Little Bear's Adventure's
I've climbed around on lots of cactus in Texas. This garden in Monterey had lots of different plants with thorns and prickles. Dangerous.
I avoided the big, sharp point at the top of this succulent.
What is this anyway? Agave? I don't know. It's not a cactus, because it has leaves. I know just about that much.
I don't weight very much, so these prickles didn't bother me.
Beth said the prickles and my fur were just like Velcro... working together.
There was a breeze, but I didn't fall off. I'm glad I have fur or this would have been an itchy place to sit.
Who knows what this plant is? I just know that I enjoyed the smooth, slippery green surface!
I begged Beth to lift the leaf tip a bit so I could use it like a slide.
She refused. She said I'd tumble off and I would be very hard to find.
Not So Comfy
I didn't love this one.
It was like sitting on some kind of backwards pincushion... or riding on a porcupine's back. Not fun.
Suddenly Beth spotted a big Century Plant that made her get all sentimental for some reason. She said it reminded her of being 10 and eating taffy.
She said she first remembered seeing plants like this, when she moved to Florida as a kid. The leaves always reminded her of one of her favorite treats. Flat taffy. I didn't get it.
Sitting on the Century Plant
So she put me on the top of a thick, curling, ribbon-like leaf. I could have used it like a slide, but I didn't get a chance.
Beth stepped further back and took this photo, just as a gust of wind invaded. She pulled the camera back and said, "Where is he?" The ground below was dense with growth. She had no clue where to begin looking. Luckily Don had been watching and knew which direction I'd fallen.
No More Poses
After a stressful few minutes of searching, I was scooped up and placed back in the camera bag.
I heard Beth tell Don that there were so many more photo ops that she'd have to pass on.
Sometimes I'm happy to get back in that camera bag!
Happy Valley, Oregon
Charlie is finally old enough to play. I climbed into her toy cup and waited.
Charlie didn't notice me, until Beth put the cup on her highchair tray. She seemed intrigued.
Not So Sure
Charlie was amused, until I climbed out.
She was not a bit sure about me.
After she touched me, she suddenly thought I was hysterically funny. I'm not sure what to think about that.
Charlie's high pitched squeals were almost painful! She seemed delighted, but she still didn't want to touch me again.
I found a good way to spend some time with Charlie, so she could get comfortable with me.
She was okay having me in her pocket, but she still wasn't sure.
Eventually, Beth pulled me out of the pocket. Charlie reached with her hand and cautiously held me with two fingers.
With the help of her Support Panda Mei Mei in one hand, Charlie was able to enjoy my company.
I love Charlie.
Eye of the Potato
I've climbed in corn fields and I've climbed on tomato vines.
I've posed with peppers and watermelon. Today I posed in the eye of a potato.
First I posed with a potato that wasn't real. It was a giant potato, at the Idaho Potato Museum.
Beth found a tiny dent and tucked me in, for a photo. She said it was a potato eye. Never heard of such a thing!
After the big photo shoot, we headed into the little cafe, inside the museum.
Of course Beth bought a baked potato.
It didn't look very good. The bacon looked fake and the slippery blob of sour cream did not look appetizing.
Beth took the potato in the car and we drove to a rest stop.
She ate the potato all by herself. I said, "No thanks! It's all yours!"
Climbing the Lava
Not far from the table, we found some walkways. We wandered and found some hard lava formations. The rock was once hot lava, that became solid a few thousand years ago! The rocks had lots of holes. They look more like eyes than those potato eyes.
I climbed around on the rock, thinking about lava and potatoes. I guess all the lava has made the soil just right for potato growing!
I have determined that I prefer rock climbing, to potato climbing.
A Tiny Waffle
We started the day with waffles. Tiny waffles.
I decorated mine with red-strawberries and blue-blueberries and a dab of white-yogurt. Ugh. Beth needs to keep whipped cream on hand.
I added a tiny flag because today is July 4th. I will have hotdogs and watermelon later!
We are nearing the end of our Colorado/New Mexico Road Trip. Don and Beth celebrated with a little Happy Hour, on our hotel patio.
Our Texas hotel was way out west, in ranch country. That means lots of cows and horses... which means flies.
Suddenly the flies wanted to join the party. The flies must have gotten tired of bothering cows and horses.
I thought "Why not?" about those flies joining us. But Beth put me away and took photos of flies, instead of me.
That was rude.
Manitou Springs, Colorado
Manitou Springs has a fun old Arcade. We visited early, before the summertime crowds.
That was wise. I didn't want a little tot trying to share this saddle with me!
I loved this old zebra-horse, but it didn't move. Beth didn't put in any coins.
I was still nervous, because I couldn't reach the reins.
Near the Horn
She put me up by the horn, because people who aren't great at horseback-riding, like to have something to hold onto.
That works for people. But I couldn't wrap my paws around that horn.
Next I sat on a panda's head.
Beth didn't have a quarter and that's okay. It was slippery, so I would have fallen.
I didn't like the panda eyes staring at me, so Beth moved me to the top of an elephant. It was my favorite.
