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Appalachian Trail, a patchwork quilt

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A Square of Paw Paws

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A Square of Oaks

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Crazy, Mixed-up Square

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The Tester

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The Quilters

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A masterpiece!

Seven Mile on the AT (in the backyard hike)

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Start 4.5 miles from home (less than a mile from Jen’s house). Hike seven miles. Is it a roller coaster? Yes it is.

Seven mile.

Here is the story in pictures.

Park the truck on Jen’s road.

Foundation (not the Asimov one)

Orange sprite.

Lunch spot off the trail

Up to this point, we saw 7 people (one walked by while we were eating lunch…going our way). 6 Were going the other way.

Lunch WILL be here!

We were passed by an old man with a stick. He was on his way up and then back down.

Jack and I stayed in this shelter in the rain when he was 5

The roller coaster ends at Bear’s Den. Shew!

Bear’s Den feet of the orange sprite…which are purple?!

Home field advantage (monastery from the hill).

Fin

A Day in Malta

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Medina

Beaching

Sunset Dingli Cliffs

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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.

Summer Solstice Party 2017

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81 in July

The summer solstice weather could not have been finer. 81, sunny, perfect river weather.

kerosene distribution

Post river, it was time to light the fire.

2017 solstice fire

Lighting

The fire was perfectly constructed by JC.

The moon was full.

Children of the fire

Thanks to all who came.

How Does Your Garden Grow: 2017 Edition

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It all started with the third and final corn plantation.

The garden, now features a Sycamore annex

5 hours of gardening today, making up for lost time

corn

Hot pepper looking weak so far

Husk melon

Husk melon

Russian sunflowers (for putin)

Summer squash

gourds and flowers

Tiny watermellon (one day this will be a 20 foot in diameter plant)

Giant pumpkin (smallest plant in the garden)

mini-pumpkins

tomato land

zuchini

tomatillo (first time for me in 30 years)

Sweet peppers (also looking rather skinny)

beans

two varieties of sunflowers

cucumber. lost three plants so far, this is the only survivor

onion and shallot land

corn from the back

brocolli

beets and radishes

brussel sprouts by the strawberry patch

There’s more, but that’s where we stand on June 9th. Two weeks and the beach will render this garden completely different!

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