Cat (willowisp) wrote,

Books, Poison Ivy, and Fireworks

Today we decided to go try to find the second cache in our area. It's called a bookworm cache; you're asked to leave only books. Appropriately enough it's hidden in a park next to the library (though I hope no one has left a borrowed book in it ;). It was an interesting trek. The special hint gave detailed instructions for finding it near a snapped-off tree. The interesting part is that in December we had a really bad ice storm which took down a lot of trees. Anyway, we left a book we had two copies of and took a Ben Bova novel.

The instructions also warned that there was poison ivy in the woods. Andy had never seen it, and I... well, outdoor survival camp was a loooooonnnnnng time ago. I finally tentatively identified a plant as possibly being poison ivy and took a picture. When we got home we compared it to pictures of poison ivy posted on a web site, and as far as Andy can tell I was correct, even if it wasn't a dead confident identification.

Thanks to Andy's wizardry, gallery is no longer broken, so we now have pictures of our geocaches to date up.

As we were getting home Andy mentioned that Pops Goes the Fourth would probably be starting soon. I wondered aloud if there were any live shows around and he confirmed that there was one at the campus stadium. We decided to go, and oh were they pretty. They didn't have my favorite kind (I call them palm trees; white plumes which go up and explode into a bunch of smaller white plumes), but they had some neat ones I'd never seen before. One kind reminded me of living glitter. They also had lots of purple, and it's a shade of purple I really like.

The music was all pop/rock which mentioned America somehow. While I liked some of the songs, I found myself really missing Sousa, preferably played by a live band. The most gorgeous fireworks display I ever saw was at a military base in Connecticut. That was where I first saw the fireworks I would someday fashion one of my MUSH dragons, Kylenth, after. They synchronized the fireworks to the music really breathtakingly well -- amber waves of grain were the aforementioned golds, followed by purple and then multi-colored; and any time red, white, and blue were mentioned, well...
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