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Friday, May 31, 2013

Tsk Tsk

I’m saddened that no one commented upon a common item in the last two posts: Seneca Rock and Spruce Knob.

I’m obviously too subtle for my own good.

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Weekend Travels: Seneca Rocks

Sunday would have been my cousin Ben’s 33rd birthday. My aunt and uncle held a memorial hike along the Appalachian Trail on Sunday, but I’ve felt very uncomfortable recently around groups of people I don’t know, so Michael and I chose to hike up Seneca Rocks, which is one of the first places he climbed.

There are two ways to get up Seneca Rocks: climb the face or hike from the side. We–unsurprisingly–chose the hike.

Here are some views of Seneca Rocks:

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This is the end of the hiking path: only climbers with proper gear are supposed to go beyond here.

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We also made the slightly more arduous hike (because it’s not a path, but a trail) to the base of the rock. We came in from the left, so it’s looking up at the lower face on the far left. Here’s a look upwards.

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This is a gorgeous stream running below the rock face. One of the nice things about visiting state parks is the water ways tend to be clean and clear and unpolluted (ie, not orange from acid mine drainage, which used to be the state of all the creeks local to Morgantown.)

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Here’s the view from the observation deck:

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And here’s a sign that caught my fancy. You could see several areas of erosion where people took “shortcuts.”

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Weekend Travels: Spruce Knob & Dolly Sods

Since we made an actual weekend of our trip (staying overnight instead of just a day trip) we had our leisure to visit several of the parks and recreation areas.

Spruce Knob is West Virginia’s highest peak. We did not hike to the top, but instead drove (I believe it’s an 11 mile hike).

Despite being the end of May, it was quite cold–there was even ice on the ground under the observation tower. But it was also gorgeous, and there were not many people, so one could actually get a sense of the isolation of the area.

It’s nice to be in a mostly wild area, and not see or hear other humans.

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Mind you, it’s not quiet in these areas–nature isn’t particularly silent–just peaceful.

Coming back down from Spruce Knob, we made the mistake of listening to the GPS, which kept wanting us to turn down roads marked “Private! No Trespassing!” or overgrown dirt roads.

On the other hand, it was an absolutely gorgeous drive.

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We also took a short hike at Dolly Sods

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We also saw many signs of Superstorm Sandy. There are some trails throughout the various state parks that are still closed, and we had to clamber over several downed trees on some of the trails.

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And there was plenty of beauty to admire.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wednesday Word Association: Chin Up Edition

Today’s word is: hope

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Today!

Happy Birthday Jules!

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I can’t believe you’re three already!

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Weekend Travels: Decay

Perhaps my interest in decay is unhealthy, but it’s fascinating to see how quickly the monuments of man disintegrate.

At Seneca Rocks.

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Cool Springs Park along Route 50. We’ve stopped here before. It’s still fascinating.

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Played around with processing some of these pictures as black & white. Any thoughts?

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

From this weekend:

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Thank you, to all who served.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Michael Is Annoyed

We spent the day together–as in, with the exception of Rooms of Resting, we weren’t more an a few steps from each other for the entire day.

Which is why Michael is annoyed by our step totals.

Michelle: 19647 steps

Michelle's Steps

Michael: 17503 steps

Michael's Steps

I WIN!!!!!

ADDENDUM the First:
I have, in fact, hit 20k steps since we got home.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WWA: xkcd Edition

In honor of yesterday’s update to xkcd, today’s word is baobab.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Time Continues On

The xkcd comic Time is still continuing, and I was quite surprised by this discovery.

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I do believe that is a baobab tree, which means they are not in North America or Europe.

Here’s the updating animated(?) image so you can get caught up.

ADDENDUM the First:

HA!

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