The hike and the return home, 300511

June 1, 2011

On our last day at the Lake of the Ozarks, Memorial Day, we decided to go on a short hike…the hike had to be short because of two reasons….several things (including a very late night the previous evening!) made a very late start, and it was rather hot and humid.

On the way, from the car,when we looked down, we spotted some turtles:

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When we looked up, we spotted some TURKEY VULTURES: trky vltr 300511 The bluffs on the way had been graded to enable the roads to be built: bluffs 300511 We stopped at the Lake of the Ozarks National Park: loz st pk sgn 300511 We decided to go to the stables there, and take the trail. stbls 300511 We saw a tepee, rather bedraggled: tepee loz 300511 We walked a short while on this trail, but all we seemed to be doing was to avoid horse poop, and the dug-up path that the horses' hooves had left; so we decided to try another trail instead. This made us later still, and we opted for the shortest rrail possible, the Lake View Bend Trail: lk vw bnd trl 300511 loz Alas, it was bird siesta time, and by the time I did see some birds in the trees on our way back, it was very late, and I had to walk really fast, so there was no bird photography at all! But as it was, I dallied to photograph some mushrooms: crscnt mshrm 300511 loz mshrom 300511 loz I got to photograph only one butterfly, but there were several more that were, alas, in "flitting" mode and which I could not follow! un id b'fly 300511 loz Several wildflowers rewarded our walk (though there was a good breeze, it was still a humid and rather uncomfortable affair, and we were getting really hungry! blue wildflwr 300511 loz thrny wldflwr 300511 wldflwr 5-ptl 300511 loz crwn flwr 300511 It was lovely to see this bed of green: clover loz 300511 Even when we went to Jefferson City later in the evening, on our way home, there were some lovely flowers to see: jfrsn city flwr 300511 mauve adukk flwr 300511 As we walked around, I spotted this beautiful dragonfly, which looked rather like our Pied Paddyfield Skimmer back home: pied dgnfly 300511 Right up on the Capitol building, I spotted a HOUSEFINCH: hsfinch captil jfrson city 300511 and a baby COTTONTAIL RABBIT lolloped by: ctntl rbt jfrsn city 300511

On the trail, of course, were the mammals dearest to me….here they are, resting briefly at the lakeshore:

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You can see them through the shade of the trees:

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It was quite an enjoyable hike, though it certainly delayed us quite badly on our trip home!