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VA: Horse Day While the Eagle Watches

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Step 0: Get out the tack

Step 0: Get out the tack

Step 1: tack em up

Step 1: tack em up

Step 3: Tacked up

Step 3: Tacked up

Step 4: View from Willie

Step 4: View from Willie

Step 5: Into the fields

Step 5: Into the fields

Virginia in October

Virginia in October

Meanwhile overhead, an eagle watches.

Bird's eye view

Bird’s eye view

Step 6: Put away tack

Step 6: Put away tack

Step 7: Remove helmets

Step 7: Remove helmets

Yay! You're home.

Yay! You’re home.

River at Day: The Shenandoah

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Lots of time on the river this summer!

The usual view on a Shenandoah river run

The usual view on a Shenandoah river run

Something is up there

Something is up there

Eagle on the river

Eagle on the river

Nest

Nest

Hike to Eagle’s Nest

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Destination Eagle's Nest

Destination Eagle’s Nest

Big ass tree.

Big ass tree.

BIG ass tree.

BIG ass tree.

BIG ASS tree!

BIG ASS tree!

Eagle's nest.

Eagle’s nest.

Blue.

Blue.

Island confluence on the Shenandoah river.

Island confluence on the Shenandoah river.

Shenandoah River Float

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Another supremely peaceful float on the Shenandoah River. We started at home and floated for 4 hours up into WV. There were fewer birds this time for some reason (only one eagle). The weather (and the river) was still and calm.

JC in the distance.

JC in the distance.

Floating into West Virginia

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Last year we started putting in at our house and floating north into West Virginia. That section of the river is gorgeous, quiet, and packed with wildlife.

Today we saw huge catfish, a monstrous carp, multiple eagles, many varieties of duck, snowy egrets, and a brown limbed hottie.

The Shenandoah river (aka our front yard).

About a mile down from the stairs, an eagles’ nest.

The eagles nest on one of the monastery’s islands.


Closeup of eagles nest.

We chased one eagle downriver for a while until we came to its mate perched high in a tree.

Eagle flies away.

Guess who this stretch of the river belongs to?

The ducks, the egrets and the ubiquitous blue herons flew ahead all afternoon.

Pre-startle.

Post-startle,

Cows do not belong in the river. But there are still some cows allowed to wallow.

And the wildest creature of all, a brown limbed hottie.