January 1st - Planks

Well seeing as how it's January 1st of a new year and I'm actually thinking about it, I am going to attempt to do the entire 366 pictures of the day.
When possible, I'll write a (related) story to go with it. However sometimes I expect it will be enough just to get a picture posted.
Today's picture is me doing planks.
One of the Facebook groups that I'm in started a January challenge to do 10 burpees and 10 sit-ups every day for the rest of the month. I chose to substitute three sets of 60 second planks for the sit-ups. I also did the burpees this morning, and even had my daughter Joey join in. It was fun.
I'm not one to do fitness type New Year's resolutions. But I did make some pretty good healthy lifestyle habit adjustments last year (although I didn't start until the end of January). I lost a little over 50 lb mainly through improved eating habits (I expect all right more about this in the coming year). But I did also go to the gym twice a week. This ye…

Shooting Pool in Wichita Falls

I rarely, if ever go to bars. But I make an exception most Monday nights for the pool league I joined. We recently had our last match and I was showing some of my teammates a few of the pictures I've taken along the way. They all wanted copies.  I thought about it, and figured the easiest way would be to gather them up here on a blog post, then share one link.

I wish I had come up with this idea earlier, so I had at least one shot from every week. But in the end I captured a dozen or so "scenes from a bar" that like.


Kids Fishing in Copperas Cove Texas

The little pond at Copperas Cove city park is due to be stocked with trout on the Saturday the 17th of February.  Lately my girls have been very interested in the idea of fishing, so this past weekend we stopped by for a little practice.  Unfortunately we didn't catch anything, but I think the girls still had a fun time.  That said, I am quite sure they'd enjoy it more if we catch something next time.  So dad decided to do a little research.

My first stop was at the Texas department of Parks & Wildlife website, where I find a nice little pdf for beginning fishermen (I fished quite a bit as a kid, but am a bit rusty to be a really good teacher to my girls just now).  Here's the link:

That does a pretty good job of covering all the basics. 
The next concern I had was bait, so I checked out this video (also on the website):

That definitely gave me some good ideas.  
Of course, since the pond is goin…

Lake Wichita a Nice Spot for a Walk

I moved to Wichita Falls almost exactly two weeks ago to take a weather forecasting job at Sheppard AFB.  I am renting a room on the south side of town.  I try to go home as often as I can, but since the part of central Texas where my house is located is still 230 miles away it's not practical every weekend.  So since I am here on a saturday I decided to check out the local environment.  It turns out there's a nice park about a mile away from where I'm living.

There is a walking/bike path at the park which is part of the circle trail, which you can use to go all around the city without having to get on a road.  I plan to pick up my bicycle next weekend when I'm at my house, so that I can explore a little bit further.  As it is, I only walked about 3 miles today.  I did see a little bit of wildlife along the way. 

However, since I didn't have my real camera or big lenses with me, I didn't get a chance to take pictures of any of the birds, turtles or small mammal…

Oklahoma is not All Flat an Early Morning Walk Up Mount Scott

Who would have thought that Oklahoma would have mountains.  Okay, so they are not mountain like they have in Colorado, or even the mountains that I spent the past 2 1/2 years traipsing up and down in Arizona.  But the Wichita Mountain wildlife refuge does contain some significant hills, the tallest of which is Mount Scott at almost 2500' above ground level.

I drove up to the top a couple of weeks ago, took a couple of pictures, then drove back down. 
But this morning it was all about the walk.  It's just a little under 3 miles, but basically all uphill, then all downhill, no real flat spots along the way.  Also, it's a paved road, so you have to be on the lookout for cars going up and down.  That being said, it really wasn't a bad walk at all.  
The views are great.  Especially since we were treated to some very interesting cloud formations this morning. 

In addition, since it just rained last night, even the mountain side of the road provided some nice scenery with qu…

San Pedro River at Charleston Road

Today one of my friends and I took a short hike down at the San Pedro River; but at a different part of it than I usually go to.  We parked in the lot near the bridge on Charleston Road, then made our way down the bank to walk along the river.  The goal was to find a wall of graffiti going under the old railroad tracks. 

Found it!

I wasn't out there for wildlife today, but I did notice quite a few birds (flycatchers mostly) along the river, so I'll probably head out there again with my 500mm lens soon.  We also discovered that there's a petroglyph site not far from here, so that's on the near-term agenda too. 

Zucchini Pasta with Tomato and Onions

So last night I was really tempted to make myself a couple of grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner.  Not totally bad for me, but I knew that I had some better stuff in the fridge, and since I knew I'd probably write about what I ate, the veggies might be a better choice ... lol, this accountability thing might just work after all.   :-)

This was just a simple "pasta" dish using zucchini squash in place of the pasta, and tomato, onion, spices and olive oil instead of sauce from a jar.  I've cooked this dish before, both for myself and with a friend.  It's been delicious every time.  I suppose I could have just sliced up the zucchini, but a couple of months back I got on Amazon and ordered one of those Veggetti slicers  that you may have seen on TV.  It works pretty much as advertised.  It took me just over a minute to turn a medium sized zucchini into a pile of "pasta" strands.

Here is the entire ingredient list:
1 zucchini squash ... spiral sliced 1/4 red…