Maybe some good blogger news coming!
As many bloggers know, the Windows Live Writer blog editor has not been working - at least with Blogger for a long time now. That means we are forced to use the awkward, clumsy Blogger editor.
Having said that, after being forced to use it for months or years now, I have figured out ways to work around the numerous issues and lousy formatting - and now find it 'adequate' at least.
However, the Blogger editor contains one huge obstacle, that cannot be overcome. You must be online to use the editor or to do any updates or additions.
So here's my blogging excuse: All of my recent camping locations have been in completely cell phone and internet-free areas. (And, I no longer have the satellite system I used to have - and Starlink isn't a reasonable option for me at this point) So even though I may be able to find time to blog between kayaking, biking, swimming, eating, happy hour, and enjoying the wildlife and scenery, - because there is no service, I can do nothing! Then, when I get home for a short while, I am too busy doing other things, and blogging gets put on the back burner, and delayed yet again.
If my blog was primarily text based, I could conceivably use any text editor to do the writing, then paste it into Blogger when online. But my blog is primarily photos, with brief descriptions, so that does not work for me :-(
I have done a couple of brief, successful tests of Live Writer, so will try it with the next post, but since I had already taken advantage of some brief internet to upload a lot of photos for this post, I will not risk losing it all, and will continue this post on Blogger.
So, here we are back in mid-June, after ending my time in Prince Albert National Park. Back at home for a bit, the June monsoons seem to have arrived, and the local river predictably began to rise.
The bridge in our local neighbourhood did Ok, but it risked becoming part of a log jam, as lots and lots of full length trees, dead wood, and driftwood came floating downstream.
Not quite as bad as the Yellowstone flood damage!
Fortunately, we have a nearby Medicine River Wildlife Centre , so I phoned them for advice. We were able to capture it fairly easily, and we met staff from the centre on the road - the long way around, because our road was still washed out.
Out hiking in the area one day around home, I spotted this Osprey on the ground. As I approached, it only flew a short distance, and landed on the ground again. I thought perhaps it was a juvenile, waiting for it's parents to feed it, so I left it alone. A day or two later, a neighbour reported the bird still in the area, still on the ground, not moving very far away.
There was still a lot more snow remaining in the high country than usual, and the lake water was not exactly warm, but eventually I managed to get in for regular cool-down swims.
View from the inflatable kayak.
Hailey inspecting the solar panels ...