Memorial Day 2013

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Seen in Cherokee, North Carolina, on Day 64 of the Voyage of the Tramper. 11/17/2012.

Some cities decorate cows, others crabs (like Baltimore). Cherokee invoked the great spirit of the Bear. This one seemed especially apt to commemorate Memorial Day, when we remember and thank all those who  made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.

Jane & David

Photo of the Week #9

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The open road, leading far off into the distance.

A beautiful day.

“Everything you think you’ll ever need, sitting in the seat next to you.” – Butterfly Boucher

In February, 2013, we cross the Mojave Desert on Day 170 of The Voyage of the Tramper.

– Jane

Photo of the Week #8 We ALL need a little Whimsy!

As seen in Patterson Park, Baltimore, MD  (aka: Home!) During the Kinetic Sculpture Race

 

Big Tricycle makes BIG SMILES!

Big Tricycle makes BIG SMILES!

With streamers blowing in the wind this guy seemed to share his unique smile maker.  You can’t imagine just how big that tricycle is til you stand next to it!  Ya’ just had to be there.

-David

Photo of the Week #7

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Seen in downtown Bryan, Texas on Day 92 of The Voyage of the Tramper; December 19, 2012.

Wonder if she said “Yes”? Mr L sure put it out there!

The Queen Theater is a historic cinema palace, with a campaign to save her now underway. Check it out:

– Jane

Photo of the Week #6

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Useful information in the event that you see a Lion…! (or she sees you first)

A sign seen during our short evening hike to the Window, the drainage of the whole Chisos Basin at Big Bend, TX.  Rangers track, study and report the few actual attacks and study animals response to people’s actions.  The information seems like good advice: pick up small children (or better yet-don’t bring them), don’t run (cats like a good chase), don’t crouch down (or put your face in their slashing range), Throw sticks and rocks (how do you reach down to get them without crouching?).

We’ve read and heard similar strategies for Black Bears, but acting docile for certain other animals.  How to keep it all straight?  How to act the right way when what is more likely is an instant reflexive reaction?

 On another trip in Jackson Hole, WY, we walked right up to a Black Bear on a trail about 100 ft past a warning poster.  I stood tall, held my knapsack above my head, yelling, “I’m bigger than you”  “I’m bigger than you”.  Within 6 or 8 seconds, as the bear cowered a bit, wrinkling his or her nose at us, the cameras were out as we backed slowly away.  The bear left the trail gradually, avoiding those noisy creatures.  We never did pick up any rocks, but were pretty vigilant the rest of that day!