After lunch I ate two soft beef tacos at Taco Casa. Then I walked in Bethany Lakes Park, where I watched an immature American Robin and a sunning Red-Eared Slider Turtle. Then I walked in Allen Station Park, where I saw two Eastern Phoebes and a Western Kingbird. My wife and I spent the afternoon successfully analyzing some family business.Afterward, we went over Summer vacation locations, using the road atlas I keep in my car. Our goal is to take a five-day weekend involving:
a. travel to the northwest;
b. cooler weather in August than here;
d. access to places to eat and stay;
e. great hiking and reasonable access to wildlife; and
f. somewhere we can get on a non-stop or easy one-stop flight.
We narrowed our choices down to the area near Banff National Park (and more particularly, the Kananaskis area and Canmore); Glacier National Park in Montana, and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. I also set in mind for a future trip purposes Sioux City and the Loess Hills of Iowa (and the Wabash cycling trail) and the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota.
In the late afternoon I walked from Green Park to the nearby DaySpring Nature Preserve, where I watched American Robins and Blue Jays. Then I dined on chicken with broccoli and fresh pineapple chunks. We watched the PBS showing of "Endeavor" on Mystery!, and got a good night's sleep. This morning I walked Beatrice in the cool of the day. The neighborhood park is much quieter when the elementary school next door is not in session.