Typical Ithaca Bike ride

I just took a ride around Cornell’s Bebe Lake, a mile-long loop where the Loch Ness Monster is said to be submerged, having being used as a prop in a silent film back in Ithaca’s glory days. I took the bread-ends that we’d saved in the freezer all winter, hoping to feed the ducks, but they were ungrateful today and paddled off.

We saw an Amazon rainforest-caliber slug on the way back. It was as long as my hand, and had tiger stripes and two sets of antennae. Also, a horse chewed on my bike handle. We biked up to the horse barns, and the foals were friendly and curious.

This afternoon there were cardinals, goldfinch, titmice, doves, junkos, hairy woodpeckers, flycatchers, robins, chickadees, and a Northern Flicker hopping around our bird feeder. Hummingbirds zoomed around the garden, and two male deer with a full set of horns trotted down the road in front of our window.

I live in a Disney movie.

3 Replies to “Typical Ithaca Bike ride”

  1. Hi! I found your blog through your comment on my Flickr page – thanks for the favorite! I’m a law student here at Cornell, and love it here. (Our law library must be the most beautiful one in the country!)

  2. I’m a librarian from Ghent (Belgium) and within two weeks I’m heading for Ithaca to stay with my sister and heR family for a while. She works at Cornell University.
    I can’t hardly wait to enjoy the beautiful scenery, and to visit some American libraries!

  3. I’ve always wondered why the plural of “titmouse” was not “titmouses” rather than “titmice,” since they’re not mice at all.

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