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Rickie Traeger: My Hike The Other Day




So this is a few days long over due, lol.  I am getting around to posting it.  Sorry in the delay.  

As you know it has been cold outside because it has been winter.  The other day it was supposed to be around 60. I don’t recall if it ever did hit 60 or not. But I can tell you the weather was pretty nice the other day.   Which brings me to one of the first topics about the hike.

With the warmer temps. the snow and ice were melting. Making the trails a mix of ice, snow and mud.  The snow was melting onto the ice making it way slippery.

So this hike was definitely a memorable one.  It was a short one but a memorable one.

They are still doing construction out there. I thought it was supposed to have been done a few months ago. I guess they went over schedule.

My hike was pretty short and simple for the most part.  As soon as I got onto the trails, I knew that it was going to be an interesting hike indeed with the trail conditions.  When I first started my hike, it was alot of ice and mud.  As the hike went on the snow melted and made things more muddy and more slippery on the ice.

I slipped a few times.  Actually shocked I didn’t fall a ton, considering the trail conditions.

The lake was still frozen. I did not expect to see that. I figured with the mild winter the lake wouldn’t be frozen. I was wrong, it looked pretty thick still. At least it appeared to be anyways.

I went to the Willow Creek area.   Heads up some of the trails are closed and you are not able to walk on some trails. Thankfully  know that part of the part very well. So I ended up finding a few trails that were still open 🙂  It took some time, but I found some trails that were open 🙂   I think they closed down the main ones closest to the roads, is waht it appeared to be. Because the trails further back in the woods were all open.

I saw several people on the trails.   I can’t recall how many, but there were several people back in the Willow Creek area.

I went back to the Willow Creek area.  Just my typical hike to get some exercise in.  I took my cell phone and my go pro and my dslr.

I was hoping to get some photos. My original goal was to take a lot of photos.  But that did not go as planned.  With the trail conditions and not much to photograph, I got maybe 10 photos.  So yeah, my planned so did not go as planned, LOL.  The trail conditions were horrid.  But like I said, I got a few.

I went over to the stone hut area.  A lot of graffiti in that hut again. Sad to see all that graffiti.  It was the typical satanic and gang crap.  So it probably some teens that did the graffiti.

I was at the hut maybe 5 minutes. I mainly was on a hike for the exercise, because I know that part of the park extremely well and have photographed a ton in that area of the park. I wanted to use my dslr, but I had my bigger lens on it. I was hoping to see some wildlife. That didn’t happen, so my photos were mainly from the cellphone.

I left the stone hut and figured i would walk over to the baseball field area. I figured since it was winter and the brush should be down right now (which it was) it would be a perfect time to go see the baseball field.  That is maybe a .25 mile from the hut.  Not far at all.  But the hike took longer, way longer than expected because the trail conditions.

I know I sound like a broken record for the trail conditions, lol. It was just something you had to experience, to understand.

I made it to the baseball field.  As expected the brush was down. So I was able to walk up in the field.

As I walked, i noticed some HUGE prints in the snow. No, it was not bigfoot!  All thought that would be pretty cool, lol.   Nah these were huge animal prints.

I showed the prints to some, and many said it was a large wolf or a bear.

Now I will say the prints were melting quickly, so the perfect form of the prints were not perfect by no means.  But you can see they are large in size and have the claws. I put my foot next to the print to show just how big the prints were. I wear a size 14 shoe!  So you tell me what you think made these prints?

I have saw a mountain lion out there in the Willow Creek area in the past. Once once. I always heard rumors of them, but not to long ago I was hiking and saw some deer. As I watched the deer I noticed a mountain lion stalking the deer.  And then the mountain lion spotted me. Yeah, that was soooooo not cool.   But I know they are out there. I always thought it was a lie. But I have saw them, so i know for sure they do really exist out there.

But back on topic.  I walked through the field and over to the ball diamond fence.  It is really hidden, so if you did not know it was there you probably would never know it is even there.  I like to go over there and just try to reflect on what the part of the park looked liked decades ago.  Seeing the ball diamond fence, is a piece of history.  I just sat there for a few to reflect on what that part of the park may have looked like decades ago and now the only stuff that really reflects the history of that part of the park is that fence and the stone hut.

