Good morning, America, how are you?
Say, don't you know me? I'm your native son
I'm the train they call the City Of New Orleans
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done
Do you remember this Arlo Guthrie song? There are several verses, but the refrain is the same. My sister & I took Amtrak from Ohio to Arizona a few years ago... stopped first in Chicago where we boarded "The City of New Orleans", and yes, we rode to New Orleans singing all the way.
Bill & I both wear our pedometers on our walks here and I've recorded our daily mileage. While we intended to walk a lot while living here, I had no idea how many miles we'd rack up in 3 months. A week or so ago I realized we'd probably total 500 miles... I started singing "City of New Orleans" a lot. Then I had that intestinal problem and slacked off on walking. But I recovered and hit the streets again.
Today, as I write, my pedometer has registered 501.31 miles. That equates to 1,200,506 steps. WhoooHoooo! And, hey... we still have 4 more walking days left! Most of you reading this have been with me all along... 500 miles worth of photos... birds, worn out shoes, the sea, food, friends, and all kinds of adventures. I'm glad you all came along.... hope you come along for whatever happens next.
Of course there are more photos today...
It rained a lot last night... the streets were wet this morning... lots of mud puddles. But the rain cleaned the dust off the leaves and flowers... even the cobblestones.... everything's fresh again!
We saw a Black-throated Gray Warbler today... a first for us.
I love cats! We saw Christian this morning... stopped for an English/Spanish lesson (wind, rain, thunder, lightning, overcast.... good words to learn today)... and one of Christian's cats was sitting above the gate watching us.
We headed on to the sea.... more Blue-winged teal and coots than we've seen before. Not many ibis, herons or egrets.... maybe because of the weather?
The sea was wild!
Not quite high tide, the waves were still crashing and spreading inshore a long way!
We walked our usual route... leaving the River Road and walking through a small neighborhood on our way to the town plaza...
Someone had just cut these Jackfruit (yaka) from the tree... you can see the milky sap seeping from the stems. That rooster is taking advantage of a free meal. His neck doesn't have any feathers... it's the breed of chicken... nothing's wrong with him.
My last photo is of folks leaving town... the snowbirds are on their way back to their summer locations... mostly Canada... So, I thought this was a typical shot...
That's All For Today!