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On-going Kidless Quest Challenge

Discussion in 'Outings, Trips & Expeditions' started by bacpacjac, Oct 12, 2017 at 12:28 PM.

  1. bacpacjac

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    Ok, I made it out all by myself today! WOOHOO!! My challenge isn't complete because I totally lost track of time, but, I have no regrets. It was so relaxing.

    My plan was to grab my journal, field guides and camera, and take a little walk through the forest and beside the Oshawa River. My goals were to do my MommaJ homework, work on a couple of BushClass projects, and have a quiet lunch by the river. Mission mostly accomplished, but I am happy to have to try again. ;)
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    I started with a walk through the forest to find three trees and three plants.
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    Tree number 1 is a tree for me to identify. I'm thinking it's not edible, but couldn't find it in the guides I had with me.
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    Tree number 2 was an American Chestnut tree, one of my Fall favourites as a kid. Not sure what their status was back then, but they are endangered in Ontario now.I could only find a few small nuts, but threw them in my pack anyway, to take home and teach the kids how to play Conkers.
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  2. bacpacjac

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    Plant number 1 is either a berry bush or poison ivy. I am terrible at IDing in the off-season! Practice, practice, practice!!
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    Plant number 2 is this one that we've used for fire tinder before. ID pending cause I couldn't remember. The kids always call it the fluffy bean plant, because the pods look like beans in the summer, and like mini milkweed in the Fall.
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    Plant number 3 is Goldenrod gone to seed. The little bulbs that form on the stalks, contain Goldenrod Gall Fly larvae, that apparently make good fish bait, but I've never tried it.
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    Tree number three is one of my favorites, a huge Weeping Willow. The kids love playing in this one, and it makes a great picnic spot.
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    Once I was back out at the river, I stopped for lunch and to work on a couple of projects. Cont...
     
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  3. FIELDCRAFTLTC

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    Great outing @bacpacjac - great work on the BushClass.

    All goes well, I will be out this weekend doing the same thing and preparing for my challenge by @Primordial !
     
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  4. bacpacjac

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    I took a lesson from @Pastor Chris's recent trip report, and decided to bring a sub instead of cooking lunch out there. Good thing too, because I got totally distracted again.
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    One of my goals today was to sew at least one ditty bag for my BushClass Elective. I brought some fabric, an old pair of the kids pants and my pocket sewing kit but never got around to it.
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    Salmon and trout are spawning in the river right now and it caught the attention of the birds as well as myself.
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    Speaking of birds, I was supposed to get pics of three but I couldn't. Oh, I could hear them, and even see them, but they weren't close enough for good pictures. I heard Cardinals, Jays, Chickadees and Crows. I saw Robins, Red Winged Blackbirds, Turkey Vultures or Cormorants, and I think, a Red Tailed Hawk. I also discovered that I need new glasses. I was thinking that my Grandma Gertie, the family Birder, would have been so disappointed in me, and then the sun kind of popped through the clouds in the shape of a bird, and I felt like she was there with me in spirit.
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    These were the best bird shots I could get.
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    I almost completely forget that I needed to be home by noon. Before I left, I took a few pictures for my October entry in the year long photo contest.
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    I didn't accomplish all the tasks I set out to, but it was a win in my books, and I can't wait for the next attempt. Thanks for joining me, and thank you @MommaJ for this awesome opportunity!
     
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  5. MommaJ

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    Great outing and man that is the best picture ever of a spirit bird. Totally amazing when mother nature throws a bonus out.

    What is conkers? And how do you play it? Here I though chestnuts were just good for roasting on an open fire.

    That is a huge weeping willow tree. I would never have id it myself.

    Projects can always wait but finding time for yourself is always important. Even the simplest task of lunch and going the sub route instead of cooking can be a much needed break.
     
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    It was wonderful, Janice. I thought it was going to rain on me but nope, I got Spirit Birded instead. :D Thank you and Mother Nature, both!!

