I just spent 3 days volunteering at the Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary in South Carolina. When visiting Charleston, I saw a meetup posted for a volunteer workday at the sanctuary, but that day was not the best for my plans, and so I called to see if they could use me earlier.
Law Ra (Laura) answered the phone. Law Ra is German, with a slight British accent, probably from living in London so long. Like I was soon to be, she is a temporary volunteer at the sanctuary. But unlike me, she knows what she is doing when it comes to animal care. And she’s there much longer. More Words and Pictures…
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie at Sentient Bean in Savannah. Garlic, onions, carrots, turmeric, sweet potatoes, beans, peas, acorn squash, lentils, veg stock and tempeh. Topped with mashed red potatoes and served with a side salad.
I started at Hollywood Beach and pedalled until land ran out at South Pointe Park Pier. I stayed as close to the beachs as possible, but had to get on A1A for some of the ride. This took me through Hallandale, Haulover Beach, Golden Beach, Aventura, Sunny Isles Beach, North Miami Beach, Bay Harbour Islands, Surfside, South Beach, and South Pointe Pier. I took a few pictures along the way.
It was great visiting with Terri, Crystal, Andy, Desmond, and Puck on Wednesday and Thursday. On Thursday Andy made a vegan version of his favorite Risotto recipe. The dish was naturally creamy without oils, used porcini mushrooms and spinach, and contained no added salt. It was so good. The picture is from Andy’s recipe book, but our dish looked almost just like it.
Earlier in the day Terri, Puck, and I visited Fort Pickens, built with 21 million bricks in 1834. It is perhaps best known for Geronimo’s imprisonment.
Tuesday I hiked the easy Queen’s Garden Trail. I didn’t say the Queen was easy; I said the trail was easy. The trail winds down into the bottom of the canyon, revealing a splendid view around each curve.
I spent Monday hiking the Bryce Canyon rim, from Sunset Point to Inspiration Point, and visiting other areas of the park. Most of the pictures are from the rim of the canyon, and from the Natural Bridge pullover.
This is a really beautiful and unusual place. And to think I almost skipped it to go straight to Zion National Park (which is next).
I took about 360 photos, and culled them to the 80 or so of the better ones. The viewing experience is much better on my smugmug site, so please take a look there.
Saturday I said goodbye to Brian in West Jordan and headed out to Torrey, Utah, which is just outside Capitol Reef National Park. The plan was to visit the Park, and then enjoy the infamous Scenic Byway 12 to Bryce Canyon National Park.
I had a salad at Cafe Diablo in Torrey, then spent the night in the Roadtrek in their parking lot, with permission. In the morning I headed out to the least visited of the 5 national parks in Utah, and took a few pictures. I was not disappointed with the awesomeness I found there.