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Phoenix Hiking

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It was hot, because it was the desert. We brought water.

Hiked 302 to 304, around the loop, and back

Our original trailhead target was thwarted by park construction, so we simply added a 1.2 miles. The Pheonix Mountain Reserve is worth a visit.

13.8 Miles in the Mountains of Norway in Skarvheimem

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The rockslide helped. Our original plan was to start hiking just down the road from the Skarvheimem cabin and walk 19km (11.8 miles) along the river bed. Just a few km in, a change of plans due to trail damage had us hike up over a ridge instead. This added 3.2km longwise and a whole bunch of vertical. The distance was not the issue, as you may imagine! Here is a photo documentary of the walk.

Morning view from the cabin

Ready to hike?

We started at a little restaurant/camp area where we ended up (8 hours later) having dinner. Getting started was a thing. By 10:30, we were walking.

Stopping for photo opportunities was a must. We had more cameras than people on our hike. Good news: the tripod actually got used!

 

 

The valley hike was very pretty, but in the end we were really glad we had to hike up over the ridge.

Don’t get too close to the edge!

Lunch break. We were joined by many lemmings

There was some wind at the top of the cliff.

And then it was down, down, down. Hard on the knees. The trail was so steep that in places metal cables had been installed. Those were a good thing.

Waterfalls, rock-covered trail, going up when you should be going down, and never quite getting to the water were all things. The wind was impressive when it was funneled up the valley and concentrated into tight eddies.

 

 

 

The sun peeked out occasionally with spectacular long yellow light.

 

Finally a road. The pace sped up as a taxi was summoned. We made it back in time for dinner, though walking up the three stairs to the restaurant was not easy!

This hike is among the most beautiful I have ever experienced. More is in order.

Drones for Breakfast

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Robyn in Crablandia

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Here’s looking at you Robyn.

 

Yes, you.

 

Psychedelically speaking, that is.

 

 

The show was held in Annapolis at the Ram’s Head with a capacity crowd on a Saturday afternoon. The time feel in the venue is set to “Vegas.” Could be most anytime but definitely night time, even at 1:00pm. The food does not suck even though the ditzy waitresses are way too loud.

Robyn played a handful of the songs on the great new self-titled record. Buy it for yourself.

 

 

 

 

And some old favorites that the crowd adored.

 

 

mug sans portal

 

By far the most amusing and entertaining part of the show was the “free part,” that being the part with the banter. We had to pay for the music part. Worth every post-Brexit penny.

 

 

 

Did I already say Robyn played some of the songs on the great new self-titled record? Well he did.

 

Then there was this.

 

 

Trickster plays covers in new shirt.

Catch the tour if you can.

Homeward Bound

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Robyn (Hitchcock) in the Hood

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Robyn Hitchcock at the Barns of Wolf Trap 2.6

Robyn Hitchcock at the Barns of Wolf Trap 2.6

Leave it to our dear friend Cyn to get us out on a Wednesday night to see Robyn Hitchcock play a makeup show. The original date was snowed out way back before the flowers came up. As always, Robyn put on a superior show. Delicious and polka dotted.

Oh, and the seats were great (thanks Robyn).

This will be fun!

This will be fun!

Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock

Blinded by the blur

Blinded by the blur

A sensitive boy sings songs

A sensitive boy sings songs

Channel your inner harmonica

Channel your inner harmonica

Purple robyn

Purple robyn

Yellow Robyn

Yellow Robyn

Invisible Robyn Hitchcock

Invisible Robyn Hitchcock

Drone’s Eye View of Apothecaryshed

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Drone footage courtesy of Marcus Ranum’s drone.

And here is some B roll shot when developing the Silver Bullet 120 Episode. This footage courtesy of Tipsy Pix.

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