Monday, January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King Day

The artist is Watson Mere.  I can’t think of anything more appropriate to the day.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hike, Phone, Cold, and Seattle

Yesterday was really annoying.  My phone would not turn on.  I put it on the charger, no lights lit up.  It was dead.  Really dead.  Most of the pictures on the phone are not important to me, but there was one video that I really wanted.  We did not go to Verizon because Ken was coming to fix the Hydro Hot in the afternoon and we needed to be home for that. 

We did do the Ammunition Box trail earlier in the day.  It was just lovely.

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We stopped at the first over look.  It was enough.

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Today I got up and put the phone back on the charger, and the red light came on.  The battery was down to 1%.  Why did it choose to be dead yesterday and ok today?  I have only had this phone since June 2016, it’s a little early for it to be dying.  Anyway, I did manage to get the video uploaded to my laptop via a USB cable.  It’s not intuitive.  The phone wants to send each and every photo as a separate file folder.  I think I’ll stick to emailing photos to me.

The weather tanked last night.  There was a lot of wind and some rain.  Today was dark, windy and cold.  The humming bird has once again taken up residence on the feeder.  He does not leave.

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He also yells at us if we venture out of the RV.

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Here is a link to a four minute video on you-tube.  It’s a time lapse of three years of growth in Seattle.  If you have the bandwidth it’s really fascinating to watch the buildings go up.  There is a camera on top of the Space Needle and it takes a picture every ten minutes.  It’s very cool.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Sunrise, Hike and Two Articles

Greetings from the desert!  We were up early today and saw the sun rise.  This is very unusual for us, so it was nice to see a good one.

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I swiped this off of instagram and twitter.  If I could find the tweet I would give photo credit, but it has moved on down the twitter stream.  This is the most recent SpaceX launch.  It’s a long exposure showing the take off and eventual landing of the first stage of the rocket.  There has been some speculation on the internet that the top secret pay load was lost, but since it’s top secret, no one is commenting.  I thought it was a really cool photo.

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Saturday we did a new to us hike up Brown Mountain.  It starts at the Brown Mountain picnic area across from the Gilbert Ray Campground.  It starts off as a ramble through the saguaros and then gets pretty steep.  We’re heading for the top of Brown Mountain, which is center photo.

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People actually mountain bike here.  I understand this not.

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They also mountain bike here, some of those steps are two feet tall.  It looks bad to me in either direction.

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Eventually we were at the top and we walked along a ridge line for awhile.  We could see the trail up ahead making yet another ascent up another hill and we bailed.  The route back was visible in the valley below us, so we walked to a low point between hills and turned right towards the path home.

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The return trail is not interesting.  It’s a mainly flat meander at the base of the hills, with nothing much to look at.  If you want to do the flat part first turn right at this sign.  That will put you on the loop counter clockwise.  I think the way we went was better, given the amount of loose rock, I’d rather be going up it than down it.  I would rate this loop a solid “meh”.  I don’t know that we would do it again.

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The girl hummingbird has been by to see us some.  The males seem to have moved on.

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Politics warning!  Click away if you can’t stand anymore links to articles.

I have really really tried to keep the politics off the blog, but I find I can not.  These are two of the most terrible things I have read lately, and I don’t want to lose the links.  The first was published just before New Years, when no one was really paying attention.  One of the worst things the administration did in that week was reinstating copper mining next to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northern Minnesota.  Ok, well maybe suspending inspections of deep water drilling rigs was bad, or maybe cancelling regulations about what to do with waste water from fracking was the worst.

If you need some serious outrage about the whole of 2017, Politico listed 138 policy changes made by the administration.  It’s a very long read.  None of them are good.

Other than this, I have nothing really interesting to report.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

More of Same Outside

Happy day three of the New Year!  Our weather continues to be stellar.  Today was really windy, it started up in the middle of the night.  I always wonder what weather system is responsible for high winds out of the blue.  Local meteorologists never talk about the why.

So there has been hiking.

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There have been wild life sightings.  Look center photo, there are two muley deer looking at us.  I’d be happier if they were more skittish around people. If we were bow hunters, they would have been easy to hit from the trail.

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Today we walked out to the Stone Hut on the Bowen Trail.  There were more people hiking than usual.  I guess not everyone has gone back to work yet.

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Did you see this article?  Here is the gist of it.

Security researchers on Wednesday disclosed a set of security flaws that they said could let hackers steal sensitive information from nearly every modern computing device containing chips from Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices Inc and ARM Holdings.

Aaaaaarghhhhhhhh.