A deer encounter

A young buck

M and I had a good trip east, visiting with family and friends.  On our way home yesterday, we stopped at the Simon B. Elliott State Park in Pennsylvania for a picnic lunch.  Unfortunately, it was bad timing.  The 24th Annual High Country Arts and Craft Fair was in full gear so the place was packed with people and the parking area was just about full.  That would have been fine (and maybe fun) if we’d been there for the fair, but the goal was a quick lunch so we could resume our journey home.  We were both ready to be finished with this road trip.  We have added another 1,000 miles to our summer travels, bringing it up to 3500.  That’s a lot of car time.

Anyhow. We hightailed it out of the fair area, drove down a gravel road a bit, and found a nice little spot off the side of the road to have our lunch.  It turned out to be quite popular, but not with people.  There were several deer having their own picnic lunch, and they didn’t seem to mind us sharing the area and the view with them.

I think he’s sticking his tongue out at me.

The young buck, in particular, seemed more curious about us than afraid.  That attitude won’t serve him too well come deer season.

It is great to be home.  We’ll be staying put for a little less than two weeks, then it’s off on another short adventure.  After that, I think (and hope) we’ll be settling in here at home for a while. I’m tired of spending lots of time inside a car.  Ugh.

Prior to leaving for this last trip, M and I watched a movie called The Way with Martin Sheen.  I hadn’t heard of it before.  (Thank you, Kel, if you’re reading, for recommending it!)  Without giving too much away (and in the interest of brevity), the film is about a man who travels the Camino de Santiago.  I have heard of the Camino de Santiago, but this is the first time I actually learned a little something about it.  While watching the film, M said to me, “We ought to do that!” and I responded, “I was just thinking the same thing!”

We will have to save our pennies for a long time to accomplish such a goal.  I don’t know if it’s something we’ll do or not, but the idea of a pilgrimage has always appealed to me.  Walking, it has always seemed to me, is a pilgrimage in and of itself if you do it mindfully.

My daily walks are a pilgrimage of sorts, and I’m thinking of extending them on all levels.  Our visit east with family and friends has me once again reevaluating my lifestyle and some of the choices I make.  As you might recall, I’ve been working on getting those health indicators (numbers) down to levels my doctor will appreciate.  Travel has, as usual, set me back a bit.

Fireworks in the meadow

I have no wish to start a weight loss or health blog where I’m recording food and numbers.  However, I do think it might be helpful for me to start my own pilgrimage blog, one that leads me towards my goals but like all pilgrimages, continues beyond the goals.  I’d like to start thinking of the choices I make in terms of a pilgrimage, seeing some of those temptations as arriving at a crossroads where I can take the easy route now and pay for it later, or do the work now so I can coast afterwards.  I suspect working with the pilgrimage theme will give me plenty of metaphors along the way.

And who knows?  Perhaps M and I will walk the Camino de Santiago someday.  I’ve added it to my unofficial bucket list.  I don’t have an official bucket list.  Only an unofficial bucket list.  I’m not a big fan of the bucket list.  It feels a lot like turning what should be great experiences into a chore list to get through so I can tick things off.

As for the new blog possibility, I’ll let you know when I have things decided and worked out.  It’s possible I won’t need a new blog at all.  I’ve changed direction a few times here at the Bogs blog, and that may be all that’s needed.  The advantage to a new blog would be less posting here (switching to three times per week), and a new place (blog) that will be nothing except daily walks, hikes, or bike rides.

Prickly

That’s about it from the Bogs for today.  Thanks for dropping by.  We’re having a lovely day here.  Seasonable with highs in the 80s, and low humidity.  Wear a hat if you go for a walk around the pond.  The deer flies are bad and like to buzz around the face and head.  Apparently they have thrived in the heat.

This morning’s view of the pond.

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52 Comments on “A deer encounter”

  1. Gracie says:

    Beautiful photos, Robin. Love the photos of the deer, reminded me of my recent (and scary) encounter with one on I-89.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Gracie. 🙂

      Deer encounters on highways can be frightening. We’ve had a few near-misses, and I’m grateful they were misses for our sake as well as the deer.

