Pre-Leaf Peeper Festival a good day was had by starting it seeing the sunrise from Dolly Sods and the bird banding station with Chip B. A merlin falcon was caught; one of only two (2) caught in the some fifty+ (50) years that the birders have banded there. Chip said it was the coolest bird he had ever seen in his entire life...and he has seen a lot of birds. We were lucky.
Later that day (the day is long when one gets out before the sun is up...) we went and hiked down Pendelton Falls, which dumps into the Blackwater River. Chip B. brought his little fishing box and, putting together his little rod, proceeded to catch a brook trout and a rainbow trout. Melon Collie (the Chase family mutt) had a tough time navigating the canyon's slick rocks and watery ways, while Lilly Girl (Sheena's mutt) made it look somewhat simple. Ol' Melly must be getting a bit rusty! Note to anyone trying to take an animal down that canyon...unless they are super adept at navigating steep and dangerous rock features, don't even think about it!!!
This past weekend was quite wet and filled to the brim with peepers and jolly competition. My sorry bum ran for 8th place in the 5k Run For It! race. Having never trained and doing my fair share of unhealthy-for-a-runner activities, I was glad to make the top ten (10)...glad after I projected the little bits of water that I dogged during the race back to porcelain princess.
My my...after I recovered and did some chair massage at Hypnocoffee, I was drawn to the old Shop 'N Save parking lot for some Young Funk Sung, Elkins premeire funk ensemble. Thank Gawd that lead singer Erin got out for a sec to dance with me or else I'da been a lone ranger. Pero eventualmente, once Sheen and some others got out on the dance lot the party was rockin'!
BTW, mark that calender for some Halloween festivness at Mtn. State Brewing Co. in Thomas, WV. The funk will be the flowin' and costume's will be showin'! Get Up!
While the duck race on Sunday could use some more improvement and spice, it seemed well attended, as was the dog show. Lilly won all the prizes in my mind...well, except "least likely to succeed"...wait, is that a yearbook memory jammed into the dog-show memory neuron? Come on brain, you're the only one I got...I can't get a refund (just think, FrankenCory).