This is my third attempt at a post. The first two times, I was trying too hard and it came out stiff and unnatural. And boring.
Spring is here. Time to talk about the New River Bird and Nature Festival, and all that comes with it. I could write in a professional and solemn style, but who are we kidding here?
Sure, it's about the birds. Glorious warblers and thrushes and sparrows and some raptors thrown in and so many others. Lots of birds. LOTS.
Sure, it's about the guides. World-class guides. Both "big" names and local experts.
Sure, it's about the food. Hot breakfasts packed with protein (BACON!), spectacular dinners, cold but yummy lunches perched on a rock in the middle of nowhere. All of it is good.
But what's the real reason I go to this festival every year? What's the cherry on this fantastic sundae?
The Flock. (Click HERE to read about The Flock)
Though the beginning of The Flock was on the shores of New Jersey back in 2007, the ball really started rolling in 2009 when we all signed up for our first New River festival. Stayed at the Farmhouse, keeping late hours and peeing in raspberry canes. Gossiping into the cold night air on the front porch swing with Laura.
And this year, the group grows more. It's going to be insane fun, even more laughter, even more people to love. Hear that fizzing sound? That's the promoters taking lots of Alka-Seltzer.
There's so much that I have written about this festival. So if you want the real dope, go to this list of NRBNF posts. And if you want to join us this year, it's not too late. There are, as of right NOW, five spots left for each trip. And lodging options are still open....a few, anyway.
I am packing Poise this time.