Monday, June 29, 2009
Didn't stay in Junior last night (applied glue to a cracked shower floor - had to let it set), but, rather, slept on the floor in her apartment. This evening we have moved to the state park campground about 8 miles from her place.
We expect to leave here Wednesday for Donna's folks in Desloge, and leave there on Friday to really begin the trip.
It was very difficult to find a campsite for Friday or Saturday of this week. Luckily, Jim and Linda will be home and offered us a campsite at their place for those two nights. They spend the Summers just North of Springfield, IL and have an extra RV site for guests. Jim says we'll get to see a large fireworks display on the 4th. Jim and Linda usually spend some of their Winters in Apache Junction. Some of you may have remembered them from a couple of years ago when Jim workamped at Gold Canyon. Thanks guys - see you Friday.
This will change our trip slightly; we'll cross the country a little further North in IL, IN, and OH, but expect to miss the major cities and return to the original plan in NY.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Each summer at Capulin Volcano a new generation of ladybugs participates in a passive, or wind-carried, migration and takes up residence at the highest points of the volcano. After feeding all summer, they hibernate through the winter on the volcano. Surviving beetles then catch a warm current off the volcano in February to the south to reproduce. Since the wind carries the ladybug in its migration, it has a hard time controlling its destination and may go to aphid-infested fields near the volcano or maybe to aphid-rich wheat fields in Texas.
During a lifespan of a few months, the females lay up to 500 eggs on leaves and twigs. The eggs hatch and the larvae engorge themselves on the aphids. After the larvae clear the area of aphids, they pupate. Since the larvae usually clean the area of their favorite food, aphids, the adults migrate back to Capulin Volcano to await the opportunity when they too can go back to these aphid-rich areas and lay their eggs.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
We've disconnected the DirecTv and have installed Tivo to handle the FREE HD channels offered in this area. Hope we can survive with only those channels?!? Who knows, maybe the Park will get HD someday.
Tomorrow we prepare for our 6week trip to Nova Scotia. I had thought we might make it to Newfoundland, but not so sure now. Maybe.
It's great to be back here - dust and all!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Not too long ago I read about a new WII game – The World of Goo. Did a little browsing and discovered it might be a game for me. To give it a trial, I downloaded a demo for Windows. I think I’m hooked. AND, as soon as I get home, I’ll get a copy for the WII. You should give it a try.Tonight I made it to “The Regurgitation Pumping Station”! I can’t wait to see what that is. So, bye for now. (We leave for home on Saturday!!!)