English: Low-res image of the CIA's Kryptos sc...

English: Low-res image of the CIA’s Kryptos sculpture, provided by the sculptor, Jim Sanborn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How is it that I’ve never heard of this???

I was visiting Jenny Kile’s blog, Mysterious Writings, and clicked on Codes and Cyphers.  Fascinating.  Right in the CIA courtyard.

deciphering  kryptos

During World War II, the Germans used the Enig...

Tonight in Santa Fe

Ready, set, . . . .

Ready, set, . . . .

Hi to all the searchers in Santa Fe tonight for the triple book signing at Collected Works Bookstore.  (Yes, I’m still jealous. Someone, give Forrest a hug for me. )

And, by the way, I just finished reading Douglas Preston‘s The Codex last night.  Gripping.  —–Repeat to self:  This is not about Forrest, this is not about Forrest . . . .

Maybe I need to start another campfire, but someone mentioned 3 inches of snow.

If you can’t make it to this book signing, Mr. Fenn will be signing Too Far To Walk in Taos on November 2nd.

Another campfire.  Marshmallows.  Cocoa.  My next read?

Hot chocolate

Hot chocolate (Photo credit: Sheep”R”Us)

Gators in the Gallery

(Okay.  This is not about Forrest Fenn‘s book tour, but certain things just remind me of his backyard “pets”!)

Now showing—

Gator Jowls

Gator Jowls

Artist, photographer, poet, naturalist Susan Van Wassenhove illustrated her book of poetry by making 19 finely-detailed quilts. The book The Seldom-Ever-Shady Glades was inspired by her sojourn in Florida and is published by Boyds Mills Press.

Her next collection, poems and photos of butterflies….

The traveling quilts can be seen here:

The Quilts back-1

English: Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois

English: Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alma mater of—

Ronald Reagan on the Eureka College Football T...

Ronald Reagan on the Eureka College Football Team 1929 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Thank you, Eric Sloane

Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No, I haven’t solved the TTOTC poem, but I will forever remember which way high pressure and low pressure systems circulate in the northern hemisphere!

I can see it spinning.

Wildflowers (Judy Collins album)

Wildflowers (Judy Collins album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels . . . .I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now,

From up and down and still somehow, it’s clouds’ illusions I recall . . . .

Dizzy now.  Where’s that Dramemine?

English: Eric Sloane, circ. 1983, La Tierra, n...

English: Eric Sloane, circ. 1983, La Tierra, near Santa Fe, NM (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On a side note:

What Direction Does Earth’s Center Spin? New Insights Solve 300-Year-Old Problem.

So.  Is North still North?

If You’ve Been Wise . . . .


“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”

                                                             Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Spectacular Blaze

A young Amish boy on his way to work

A young Amish boy on his way to work at 4:30am looking at the light show on Fuller Road in Easton, Maine. The image was captured by 61-year-old photographer Paul Cyr

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A very very very bad frog joke

A Australian Green Tree Frog

A Australian Green Tree Frog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For grins and giggles:

A very very very bad frog joke.

(I realize that this may be lost on you millennials… just pass on by.)

Holy Pompeii Pillars, Batman!

Batman with his sidekick Robin. Painting by Al...

So what does it mean if the night after I drove through Yellowstone National Park I had a nightmare and woke up in a one-horse town frantically searching for the dust mask I had packed (somewhere) because the volcano had blown and the ash-laden air was getting thicker and thicker?!?

Can you say “Terremoto“?

{I’m still searching for Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure chest BTW.}

Signature of William Clark, on 1806-07-25 at t...

Signature of William Clark, on 1806-07-25 at todays Pompeys Pillar National Monument, Montana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today Show TTOTC Clue Update

It sounds like Forrest and the Today Show people have been in touch.  Just waiting on Matt Lauer for the timing of the next clue.  Getting ready . . . .

People playing Cluedo, a deduction boardgame

People playing Cluedo, a deduction boardgame (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Blackberry Moon

Tiny thing

Tiny thing

Yes.  Another frog.  This little guy posed for me this morning while I was gathering wild blackberries.

(Courtesy note:  no new Forrest Fenn/Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt clues in here.  Just frogs and flutterbys….)

By the time I put the last batch through the juicer to take out the seeds on Tuesday, I ended up with only 9 half-pints of jam.  Not enough for Christmas gifting and a year’s supply for us.  Not a problem.  There are plenty more out there.

Blackberry thorns are meaner than the wild raspberry’s, which ripen in June.  So, I armored up, grabbed water, my phone, and my camera.  Ready or not, I still missed a shot of the deer and fawn getting a drink.  And darn it—the butterflies just won’t sit still for me.

I’ve seen several black and blue swallowtails, very large yellow butterflys, small ones, a tiny blue one, but only 3 monarchs fluttered by this year.

English: Photograph of a Monarch Butterfly.

English: Photograph of a Monarch Butterfly. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The monarchs are in some distress.



I’ve got plenty of milkweed plants for them (want some seeds?), but I heard they’re not making it past the Texas drought area.  There are several generations per summer.  The final generation flies all the way back to Mexico to winter in a particular area.

The bigger disaster for their population was 2 winters ago.  I remember hearing that a  hailstorm hit their winter haven and decimated the flock.Crop Duster

Another issue is the ubiquitous use of pesticides which don’t discriminate between life forms based on desirability.  Don’t you wonder what they’re spraying up there?  Fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, peoplecides.  And why, if the biotech transgenetics are so wonderful?

US distribution of Japanese Beetle, (This map ...

US distribution of Japanese Beetle, (This map is not entirely accurate. Infestation is established much farther west at least to the Oklahoma line.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About the berries.  I don’t pick along the fencelines where the neighbors are raising corn and soybeans.  So, yes.  There are occasional bugs in the bucket.  But, I’d rather remove them myself than pollute my food.

Still.  I’m really not happy with the voracious Japanese beetles who moved into the neighborhood 3 summers ago.  First it was the grapevines.  Then the rosebush.  This year the orchard.  The bright side?  The chickens come running when I shake them out of the trees.

Japanese beetle foraging on  grapevine

Japanese beetles foraging on grapevine