bonasa (from bonus, good, and assum, a roast) umbellus (umbrella, in reference to the feather tufts on its neck)
Saturday, December 29, 1979 — 11:00 am
McNaughton, Wisconsin — junction of Spider Lake and Muskellunge Lake Roads
Tim Sperry, Dave Williams and I drove into Rhinelander on the morning of the wedding to pick up the wedding cake. At the bakery, they handed me the cake. No box, no cover, just a cake on a piece of cardboard. I walked through downtown Rhinelander carrying my cake and hoping I didn’t slip. I had to balance it on my lap in the front seat of Dave’s old Chevy Camaro. Dave drove slowly to avoid any cake-related accidents.
Two Ruffed Grouse flew across the road in front of the car. The flew about four feet off the ground, arrow straight, and disappeared into the woods. I saw a fan shaped tail with a black band.