Blog101 Lesson: Introduce 4 new Blogging Friends to your Blogging Friends.

This was a harder lesson than I expected.

This lesson was to show us Bloggers how important it is to be an active member of the blogging community not just by writing a blog but by participating in others’ blogs.  Leaving comments is a critical aspect of blogging; if the blogger doesn’t know they have an audience there’s less motivation to write.  When I first started blogging I did it so my friends and family could keep up with my whereabouts and log a journal.  The social aspect of it was off my radar. As I get involved, my direction and intent is changing and I now understand the importance of ‘liking’ and leaving comments.

So here are the 4 newly discovered blogs that I’d like to recommend

1.

Facts and a sense of humor, what more can you want when reading about important topics

gadabouttown

2.

A travel blog.  I guess I’m partial to travel blogs and this is one of my favs

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3.

 A talented young man with a writing blog

jaivyaswrites

 

  4.

I’m not a Foodie and I never thought a page would make my mouth water

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Bliss…. photo 101 assignment

It was impossible for me to choose one photo to represent Bliss so I chose two.  You might be surprised that both involve my dogs (tongue in cheek).

To me, Bliss can be manifest in two ways.

Joyful Ecstasy 

and

Serene Introspection

 Here is my photo of what Joyful Ecstasy….Leading to BLISS…. looks like.

Nickel expressing her Bliss in new spring grass

 

and here is my photo representation of Serene Introspection… leading to BLISS.

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Nickel, TinTin and Eureka over looking thousands of miles of Tundra in The Yukon

If we pay attention, our dogs show us everyday what it means to be BLISSFUL.

Day 35 Dancing in the Moonlight

Our day began by passing through more herds of bison.  Eureka decided this is the favorite part of the entire trip.  She’s even displaced TinTin by riding shotgun and scanning the horizon for beasties.



Leaving the burn area behind us, it was a relief to see the green of the pines again.  The road here follows the Liard River which is a tributary to the Mackenzie River.

We arrived in Port Providence, a quiet Dehcho First Nation village.  There was evidence of buffalo even along the sidewalks running up to the library.  The campground here is fenced by heavy wire and wood construction.

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Two things to note about this video.  1.  The Flies, Wow were they bad!  The bison were tormented by them!  and 2.  The barking Poodles,  Wow were they bad!  The bison I was tormented by them!

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From the car these bison may look nonthreatening and small,  but check this out!

Do you think this might be hint to their  their size……?

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Yeah…. more poo….

I decided not to continue on to Yellowknife.  I started to feel the draw of Central and South America calling.  I decided to continue along the Deh Cho Highway Eastward and then south into Alberta, through Glacier National Park in Montana and back to Seattle.  The thought of more hundreds of acres of burned forest between Fort Providence and Yellowknife and driving through more groups of bison (with the dogs over the top excitement) was enough to convince me to head south.

After a quiet night in Fort Providence’s provincial campground we headed back down the Makenzie Highway and east.  We pulled onto a narrow dirt road for camping.  It ended at a small rocky field where we settled down for the night.

I had been told that The Northern Lights could be seen this time of the year so I’d been getting up around 2 and 3am to look at the sky.  Unfortunately, the nights had been over cast and obliterating any chance of seeing them.  This night was crystal clear and the stars were thick but everything was obscured by the Full Moon.  Walking out onto the slabs of rocks and large patches of gravel I noticed that the Poodles and I cast strong shadow.  What better than to be…..

Dancing in the Moonlight

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and making Shadow art

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Of course you’ve already seen the Poodle Petroglyphs, Sand Art and Block Prints.  It was this evening that started the whole show.

Day 36 & 37 Muskrat and Waterfalls

These two days fit perfectly into my blog photo lesson “Water”:

“A source of life. A place of recreation. A calming presence, but also a destructive force…We have different relationships to and stories about water: how it has saved or defeated us. How it reminds us of family vacations, outdoor adventures, or the hot summers of our childhood. How it might also symbolize a place we’ve left behind, or a location we dream to go….How will you interpret this theme? How can you tell a story with water?”

My story today is about the waterfalls of the Deh Cho Route (Dehcho mean’s Waterfall in the  Dene (South Slavey people) and Métis language) .  Along this route here are numerous places to pull of and find these magnificent falls. I never expected to see canyons in this area.

Sambaa Deh Falls

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Viewpoint from the Truck

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I was taken by the beautiful sights but the dogs kept themselves busy sniffing and exploring.   I should have predicted that Nickel would find dead vermin to entertain herself.  She was determined to tease Eureka and TinTin with it.

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 I think it was a muskrat.

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This photo was taken from the web


The next day we came across an even larger fall.  It was quite spectacular.  Some of the Poodle Petroglyphs were taken here.

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Mossy water along the river’s shore. It reminded me of a reverse moonscape

 Lady Evelyn Falls

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Lady Evelyn Falls  Click the Photo to learn more

can you find the Poodles below?

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Lady and the Poodles

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Evidence of a variety of wildlife living on the river.  I couldn’t believe the teeny mouse tracks… followed by the fox tracks!

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fox foot print

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 We found a way down to the river but the poodles decide that it was too steep and scary.  I think they read the signs.

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You can see Eureka’s concern by her yawn… a typical sign of stress in a dog.

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Steps to the river

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