Saturday, May 23, 2015

Working Vacation

I realize that for most people, "work" and "vacation" don't usually go hand in hand.

Luckily for me, my job as a Naturalist has been one of the happiest times of my life. Underpaid but fulfilling. :)

I had the chance to lead some boat tours for Western Wallflower Week the past few days (Mark has been leading the tours the last couple of years with me at home with Ian, but he's been away at job training this week), and it was heaven. I almost forgot how much that role defines me as a person.

I was very grateful that my mother was available to watch Ian so I could have the opportunity.

We were blessed with awesome weather (with the exception of Thursday - brrrrrrr!!!), and the Wallflowers are in their full glory, right now.

It's a little risky timing an annual event around the bloom of a wildflower, but so far, we have never struck out.

We've had some awesome people on the tours, full of questions and enthusiasm.

Prickly pears are also beginning to bloom out.

The extremely rare Harper's Umbrella Plant is going to bloom this year.

There have been butterflies and birds in abundance, as well as the occasional Northern Watersnake.

He caught a fish!
Red-osier dogwoods are in bloom all along the lake shores.

So now the hubby is back in town, and he will be leading the rest of the boat rides through the weekend.

Holiday weekends around here don't mean vacation: they mean WORK! The cabins and campgrounds are full, the lake is hopping, and potential disaster lurks around every turn.

So that means late nights for Mark and phone calls in the wee hours of the morning for everything from cabin guests out of toilet paper to boat wrecks and snakebites. Bring it on.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend, everybody!


  1. I'd love to go on one of your tours! What a lovely place. I'm glad you enjoyed it and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Memorial weekend. :)

    1. Thank you! You should totally sign up for it next year! We'll start advertising it in April probably.

  2. Sounds like my kind of job! :D Also, that snake photo is amazing!

    1. I can't take credit for that one, or most of the pictures. I was too busy gabbing to take very many. Most of these were from one of Mark's tours. I loved the way the snake pics came out though! He looks like a doggy with a bone, :)