Sunday, April 26, 2009

I'm Off!

Come to New River, come
Where birds of all kinds have begun
To migrate and nest
Where birding’s the best
And everyone’s sure to have fun!

Come to New River, Come
With birding trips for everyone
We’ll follow each urge
In the gorge where we bird
In the light of the West Virginia sun!
~Kathie Brown 3-29-09

Well, as the saying goes, "All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go..."

Actually, by the time you read this, I should be on the road with Nina! It's the night before I leave for the New River Birding and Nature Festival in West Virginia and I can't sleep. I had a scare at the beginning of the week when I twisted my knee trying to get a photo of those cute baby owls. Gus got the shot I used in my post, but I got the injured knee. By Monday morning I could barely walk or sit down. I feared I would have to cancel the trip. But after a few home remedies, a few prayers and positive thoughts from friends and family and ice packs and rest I am happy to say I am back to normal. However, do you know how hard it is to try to find a raincoat in the desert? I spent two days and searched 6 or 7 stores before I finally found a rain poncho at the army surplus store! Not only is it light weight and capable of keeping me dry, but supposedly it can be used as a shelter in an emergency! Let's hope I don't have to prove this!

So, I will be meeting Nina, Lynne, KatDoc, Susan, Wren, Laura, Mary, and TR all for the first time. I hope to see lots of birds and make so many new friends. I hope to come home with hundreds of photos and stories to tell for the next month or so. I'll see you all soon!

Happy Birding wherever you are!


Celeste said...

Have a fabulous trip Kathie I can't wait to read your posts from this trip!

Shelley said...

Have a safe and fun trip!! I can't wait to hear about it!!

DeniseinVA said...

Ouch, sorry to hear about your knee but I am VERY happy it didn't stop this fantastic trip. Safe travels and looking forward to hearing all about it.

Rossel said...

You'll surely enjoy. I will wait for the pictures. So excited to see them.

Heather said...

Have a great time Kathie! Hope your knee behaves itself. Can't wait to get the report once you're back!

Deborah Godin said...

Cool! You are going to have a blast!!

Gaelyn said...

Glad to hear the knee recovered.

Have a Great time Kathie.

Doug Taron said...

Have a spectacular time! I'm especially jealous that you're getting to meet TR.

Larry said...

Hope Y'all have a great time!I'll be looking forward to reading about your adventures.

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Can't wait to get a full trip report and hoping your knee is all good.