A Day to Myself

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  1. bacpacjac

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    I got the most awesome surprise on Monday - a day with NO kiddos! I felt like a little kid on Christmas Eve. It took me forever to figure out what I was going to do with all that time to myself. My To Do List was huge, but the truth is that always is and that wasn't going to change if I spent the day doing chores. Time to myself is a rare and precious thing so I decided to keep it all to myself. With @MommaJ's challenge still incomplete, I headed to my favourite spot by the river for a nature walk and some lunch.

    It was a beautiful day, just perfect.

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    I was distracted by all the garbage I found on the trek to my favourite little spot. GRR!! I spent about an hour exploring before I arrived, and then spent about 45 minutes cleaning up the river bank. I was so grumpy, that I decided to do some more exploring before making lunch.

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    MommaJ challenged me in the On-Going Member Challenge thread, about a hundred years ago, to go on a solo adventure and identify 3 trees, 3 plants and 3 birds while I was out. I gave it a go but this challenge will have to remain on-going. ;)

    Plant ID

    Here's a peak at some of the plants I saw. I'm good with dandelions and violets, but I need to figure out the rest of these. This is the year that I figure out Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, some more wild edibles....

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    Continued....
     
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    Trees

    Cedar is an easy ID, and they are the dominant species in this park.

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    I'm working on telling the difference between Birch species. This patch of woods seems to have White/Paper, Yellow/River, Black and Silver, but I only really know White and Yellow. This picture didn't turn out, but the silver bark was so shiny in the sun that I thought I had found buried treasure. ;)

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    There are Beech trees here to0, which I want to learn more about. F0r example: Beech leaf tea? Beech nuts? There are also some mystery trees that I just don't know, like this one.

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    Birds

    There were so many birds singing! I saw some chickadees, but I only heard the rest. Jays, Cardinals, Crows, Robins, Ravens, Mourning Doves, Red Wing Black Birds, Sparrows, a few that I couldn't ID, and this lonely male Mallard.

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    Other Wildlife

    There were lots of Squirrels and Chipmunks too. These were as close I got to seeing any other wildlife though: one dead salmon and a bone that looks to have come from somebody's steak. ;)

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    Nobody was home under this huge cedar tree.

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    Continued.....
     
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    Lunch and a Nap

    After exploring some more, I decided to head to the lean-to for lunch. I take no credit for building it. I am merely a caretaker, but has become one of my favourite spots. If anyone knows who built this, please let me know so I can thank them. :)

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    I had been craving Chicken and Dumplings for a week and today was the day. I grabbed some left-over roast chicken, along with some fresh onions, celery, carrots and garlic. Then I took the total lazy chef route: Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup and canned Pillsbury Biscuits. :)

    I wanted those dumplings to float in something bigger than my beloved canteen cup, so I also took my little billy can to cook in. It cost me $2.99 at a second-hand store and it's been worth every penny!

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    Noodles aren't traditional, but they sure tasted great. The bigger pot gave them more room to circulate, so only a few stuck to the bottom.

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    Rolling the dumplings in flour helps keep them from sticking and thickens the broth. ;)

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    Not stirring was the hardest part of making this, but my Grandma always said "Don't stir the pot once the dumplings are in!"

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    A little pepper and hot sauce once it was all cooked, and time to tuck in. YUM!

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    I had a few things I wanted to do that afternoon: make a cuppa tea, carve a try stick, practice hanging my tarp, gather some stuff for a bow drill set.... but, I decided to hang my hammock beside the shelter and have a nap instead. And ya know what? It was awesome! Thanks for joining me!

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    Thanks for joining me!

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    I hate finding that too, some people don't care . Thanks for the Great Post and the cleaning of our lands .:35:
     
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    A what to your what?? Terrific to take/get this kind time to enjoy things (despite the trash).

    I have a birthday coming up and I'm holding out for a day of paddling on my own. We will see! Last year on my birthday I went down the river in my canoe and got a call mid-afternoon, it was a Friday and I had forgotten to send in my time sheets! Paddled home like it was Deliverance. Hope to avoid such scenes this year!
     
