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It's been a few months since I last spent a day outdoors. 

 

At the risk of sounding trite and cliche I always find things in nature impressive. I'm a big lover of little things; rock formations, leaves, fungus growing on a fallen tree. It never fails to stun me how nothing actually captures nature like being out in it. I mostly do my wandering in the fall and winter, for pretty obvious reasons, and I'm lucky in that we have quite a large farm for me to wander around.  "There's nothing like looking, if you want to find something."

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8 hours ago, TGP said:

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May 31st ~ When was the last time you went out and spent the day in the woods/desert/shoreline/swamp/etc. ?

 

Where did you go and was there anything that you saw that you found impressive??

 

This past Monday.  Some friends and I went for a short 7ish mile hike in one of the state forests near here.  We saw some wild turkeys, a swallow-tailed Kite, an Osprey, a black racer, and a couple of white-tailed deer.

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9 hours ago, TGP said:

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May 31st ~ When was the last time you went out and spent the day in the woods/desert/shoreline/swamp/etc. ?

 

Where did you go and was there anything that you saw that you found impressive??

 

Although I routinely explore new places for work, I haven't had an opportunity to get out and explore some nature since last fall for non business or research reasons. That adventure took place at Cooper's Rock State Park in West Virginia.  It was a great day full of neat fungus, interesting birds, gorgeous views, and outstanding rock formations. My wife grew up near there so she's pretty familiar with the trails and had us all over the place. While not the most impressive rock formation there, we did find what appeared to be the entrance to a dwarven mine.

 

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9 hours ago, TGP said:

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May 31st ~ When was the last time you went out and spent the day in the woods/desert/shoreline/swamp/etc. ?

 

Where did you go and was there anything that you saw that you found impressive??

Most of the entire day?

 

I went to Eno River State Park with my family a bit over two years ago.  I didn't find a lot impressive there but I wasn't really looking for something impressive either.

 

I spent a morning walking around the Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio a little under two years ago (while the Bones 4 KS was going on).  I then walked through the park over to a Half Price Books.

 

I tend not to spend a lot of time outside, between work, errands, and the weather of the long North Carolina summers.

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The last time I was immersed in nature was May 14th.

minispawn crashed her bike on a pier, flipped over the handle bars and fell in a lake. 

the part of the lake was about 2" of water and 10" of black mud.  At least that was how far I sunk jumping in moments later. 

she was fas fine, but it was a very unhappy bike ride back to the car. 

 

the last time I spent the whole day out was a camping trip in the mountains last August. 

standing on top of a mountain is pretty awesome, even if I didn't have to work very hard to get to the top of that one. ( it was about 1000 feet above our camping spot/car) 

 

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12 hours ago, Cranky Dog said:

Suddenly, I *want* magic socks!

 

These would keep your constantly keep your feet comfortable; warm when it's cold, cool when it's hot; instantly dry if you get them wet; protects your feet from swelling, blisters and athlete's foot; gives you a foot massage once per day; and always smell fresh.

 

5 hours ago, redambrosia said:

And the magic socks should change appearance to match your outfit. 

 

I'd love having magic socks.

 

5 hours ago, paintybeard said:

 

Magic socks should also have a built-in homing instinct. So that the odd ones that I can never find after washing will magically appear again and put themselves in the laundry basket.

And they're always clean; and they trim and polish your toenails; and they never run down to your ankles; and if you go out in the sun, they won't give you that ankle tan border...

 

The socks are slowly turning into a minor artifact bequeathed by the gods (you can make a religion out of this). I'd start worshiping them if I were you.

 

[This artifact has been sponsored by the Boston Red Sox]

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10 hours ago, TGP said:

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May 31st ~ When was the last time you went out and spent the day in the woods/desert/shoreline/swamp/etc. ?

 

Where did you go and was there anything that you saw that you found impressive??

I'm in a swamp right now I found a man with a german shepard who is bounty hunting for a pregnant cat.

