Traveling Nancy

Traveling around the world as far as I can go.

Orchid Hunting on the trail and Roos


It rained on and off last night. The sound of the rain on the metal roof was wonderful. The forecast for the day said that it would rain until about 10:00 am. The sky turns all blue for a while and then a rainstorm moves in quickly and dumps. It is fun to watch the weather change back and forth so quickly.

We waited for the storms to stop and started out this morning slowly. Jan and Lyn went OP shopping. They dropped me off at the Hemp clothing store. Even though I have practically no room left in my suitcase, I found a great pair of hemp pants. I will somehow get the suitcase to close.

Lyn drove Rose, Jan, and me to a trail. It is on an old rail line. She took our photo before we took off.


In the beginning there were many honky nuts from a Red Gum tree on the trail so we had to be a bit careful to not step on one of them and twist a foot. The dappled lighting on the trail was beautiful Sometimes the sides of the trails went up high. We took-off into the bush to find orchids. Once we had to climb back down to the main trail.


It was great fun to search for flowers and orchids. We found many.


Finding orchids to photograph was especially exciting for me.


Jan pointed out this anthill and showed me how it is different from other anthills. These ants build their hill out of pebbles and twigs. See if you can see the ants in the lower photo. What a lot of work for such tiny ants.


We continued looking for orchids.




When I told Jan and Rose what happened, Jan asked me if I got a photo of the ant. No I didn’t. I was just glad to get it out of my pants. Here is a larger than life-sized photo from the web. It was actually about 1.5 cm long.  Creepy.




Despite that event, I was having a wonderful time.


We arrived back at Jan’s house and had a quick-lunch with our leftover food.

We went back out to see if there were Kangaroos on the golf course again but we had no luck today.

So we headed down to the ocean to see the sunset. The waves were roaring and people were surfing and wind surfing.

But it didn’t seem like there was going to be a great sunset. So we went on a Roo search and we were successful.

In the first group we saw a Joey feeding on the Mom. In the next group we saw a mom with her Joey in her pouch. Some of them were jumping and I even got a 10 second video that I posted that on Facebook. It was so much fun watching the Roos romping across the field.


I was pretty exhausted at the end of this day. All in all, it was another fabulous day. I am off to bed by 10:00

Besides, I was almost out of nighttime data, so I am posting this in the morning.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

3 thoughts on “Orchid Hunting on the trail and Roos

  1. Roos are so cute,loving the flowers and trees, not the ant.


  2. More beautiful photography! Sheesh! Ants in your pants! Literally!
    Hope you’re okay!


  3. Beautiful pics. Thanks, Nancy, for sharing your lovely journey with all of us.



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