Friday, October 24, 2008

Today's the day for ol' Cape May!

this photo shamelessly taken by and stolen from Laura at Somewhere in NJ; this is some of us last year at the 2nd Avenue jetty in Cape May. From left to right, Susan in the water, me and Birdchick digiscoping, and Jay Davis from Birdjam looking cold and pensive as he walks down the beach

So I'm squirming in my seat at work, trying not to watch the clock as the day slowly moves on. I'm all packed up and ready to hit the road after a quick gas-up. Last night, gas was down to $2.85, though it may have gone back up for the weekend, as it often does. I sure hope not, because I'll be kicking myself if I have to pay more pennies today because I didn't feel like gassing up last night.

Such are the concerns of today's driver. When I started driving in tenth grade, gas was 79 cents a gallon. What was it was you first started driving?

Tomorrow morning, I'll be birding with Susan Gets Native, Laura H in NJ, KatDoc, Lynne from Hasty Brook, and -- thanks to my high school bud Liz Gordon--her hubby Jeff Gordon! Pretty exciting! I tell you, birding here in PA, usually on my own, is always fun. I get to walk around some of the prettiest woods Nature ever made and see and hear birdy magic all around me. It's the most exciting and yet calming thing, a paradox you fellow birders probably all understand.

But going to these festivals is such a blast; birders from everywhere come together, share their knowledge, joke and laugh and drink and eat, spot and help others spot birds of all sorts, and pretty much just have fun. There's nothing like it. This will be my second Cape May trip, and my third festival overall. I know that once I get there, I won't want to leave.
more silliness from last year, with Laura helping me take my own self-portrait for some weird reason

Meeting people whose blogs I've worshipped from afar is a real charge; birding with them is like... well, let me put it into a literary context. Let's say you've read Shakespeare's plays all your life and you just love him. One day, you find a room in a library you've never visited, and in the room, sitting at a table, is William Shakespeare himself, just hanging out and reading a book. You walk into the room, sit across from him, and talk about books, plays, movies, and what have you.

That's what birding festivals are like for me. I read these people's blogs and admire their photography skills and their birding field craft; I learn about their lives, which are all just as crazy as mine; and I realize how much alike we all are, no matter where we live or what we do. So when we get together, we're already like old friends who've travelled together and hung out at home with crazy kids and pets together, and gone out and birded together. They'll all laugh when they see themselves described in an analogy as the birding equivalents of William Shakespeare, but hey -- they're being modest, just another thing that makes them so cool.

I probably won't get to blog again until next week, so have a good weekend: see some birds, hang out with friends, and read a good book by your favorite author.


NCmountainwoman said...

If Laura's post is any indication, there's no doubt you'll have lots of laughs and tons of fun and perhaps even see a bird or two.

Enjoy the time there and take (or steal) more pictures.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Have a good time buddy.

Jess Wundrun said...

eat mo' taffy!

FranIAm said...

I am so glad that you are on this trip.

And I want to hear about Sunday too!


KGMom said...

Holy crap--Shakespeare is still alive? Where? Where?

Oh, I know you are just using him for literary effect.

Waiting for weekend stories. . .

Dusty said...

Have fun!!! :)

Rabbits' Guy said...

NaNoWriMo ... know it well .. I did that both the past two years. Got up almost every morning early and wrote for about 2 hours. Did the 50,000 words both time too.

However ....

neither were novels, and both sort of sit now in a dust pile, waiting for who knows what.

But .... really a good experience and a chance to put it down in words!

There were three or four of us working along and we had regular word count reports and cheerleading and etc.!!!

Give it a go ... try to find some pals.

Tina said...

yeah! glad to see you got away for the weekend. Hope you had a good time and saw a lot of birds. I need some shore bird advice...I posted a mystery bird on Oct 23d, if you have time would you take a look and tell me what I captured with my camera?
Hope you took lots of pics to share!!

Anonymous said...

I hope you're having a blast!

Mary said...

I know you are having a grand time, Delia. Your thoughts are wonderful and so true.

Hugs to you and everyone in Cape May,


G's Cottage said...

I hate to break this to you but it was 35.9 cents a gallon. And then the oil embargo hit a few years later and it jumped to 55.9 cents a gallon (these were Centre Co. prices by the way).

G's Cottage said...

Oops forgot, I won at NaNo last year. There's a pre-NaNo post on my blog for Oct 1st this year.

Dr Zibbs said...

I've always wanted to do the Cap May Bird thing but never have.

Beth said...

You gonna Big Wicked?

dguzman said...

NCMtnWoman--a bird or two was right! It was windy and rainy the whole time. Still--two bird lifers, three human lifers, and a lot of fun. Exhausting though!

Dr. --I follow your orders!

Jess--I didn't get any!

Fran--posts forthcoming on both, and probably a phone call!

KGMom--you know it.


Rabbits' Guy--really? Twice? Cool. Maybe I'll give it a whirl.

Tina--I think your final IDs were right, Greater Yellowlegs (I saw a lesser in Cape May, BTW!) and Common Snipe. Nice photos!


Mary--wish you could've been there--we'll blow the lid off the farmhouse in WV!

G's Cottage--was that in the early 70s during the Energy Crisis? I remember those days too, but I was too young to drive.

Dr. Zibbs--you should go--anytime, really -- it's always beautiful and birdy!

Beth--I'm trying to get a childhood pic! I'll hurry!