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Hike: Snead Farm Loop

Monday, 5 September 2005


Snead Farm Loop, Shenandoah N.P., Virginia

Photos: National Mall

Sunday, 4 September 2005


Beautiful sunset today. Spent the afternoon wandering around the mall, soaking up the views.

Sunset on the National Mall

Travel: New River Gorge, West Virginia

Friday, 26 August 2005

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Two hikes around the New River Gorge. The weather was pretty hot and hazy, so the pictures sadly aren’t much to look at. hiked two trails — Tunnel and Castle Rock Trails and the Long Point Trail.
New River Gorge

Travel: Bluestone State Park, West Virginia

Tuesday, 23 August 2005

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Summer vacation at one of my favorite places, Bluestone State Park. I’ve been coming just about ever-other year since 8th Grade, and it never gets old. Cheap too … something like $350 for a week-long cabin rental. hiked the River Trail.
Bluestone State Park

Liz Phair @ The Birchmere

Thursday, 4 August 2005


truth in disclosure — i’m typing this in october of 2009, because i went back to look up the set list that Liz Phair played and saw that i never blogged down anything about the show.

Liz was touring small venues in support of her yet to be released new album (Somebody’s Miracle) and probably to apologize for her eponymous previous album (that I seemed to be the only person alive who was able to tolerate, though i still prefer her first three albums).

anyway, great show. light hearted, all acoustic. the lady sparkler and i (and two good friends) got the feeling that she was sleeping with her guitarist, and it turns out we were right.

the missus even finally picked up a liz phair song that she actually liked (title song from Somebody’s Miracle) which — in her mind — is good enough to make up for the first three albums.

SET LIST: Polyester Bride · Never Said · Flower · Baby Got Going · Extraordinary · Table for One · Mezmerizing · May Queen · Somebody’s Miracle · Soap Star Joe · 6’1″ · Closer To You · Explain It To Me · Everything to Me · Uncle Alvarez · Divorce Song · Supernova · F*** & Run · Why Can’t I? · Hurricane Cincy / Cyclone · H.W.C.

Travel: Kayaking the West Sound, Washington

Thursday, 14 July 2005

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After a morning hiking Mt. Constitution, we spent the afternoon kayaking around the West Sound off the San Juan Islands. We kayaked accross the sound to what I *think* was the unfortunately named “Victim Island.”
Kayaking the West Sound, San Juan Islands, Washington State

Hike: Mt. Constitution, Washington

Thursday, 14 July 2005

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Mount Constitution is the San Juan Island’s highest peak, though at a relatively meager 2,409 ft.
Hiking Mount Constitution, San Juan Islands, Washington State

Hike: Yellow Island Preserve, Washington

Wednesday, 13 July 2005

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We took a day trip out to the Conservancy’s Yellow Island Preserve, a tiny island in located in the middle of the Puget Sound. Through the island’s history, an absence of grazing has helped preserve an unusual diversity of native plants, including 50 species of wildflower and bald eagles.
Yellow Island Preserve, San Juan Islands, Washington State

Travel: Port Susan Bay, Washington

Tuesday, 12 July 2005

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Part of orientation to The Nature Conservancy is a trip to an ecologically significant place, with a 4-day conservation immersion course. My trip is to the San Juan Islands in Washington’s Puget Sound. On our way out there, we stopped by at the Conservancy’s Port Susan Bay preserve, which is one of the finest estuarine habitat in the Puget Sound.
Port Susan Bay Preserve, Washington State