By this time it was really warming up. So I knew the trails were only going to be getting more slippery. So I figured it be best to just head back. So that way it wouldn’t be so dangerous.

You know I did not even see one wildlife as I was on this hike.   Scratch that, I saw a few squirrels.  But that was it.  I was actually kinda shocked I didn’t come across some turkey or deer.

So I headed back.  On my way back I encountered many people on the trails.  We were all sliding on the ice.  As it literally sliding all the way down the hills on the ice without even moving my feet an inch.  Like I said, it definitely was a memorable hike, because of the poor trail conditions. . .

Overall thoughts on my hike: Was definitely good to get out and get a hike in. However I was not a fan of the poor trail conditions. But then again it made for better exercise which was my overall goal for the hike.  There was no real colors in the woods being that it is still winter time. And there was no wildlife besides the squirrels.  So there was not a whole lot to photograph.  It was a memorable hiking experience because it the trails were icy, snow, muddy and made it difficult to even walk. So mark this down as one of the most boring for entertainment value because of the lack of colors and wildlife, but scores high for the exercise value








Rickie Traeger: Project Blue Book, Hire A Photographer, Winter Weather




It is officially Tuesday now.   I am super excited!  Project Blue Book is coming back on tonight!  Heck yeah! 


I have to replace the bathroom fan later on today. I am so not looking forward to doing that. But I think it is going bad, so I need to replace it.  I watched some Youtube videos on how to replace them. They make it look easy.  Let me say one thing, the more a video makes something look easy, the harder it really is to do, LOL.


If you know anyone who needs a photographer.  Contact me, Will and I have some openings now available.  We can do your photoshoot and events for you!

Our work speaks for itself. So you know you will be getting the best of the best photographers when you hire us 🙂

If you want to hire us to do your photos, shoot us an email at RockfordScanner@Gmail.com


I just looked at the weather forecast. I am kind of liking it.  It is not going to be super cold. But…….. There is several inches of snow possible.   I will definitely take the snow over really cold temps, anyday!   I actually enjoy the snow. I wish it could snow in the summer time, but that is impossible.   I am just happy to see the temps will be above 0 degrees!


Alright I am going to pop off here and play some Red Dead Redemption 2.

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Tuesday. Don’t forget Project Blue Book is on tonight!








Rickie Traeger: Well there was no snowpocolypse




Good morning everyone. 

Well there was no snowpocolypse, WTF as usual the media hypes it up and then we get 2 inches at most.   If they call that a big winter storm, then they obviously never grew up in our area.  LOL.   

Some were throwing predictions of 9 inches, and yet all I see is maybe 3 inches at tops.  And that is on the good end at most, lol. 

I went out and just shoveled it. As of a lil bit ago, it was the light fluffy snow for the most part.   

I have yet to see a city plow. But I have saw several private contractors out n bout, but no city plows.  They could be out n bout, but I personally have not saw one.

So I guess it is official, we are back into winter again, yippie skippie, lol.   The positive side, closer to becoming spring time 🙂 

 2 more months, or 8 weeks. However you want to look at it, lol.  Well rough estimates. I am sure someone will read this and tell me the exact times, lol. 

Everyone stay safe and enjoy your Sunday. Be careful if your headed to church this morning. 

 








Rickie Traeger: Been a few days since I last posted

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Been a few days since I last posted. Hopefully everyone has been doing good.

I went to an Icehogs game the other night. That was fun. I don’t get into hockey much, but it was still fun. Got to go into the players tunnel and briefly meet them as they went onto the ice. Pretty cool experience. Got to see Jeff too 🙂

Sources sent information on a scene that happened last night in Winnebago. And we waited many hours before posting it, to see if police would release any information on it. They did not, so we posted the information that was provided to us.  People got mad as heck at us for posting it!  I can only post the information that IS provided to me. Plain and simple. Police did not release any information and are encrypted.  So I only had the information that was provided to me at the time, and posted it. Holy cow, tons of first responders got mad as heck at me. Was not my fault the police did not release any information on it, until after we posted it.  We waited and tried to get the info. confirmed before posting it. But as usual it was met with silence. Funny how quickly they responded though, after it was posted. Before it was posted, SILENCE. After it was posted, they were quick to release the information then. Funny how that works…  But the good news is, the people involved are reported to be OK. And RS got even more popular via all the haters, LOL.  As they say, keep on hating cuz all your doing is making RS famous.

