Today I went out for a trip with Alterke since training’s been rough and I wanted to help them adjust, and I thought adding this to the scrapbook section of the database might make for some nice memories for you to look through. Didn’t manage to get either of us in frame since Alterke’s condition messes with the camera and I didn’t want to make them feel left out, but I hope the shots came out good nonetheless.
We hopped off in a stream reasonably close to ours, though far enough away that we didn’t cause any ripples. (Caroline’d throttle me if I messed with them.) The area was urban enough that we had to go undercover, but I managed to hold it together alright with Alterke occasionally reminding me not to clip through walls. We also found a good sign right next to where we arrived!
I know you love them, so I did my best to get a good picture. Even if they do sort of creep me out, I can kind of see why you find them so pretty.
A hike in the nearby countryside while we perfected our looks sounded nice. It was fairly misty and the sun was just rising, so the lake looked just gorgeous. I’d suggest bringing the pups here for a run-around, but a bit more walking took us to a fairly busy hydroelectric dam and I think we’d rather not jump-start another urban legend. (Disregard Alterke’s encouragement of such an outing, I told them the story of the last time that happened and they thought it was the funniest thing they’d heard all week.)
We even met a friend as we were heading back to the city!
This little guy was just chilling on the sidewalk as we approached, even let me pick it up. No injuries or anything, I think it just went for a fly that proved a little more tiring than was bargained for. Alterke wanted to name it Pretzel and I guess that was that. You know better than anyone there is no arguing when they name something. We even found the nest nearby, and safely returned Pretzel home.
We started heading into town after that, and found out we’d been followed. Just a minor between-denizen, nothing to worry about. They noticed us after I took this picture, and made some very rude comments about us both. (Seems my reputation has preceded me.) I gave them warning and they didn’t stop, so I folded them so many times they couldn’t think straight and held them that way until they apologized. Alterke was kind of shaken up, but I’m used to it at this point.
Anyway, time to move on. Alterke was feeling like getting us both lunch, so we stopped off at a few places to get them something to eat and me something that tasted nice to sip at. No, the thing on the menu was not what we got (I’d probably just vibrate through the floor afterwards.), but the name was funny enough that I felt it needed recording for posterity.
They also had this lovely painting up on the wall, which had some texturing to it that neither of us had really seen before. I hope I can learn to handle paints as well as that someday.
Oh, and the cafe had a cat sleeping out front, which Alterke found out right away was named Iva. You bet your ass we went to say hi.
The picture on the left was what we saw your signal to head home as, and we figured we were losing daylight by that point anyway. If you’re worried about it being obvious, don’t be; I heard someone remark on it being odd that a rainbow stayed long after such a light shower, but they seemed to kinda just go about their day after that.
One last pic on the way home for the road. I know I’m not the best writer or photographer, but it was a nice time I’d like to put here, so all three of us can remember.