Squirl's Nest

Friday, October 21, 2005

Thinking about last Friday this Friday

Last Friday Ichabod and I went over to Grand Haven to walk out to Harbor Island. It's a favorite of ours. Of course I had to take lots of pictures.

This one is between the library and the community center. It is appropriate as there are many, many seagulls there.

This is a shot of the house on the tracks where we used to live.

This is the house where Spanky played his late-night music. It's actually smaller than it looks.

Here are a couple of shots down the tracks that we used to walk on a regular basis.

Here are some eggs and butter wildflowers that were growing along the tracks. I love them in the larger picture view.

Here are some of the views going down the tracks.
This one, below, used to be a train station but now has offices.

The moon was almost full. I know you can hardly see it but I couldn't resist.

Here's a caterpiller called a wooley bear.

A couple of pretty sunset/water shots I couldn't resist.

This is the track that I used to, bravely, walk. Scared the crap out of me. After we moved away they put this little walkway for wusses on.

One last sunset shot.

And one last moon shot.

Tonight will be totally different. We're going to an opera, Turandot, and a nice restaurant for dinner.


Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Aaaaaaha, the seagulls behind the Loutit Library. Do you have any idea how much time I spent in that place as a kid? Well, you probably do. That shot brings memories floodin' back like a full bladder with a sudden bullet hole.


Fri Oct 21, 10:56:00 AM  
Blogger Susie said...

What a charming place. I like rr tracks. Between our last house and this, we stayed in an apartment right next to the tracks. We liked the sounds, except twice when the gate-closing bell got stuck and dinged for hours :) Something about photos of flowers on tracks really does me good.

Fri Oct 21, 11:14:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

I still have pennies that I personally helped the train smush on the tracks from where I used to play. A little duct tape holds them in place, but can also get ground into them, so I don't recommend it.

Fri Oct 21, 11:25:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bucky, it was great having the library right downtown. You know they want to move it out in the country someplace? I can't imagine, thinking of all the times I walked there as a kid.

Susie, yes sometimes the sutpid bells stick and ding for hours. That sucks! The tracks were really pretty cool otherwise. I'm glad you liked the flowers.

Mr B, Ichabod used to like to put stuff on tracks, too. I will not use duct tape, though. Thanks for that warning. :-)

Fri Oct 21, 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger Effie said...

Oooh--an opera! And dinner out--that's so wonderful!! Enjoy!

I always called those flowers "Snapdragons" because if you squeeze the sides of them their "mouths" open!

Beautiful pics--it must have been a great day!

Again--thanks for a beautiful post yesterday about your brother!

Fri Oct 21, 12:10:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Squirl likes moons! I had to laugh, because on Wednesday I took a shot remarkably like that with a similar sense of futility, but I couldn't resist either. Have fun at the opera!

Fri Oct 21, 12:29:00 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

When I was first married, the first time. We lived right by the railroad tracks. The apartment would rattle and shake. It became more of a comfort than an annoyance when the train came through blowing it whistle at 3 am. Because we also lived right by the intersection.
I always love the pictures you take, I really like the red leafs on the tree, and caterpiller called a wooley bear. We don't have them here but as a kid we would see if they turned all black we were in for a heavy winter. At least that is what my grandpa always said.
Turandot, was the opera we saw in Santa Fe. I enjoyed it . . . have a wonderful night tonight!

Fri Oct 21, 12:29:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Effie, thanks, I intend to have a great time tonight. Those flowers must be in the snapdragon family, but now that I think about it they may be called eggs and butter. I was trying to put up a new post really fast. I am pleased that so many people shared in yesterday's post with us but I didn't want my blog to look like a downer kind of place. And it was a great day. :-)

Eclectic, I guess I could've just left those moon pictures in Flickr, but what the heck, I like to share. Thanks!

Nanina, after a week or so the middle of the night train rarely woke me. It was kind of comforting. Thank you, I'm glad you like my pictures, especially since I insist on inflicting them on everyone who reads my blog. :-) The tree picture was blurry, but the colors were so pretty that I didn't want to leave it out. I didn't even know about Turandot before, so I'm really looking forward to seeing it.

Wow, you guys are reading my post right to the end to know I'm going out tonight. Thanks!

Fri Oct 21, 12:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

I lurve snapdragons! I plant them every year. I actually tried taking a series of pics with me pinching the mouths open and letting them close etc. to do a Flickr slideshow but never finished it.