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    Good job! Always frustrating to find trash. Sad that there are some people who don't care.

    Fiddleheads

    I am no expert. This could possibly be Marsh Marigold caltha palustris

    What do you think @GreenFrog? You always have good insight when it comes to plant identification.
     
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    Love to get those days to just do as you please. Great way to spend a day.

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    Thanks! That's as much as I knew. Can you eat them all as long as they are still curled up? I've never picked them wild before, only at the market! :)
     
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    It was awesome but it's totally thrown me off this week. I can't remember what day it is. LOL!!!
     
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    Thanks! Litter bugs make me so angry. I just don't understand it. GRR!!!!
     
  12. bacpacjac

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    hahha!! I hope it goes much smoother this year, @renter6!
     
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    Younger the better, I'm told. I've eaten them late season and raw, a little tough. But not unpleasant, steamed and buttered like asparagus would be tasty imo.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Awesome! Thanks! I tried them for the first time last year and loved them. I'm going to try your recipe now for sure! :D
     
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    Good post and great pictures young lass. Glad ya had a good day. joe
     
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    Perfect day to spend taking a nap in a relaxing and pretty area
     
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    bacpacjac,
    You need to sign on to PC’s Tenkara pass-around and take another “me” day and head back to this same location.
     
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    I honour of your leaving :( I'm going to do just that. Thanks for all the fish! ;)
     
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    Thank you, my friends. It was a great way to relax and recharge. I've felt guilty about it ever since but I AM going to do it again the next chance I get. :D
     
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    One was Jewelweed little leaf babies, yes to Marsh Marigold and another was Violet. The fern looks to be ostrich fern as it has a deep cut v on the frond stem.. that is considered the safe fiddlehead..boil 15 in salted water.. not all ferns are safe..needs research.

    Nice outing, thx for sharing! My favorite part of the forum is seeing these trips big or small.
     
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    Great report. Yummy food. And a nap.
    What else is there? :)

    (nice spice kit!)
     
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    Awesome TR, @bacpacjac. Chicken and dumplings looked and probably tasted excellent. I get jealous looking at others trip reports. Every weekend since my last outing has been a gully washer and this coming weekend is too. I may have to call in sick.
     
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    Great report!! Yeah, that food looked good. Hope you enjoyed your nap.
     
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    Great pics and looks like fun!

    We bought a big new 5th wheel last year, so after many years of sleeping in tents and hammocks, I am now sleeping inside for the foreseeable future (weekends and holidays). My wife and kids love the new trailer but I miss staying outdoors.

    At least I still have lots of woods and water around me where we are (couple hours east of Toronto).:)
     
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    Great TR and the chicken and dumplings looked really yummy!!

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Congratulations on the day alone sister.
    And thank you so much for picking up the trash.
     
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    A day alone? Very rare in mama bears world . I greatly appreciate your taking us along with you! I enjoyed the pictures immensely! But, next time? I dare you to to just go out and be just you.....for you alone.
    Send us just one picture of the highlight of you with a big grin on your face :)
     
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    Great day out! I'm glad you had a "me" day!!!! Good on you for making the most of it!
     
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    dandy photo story ...
     
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    You're on!!! :D
     
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    Outstanding!
    I'm so glad you took some time for yourself and that you shared the day with us!
     
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    Lots to absorb in an amazing day!
    Looks like you absolutely deserved some time off and away from 'it all'. :)
     
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    Litter in the woods is always a drag... glad you kept moving and made an amazing lunch! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    It doesn't get much better than that. Thanks for the pics!
     
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    Jac, I haven’t been to active on here lately with my move and getting my house squared away, but I’m happy to see that you are still out kicking butt. Great outing!!! Thanks for sharing.
    s/f
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    While I enjoy my time out with the kids and the fur kids it is nice to go it alone occasionally too. I'm glad that you had a good time!
     

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