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Sunday, February 7, 2010

If I were a lonely squirrel, MN Stormchaser Convention, and weekend pics

Yes, I know going to the Minnesota Stormchaser Convention today kind of makes me a hypocrite but it was only 30 or so minutes from home and I had heard a rumor John Wetter's presentation "So you want to be a stormchaser..." was going to be full of inside jokes and innuendo when dealing with some of the recent less than standard comments of actions of a few newbies. It did not disappoint. Overall Michael Stanga, Dan Fruechte and the rest of the SCSU Stormchase Club did a very good job of putting this new event together. The only thing I didn't like was the keynote speaker, Dr. Josh Wurman, was really pressed for time and had to rush through his presentation.

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The sun cutting through some light snow on the way up to St. Cloud State University this morning.

So I had some time to kill before the convention started so I stopped by Riverside Park to watch the squirrels. One squirrel seemed to be on a mission in the garbage can for some reason.

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After working very hard to get the bottle out of the garbage can...

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Well, that pretty much explains that.

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On Saturday I put 5.3 miles on the snowshoes out looking for 3 renegade otters between Santiago, MN and Orrock, MN.

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I couldn't believe the ground these guys covered. Loop and loop over everything from swamp to prairie.

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I finally gave up and headed back to the truck catching a glimpse of what I'm pretty sure was a gray owl. Can definitely feel the warmth of the sun starting to increase as the trek back to my starting point was pretty warm. As much as I love winter and all it offers, I'm ready to hear thunder at any time!

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