Friday, January 06, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.01 -- "A" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of January 6th: 1. Starts with A; 2. Week's Favorite; and 3. Beginning
2. Week's Favorite:  We had a "friendly stranger" take our picture but I didn't find it very quickly and I'm running late tonight so I put this cute one of Mrs. Jim instead. 
She is standing in a field reserved for Penguins.  We were on the Johnson Farm at Volunteer Point in the Falklands.  We were advised before we left to get some foot protectors for keeping our shoes clean from the Penguin manure, as their habitat is very messy, messier than a chicken house.
The Falklands visit was a part of the second half of our South American Cruise.  We left Los Angeles on December 4th and left Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 4th, getting back to Houston on the morning of January 5th. 
The cities we visited on the second half were Santiago, Chile; Punta Arenas, Chile (Google); Ushuaia, Argentina (Google)-nicknamed "the end of the World."; The Falkland Islands (Google); Montevideo, Uruguay (Google), Buenos Aires (Google); and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Google).
The boggy ride I told of last week was of our ride out to Volunteer Point to see the Penguins.  I'll more about the Penguins later ("P's" perhaps?) and maybe show more ride pictures.

 [Click on pictures for larger viewing, they should get really large if you click again.]
Note:  The King Penguins' little ones are Brown during their first year.  Like most humans are born with blue eyes but change them to blue or green the first week or so.

1. Starts with "A":  Amethyst gemstone (Googled:

The Amethyst here is the pink quartz rocks.  We found these at a table vender in a park, located in Montevideo, Uruguay.  Pink Amethyst is the national gemstone of Uruguay.  Amethyst is also the state gemstone of South Carolina.  The hollow stone is also quartz Amethyst stone.  I think the vender said that all were Amethyist but I'm not sure.  I am sure that I didn't buy any although I believe they weren't very expensive.  Or of very high quality.

3. Beginning: This afternoon I stopped at my friendly NAPA auto parts store in Montgomery, Texas, and picked up my 2017 NAPA Classic Car Calendar.  The car for January is a 1967 Pontiac GTO Convertible.  You may remember these, I do.  I have a collection of the NAPA calendars dating back to the second one in the 1970's.

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The Fine Print:
 - Teresa of Eden Hills, (click) is running this meme, Friday's Hunt.  Her rules are: "Welcome to linkup for Friday’s Hunt. It’s very simple. Anyone can participate. The link opens at 7pm Friday Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm.

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That must have been AZAXONG standing amoung the Penguins. Mrs J is very ATTRACTIVE, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU and I hope 2027 will be a very healthy year for you also.
Great Penguin shots Jim. The fluffy baby King Penguins are so sweet.
Amazing post, Jim! I am so very envious of your trip to see the penguins. I adore penguins, and to be that close to them in nature is just a dream for me! I have seen them at the zoo but that's it. I had no idea about how messy their habitat would be, but it makes sense, given the density of their colonies. I'm so enamoured with the baby ones! Mrs Jim looks lovely in her bright jacket and fancy feet! The gemstones are very interesting as well, and I think the blue striped ones are lapis lazuli which is common in South America, but I could be wrong.
Your trip sounds like a wonderful adventure! I hope you share more photos from it. I love that you and Mrs. Jim have been able to travel to so many wonderful places. So "P" will be for penguins and penguin poop then?! :-) Being a February birthday child, amethyst is my favorite stone, I have a couple pieces and a wonderful amethyst geode much like the one pictured above. Papa Bear got it for me, he knows how I am drawn to it!
Love the penguins - they seem to pose so nicely for the camera...Mrs. Jim looks happy in this view. I remember the '67 GTO - a great looking fas ride. Happy New Year!
Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. You were gone for Christmas! I haven't been online much and when I am I fool around a little with genealogy. I remember you getting that calendar last year! Not only do I remember the GTO...I remember the song too.
That is a very cute photo of Mrs. Jim. How neat that you two visited with penguins!
I wondered why Mrs. Jim had covers on her shoes--and that sounds like a very good reason! That's a fine looking GTO! That's a nice collection of calendars. Our 10-year-old grandson has developed an affinity for sporty cars.
Messier than chickens, now that's messy! Amethyst, I would have never thought of that. I pickup my 2017 antique truck calendar, it's full of beauties!
What a nice tour you made ! There we!re a lot of pinguins, must be funny to be amongst. I love amethysts and have a few jeweleries with this stone.
The penguins are just amazing! I can only image how much fun it would be to see them. I do look forward to seeing/hearing more about the penguins. Lovely rocks. It's funny how we get attached to our calendars. Thanks so much for joining in Friday's Hunt. Hope you have a great week!

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