Wednesday, May 28, 2008

America the Beautiful

There is another cigarette outlet a mile or so down the road, and plenty o' liquor stores nearby. Why? Ever hear the phrase...Whatever the market will bear?

Kim, the blogger of Mouse Medicine, arrived in The Catskill Mountains yesterday, and the bonding was easy, because we are like twins, almost.

Kim brought me these lily of the valley from Lofty, Pennsylvania. They're from her grandfather's garden. Some have roots so they will be planted here.

Besides visiting cigarette and beer outlets, we took long tramps through the woods and fields, startled a sleeping fawn, watched a scarlet tanager, and found a small colony of *Red Eft salamanders near a stream bed. It's been a great adventure, but now we're heading back to our other lives.

*This is the land form of the red spotted newt. The brilliant orange salamanders are about 1 to 3 inches long and live in the forest, wandering for 2 to 5 years before going back to the breeding ponds as sexually mature newts. They have very soft, dry skin--not slimy at all. Very beautiful, and the easiest salamander to spot here in the mountains.