Friday, June 02, 2006

Back from the desert

Mary in the Desert
Originally uploaded by Bill Walker.
It was a painfully short trip to the desert for me and the spouse-o. I would love to spend more time down in the Kernville/Mojave area, exploring more of the local birds and migrating rarities, but we had to come back to the world of work on Tuesday.

The wind that blew us into town lasted all day Friday and Saturday. We got a bit hysterical Saturday morning when the wind and the cold temperatures saw us birding one of the most famous spring migration oases at 42 degrees F. Thank heavens we brought the gloves!

Sunday and Monday were better weather, but the anticipated warbler rush hour never did materialize. Instead, Bill and I focused on learning and seeing the desert birds, like Scott's Oriole, Cactus Wren, Sage Sparrow, and Greater Roadrunner. Bill has a set of desert photos on flicker, so go see what we saw!

During the trip I knit away on what turns out to be called the "Lots of Choices" top. I finished the first piece on Wednesday night at the Knitting Meetup BBQ... and promptly decided it is too small. My gauge is off -- my 19 stitches make 4.5" instead of 4", so I was fudging a bit. It turns out that my 91 sts (23.5 inches) does not cross the midline of my body, as Lori was able to demonstrate by trying to tug it round me. Luckily it only took Friday to Wedensday to knit it, so I don't mind starting again. With 101 stitches cast on and 8 garter ridges completed, I'm on my way to a really nice looking summer top.


Blogger Bill Walker said...

thanks for a rockin' weekend!

June 02, 2006 5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you are home safe and sound and had a good trip. While you were having the cool, cool temps, we were sweltering here with 90 plus and the usual threats of tornadoes. What fun?!Mom

June 03, 2006 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Jo said...

LOL my dear, I know so few people who would WANT to be in Kern County. Next time tell me you're headed down there and I'll point you to some good restaurants.

June 07, 2006 5:57 PM  

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