June 22 — North Shore

North of McIntosh Lake, west of Hover, south of Highway 66 , east of Airport Road  (also including Majestic Ridge north of  Highway 66)

Total for today: 23,700 steps and 4:52 time.

One new license plate today… Arkansas (cumulative 45) PLUS a Canadian plate from British Columbia (Vancouver to be specific)

British Columbia (visitors from Vancouver)

British Columbia (visitors from Vancouver)

I finished reading two books lately.  My kids got me a Kindle (the basic cheapo version) for Christmas a year and a half ago.  Although I’ve downloaded and browsed a lot of books on it, I’ve never actually finished a book from start to finish on it.  It took me a little getting used to the smaller pages, and having to turn the page more often, but after a while it’s not so bad.

Anyway, a few years ago I saw a list of the top-selling books of all time.  It excludes some books which would be topping the list, such as the Bible, the Koran, and the Quotations of Chairman Mao, because of difficulties in measuring how many copies were sold.   I recognized most of them, such as A Tales of Two Cities, The Hobbit, And Then There were None (Agatha Christie), The Da Vinci Code, The Catcher in the Rye, and Black Beauty.

There were three books on this list I decided to read.  The first was Anne of Green Gables… and I really enjoyed it.  There were two I had vaguely heard of… The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.  I read both of them, and found them to be ok, but nothing particularly memorable.

The book on the list that really surprised me was She by H. Rider Haggard.  This was an English language book, but I did not remember having heard of it or the author.   Haggard was an English author born in 1856 and died in 1925, who wrote cliffhanger adventure novels similar to the Indiana Jones movies.  It turns out I had heard of one of his books — King Solomon’s Mines.  So I read these two books, and they were rather fun reads… although a little outdated and politically incorrect at times.

There have been several movie versions made of both of these books; for example, She with Ursula Andress as in 1965, and King Solomon’s Mines  in 1985 with Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone.

H. Rider Haggard wiki

She  youtube movie clip

King Solomon’s Mines  youtube movie clip

Well, perhaps I’ve overdone in on this digression… let me go on to today’s walk…

I spent my summers during high school and college attempting to eradicate every last musk thistle in Kearney County, Nebraska.  It is classified as a noxious weed that would tend to take over pastures and road ditches if left unchecked.  I think this is a musk thistle, but I’m not 100% sure.  The Canadian thistle looks  similar to a musk thistle (and we didn’t need to worry about chopping them out).

Musk Thistle  Colorado State University Extension Office

Musk  Thistle (?)

Musk Thistle (?)

 

I like these flowers… my son-in-law says they’re called ‘Red Hot Pokers’.  Does anybody have a more ‘official’ name for them?  (I’m looking at you, sister Rhonda….)

Red Hot Pokers

Red Hot Pokers

 

I wouldn't advise going here between dusk and dawn

I wouldn’t advise going here between dusk and dawn

From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 Quentin Tarantino/George Clooney/Juliette Lewis/Harvey Keitel/Salma Hayek vampire horror movie, which should make it abundantly clear why the warning sign shown above is necessary.

The following movie trailer is probably too scary for younger audiences… be forewarned…

From Dusk till Dawn youtube movie trailer

The following four pictures are from the farm across the road, at Airport Road and Highway 66.  The first one looks like either a bend-over windmill or a catapult…. so not sure what it is.  And the last one looks somewhat familiar, maybe haystack-related… but I’m not sure exactly what it is either.  Anybody out there know?

Windmill catapult???

Windmill catapult???

 

Old Wagon

Old Wagon

 

Old Truck  (probably doesn't run any more)

Old Truck (probably doesn’t run any more)

 

Something to do with hay??

Something to do with hay??

 

I talked with Mrs. Santa Bob right as she was leaving, and she said I could put a picture of her car in my blog.  It had a business card dispense on each side rear window… I’ve never  seen that before, but think it’s a nice innovative idea.

I’m guessing business is kind of slow here in June, but she said they’re already booking up  fast for December!!

Santa Bob

Santa Bob

 

Santa Bob business cards

Santa Bob business cards

Right on the lake shore

Right on the lake shore

Avian weather van

Avian weather van

mailbox of the day

mailbox of the day

Portal of the day

Portal of the day

Peeking through at McIntosh Lake

Peeking through at McIntosh Lake

Neighborhood gazebo

Neighborhood gazebo

Near the lake, right by Oligarchy Ditch

Near the lake, right by Oligarchy Ditch

Early morning yoga by the lake

Early morning yoga by the lake

Lions on guard

Lions on guard

My little turtle buddy

My little turtle buddy

Nice apartments in very NW corner of Longmont

Nice apartments

 

north of Hwy 66; 2 horses and a llama

north of Hwy 66; 2 horses and a llama

 

the smell of new-mown hay

the smell of new-mown hay

 

north of the city limits

north of the city limits

 

this driveway rocks

this driveway rocks

 

if I moved into this house, I wouldn't have to change a thing!!

if I moved into this house, I wouldn’t have to change a thing!!

 

north of town--- cows,  plus mansion on the hill

north of town— cows, plus mansion on the hill

 

north of town... sad squirrel

north of town… sad squirrel

 

Open now, but VERY busy in October

Open now, but VERY busy in October

 

A very little Beware of Dog sign

A very little Beware of Dog sign

 

classical sculpture

classical sculpture

 

The Vineyards

The Vineyards

 

Is this game still politically correct?  Is it even still legal?

Is this game still politically correct? Is it even still legal?

 

The Old Maid cards have changed since I was a kid

The Old Maid cards have changed since I was a kid

 

Who loves who?

 

I love this dog sticker

I love this dog sticker

 

2nd story window cleaner

2nd story window cleaner

 

Two very friendly dog twins

Two very friendly dog twins

 

Wildwood apartments

Wildwood apartments

 

This looks like the way I fix things

This looks like the way I fix things

 

interesting architecture

interesting architecture

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “June 22 — North Shore

  1. Sorry to disappoint you Mark, but I have never seen “red hot poker” flowers before, but that sounds like as good a name as any to me. Maybe they are a CO, but not a NE flower. I have seen some of your old nemesis musk thistle lately though, unfortunately it is in Anne’s backyard. She & I spent some time battling it this afternoon, could have used your help…..Rhonda

    Keep up the good walk (er….work)!

    • It occurred to me I could google it, and found out that the flower is Kniphofia, also called tritoma, torch lily, knofflers or poker plant. I’m glad I found a flower you couldn’t identify! Red hot poker sounds like the best name to me….

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