R and I thought we'd enjoy the clear skies this afternoon and drove out to the Live Oak preserve/park for a bit. I hadn't been there since I was a kid. The visitor center recalls the era when Live Oaks were the lumber of choice for naval vessels. It's amazingly dense stuff, roughly 75 lbs per cubic foot (compared to about 25? lbs for an equal volume of white pine). One such ship was nicknamed "Old Ironsides" in part because its oak was impenetrable by some cannon balls.
We actually saw very few live oaks today. But the water and setting sun was pretty.
|Instagram makes stuff look so good. I feel like its cheating.|
Right now I'm sorting through a small mountain of paper stuff, and really enjoying my Mumford & Sons Pandora station (aka Mumford & Sons, Trampled by Turtles -- a new favorite, the Chieftains, the Barn Owl Band, and some Florence and the Machine, which doesn't really match the bluegrass trend, but I like them all the same. Also, the Lumineers. Really liked everything I've heard of them so far).
We upgraded to Pandora One. It's the best bang for my four bucks a month. No regrets.