My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

Beyond miserable

We’re still in a drought which is getting worse by the hour, and the heat has soared to the point where it is beyond miserable. The forecast high for today is 102 degrees. Needless to say, I didn’t go for a walk today, or yesterday for that matter.

Some highlights of the week. My explorer took a crap Monday night on my way home from work, that set me back $150 when I had it repaired. I also had them check out some other things to see if it would make sense to try to make it last a little longer, you know your vehicle is in bad shape when your mechanic tells you not to have any more work done to it.

While my car was being repaired on Tuesday, I walked a section of the Paul Henry/M6 trail, and it was everything that I thought it would be. A pleasant walk, more wildlife than you would expect, but being right on the edge of the easement for the M6 expressway, there’s constant noise from the vehicles going by. It’s a nice path if you live in the area, much like my walks around the apartment complex, but I sure wouldn’t travel any distance to hike or bike it.

I did see a young whitetail buck, and watched the red-winged blackbirds chase it around, I wish I had brought my camera for that, but I didn’t.

On Wednesday, I managed a lap and a half here before I threw in the towel and quit because of the heat.

Thursday, I met with my insurance agent to go over the different coverages for a condo and vehicles, and that was definitely the best part of this week. A condo won’t cost that much more to insure than my renter’s insurance, less than $5 a month. The best news was about car insurance, I had been estimating the cost of covering a new vehicle much higher than what it will cost to insure any new vehicle, and according to the Blue Book, my poor old explorer may bring more than I had estimated as far as value as well. I walked out of the office in a very good mood after checking prices, I’m very glad that I did.

I had to go into work much earlier on Thursday, so between that and the meeting with the insurance agent, there was no time to even attempt a walk that day, and it’s way too hot today.

The heat is forecast to begin to break this weekend, I sure hope so.

In my extra time now that I don’t have an Internet connection, I have been sorting through my photos from the last few years. I had a post written about having used my Nikon almost exclusively for the last year, but after going through the photos I have taken with it, I am going to have to revise that post.

I sure have posted some crappy photos here! Some of that is due to the way I take photos, while on the move hiking or kayaking, but some of it is due to laziness and ineptness on my part as well. Time to change that!

Here’s a few I have taken since my last post.

The white rabbit relaxing

Blue jay in the heat

Juvenile house wren

Green frog liking the sunshine

Cedar waxwing panting in the heat

Cedar waxwing panting in the heat

Hen turkey and poult

Turkey poult

Well, that’s about it for this one. I have limited time today, and I still have thousands of photos to sort through from my archives. I’m not looking forward to working in this heat, I may do half the run tonight, and the other half over the weekend when it cools off, if it does. As always, thanks for stopping by!

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6 responses

  1. It’s been hot here too-they say cooler by Sunday. I did a short hike this afternoon and it wasn’t long before I was wishing I hadn’t. It’s good to know you can still post every now and then. I like that white rabbit.

    July 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    • Thank you! I’ll catch up with your blog when I have more time, I’m missing it already.

      July 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm

  2. It sounds to me as if you are also not a fan of heat… We’re supposed to have winter now, but I walk around with a t-shirt and jeans all the time, except maybe early in the morning. That is not what winter is supposed to be like! And after that, we get the summer heat, which really makes me miserable… Lovely shots! 🙂

    July 10, 2012 at 6:21 am

    • Thank you Zelmare, you’re right, I don’t care for heat at all.

      July 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm

  3. The heat and drought just goes on and on…this weekend we were supposed to get an inch and a half of badly-needed rain here in central Ohio, and so far there’s been just a trace. There’s a wetlands spot that I go to that looked terrible a few weeks ago, I’m deliberately avoiding it now because I’m afraid that it will be dry as a bone. I went hiking on July 4th and got very light-headed from the heat and humidity- I can’t wait for autumn!

    July 15, 2012 at 12:02 am

    • By the way, there’s some nice photos here! Did I miss the story behind the white rabbit?

      July 15, 2012 at 12:21 am