Today was Mother’s Day, here in the U.S. My kids are away, living their own lives, quite happily, and don’t feel the need to come home and smother me in kisses and praises. For this, I’m actually quite happy. They should be happy and busy and involved at this point in their lives. Once they have children of their own, it will be their responsibility to bring my grandchildren to me, and tell them what ruffians they, themselves were and to laugh with me and with that younger generation, and grow together. For now, I get to spend the day with my favorite person in the world, quite selfishly.
John and I headed out for the Capitol trail. We know that thousands of cyclists rode that route yesterday, and had a Plan B, in the event that it left straggles crowding the trails today. Plan A was peachy. Though we were headed to Chickahominy Campground to cycle to Jamestown, John was kind enough to drop me off near Sherwood Forest, so I could get an extra few miles. He then drove 7 miles down the road and cycled up to wait for me and we drove on to Chickahominy campground. From there, we cycled to Jamestown. On the way, we encountered a turtle, laying eggs.
We encountered a good bit of wildlife fun today. From one bridge that we NEVER stop and look around from, we found several snapping turtles camouflaged in the mud of low tide, waiting for killifish minnows to get juuuuuusssttttt close enough, then SNNAAAP! No more killifish. We saw this little turtle also. He was sharing his little space in the creek with a northern water snake. This guy has a great fishing technique. He would kink up like an “S” and writhe a bit, getting a killifish in the curve of the “s”, then quickly straighten out, or invert the “S”, pushing the fish up on a muddy flat and snap it up in an instant.
I’m getting more confident on the recumbent. I rode this little offroad path and shot pictures at the same time, which is quite daring considering my lack of skill at riding this bike.We met a couple who lives in Richmond and enjoyed chatting a few minutes. They were cycling also. This cute little juvenile squirrel chatted me up for a moment too. On our way back onto the mainland, we ran into this little grumpy guy: I ran across a green snake. They are so graceful and such a beautiful green, that I always stop and admire them. Whenever possible, I pick them up and share my warmth with them and enjoy their cool, sleek skin. This one, has something on his head. As I approached, to shoot the picture, I realized it was a tick!Not something i anticipated on a cold blooded animal. No sooner than I crouched to shoot he snake, and hopefully pick it up, the tick disembarked from the snake, and headed straight for ME! If you look closely, you’ll see him sliding off the snake here:
More pics of us, as we sat outside the Visitors center, having had a very sating meal. Fat and happy, we headed over to the ferry, to enjoy the water, the birds and the children feeding the laughing gulls. We saw several osprey. Here are some gulls instead, though. After our round trip on the ferry, we cycled back to the truck. John, very excitedly pointed out some baby animals. I stopped to shoot a picture of some baby groundhogs. They are in the following picture, at the far end of the “trail”. When I stepped in to take the picture, they startled and when they did, the deer that were invisible in their stillness startled also, revealing them. Can you find the deer?
It was a great day cycling and laughing together. We both got a good bit of sun, but it was well worth our joyous day.
Go make your own breeze and remember: if you’re not having fun; you’re in the wrong gear.