Indigo Buntings

My parents share my appreciation for birds. While watching the feeders from their back deck during my visit here in North Carolina, I saw my first Indigo Buntings.

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After a quick familial consensus of what they were, I snagged someone else’s camera to at least come home with a picture. This was the first sighting of these bright blue birds here as well and I was afraid it might be a one-time visit.

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We didn’t see any females about, just the two males. They enjoyed the seed buffet that had fallen under the feeders and then flitted off to the nearby azalea bushes.

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Such striking and brilliant birds to get to see. Hopefully, they’ll stick around the rest of this summer and be there the next time I visit.

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Heading Home

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I headed home to North Carolina this week. I occasionally spring for a flight instead of driving as the route by highway is a healthy 7-8 hrs in good traffic. It’s a splurge to fly, but it’s so nice to arrive rested after just 2 hrs of actual flying time and not requiring the next day to recover from an all-day drive. The last leg is a short 20 min leg on a very small plane, which I never mind. Seeing the mountains of where I came from appearing in the setting sun is always a welcome sight.

Goodbye Snow – Hello San Diego

Last week I had a plane to catch the morning after some serious snow in several states. While we didn’t exactly get hit with much here in Virginia (just a few inches in places), it was the thought of driving down the interstate after a night of freezing temperatures that had me concerned. Little did I realize that the interstate roads were fine, more or less, but it was on arriving at the airport that it was evident nothing had been plowed. After one missed attempt at sliding into entrance to the daily parking decks, I made it on time to my flight.

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I especially had no complaints about Virginia weather when I had to connect through St. Paul, Minnesota. Which, by the way, if you should ever need to connect through this airport, it’s one of the more enjoyable airports I’ve been through! Very interesting shops and it looked to have really comfortable eateries and relaxing areas to plug-in and converse with others. I’ll hand it to them, the folks on the ground outside kept those planes de-iced and humming – it was impressive and I said nothing further about Virginia’s weather the rest of the day.

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Fortunately, my purpose in flying out for 5 days was for business in San Diego, California. How nice it was to go from freezing temperatures to the 70’s and sunshine. Having never spent time in California before (other than connecting through LAX which doesn’t count), it was wonderful. On arriving exhausted after flying all day when I didn’t have a good night’s rest to begin with, it was quite nice to end the evening with a beautiful city view from my balcony.

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The hotel where I was staying and working out of faced San Diego Bay. It was calming walking by the marina, admiring the numerous boats and the view of the water. The photo here doesn’t do the marina justice as it was quite large, but I rather liked this photo of the boat gliding in through the entrance.

Can I say, the food in the city was amazing! Each restaurant my team and I were taken to was a hit. I would gladly travel back some day to be able to have more time to explore the area. Typically trips like this one are flying to a hotel, working from the hotel, only venturing out for dinners with a group and then flying back out again a few days later. Though it was all work, I still had a great time and look forward to visiting again.