’ve ever seen inside, and the place seemed nice and cool.

sheep in coats.

when we’d walked around most of the fair we hiked on over to lincoln park. maybe that day we did about six miles? yep, we’re in training again, going to go to Glacier National Park in the fall.

how is it almost the end of august? more boat rides!

ok then,

mrs. g. h.


are you kidding me, august already??!!

by grace on August 5, 2018

the summer roars by, nothing to stop it…we had a lovely reprieve from the hot heat, but it’s back to feeling like august again, but at least it’s happening now in the correct month, not like the sweltering time we had in june…

so many boats continue to be out on the water, even though it seems it’d be awfully hot out there, especially because so few of them have any kind of canopy to block the sun.  sun-worshippers, I guess.

meanwhile…the other day I saw riley kneading and pulling on this pillow, the exact same thing that chester used to do.  how very funny.  riley is a unique and funny little cat anyway.  he just came over and meowed at me, maybe because he knew I was writing about him.  he doesn’t usually say much.

kevin, mom and I were out on the lake on july 18th, and I wanted to go past the marina an up towards chatham.  but after we passed the marina we encountered this group of people on paddleboards.  we were surprised to see so many of them, and we settled back in a cove to watch.

they paddled past us and then they all stopped and started doing yoga moves!  mysterious.  we figured it must be some kind of organization or class or something?  I thought it looked awesome and we saw them getting out of the water when we headed back past the marina.  kevin suggested that I ask them what it was about, but I didn’t.

but when get got home we looked it up online, and it’s a class by Aaaah yoga.  you learn to paddle board for a bit, and then you do yoga!  how awesome is that?  there’s a class starting in a week or so, and i’d better remember to sign up if i’m really going to do it.  it’s only four weeks, and looks like something so different and fun.

the front garden looks colorful in part because of these bright flowers that migrated over from amy’s house.  the purple ones in the rear – I can’t remember planting them, but I probably did?

I went for a run on july 21st and for some reason decided to stop to take pictures of all the deer I saw that day.  I almost always see at least one.

this tiny guy was hiding in the soybeans.

I think there were even more deer here than these four.

as I headed towards home I spotted this antlered deer, a much more rare sighting.

kevin bought two more giant chickens!  well, one more giant one and a cute smaller one, now they’re a family.  I love the chickens.

plus, the fair starts Thursday, more fun and excitement ahead…

ok then,

I do hope it cools down a little soon hughes.