Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

Making a wood duck house

Last Saturday, my nephew and I made our first wood duck house. From what Peyton's dad has told me, Tuckahoe used to have a pretty significant wood duck population until one time a group of hunters decided to take more than their limit, crippling the vulnerable population.
Over the last couple of months, I have seen some wood ducks near a small pond on the low grounds at Tuckahoe. After doing some research on how to help bring back the population, it seemed like building a few wood duck houses was one of the best ways to ensure a "safe" environment to reintroduce the population to an area.
I got some plans off the internet and had some wood cut at Lowes and then went to town making a house with my nephew. All in all, it was a great experience with Micah. I love the chance to hang out with him and teach him some things about the woods, carpentry, nature, and God. We have plans to put the house up next weekend at the pond and hope to build a few more this Spring- hopefully in time for a healthy population next winter.
Here are some pictures of the finished product.


White Oak Canyon

Two weekends ago, Peyton and I got a chance to head out towards Culpepper to hike White Oak Canyon.
I had hiked White Oak a few times in the past, but had always hiked from Skyline down. This time we parked off Weakley Hollow Road near Graves Mountain. We did the loop hike that connects to a fire road at the otp of the final set of falls. All in all it was close to 9 miles. I didn't have high hopes about the 2nd part of the hike, as I figured...what could beat the waterfalls? But the return trail down the Cedar Run trail was as magnificent as the first half. The trail dips down into deep hollows with steep rock walls on either side and some long water slides down the steep ravines. It was really awesome. Quote of the hike: "It looks like you have an afro on your face"..Thanks.. This weekend we're headed to Vesuvius and hoping to do some hiking near Douthat or somewhere in Nelson county. Can't wait!
Here are some pictures from White Oak.