Photo Phriday – Spring

I know it’s spring when the calves show up on my way to town. Their coats a so clean and shiny. I have never seen one being born, but hopefully one of these springs. They don’t like strangers, so when I got close to the fence, this one hid behind his mother. Then he decided he (or she) was hungry.

The group shot was from a different day. They’ve gotten a bit bigger.

 

Photo Phriday – El Salvador

I was recently on a relief trip to El Salvador, so I thought I’d share a few pictures. We were there to represent about 100 people who sponsor children to help them stay in school.

We were also there representing our church that does fundraising to help with projects in some of the rural communities. This year we helped pay for a greenhouse and reservoir for the greenhouse, along with some help with the construction.

Picture one is the reservoir before, than two is after the liner is added. The poles in the background are what will hold up the fabric cover for the large greenhouse. The third image is us helping sew the cover of the greenhouse together.

Our last day was at a lovely open-air airbnb house on the coast.

 

Photo Phriday: Eat, Play, Swim & Sleep~

As fuzzy and lovely as these critters are, they are wild, as that dead seal can no longer tell you!

This is what we saw polar bears doing, as they wait for the ice to freeze, so they can go hunt seals on Hudson Bay. Works for me. I love doing all of these things!

The cub is eating the spine with ribs attached of a mammal the bears killed and you can see the dark colored blood on the rocks from their kill site. There was also another critter here that mama and baby bear continuously growled at. Most likely another bear, but we never saw it hiding in the rocks.

Scientists disagree about whether Hudson Bay polar bears eat or hunt while they wait for the ice to freeze, but this cub has the blood on his paw to prove he does both!

We nearly missed this big bear swimming near our zodiac.

Here he is leaving the water.

And of course the play. We saw mamas and…

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Photo Phriday – Cold Spring Tavern~

What to visit Gopherville? I do!

In 1860 a stagecoach pass was hacked through the California wilderness over the mountainous San Marcos Pass to connect Mission Santa Barbara to The Santa Ynez Rancho.

A rest stop was built along the stage coach route high up on The San Marcos Pass, next to a naturally running cold mountain spring.

This stage-stop was, and is still called, Cold Spring Tavern.

Back in the day the tavern served hot meals and alcohol.

It still serves both today, and the experience of eating here is one we return to enjoy whenever we pass by this area.

There was a bunkhouse,

a small store, a stable, and several small homesteads, forming a town called Gopherville, which is now a ghost town.

The town even had a jail which could hold up to eleven (crowded) souls…. rowdy cowboys and such, who likely drank too much whiskey…..

Cheers to you from Cold Springs…

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