On May 2 I took my first picture of my sweet Camp NaNoWriMo mug that I got from my work, and I said I would be "testing" the mug that weekend. The last time I tested a coffee mug from work, I had a great time, but I ended up with a broken, unusable mug. With that in mind, I decided not to go out of my way to destroy the new mug and I instead opted to do "camp" type things with my mug and bring the mug with me while going on adventures (which will probably result in the mug being destroyed: win/win!)
Welcome to the first Camp Mug Adventure
What happens at camp? boats!
At the River Heritage Center, maintained by the Friends of the Petaluma River, one can borrow a boat on Sunday morning and enjoy a paddle on the river. Guess what I did on my Birthday with my sweet Ladyfriend? ;)
Within the Heritage Center, there are quite a few canoes and rowboats to choose from, but with a name like "Sturgeon General", how can you not pick this boat?
On the Bow
I almost lost the mug in a very non-destructive way due to a clumsy fool trying to take a picture of a mug on the bow of a canoe.
People Enjoying the River
This guy was out for a paddle with his son. In hindsight, I should have waited a bit before taking this picture so that people could actually see the two people in the boat.
Dirty Litterbug Bastards
I like to put trash in it's place and I also like to enjoy nature in a semi-trash free way. This aerosol can is one less piece of trash in the river.
Give a hoot! Don't pollute.
Trying to take a picture over my shoulder of my sweety, while trying to control a canoe, didn't turn out as well as I hoped.
The Trash Haul
After 30 minutes or so on the river, we pulled in 2 plastic bags, a plastic soda bottle, a candy wrapper, a can of Steel Reserve, and a Jack Daniels bottle.
Garrrrr, Where Be The Booty?
There was some crinkly money in my pocket before I saw the donation box. Now the box is a bit more full and my pocket is empty.
Oh wow! I totally missed that sweet 80's style boombox when I was giving a donation.
The River Heritage Center is located in a historic barn and is the home of a barn owl. When the owl drops feathers, they are collected and displayed within the barn for all to see.
Who doesn't think the volunteers named the owl "Hedwig"?
What can I say? I like books and all books need a good bookmark. Thanks to the Friends of the Petaluma River, I now have a nice new bookmark.
After returning home from the slightly cleaner Petaluma river with my new bookmark, sunburn, and fond memory, it was time to stare skyward at the eclipse.
With my eclipse glasses covering the camera on my Nokia n900, I took a few snaps of the eclipse, and I think this one was the best of the bunch. Hopefully I will have some better shots of the transit of Venus in June.
Ahhhhh, it's time for me to find some aloe or vitamin e for this sunburn.
Note: I am an employee of the Office of Letters and Light and we sell this mug in our store. As the saying goes, please take all references to the mug with a grain of salt (or with a nice non-sodium based flavor enhancer).
P.S. "Sturgeon General" hahaha ;)