The weather pattern has broken, we have had three days of no rain. The temps are rising and the fourth looks like a good weekend. We want to wish everyone a great July 4th!
Being retired gives a person time to pursue new and exiting hobbies. It is a good time to give a try to something that interested you but you had no time for. With that in mind I began carving some diamond willow hiking sticks.
I had been talking with a couple other guys in the park and they said they would show me how to tell and find the diamond willows. Actually diamond willows are not a species but are a willow that has been infected with a fungi which cause the diamonds. So with some direction from Vern (our asst. supervisor) off Wendy and I went on a stick hunt.
We got lucky and found the right spot as we noticed previous fresh cuts from Vern. After a short while I had cut about 10 sticks of various size. Vern later came and checked our work and was impressed with what we had got.
|Wendy couldn't pass up pine needles|
Tuesday was get out the VIP passes and pick something to do. The choice today was a nice drive up toward Sturgis with a tour of the Wonderland Cave. I was kind of expecting a cheesy tourist draw but thought why not it's free. I was really surprised to find it was quite a nice cave. It had many good cave features and the buildings and gift shop were well maintained. We also drove up a very scenic road though Vanocker Canyon to get there.
Located about 35 miles south near Hot Springs. This is a big reservoir and has good walleye and crappie fishing. We poked around different places on the shore, caught a few different fish but no walleye or crappie. This is a big lake and a boat would give one a much better chance. Oh well, the weather was great and we had a good time.
The day was finished out with a wildlife drive which is never bad here.
|they really do play|