"Hey, you other chipmunks, stay away from here.
He sat beside his doorway and loudly sang his song,
Protecting food he'd gathered to eat all winter long....
With more time at home I am enjoying going through our travel photos. The following were from a trip we took to the Grand Teton National Park in August of 2007. We stayed at the Jackson Lake Lodge. Since this trip we have been back a couple of times but not for quite a while now.
One day we saw what only can be described as a buzz of activity from several people with cameras on the overlook. We had been in the sitting area of the Lodge, where the windows reached from floor to ceiling.
When we looked to see what was going on we saw Mother Moose and her calf not too far below. This was our fourth sighting on this vacation, and they were closer than the other three. It was very exciting and I just about fell out of my shoes when I saw them. Before this trip I had only seen these amazing animals in photos or on nature shows, and as I looked at them this wave of happiness came over me, I can't describe fully how I felt.
With all the thanks I could muster to my Sweet Other Half, he really is the best 'get off the beaten path' husband who always ends up finding his way, and next time we go on a road trip I will zip my mouth because you just never know what is around the next bend. "Yeah, right!" I hear him say, and yes we are both smiling.
Thanks for traveling back with me a few years ago, and I hope your day is a great one.
This was an excellent salad and I found it here at A Food Lover's Kitchen, hosted by Laura. My photo shows it without the vinaigrette dressing. If you look at Laura's recipe at the first link above, you will see photos and where she goes into great length explaining every step. This is a fast salad to prepare and I had it on the table in no time at all.
Pear and Gorgonzola Salad
Makes 2 large salads or 4 side salads
For the salad dressing:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon honey or agave
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper to taste
Squeeze of lemon juice
For the salad:
1 small pear diced
3 tablespoons crumbled gorgonzola or blue cheese
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, lightly toasted
2 tablespoons dried cranberries, roughly chopped
Toast the walnuts in a pan with a small amount of oil over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning.
Add the lettuce, pear, cheese, walnuts and cranberries to a large salad bowl.
Top the salad with half the salad dressing. Mix gently to coat the lettuce. If the salad requires more dressing, add a little extra at a time until the desired amount suits your taste.
Just a note to let you know that I wrote this post several years ago, and any information on the animals, statistic and so on, may be out of date now.
Today I thought I would share a few photos from the Virginia Zoo. It is a few hours drive south in Norfolk and these photos were taken in 2013.
One of the first stops was at the Red Panda enclosure. As we walked down the path we saw a couple over our heads. They were walking along a large tree trunk above the walking path. This one turned around and repeated the process several times. He attracted a lot of people.