  2. Love these shots! I too found deer this weekend! What a lovely coincidence!

  3. Lovely photos, Robin!

  4. Kathy says:

    Hi, Robin! Thank you for pointing out your deer encounter. I love seeing young bucks! (The fawns we saw the other day were so playful and fun, too.) Have you seen dearrosies blog? One sec, let me go look for it. It’s called Wondering Rose and she just walked The Camino as a pilgrimage. Here is one of the links she wrote: http://rosannefreed.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/walking-in-spain-the-camino-to-santiago/
    I can just see you doing it!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you so much, Kathy, for pointing me towards dearrosie’s blog!! What a gift! I really enjoyed reading about her walk on The Camino.

      I can see me doing it too. 😀

  5. dadirri7 says:

    just gorgeous robin, thanks for the picnic, and the walk around the pond!

  6. these are some of the best images you’ve posted! your work is really coming along!

  7. Oh, I hate the thought of anyone shooting deer. It just makes me so sad. Glad you’re home safely.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Kathy. 🙂

      I don’t like the thought of anyone shooting deer either, but… sometimes the deer population gets out of control due to a lack of predators. I try not to think about it too much. (Perhaps my parents should have named me after another bird — the ostrich, with its head in the sand. lol!)

  8. “There were several deer having their own picnic lunch” Oh, that’s a daily event here in our neighborhood! I’ve learned to garden around that and they visit my bird bath every evening to drink; Angel the standard poodle chases them to the property line, and all is well, with nature in balance and some excitement too.

    As for a new blog, I’ve considered doing a separate “just gardening” blog but have resisted so far; I don’t really want to spread myself that thin, though its always a temptation. I continue thinking of a mid-week garden post during the season, but even that daunts me at this point. No matter what you do, I will follow, as I love your “voice” and your vision of the world.

    And, I love the “fireworks in the meadow” shot – Queen Anne’s Lace? Lovely image 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Lynn. Yes, it’s Queen Anne’s Lace. 🙂

      I’m pretty sure you must have the most wonderful garden in the world. All those lovely flowers and deer drinking out of the bird bath in the evenings. Idyllic. 🙂

      Since I already have two blogs, one of which sits silently most of the time, adding is third is a big decision. I might do it for a while privately, just to see if it’s feasible. As you mentioned, another blog could be spreading myself too thin.

  9. Are those muntjac deer? The horns looks like it (although I know nothing about deer breeds outside the UK… I just love deer and can’t imagine how anyone can shoot one 😦

    • Robin says:

      They are white-tailed deer, MountainCoward. I think that’s the only breed we have here in Ohio (U.S.). I couldn’t shoot a deer, but I understand the need for it here. With no predators, the deer population sometimes gets out of hand. As I mentioned in a earlier comment to someone else, I try not to think about the hunting of deer. 😦

  10. I love your idea of life choices as a pilgrimage. Very much.

  11. aFrankAngle says:

    OMG …. The Camino keeps coming up in my life … and I didn’t know about it 10 days ago!

  12. I love the whole idea of pilgrimage and have dreamed myself of walking the Camino de Santiago. I think it would be amazing! I for one would be a follower of your new blog!

    Your pictures are lovely as usual Robin! Especially the prickly flowers and fireworks in the meadow.

  13. I love the idea of placing the choices of what you’re doing within the context of a “pilgrimage”…what a wonderful idea!… when you think about it, that’s what life can be…and so to set up that image/framework…a higher purpose of some type, whatever it might be…I like that idea!
    And the pond looks so calm and serene in this morning’s photo…just lovely…. : )

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy. 🙂

      I’m excited about it, especially in terms of a higher purpose.

      • Robin, I don’t know if you saw a reference in one of my posts about an amazing book I’m reading?… The Second Half of Life, Opening the 8 Gates of Wisdom by Angeles Arrien It’s about this idea…to move creatively and with insight, enthusiasm and wisdom into the next stages of one’s life…it’s a wonderfully insightful and inspiring book…I’ve underlined, highlighted, taken notes etc…she is able to express her insights so effectively! (I was at a one day teaching by her…..this idea is her life work…helping people identify, develop and embark on their own “pilgrimages”…leading to benefit for others as well.

