Massive mountain motivates me to move to a more clement meteorological mode
I'm taking a break from all the battery shuffling today and catching up on my relaxing time. And since it was 38° when I woke up this morning, and that was inside the Lance, it took me a while to get my creaky bones moving without sounding like a large bowl of Rice Crispys getting doused in milk. But in no time, I got warm enough to walk around without sounding like a castanet solo.
The days are going by so fast now, and I actually don't have much left to do, but I also don't have much ambition left to accomplish much of anything, so I'm just doing what I have to so I'll be able to head South at the end of this month.
It will be difficult leaving my family, I know this because it gets more painful every year, but maybe even more difficult dealing with the bitter cold, the ice, and the snow. Perhaps it's because of my age, but when I was in Alamosa last week, and the temperature was in the 20s, I couldn't seem to wear enough clothes to stay warm. Maybe that's because I've thrown away so many clothes that I don't have enough clothes to keep me warm anymore.
But whatever it was, walking around in the below-freezing weather was not an enjoyable experience for me. I reckon that's why old geezers like me dread the thought of being anywhere north of the Mason-Dixon line when winter comes roaring into town.
A few hundred Canadian geese bedding down for the night.
I see Geese and Cranes flying in formation like this a lot. Ornithologists have studied this for years and determined that the only bird that's having to work hard is the one at the front, the rest are being carried along in the slipstream and get to mostly relax.
And when the lead bird gets tired, he drops out of formation, goes to the nearest McDonald's drive-through, gets a Big Mac and fries, and catches up to the formation in less than a mile because the doofus bird that's now in the lead can't remember to tuck his feet in so the flock is barely flying above stall speed.
This is the kind of detailed, expert, bird information you will only find here.