Today was supposed to be a pretty nice day so about 1100 or so we headed off for a hike. We were originally going to an National Audubon Society bird preserve but they turned out to be closed on Monday so our second choice was the Rocky Point Trail about 25 miles away in Flower Mound, TX.
The trail itself was pretty unremarkable; mostly overgrown and sorely in need of some trail maintenance. We heard a few birds but saw few of them. We carefully kept our eyes open and the wildlife for the day consisted of this beetle which we could not identify even though it was a nice green metallic color. Examination of the Beetles of Texas website indicated there were 690 species it could have been an Neil was too lazy to individually load each page to look at the pictures so it’s just your regular old green beetle.
The second highlight of the day wildlife wise was this Northern Pearly Eye Butterfly caterpillar. It on the other hand was much easier to identify using the Caterpillars of Northern Texas website.
That was pretty much it. We had a decent hike of about 3.5 miles but there were no views or vistas. About 2 miles of it was along this little creek and we kept looking for trout or other fish but never saw any. We did see a single jogger trail running about 1/2 mile into our hike.
By the time we got back to the car we were hot and tired so we headed home for a shower. Dinner was fried chicken and leftover mashed potatoes and stroganoff noodles from the past couple of nights along with a wine cooler.
Connie is really struggling with the students in this class…they continue to ask really, really, really dumb questions. Even worse than being dumb is they’re asking her to waive college prerequisite requirements or clinical site immunization requirements when neither is going to happen, particularly since she has nothing to do with those things…all she does is schedule the clinical rotations.
Oh well, it’s going to be colder tomorrow; the high is 61 degrees at 0100 tonight and it’s supposed to be down in the 40’s by lunchtime. At least it isn’t supposed to rain.
That green beetle looks so pretty!
Yeah, it was a nice shiny metallic color. Too bad I couldn’t identify it but I was too lazy to look at that many hundreds of pictures to figure it out…and it wouldn’t have made any difference; no matter what it is it’s a cool looking beetle.