About my interests in the outdoors: nature, hiking, cycling, kayaking, etc.

Favorite Bike Bell

OK – I love sound and quality, interesting sound. So – after a ride on the Neuse River Greenway last year calling out “on your left” to the walkers and joggers I passed I walked into the bike shop at the head of the trail just below the Neuse River Dam and they had a …

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To Stack Rocks or Not?

From the Eno River Association: Most parks encourage visitors to follow the principles of Leave No Trace, but there is a lesser known aspect of Leave No Trace related to lesser known critters. In rivers, the rocks, gravel and sand provide habitat for a great diversity of aquatic life forms. Plants that grow on the …

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Out on the Eno

Had a nice morning out on the Eno River with my daughter Alicia Saw the usual great blue herons, the river was higher than I expected. Found these sweet smelling flowers                 and as usual totally captivated by the reflections in the river.            …

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Meeting of Great Minds

GreatMinds2.jpg This important meeting started yesterday evening.
DSC_01251.jpg Things didn't start to break up until noon today.

UPDATE 8/17 – they went back to their huddle for most of today and late this evening spread out again although tonight I could only find five of them.
Friend Sue sent this link about the harvestmen – kind of related.


I always wondered if birds sought out places that made their singing sound better like musicians do. The first one is a wren perched just outside the Bryan Center parking deck on Duke West Campus. The song reverberates through the entire parking deck. The second one is singing just above the courtyard of the nursing …

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