D.R.O.O.L. – July 2019

Daily Reminiscence Of Our Lives

“When all else fails, take a vacation.” – Betty Williams


Shockingly enough I did not take any pics today….I checked twice….really. No photos.



We had to drive down to Silver Spring this morning so I have looked for suitable parks to do our morning walk at. I was very happy to find Rock Creek trail just 5 minutes from our destination. I was super excited reading up about this 1754 acre park within D.C. giving us ample of miles to discover.

The parking lot we have used is from Freyman dr. right next to East-West Highway. However our joy didn’t last long since the trail is closed for rehabilitation towards the north.

Since I didn’t want to walk over a busy highway ⬆️, we ended up getting back in the ca, driving 1 mile down/south the road to another parking spot at Meadowbrook Local Park/Candy Cane Park.

Mag in Rock Creek

We ended up looping around shy of a mile. Unfortunately the trail here was almost all the way treeless so we had to skulk around as close to the tree line as possible not directly following it.



Short morning walk on the trail at Lake Roland.



We went doggie beach hunting today. We checked out two of them below Annapolis. Weren’t blown away with either.

Quiet Waters park is just below Annapolis on the South River. The park itself is awesome, we’ll be back to walk the loop. But the doggie beach is super small! There had to be at least 50 people with there 4 legged companions. It was crowded, even though Mag loved it. For some reason entry fee was waived for this day.

The other one was Bayfront Park below Chesapeake Beach city. Parking is ridiculous (26 cars) and the entrance fee is $18/car. The beach itself wouldn’t be too bad, about a quarter mile long – even though it’s narrow – but half of it is blocked off with drift wood. Both sides of the path leading to the beach is covered with poison ivy. Amenities include 1 porta potty. There is a nice boardwalk towards the north going toward Chesapeake Beach city but it was way too hot, sunny to be able to stay on it.

The East coast of the US has 95471 miles of coastline. The internet lists about 25 beaches total on the east coast that are dog friendly. WTF?



Morning walk at Oregon Ridge Park

‘Shroom fest



Blackeyed susan




Morning at Leakin Park






Dewy crepe myrtle



Back home with his caterpillar



Picking up Mag today….



Vacation is over, it’s time to go home….

Last picture of the bay



Monaco from the water
The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
Fontvieille’s cliff
Full moon from Villefranche-sur-Mer



Rovinj, Croatia


7/177/167/15 – I am sick in the middle of our vacation. Staying in.



Driving over to Rovinj, Croatia. This little car can haul! (111mph)



Lighthouse, Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat



Nice (french city) view from Mont Boron overlook
Fort de Mont Alban, Mont Boron



The Casino de Monte-Carlo and the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo
View from Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat of Villefranche-sur-Mer



Oleander, Bougainvillea, Lantana camara, Agapanthus aka Lily of the Nile



Driving over to St. Tropez today for a day of fun. It’s about 2 hours, give and take depending on traffic. We got “unlucky” to hit stop and go traffic on the east side of the bay which is not uncommon. It’s summer time!

Port de Saint-Tropez
This pretty picture sums of the beauty of this small town
Mags French cousin
Streets of St. Tropez
Plage de la Fontanette
Empty street view



This is the beach of Monte-Carlo. They have an elaborate plan to fill the outskirts of the beach with sand and build new buildings since they have ran out of space on land. They have started in December and I take pictures of it every time we visit to see the progress.



We have arrived in one piece (each).

Nice (French city) Airport
Port de Nice / Port Lympia
Streets are smaaaaalllllll
View of Villefranche-sur-Mer



Flying to Europe from JFK



Morning walk through Leaking Park

Wooden instruments
This platform in the tree canopy is part of Outward Bound

Woolly Mullein
My little, surprise seedling tomato plant



Insects @ Meadowood

Red milkweed beetle
Cisseps fulvicollis / Yellow-collard scape moth

Bumble Bee
June beetle on milkweed



Lake Roland – blue trail – morning walk


Hickory Tiger moth, Black Leaf-footed bug



Soldiers delight

Fresh green
Where is Waldo? I mean Mag
Morning rays



Quick morning walk around Leakin park. Tried to squeeze in 1 mile.

Boxelder bugs and their nymphs
Dramatic morning shadows
Black swallowtail

Published by magzilla44

Magzilla, our AMSTAFF has rescued us in 2017 on a rainy day in May. It was a rough start because we didn’t know anything about him after him walking up on our property. But he has showed us what an amazing person he is and things became happily ever after pretty quick. He is very social, both with people and other pets. He loves his cat sisters and brothers and off course walking.

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