I was tempted to slither over his forehead and slide down his trunk!
Time to Go
But Beth said it was time to go. Families were starting to wander around.
Beth said she saw a boy chuckling, when he noticed her posing me on the elephant. I told her I didn't see anyone, but she put me away in her bag.
Next time I want to go INSIDE the arcade! Skeeball could be very exciting!
We're still in New Mexico. I posed with some flowers, yesterday. Now I'm posing with peppers!
I liked this funny pepper-chair! It was scooped out, just right. Kind of like a mid-century modern, plastic chair!
I enjoyed my seat in the hanging peppers, that decorated our hotel porch.
There were rockers and swings I could have enjoyed, but I stayed put. Nobody sits down on you, when you're safely seated in some dried peppers!
We've been on a road trip in Missouri. My favorite part was traveling on the old Route 66.
We made a stop to see an old bridge and this we what I found.
Beth and I were excited about the zigzag shape that crossed the width of the bridge.
Beth's hubby Don, was more excited. "Take a picture of that!" he said. "That's an expansion joint."
So of course Beth stuck me in the photo. That was fun!
I like the soft pastel colors of Easter. The egg dye looks so dark!
I liked my view of the colors, from sitting high on the white egg.
Maybe that wasn't a smart place to sit. Luckily I didn't slide down that rounded white egg and land in the dye.
Beth took photos with her cell phone. I kept an eye on her, because she can be a little sloppy sometimes.
I looked up at Beth with that phone of hers. She used to use her big clunky camera. She has gotten so lazy and she doesn't look so cool with that phone.
We are staying in Springfield for a few days.
We're in a rental house that doesn't have any Easter decorations.
Luckily Beth packed up a few things. She put them out on the kitchen table.
We're visiting Beth's dad, so she brought along a little bunny that once belonged to him.
I am not the oldest thing on this table anymore!
April in Texas
Here is a portrait of me.
I look comfy and cozy, in my soft bed of oak blossoms!
I'm the only one in Texas who likes these spongy things, that fall from the Live Oaks every April. Most people think they're yucky.
The blossoms cover sidewalks and clog pool drains. The wind swirls them into big piles. While everyone sneezes, I climb the blossom mountains and have a good time. Happy Spring!
Surprises in the Lawn
Look what I found, rising high in the grass!
Beth complains that the grass needs to be mowed.
But the grass isn't nearly as high as the flowers I found!
Beth said most people would calls these weeds.
She agreed that they are worthy of vases. Very small vases. We picked them quickly before that mower cut them down!
Once Again in Texas!
It's bluebonnet season! Shall I pick some?
So blue bonnets have been the state flower since 1901. Texans understand it's a no-no to pick them.
But I'm not a people and it's not actually illegal. So I could. But, they're too big for me to pick.
One question about that name! Why aren't they called Purple Bonnets? They look purple to me. And they don't look like bonnets. That would be a pretty crazy bonnet. If I was asked to name this flower, it would be... Pretty Purple Thang!
St. Patrick's Day Evening
The evening began well.
Corned Beef was cooking. Irish music was playing. Don poured Beth some green champagne and I took a look.
It happened so fast. Suddenly I was in the glass.
Sometimes Beth does things on purpose. She claims she didn't mean to bump me. I believe her, but she didn't exactly rush to save me. She took the photo first!
That champagne was cold. That champagne was green.
My fur was dark and wet when I got out. When I'm completely dry, I wonder if I'll still look a little green? I kind of hope so.
The weather is cold and Beth is cooking. She let me climb on the potatoes. They were slippery and hard to climb.
I'm kind of the same color as a potato. I was afraid she might chop me up, right along with the potatoes.
Then Beth pulled out a very funny vegetable.
It was bright green and looked like something you'd find under the sea.
This was much easier to climb. I love this silly Romanesque Cauliflower! It is my favorite! I love vegetables!
Today is a very sweet day!
The house smells like cookies and I love that!
I sat with the cookies and I held my Valentine. I love this holiday!
Back home in Texas
We made it back to Texas after a long drive from Oregon.
We got home and found quite a surprise under the Christmas tree.
Lots of ornaments had fallen off the tree, along with lots of pine needles.
Beth got all the ornaments and lights off the tree.
I thought she'd be grumpy to see this big mess. But she laughed.
Then she swept the needles into a big pile and she let me play.
I climbed on top of the mountain of needles.
I felt myself slipping. I thought I might sink down like quick sand.
Beth put me on a Christmas ball and I felt much safer.
What a silly end to the holidays!
It's January 2022 now, but it still feels like Christmas.
We are on a long drive back to Texas, from Oregon. We made it to Riverside, California by afternoon. Almost halfway home!
Our hotel is very big and we did lots of exploring.
Beth posed me in the Christmas lights.
That was very dangerous. I could have fallen down into the courtyard below.
I've fallen many times, while posing for Beth. I didn't fall this time.
I just looked down at the view and held on tight. I think this new year is going to be a good one!