Jerry!

The monkey came back to the western cafe after being gone for three days. It had been raining and we weren’t sure if that was what was keeping him away. When he arrived, he was greeted with a new name, Jerry! Satvamrita felt that his old name of “Monkey,” might have been getting on his nerves. It seems Jerry was not too impressed with the new name either. Was he only interested in the eggs? Didn’t he care about the joy we had felt in his presence?

Texas Beauty #2

At a place in the Texas hill country called McKinley Falls, there has been such a drought that the falls little more than trickled. There was also a swimming hole but none of us had a swimming suit. But still, it was beautiful to see.
Vedavati!

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Inside Natural Bridge Caverns. It’s called the Emerald Pool.
In this cavern, it was 100% humidity. This is water dripping from what is called a veil. We got water dropped in us a few times.

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More from the caverns:

A stalactite, growing from the ceiling, almost meets a stalagmite, growing from the floor. (I lightened this photoa little. Karuna)

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the bridge that gives the caverns it’s name(natural bridge caverns)

Texas Beauty

Vedavati had to go back to the United States to get a new visa.

Sunrise at Galveston Beach where I’ve gone to all my life, until I left Texas. It was fabulous to go back there.
These Oleanders almost made me feel I was back in Amritapuri. Galveston is full of them too

The Monkey Seems to be Gone…at least for now.

There have been no monkey sightings in the last two days. We think he might be gone. Satvamrita said that the monkey may have felt trapped when it came into the café through the window and got stuck with my son between him and the door.

I hope he comes back sometime in the future. He has certainly given joy to me, my son and daughter, to other Amritapuri residents, and to those who read my blog.

In fact this experience has made it easier for me to not be in Amritapuri this year Getting the photos and posting about it has made me feel like I am there and a part of the process.

A New Monkey Wrinkle

This afternoon, while Satvamrita sat at a table in the kitchen, he looked up to find the monkey perched on a ledge close to the ceiling. I have taken my son’s photo and enlarged and cropped it to create the second photo for this post.

When I found out the monkey had gotten in through an open window in the next room, I asked if he was going to have the cafe windows screened. He replied, “Nah, we’ll just shut the windows.”

Is He Here to Stay?

Probably not. Their nature seems to be to roam. Hang out for a bit, and then move on. But it’s been nice for the cafe staff to have him around.

Even when he’s trying to show his mean face.

He’s even taken to posing for the camera.

Or trying to act uninterested in your presence.

But it seems there’s always a hidden agenda. Food.