        • Robin says:

          I did see it, Kathy, although I’m not sure I commented on that post (trying to catch up so I end up Liking old posts unless I feel like I can add to the conversation). I’ll look for it. It sounds interesting. Thanks! 🙂

  14. When I saw your photos, I thought maybe they’d moved into your yard while you were away! They’re beautiful…even more so because they’re in a park 😉

    • Robin says:

      lol, Marie! The deer are out there in the yard somewhere, but I haven’t seen them. Just signs of them. The groundhogs, however, did move in and the Groundhog Wars continue. We’re not going to get much from our garden this year. 😦

  15. Coming East says:

    Great deer pictures, Robin. We saw the way a couple of months ago because one of our very best friends was about to embark on El Camino de Santiago. He is back now and said it was an amazing experience. His wife, Joanie (I’ve written about these two before) chose not to go along because there weren’t bathrooms every mile or two. That would have kept me from going, too! But Alan said it was grueling and wonderful, and he met many wonderful people along the way who have invited him and Joanie to visit them in Ireland and Prague, to name a couple of places.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Susan. 🙂

      The bathroom thing might be an issue with me, too. I have learned to use my Whizzys so that could solve the problem as long as I can find a little privacy.

  16. Karma says:

    What a very cool experience to get so close to a deer! Great photos! The only time I’ve ever seen them so close is in captivity. I know you say you are weary of all your car time, but I think the adventures you’ve been having this year are wonderful. Despite my time off from work in the summer, I’ve been feeling quite limited and restless here at home. I’d love to jump in the car for an adventure, but the realities of family life prevent it.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Karma. 🙂

      Weary, yes. But you’re right. The adventures have been wonderful so I really shouldn’t complain. One of the wonders of the empty nest is having the freedom to go on adventures, planned and impromptu. Not that it entirely makes up for not having my children (and grandchildren!) nearby, but at least it’s something.

  17. mobius faith says:

    A really great collection of images today. Keep up the great work.

  18. milkayphoto says:

    Life ebbs and flows, Robin. You’ll find your way and reach those goals. I know it. 🙂

  19. Joanne says:

    I can’t imagine even seeing a deer in the wild, Robin, let alone sharing a picnic lunch with one! You have said so much today which has left me in a state of contemplation, especially about walking. My new camera and I have taken a few walks lately, something which I used to do a lot of as a child and teenager. After I was married and had children, I was always too busy to walk, and drove the car everywhere! Now, with only one child to really concern myself with (he’s nearly 15 now), I don’t feel as “busy”. But walking does something to me, it’s a feeling that I want to repeat, but I haven’t worked out yet what the feeling is about. Does that make sense to you, who walks so much? It’s almost as if I’m finding something. But what? Life really is a journey. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Oh, it makes a lot of sense to me, Joanne! That’s how I feel about walking. Every single walk changes me somehow. Brings me closer to those things I don’t discuss much on this blog. It’s all part of the journey. 🙂

      • Joanne says:

        Every single walk changes you, yes that’s it; changes happen, but I don’t think that the changes could be spoken about, to another person or in writing, because there are no words. It’s funny how at times words mean everything, yet at other times, no words exist to explain.. feelings especially. Thank you Robin. 🙂

  20. Dana says:

    What a beautiful idea to frame your life’s choices in the context of a pilgrimage. I’ve always been drawn to both walking and the idea of a pilgrimage, so I can see how the metaphors could easily help you reach your health goals (and beyond). The only thing that didn’t appeal to me about the Camino was those sleeping arrangements. Gah. I’d much rather pitch a tent on my own than sleep with dozens of other people on bunk beds, but maybe I’m just spoiled. (Not to mention defeating the whole idea of a communal pilgrimage.) 😉

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Dana. 🙂

      I’m not entirely sure I’d love it (in fact, I’m not sure I’d even like it), but I do think the communal aspects are part of my desire to walk the Camino. Then again, I have enough trouble sleeping in a hotel room or tent when I have to listen to someone next door snoring. I guess if I were walking all day long, I might be tired enough to ignore my bunk mates. Eventually.

      • Dana says:

        Maybe… Knowing my ‘communal hiking experience’ luck, I’d probably end up walking the path at the same time as a bunch of party-ers who didn’t care about things like sleep or silence. There’s my bad attitude shining through, though– there’s a reason why I was born under the sign of the crab! (I get cranky if I don’t have enough time and space to hermit myself.) 😉

  21. tedgriffith says:

    Robin, that shot ‘prickly’ is just super! I’m jealous. 😉

  22. Val says:

    Lovely to see these deer photos, Robin. I used to see them in a few places when I was a child, but not since then that I can recall.

  23. Sallyann says:

    Beautiful deer pictures, we see tiny ones now and again around here, usually on the trainlines which are fenced off from people, but we don’t see them very often. 🙂


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