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Rainy Work Day at Myakka State Forest

We have been enjoying some mellower temperatures at Myakka State Forest the last two days. Today has been a rainy one but still nice enough to work from our ‘patio’ which consists of a folding table, folding chairs, and the trailer awning supplying protection from the rain.

Roger and Kate on Patio in Myakka State Forest
Roger Drinking Hard and Working Beer at Myakka State Forest. (Click to view on Imgur)

Raindrop GIF off our awning.
Rainy awning (click through to view on Imgur)

We have stepped up our game with the dogs as well. Besides regularly exercizing them with the Bike Tow Leash we are also working on some different training regimens like Sit and Down. One neat thing we started doing was making snacks with their Red Kongs.
Enzo our youngest dog licking his Red Kong at Myakka State Forest
Enzo and his Kong (Click through to view on Imgur)

The ASPCA website was where I first learned about doing something beyond simply sticking some treats in there. They recommend putting a high value treat in first and then filling a mixture of dry and wet food and sealing it all in with some peanut butter. Needless to say Dazey and Enzo took to them like dogs and Kongs. The problem was they were getting all the food out in just a few minutes. The ASPCA recommends that if that happens then you can freeze them so it takes a little longer Today was the first day we did that and it took them a bit longer to get all the food out. Instead of 10 minutes now it takes 15 minutes…

Oh well they are happy which means we are happy.

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Piedmont Farm Refuge Day with the Turkeys – Nov 30th 2014!

White broad breasted Turkey at Piedmont Farm Refuge Rolling with Grass

This Sunday is the Piedmont Farm Refuge’s Day with the Turkeys and if you are in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina you should attend. From 10am to 4pm come feed special treats to their animals, get your photo taken, cut your own holiday cedar tree, and more!

Then, from 4PM – 7PM: join them for an all vegan holiday potluck. Sounds pretty damn good to me.

Be careful with directions as a search for Piedmont Farm Refuge in Google Maps currently lands you a bit off course. Search for the address instead:
7236 NC Hwy 87 North
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Kate and I spent a few hours with them yesterday and I took photos of all of their animals. It was a great time and the first time I had spent with turkeys in a long time. They are really neat animals and have so much personality.

White broad breasted turkey profile Piedmont Farm Refuge Rolling with Grass
Turkey profile at the Piedmont Farm Refuge.

Feeding turkeys kale Piedmont Farm Refuge Rolling with Grass
Turkeys like Kale.
Turkey under grey sky Piedmont Farm Refuge Rolling with Grass
Home on the range.
The three turkey amigos Piedmont Farm Refuge Rolling with Grass
The three amigos!
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Quickie in Roanoke

Blue Ridge Parkway to Roanoke Rolling with Grass

At the end of the family weekend at Peaks of Otter Kate, Dazey, and I ran down to Roanoke for a day trip.

Blue Ridge Parkway

To get from Peaks of Otter to Roanoke the quickest route is on the Blue Ridge Parkway which you can learn all about here at the wikipedia’s. There are lots of great views on the road and they built a crap ton of pull off spots for you to get out take photos and have lunch. Please don’t stop in the middle of the road to look that views.

Kate and Dazey on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Roanoke Rolling with Grass
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8

Dazey looks at Kate and Roger being crazy on Blue Ridge Parkway to Roanoke Rolling with Grass
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8

Rolling in Roanoke

We stopped in Roanoke for a beer and walked around downtown. Its a pretty cool town and a place I would be interested in exploring more.

Kate and Dazey in Roanoke Rolling with Grass
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8