    It's been a long time since I've played but as I recall, to play Conkers, you tie a shoe lace to nail, and hammer it through the chestnut as cleanly as possible. I can't remember the mechanics or rules, but you and an opponent smash your nuts together and the last one still on the string wins. Wikipedia is my next internet destination! ;)
     
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    hello,
    Awe @MommaJ YOU don't know how to play Chessies or Conkers? :( Geeze.. we used to go to school with a 160cm Doc Marten yellow boot lace threaded with Chessies or Conkers. The spoofs (tall tales) we used to tell tales "My chessies is a 50.." meaning it split 50 chestnuts in a game of Conkers. :D Then there was the 'tall tales' of how to harden them by soaking them in vinegar or applying a clear coat of your sisters nail varnish.. :rolleyes: BTW be careful of the knuckles.. Ouch! :17:
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    Ah ha the old time I mean original version that clackers is based on
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    hello,
    Clackers.. OMG I recall our outer kitchen door window getting one of these through it by my sister & her school friends & having to call the joiner/glazier "er em.. it was some kid passing throwing stones.." :8: the joiner/glazier had a number of callouts when clackers were all the rage. I recall it did keep them in business. :D
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    Beautiful pics! Looks like you had an amazing day!
     
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    hello,
    I'm going to GAW my age here (literally) PK chewing gum as a kid, (later addition to the Compo Ration Packs) playing with Clackers. The girls used to chew PK chewing gum aka 'chuddy or chewy' & blow bubbles aka cracking. So.. the rhythm went click.. click.. click.. & sang "PK chewing gum 1p a packet first you chew it then you crack it.." as your were chewing to the rhythm, the chewing got faster, as did the clicks & as you cracked it (blew a gum bubble & popped it) the clackers would be swung around & either back to a normal rhythm or went AWOL off in another direction.. :eek:
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    So the PK gum was invented shortly after the wheel?

    :eek:

    :D

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    Thanks @FIELDCRAFTLTC ! I'll keep an eye out for your report. Hopefully the weather is as cooperative for you as it was for me.

    haha! We used an old waxed yellow hockey skate lace. ;) I had totally forgotten the rules and about soaking them. Thanks David!

    So much fun! I think I'll go again soon and see if I can find some more. :)
     
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    hello,
    Well Yeah as here in Scotland they were still running television sets on steam.. :p
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    hello,
    Afterthought.. cousin @bacpacjac & sister @MommaJ traditional games for your backyard Halloween party dookin' for apples & a game of conkers. :43: BTW I just recomembered you call out "STRINGS" not "SNAGS" when both chessies tangle up. :)
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    That's a great idea, @DavidJAFO! I think we might just do that. Thanks! Chestnuts aren't as common around here as they once were, so it will be a great treasure hunt!
     
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    hello,
    There YOU go cousin @bacpacjac great incentive for the bacpac..kids & tree identification to boot. :)
    Regards
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    Pish posh bobbing for apples ick so healthy I much prefer bobbing for donuts. But I am now going to go on a hunt the next few weeks for chestnuts to have the kids play conkers and maybe just maybe they will conk the sugar high out of themselves
     
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    All the pics were great, but the one of the fish was awesome. Jealous of your area.
     
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    There were a few today, @PAcanis. :)

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    I heard or read something about conkers being banned at a lot of schools because of injuries from flying shrapnel. Any thoughts David?
     
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    Ya done well, and had a fine day young lass. A very nice posting. joe
     
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    Sounds like a great day! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    I took the kiddos to the climbing park after school yesterday, and since there's a little forest beside it, I decided to take myself for a little walk to see what I could see. I really want to get some more Fall foliage pictures for @MommaJ, and maybe even find those three little birds.

    This is the new theme song for this challenge, by the way:


    This "forest" is not much more than a copse of trees, by there's a bunch a little trails within it.
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    It's mostly evergreen trees, so not a lot of Fall colours within. This little Maple was pretty though.
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    Once I started walking, I realized that all my tree and plant ID challenges were there waiting for me. I need to ID that mystery tree and figure out my off-season berries from my poison ivy. I decided to take a closer look and take more pictures of them for my reference.

    Mystery tree to be id'd:
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    Mystery plant to be ID'd:
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    Berry or Poison Ivy? "Leaves of three, let it be!" is safe thinking, but seriously! I should know this stuff!
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    The quest continues!!
     
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