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2 hours ago, Thoramel said:

While not the most impressive rock formation there, we did find what appeared to be the entrance to a dwarven mine.

 

Or the entrance to a place where a ghostly army of the dead awaits the descendant of a broken line of kings...

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14 hours ago, TGP said:

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May 31st ~ When was the last time you went out and spent the day in the woods/desert/shoreline/swamp/etc. ?

 

Where did you go and was there anything that you saw that you found impressive??

 

We do not camp, but we like to hike / walk in nature and or historical towns a lot.

Hmm, last time in a more natural environment was last October we went to Tenerife for a vacation and hiked in Barranca Del Infierno.

We saw lizard, birds and frogs, and a small waterfall at the end.

Beautiful.

 

 

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55 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

 

Hmm, last time in a more natural environment was last October we went to Tenerife for a vacation and hiked in Barranca Del Infierno.

 

 

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Ok, I've always thought the Canary Islands would be neat to visit. This has convinced me.

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Just now, Thoramel said:

 

Ok, I've always thought the Canary Islands would be neat to visit. This has convinced me.

 

This is Tenerife, aside from this Hike, there is the Jungle Park Zoo, you could visit the El Teide Vulcano.

There is a great waterpark and many many nice shops and restaurants.

I had the best Indian Food at Bombay in Tenerife.

We also visited Santa Cruz the Capital, nice city.

Snorkling is cool, many tropical fish, you're at the Ocean!

 

We have also been to Lanzarote, another one of the Canary Islands.

I prefer Tenerife, but we snorkled at Lanzarote and I encountered a baby Angel Shark ( later a large shadow appeared and I retreated...maybe it was daddy).

You need to take the Moon Tour there, a bus tour through a volcanic area, beautiful and unreal.

Also nice wineyards there.

 

A friend of mine always goes to Gran Canaria, but he's more the beach type.

Anyway.

These Islands have a nice climate, even during Wintertime it's still around 20 /25 celcius.

 

We went to Tenerife in September /October and we had 28 celsius, sun and it was awesome!

 

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16 hours ago, TGP said:

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May 31st ~ When was the last time you went out and spent the day in the woods/desert/shoreline/swamp/etc. ?

 

Where did you go and was there anything that you saw that you found impressive??

Woods and shore has probably been several years, when parents forced me to visit family on Vancouver Island. 

 

Desert? Probably two decades, to the sand flats area or whatever it's called just east of the Alberta / Saskatchewan border.  I suppose Drumheller would also count as such, and that's been close to two decades as well. 

 

Swamp?  No.  Not my thing. :p

 

As for impressive things?  I really need to find that pic of the IGA in Drumheller... That was impressive enough as a child/teen. 

 

The rainforests just outside of Comox/Courtenay are gorgeous, so there is that.  I really should visit again, but this time with my own vehicle and hubby, so I'm, uhm.  Enjoying the time fully, and not rolling my eyes at one of my cousins being a complete and total idiot (remember folks, if you're going to do something stupid on the top of an ancient tree's stump - check wind direction first...  Or if you're going to pick up a crab, don't put your fingers in front of its pincers!) 

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D&D items: my husband is great at coming up with fun stuff for d&d. Some of it is just stuff from other games that he ports over (like the soul caliber or my metroid animal companion), but bunches of it is direct from his weird brain. 

 

One of his recent items was a reward for the Halloween game we did last year. It's a Sack-o-lantern. It's a large black sack with patches forming a jack-o-lantern face on the front, it acts as a hewards handy haversack, can produce light from the face from dusk to dawn, and can be used as a flail (d6 dmg). The fun thing is that it can also produce an infinite amount of candies, one at a time. It will make chocolates, lollipops, fruit tarts, and taffy. 

 

So as as long as you have the bag with you, you'll never starve. You may get chubby and get diabetes, but you won't starve :lol:

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