Ah, the many uncompleted picture projects.

I think one of your pics is not what you intended to post though. The one where you say you walked along the track as children, but they put a walk-way up for the wusses. It looks like the same pic as the one before that statement.

I like the ones looking down the tracks.

And the fall tree colors and afternoon light are looking mighty fine in your pics. :)

And have a great time out tonight! Date night! yippee!

Fri Oct 21, 01:56:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Danielle, thanks! I have now put in the correct picture. Everyone was missing Ichabod's backside. Sorry, folks!

Actually, I wasn't a child, I was in my thirties when I was scared to walk down the tracks over the water. :-) A little fear of heights.

I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. I sure enjoyed taking them.

I plan to have a great time tonight. Thanks!

Fri Oct 21, 02:03:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Whew! I'm glad I didn't have to go another day without that shot of Ich's butt. ;)

Fri Oct 21, 02:17:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bucky, aren't we all? Oh, wait, maybe that's just me.

Fri Oct 21, 02:19:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Yay! Another moon shot -- Ich's moon!!! (And what a nice one it is, too!)

Fri Oct 21, 02:32:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Again I say, The Bod of Ich.

Fri Oct 21, 03:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

And see here I was, looking at the new pic and thinking "there is no freakin way I'd be able to walk on that" because of my own fear of heights. A fear that has gotten worse as I've gotten older, I might add. And I never even noticed Ich's beeehind until you said.


Fri Oct 21, 04:05:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Eclectic, thank you, I think so too. :-)

Mr B, and I'm rather partial to it.

Danielle, I have a fear of heights, too. I'm glad you got that glimpse of Ich's beeehind. tee hee.

Fri Oct 21, 05:18:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

What a picturesque place. I would love to live somewhere like that.

Fri Oct 21, 06:37:00 PM  
Blogger August95 said...

Thanks for the tour of your home town. What a beautiful place. You got some really nice shots.

Fri Oct 21, 08:36:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Kranki, one of the best things about it is how safe it is. I would feel safe walking late at night by myself. And the downtown is small but nice.

August, thanks!

Fri Oct 21, 10:31:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

My Dad and I used to walk on an old RR trestle like that one. We'd drop sticks off one side and sit on the other side and try to bomb the sticks with rocks as they floated by.

Sat Oct 22, 02:42:00 PM  
Blogger judypatooote said...

Grand Haven is a pretty cool place. I love your pictures...are the tracks in Grand Haven or Grand Rapids..?.....

Sat Oct 22, 09:09:00 PM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

Hope you guys had a nice evening last night. It sounds lovely.

I always appreciate when you suggest that we click for the larger photos. I don't usually think to do that when I'm reading an entry. And I liked the large version of the flower pic, too. The darker orange parts look like little fuzzy caterpillars on each petal. (And I chuckled a little bit, because I was thinking about the way it looked like caterpillars, then I scrolled down, and there was a pic of a caterpillar! Hee.)

Sat Oct 22, 10:54:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

thshmom, that sounds like a very lovely memory. I'm happy that these pictures made you remember and share that with us.

Judypatoote, thanks, yes I love Grand Haven. All of these pictures were taken in Grand Haven.

Ladybug, we had a great evening. We had a lovely dinner and Turandot was good.

If you ever feel like it, you can always click on my photos. I always copy and paste from Flickr which means you can see them in the larger size. Unless the shot is not sharp I always like the flowers in larger size. That's a good one about the caterpillars, tee hee.

Sun Oct 23, 08:46:00 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Master of Digital Goodness, Princess of Imagery Power, Squirl of all Trades!

Absolutely beautiful! I love your sky shots the most bestest! It's nice to put a picture to your previous stories too, I would have never imagined "the house on the tracks" to be as artfully quaint as it is. It looks like an old school house.

Hope you had a great weekend! Can't wait to hear about date night!

Sun Oct 23, 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Kitty, thank you, thank you. Glad you liked the shots. That house was really cool. So was date night. I'll tell you all about tomorrow.

Sun Oct 23, 06:06:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

We want date night details.

You know. "Details."

Mon Oct 24, 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Details, eh Bucky? Well, we ate a lot of seafood and filet mignon. We watched all three acts of Turandot. BTW, this Turandot was a real bitch. Then we went home, brushed our teeth and went to sleep. Who could have the energy for "details" after all that? Especially after all that food? :-)

Mon Oct 24, 01:58:00 PM  

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