I spent Thanksgiving in Austin with Lisa and Jorge, Mom, Marie, Kate, and Roy. It was a great family reunion. In a few hikes I noted very clear water and fish, turtles, frogs, and birds. One open comb bee hive was high on a cliff. We rode the Glass Bottom Boats at Texas State / San Marcos Springs. I walked the Barton Creek Greenway between Zilker and Twin Falls, as well as the Violet Crown Trail to US290.
Dorothy, Mom, Marie, Kate, Dan, and Tim
There were 2 trips to Canoe in the Florida Everglades, which have separate reports.
December - January Florida Canoe Trip
March Florida Canoe Trip
I rebuilt this Electric Panel last year.
This winter and last I stayed with Gene in Deerhorn Valley. A trailer there was a great, quiet place to read, write, and plan. Ranch work was fun too. Last year we repaired many things and mowed grass, while the focus this year was on lopping / thinning brush and trees.
I trimmed many Sumac Bushes, Oak Trees, etcetera with loppers and Chain Saws. Here, Gene mulches stacks of cut branches with a Brush Hog. 5' wide x 3' high debris piles totaled several hundred feet long.
I often visited mom in Vista, who was recovering from a back problem / fall. On the same trips, I visited Marie, Kate, and Roy in Carlsbad.
Travelling to and from Vista, I often stopped to walk at Batiquitos Lagoon, or the San Dieguito River Park by the coast or Lake Hodges.
Sunset at Batiquitos Lagoon
|Potomac Heritage Trail, C&O Canal, Great Allegheny Passage|
|The C&O Canal Companion||Mike High||2015|
|Chesapeake and Ohio Canal||National Parks||2015|
|Home on the Canal||Elizabeth Kytle||1983|
|Common Labor||Peter Way||1993|
|Great Allegheny Passage Trail||Edward Muller||2009|
|Canal Boat Children||Ethel Springer||1923|
|The Composite Locks||National Parks||1968|
|Geology, Engineering Structures, C&O||William Davies||1989|
|Double Boat Report||E. Mulvany||1879|
|Flood Repair History||Donald Shaffer||1997|
|Tracks along the Ditch||Patrick Stakem||1998|
|Geology of the C&O||USGS 1691||2008|
|Historic Resource Study: C&O||Harlan Unrau||2007|
|General Outdoors Reading|
|Many Books Borrowed from John / Mother Nature's Son|
|Black Elk Lives||DeSersa, Pourier||2000|
|Crazy Horse||Mari Sandoz||1942|
|William Bartram on the Southeastern Indians||Gregory A. Waselkov||2002|
|Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation||John Ehle||1997|
|Native Americans Of The Old West||Henry Anatole Grunwald||1995|
|Man in the Everglades: 2000 Years of Human History||Charlton W. Tebeau||1968|
|Hugh Glass||Bruce Bradley||2015|
|The Journals of Patrick Gass: Member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition||Carol Lynn Macgregor||1997|
|Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America||Edwin Tappan Adney||1964|
|An Illustrated history of Quetico Provincial Park||Shirley F Peruniak||2000|
|Suwannee River: Strange Green Land||Cecile Hulse Matschat||1938|
|Dangerous River Nahanni NWT||RM Patterson||1990|
|Young Men and Fire||Norman MacLean||1992|
|Everett Ruess: A Vagabond for Beauty||W.L Rusho||1973|
|Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle For Survival at the South Pole||Jerri Nielsen||2002|
|Between a Rock and a Hard Place||Aron Ralston||2005|
|Travels with Charley in Search of America||John Steinbeck||1980|
|Walking Softly in the Wilderness: The Sierra Club Guide to Backpacking||John Hart||1977|
|Tales of an Empty Cabin||Grey Owl||1936|
|Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America||Frank C Bellrose||1976|
|Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian||Paul F. Knitter||2013|
|A History of the Amish||Steven M. Nolt||1992|