I will keep saying it: The best advertisers are always going to be the haters, lol.  They scream loudly and peaks many peoples interest.  The traffic spikes were pretty sweet earlier, thanks to them, LOL.   I think haters are one track minded and don’t realize how much they help, when in their heads they think they are hurting, LOL.  The best free advertisers, are always going to be haters 🙂

Snow is on the way.  Guess we been spoiled long enough. Guess it is time for winter again 🙁  lol.

 








Rickie Traeger: Merry Christmas




I first and foremost want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Yes, I am a day late. But better late than never, lol.

I wasn’t around much, so I wasn’t able to post it.   I do apologize.

We had a good Christmas. Family Time!   🙂

Family time is priceless.  That is by far the best present anyone can get.   It is the simple things in life that I enjoy most.  Sending quality time with family and friends = Priceless.  So we had a good Christmas.

I went out to the cemetery and visited almost everyone.   We have had some great weather as well. I mean heck on Halloween we were bundled up in 7 layers walking though a bunch of snow. On Christmas we were were t-shirts and light jackets.  Hmmmmm, LOL.   I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

 

 








Rickie Traeger: Cyber Monday, 2 Video Games, 108 Days Left….




Good morning everyone!  Hopefully everyone had a safe and wonderful weekend!

Today is “Cyber Monday” I bet there is no deals, just like on Black Friday…

I been watching the weather recently and I am probably going to jinx it for typing this but oh well, lol.   I am glad we did not hit by that winter storm.  It dropped a lot of snow in many places. I hope I didn’t jinx it and now we will get a storm soon, lol

So I am sitting here while I type this and thinking it is hard to believe that it is December now. That could go both ways, lol.  Sucks cuz it is now December. But cool that spring is just that much closer. 108 days away!  So that is 108 times you probably will hear me complain about how I hate winter, lol.

I was browsing online and saw they have 2 games I want. But I dont have the xbox, so  I wont be able to play em.  #1 State of Decay 2.  I am super happy they came out with a version 2 of that game. I loved the first one!   #2 Sea of Thieves.  It is a pirate game 🙂   But I am reading mixed reviews on it, so I dunno if I want to get it now or now, lol.

 

 








Rickie Traeger: Happy Walking Dead Day!




Hope everyone had a good Sunday! Happy Walking Dead Day!

I wanted to wait until after I watched the Walking Dead before I blogged tonight.

Hard to believe only 3 episodes left of the Walking Dead, well I think 2 now 🙁

It be interesting to see how Daryl reacts to Carol using him.

And to see what Negan is up to.  The show is making it look like he is wanting to become friends with the whispers.  My opinion, I think he is trying to join them to be a spy.  I think he has grown on everyone and came to the good side now.  After he killed that savior last week. And how he grew on Carl and others. I personally feel that he is trying to join the whispers to help the good side. I guess time will tell, lol.  I like Carol’s idea though. Get rid of the horde, you get rid of the leverage of the whispers. I used to hate Negan, but now I kinda like him. And like I said, I think him trying to join the whispers, are to take vengeance for what the whispers have done.

 








Rickie Traeger: Tuesday November 5th 2019 




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Tuesday November 5th 2019 

So I been trying to add the pages back on to this website. I got several of them posted now 🙂   Be sure to go check those out!

Ran into an issue though. Some reason the graphics are not loading on my site now.  The server is barely even on a load, so I know the resources are free. Wondering why they are not loading now??? Frustrating, lol

So I been on this Mt Dew kick for awhile now. Starting today, I am going to see if I can stop drinking Mt Dew. I tried a few weeks back, but I got a major headache because the lack of caffeine.  I am going to try to drink just 1 a day now for a few days, then do every other day. So I still have the caffeine, but not as much. Crazy…  A simple pop, can give you a major headache if you don’t have one…SMH

They are talking more snow tonight.  So ready for spring time, and it has not even been officially winter yet, lol.  Bring the warmth!