We wrapped up our visit to Marni and Eric’s with more trail riding, a lovely dinner party on a beautiful night and a visit to Pete Anger’s newly hung art exhibit of his light paintings at Columbia College. Then lunch with the group, including Marni’s mom, Jane, who is a delightful lady who lives there too. She is full of fun and appreciative of life. Oh yeah, and a once-in-a-lifetime event: the release into the wild of Sticky, the hummingbird whom Eric had fastidiously rehabilitated in their house for about 12 days. She actually turned out to be a juvenile male but Eric said they were going to refer to her as “she.” Here she is in the house before the release.
And upon imminent release.
Marni hates, absolutely HATES having her picture taken. I got one anyway.
The trail riding was awesome, as usual and we put about 150 miles on our bikes during the time we were there. We really like them. The last evening I rode I came upon a good-sized red fox on the trail. He had his back to me and turned and ran across the trail, exhibiting his very large and lovely bushy red tail before he disappeared into the brush. It was a joy and a pleasure to see him; I didn’t even try to get a picture. I also got to meet up with my friend Anne and we had a delightful visit at Cooper’s Landing. She even made me a necklace.
The dinner party was amazingly delicious with practically everything picked fresh from the garden, potato salad, kale salad, zucchini and pepper with tofu plus an outrageously sweet dessert made by Dana, one of the attendees. And wine. Of course.
During the time we were there we feasted on fresh corn, potatoes, tomatoes, peaches, beets, cucumbers, zucchini, blackberries, eggs, you name it.
Pete arranged a private viewing of his show of Light Paintings that was opening the next day and we enjoyed the very large colorful prints produced with neon and open shutter.
Jim and Eric upon our departure. We had a great time, a most excellent parking spot and so much fun with such good friends. Can’t thank them enough.
Our parking spot was well shaded and about 30 feet from the trail. Let’s ride!
On to South Dakota to establish residency and get our driver’s licenses and all that good stuff.