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Friday, May 27, 2011

Banks Lake visit with Arlene

This morning I called my friend Arlene (the lady who makes the nice wooden Treasure Chests) to see if she wanted to go to Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge with me and the Gizzy. She had been feeling under the weather and welcomed the opportunity to get out of the house. Now that I have a car, I can drive her around for a change. It's less than a mile from here, so off we went...


Here's Arlene holding the boy, squinting into the bright sun...it was already very warm at 9 am.

We took a walk out on the boardwalk to look at all the blooming water lilies. There are so many of them...


Arlene walked ahead while Gizzy dragged his "tail" so that I had to pick him up and carry him (he always does that here because I think he senses the alligators and dogs are alligators' favorite snacks.)


Here I am in my big, fat glory (and ugly, pulled back hair)... but I'm hoping that since I'm smiling and Gizzy looks so dog gone cute, there is redemption in this photo somewhere...


Arlene looking down onto the water lilies.








This is the very end of the short pier where people like to fish from. If you stand at the end of the railing and look out onto the rippling water, it feels like you're floating on a Pontoon or boat. I love it, but it makes Gizzy very nervous to be out here, so we didn't stay very long.


One more shot of my handsome boy.




The weather was iffy today, cloudy, rather windy and at times it even looked like rain, but no such luck!




Off in the distance there are fields upon fields of floating water lilies. I'm always impressed with the look of these Bald Cypress (or Swamp Cypress) trees growing right out of the water...I really like them!


After we returned, we were going to take a walk on the nature trail, but it was getting too hot and Gizzy just kept pulling towards the Outpost where he knows it's air conditioned and they have beef jerky...so, his Auntie Sandy (who runs the Outpost) gave him some water and fed him a beef jerky and then he floppped down on the cool cement and snoozed while the three of us talked - in between customer service.

It was a very nice little visit.

20 comments:

Mindy said...

Sounds fun! And it's a lovely photo of you! The water lilies are very pretty. I don't think I've ever seen them up close (or real). ;-)

Beverooni said...

Thanks for taking me along on your little journey. I feel like I was right there with you. I even got all warm when you were talking about it being too hot to take your second walk. I'm right there with Gizzy. Nice cool spot and a nap.

" me " said...

how beautiful, those trees in the water and the waterlily's ! Really gorgeous!

Ann said...

Looks like you had a great day. That's a beautiful spot. I think that's a great picture of you. Just look at the happy smile. That pulled back pony tail thing is how my hair usually is.

Ginny said...

I love the water lilies, and those trees! Banyan trees?

Pammy Sue said...

How pretty! IT's getting hot here too. 90s forecasted for all next week and this weekend.

Robin said...

Was eine schoene Post! Dein Photo ist wunderbar! Ich trage oft ein "Ponytail"...besonders wenn Das Wetter heiss ist! (Ich muss mein Deutsch uben! Es freut mich Deutsch mit Dir zu sprechen...aber Du must Geduld (?) haben!)

Ach, Gizzy...was kann Ich sagen? Er ist ausgezeuchnet!!!

Sei Kuhl.... Ich wunsche Ich hatte Dein Wetter....hier ist nur kalt und Wind!

Liebe Grusse,

♥ Robin ♥

Mildred said...

Sounds like a lovely outing and those lilies are so nice! I enjoyed all your pictures. Hope you have a very nice weekend.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

How nice of you to take your friend for a special time together. We think Gizzy is very handsome too - you are one proud mama!!! You look a lot like your mom - nice photo, beautiful smile.

Have a great weekend.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Doris! Oh my gosh, it sounds like you had a great time!! And I thought the picture of you and Gizzy was wonderful! You BOTH looked great! Looking at the other photos, though, the trees in the water looked funny to me.. like floating bulbs of garlic or something like that!! Is that strange?.. or do you see what I mean?? Well, anyways, glad you had a nice day, and hope you have a great weekend too! ~tina

Sherry said...

I enjoyed the walk with you and your friend. I like it when blogger friends share pictures of themselves it makes it feel like we know you better. Lovely scenery. When you mentioned the heat I thought of the large hail that fell on my dog and I as we tried to take a walk after work. Have a lovely weekend.

Mariette said...

Liebe Doris,

Also du lebst viel südlicher dann wir... aber was für eine schöne Gegend! Ja, ja Gizzy und seine Sorte die ahnen wenn da irgendwie Gefahr in der nähe ist!
Deine Hare ist doch kein Problem. Wenn es hier auch so wahnsinnig heiss ist dan geht bei mir auch alles auf'm Speicher; hoch um ein bischen Luft zu bekommen. Sonst klebt das lange Haar im Nacken. Achte bitte nicht auf meine Fehler... Deutsch ist ja nicht meine Muttersprache aber 'fast'... nur 20 Minuten weg von der Grenze bin ich aufgewachsen.
Vielen Dank für deinen Besuch und hoffentlich hast du mit Gizzy ein tolles Memorial Day Weekend.

Lieber Gruss,

Mariette

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What lovely water lilies! Sounds like such a fun walk :-)

Faith said...

enjoyed the walk with you all...water lillies are lovely...such a serene place..hard to imagine alicrocks there...UGH...I would be afraid too..hoping it perked up Arlene and that she is feeling better.

Mausie1 said...

sounds like a lovely day you had...Stay cool this weekend...
Hugs Birgit

Karin said...

I've never been on a walk quite like this one! Enjoyed it very much! Those are lovely photos you took of each other - and for a change you a on one! Now, if I still had long hair, I'd be wearing it back in the heat too! Very interesting place, and so thoughtful of you to take Arlene along!Glad you had a great time!

Loved your cuddly kitten video too!

marianne said...

Looks like a wonderful day!
What a special place!
And isn't it wonderful you have a car again so you can do these things?
My pekingese was always nervous on bridges as well the pontoon is something like that....

Hugs for Gizzy!

marianne said...

Ps nothing wrong with your picture!!!!!

sprinkles said...

You look lovely, Doris!

That's a really pretty wildlife refuge. I think I would have really liked it there.

Chatty Crone said...

I am visiting you from Ohio today - I enjoyed your trip to the lake - I don't blame Gizzy for wanting to be held. Did you see the trees in the last picture and their bases are so different. You are lovely and so is your friend. I see a lot of value in you. sandie