You may have heard about the massive and destructive storms that hit the Washington DC area. (You also may have forgotten about them by now.) We were there just after those. Luckily, the friends we were staying with had their power restored just before we arrived, though a lot of people weren’t so lucky, and were without it for days longer.
We slept pretty late, and then hung around the house for a while. I found this cute little bug flying around the house:
I know I found some of these guys when we were there a couple years ago, and I think they were called grapevine beetles, or something like that. They’re related to June Bugs, but bigger and a little more interesting looking.
And we spent time with the dogs:
|This is Orion, one of their two dogs. He's a super sweetheart.|
|And here are all three dogs waiting at the door. Orion, Raki, and Cy. I like this picture of them.|
We spent some of the day driving around, and some of the day sitting in a Starbucks enjoying their AC and wifi. I’d be content to just drive around for a long while out there… It’s shocking to me how green everything is. It’s beautiful.
Later that evening, Alex and I went riding. It was pretty late though, so it got dark before we got to do much. I rode Bebe, who is… a cylinder. Seriously chunky horse, haha. My hips and inner thighs were feeling it for days. The saddle I was using also kept slipping me to the left.
|Del got this one picture of me on her, and you can see the moon rising behind me. It was a little dark, so the picture isn’t super great, but I like it anyway. And Alex rode Lasair, though we didn’t get a picture of them.|
After that, we just spent time around the house.
|One of the cats, Electa, came up to me this time, which surprised me. She was disinterested in me last time.|
|This is a better picture of their new dog, Raki. He’s a “border-hound” they think; border collie and unspecified hound. He’s also super obnoxious and attention seeking, but sweet.|
The moon was either full or near-full:
And this is what happens when you try to use my camera’s lowlight setting without a tripod:
As always when I get to stay someplace at least sort of rural, I love checking out the bugs that come to visit the light at night. We didn’t get any super astounding visitors, but we still had a few worthwhile guests.
And then once we got inside, we found this guy patrolling outside our door:
And Cy always has the ability to act long-suffering and exhausted, even when he’s gotten to spend the whole day doing nothing.
I was a little sad that we didn’t do more this day, since we had so little time to spend there, but I think it was for the best. I think we would have been too tired to really enjoy doing anything too involved. But starting the 3rd, we were a lot busier each day!