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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Dr. Sandy

OK... clearly, I need to wake up earlier! We are in a hospital... I think I need to put on my Dr. Sandy hat.

Ah-hem... Dr. Sandy here, doing my rounds on the pre-surgical ward. Today's patient is Grampa... he is having some surgery on his leg... I'm sorry but as you are not surgical residents, I can't provide you with more information... doctor-patient privilege and all that. Although... if you were to show me your credentials, I'd be happy to discuss this intriguing case with you over a pint of honey beer!

Anyhow... let's go say Hi to Grampa!!

 Hmmm... patient seems to be feeling quite well at the moment! It's hard to maintain a professional composure when one keeps getting picked up!

At least Grampa has a nice view from up here...

 Now... we wait... there sure is a lot of waiting in hospitals... a LOT of waiting! I might just nap....

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mystery Adventure

Well... hello! Hmmm... I am somewhere... in a hotel, it looks like. This is what happens when you fall asleep in the car. You end up in strange places!

Our room even has a mini-fridge and a microwave. I wonder if they have hot chocolate here?

Noooo... of course not! What the heck? Why is it always just tea and coffee??

I ask you... why??? Oh... I seem to have a new t-shirt. I wonder if it has something to do with this adventure?

At last, a clue!! There's a map here... can you read it?

Alright... I better get a good night's sleep if there are adventures on the go!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Adventures in the Marsh - Part 2

Hullo again... we are in a flooded marsh and wondering where we are... luckily, I am a beary good navigator bear and I know where we are!

Mama's phone helped too... We identified some clumps of trees and we are good to go.

Next... we found a huge pile of old lumber...

A closer look at the lumber...

...and signs of an old fire pit...

 ...along with some bags....

 ...and a rudimentary water hose in a run-off rivulet...

...all indicate that this was likely a homeless camp at some point. Nobody here right now though...

I did however find more skeletal remains... leg bones...

jaw bones...

and... oooohhhh.... a full on skull with antlers!!!

We need to come back and get this in the dark-of-morning one day... I couldn't convince Mama to take it home this time...

After some more bushwhacking... we found a road/trail of sorts!

Hmmm... more flooded waters... but...

 We are getting closer to the mystery thing... remember, that white square in the middle of the marsh...

 Here's another view... it looks like a roof or something.

Ooohhh... and some snowdrops!

Closer still... and there are a stash of lawn chairs....

 But while we are beary close... the area is flooded and we can't get there... drat!

But a photo zoom-in shows a roofed shelter... maybe a bird-watching place? For the local university??

I tried to convince Mama to go wading but she said she got enough soakers when she was a kid and she's not doing those anymore. Phooie!

 Oh well... at least we know how to get here for next time! We came up the other side of the highway embankment on the way home... much easier!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Adventures in the Marsh

Hullo, Sandy Bear here. Today we are going on a Grand Adventure! This is beary exciting. The snow is gone (mostly) and the winter has been a long one. I am ready to get out there and discover something new. Today, our mission is to resolve a mystery...

There is a big marsh nearby that has a hiking trail at the east end, but the west end is a bit of an unknown. I was looking at it on Google Maps and discovered what looked like a system of trails and... a mysterious shiny object!

See!!? There is some square white thing down there. It is supposed to be park land, so what is that thing? A secret government installation? Military? Some one needs to go and find out. And that someone is me!

So.. we're off... Along the way, Mama said we might see some spring flowers but... I don't think much of these ones. This is Daphne laureola, also known as Spurge Laurel. It is invasive here...

 It has teensy-tiny greenish coloured flowers. Meh...

I want something better!

Hello, apple orchard. Nice to see you again!

Umm... OK... so the first thing we need to do is get across the 4 lane highway. We thought we could scoot under the bridge where the river goes through but... There's been so much snow melt that things are a bit flooded.

See... it's more like a lake than a river!

That's where we want to go... Normally it's a ditch...not anymore.

Oh dear. Will our mission abort right off the bat?

 Are we going to be stymied by a little bit of frigid, fast-moving water?

 What do you think?? Are we???

No we are not!!

We moved upstream along the ditch until we found a fordable point,.. After all... we are Adventurers!

Now we just need to scoot along the highway embankment...

And here we are!

Crouch under the bridge...

Pass some colourful graffiti... That could stand for Alexander's Roar!

And we're through the other side!!

Which is a bit of a wilderness. Luckily, not tooooo many brambles and blackberry plants.

Just... you know... a few skeletons...

Judging by the jaw bone and the skull, this is a deer skeleton. I wonder if it was hit by a car and injured and stumbled down here to die?

 Might have to come back and pick this up later for our garden! If we can find it...

Holy moly... the marsh is flooded!!

 Umm... I wonder where exactly we are... let's pull out the phone and see...

To Be Continued