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More Odd Flora

And some more odd flora from the past couple of days.



Another batch of photos from Sandies, Makapu‘u, Mau‘umae Ridge, and Ka‘au Crater...



Some portraits.

At Makapu‘u, overlooking Kailua Bay.


Tantalus Trails

Just an average Tuesday, in a perfect world.


It may be nearly December, but things are still blooming in sunny Hawai‘i.

More photos below the fold.


A Bit More Fall

Whoops - forgot a few photos that I wanted to post in my last batch of teleshots. So here they are.

A quiet walk at Afton State Park.


The Great (November) Escape

Less than a week now until I'm on my yearly escape from the November gray. This isn't a very good month in Minnesota - too cold, windy, and cloudy to be a continuation of fall, and too warm for most winter sports. And, it's going to be so much fun where I'm going.

First it's Thanksgiving weekend in Seattle to visit the newest member of the family.

Dan, Zach, and Jane.

Annie is flying in from Honolulu, and Jane and Dan generously gave my parents an early Christmas present of plane tickets, so the five members of the Curtis family are going to have a holiday reunion of sorts.

Then it's on to paradise (not Paradise, although that's pretty close to Seattle).

Tropical rain and coconut palms.

And finally back home in mid-December. Even better, all the flights are nonstop and all three for $800 including fees. Sweet... except maybe for the inevitable near-nude pictures of me that, although I don't really care about them specifically (people are way too prudish about the human body), are totally unnecessary for the joke that is airport "security".

By the time I get home, I'm hoping for a full 20+ inches of powdery snow all ready for some serious skiing. The only downside is that I'll miss this year's Possum Trot, thus allowing Ian to lengthen his lead in the lifetime standings by virtue of attendance.

A Map Archive

Just added a new feature on the site - a quick-linked archive of the orienteering maps in my possession, just like many other people have done. I'll be scanning in and adding additional maps as time goes on - back to 2002, even - after all, isn't that what an "archive" is supposed to be?

See the current batch here, or use the link on the left menu underneath "Orienteering".

Camp Ripley, Pillager, MN
Classic Day 2
October 17, 2010
Camp Ripley, Pillager, MN
Long Sprint
October 16, 2010
Camp Ripley, Pillager, MN
Long Middle
October 16, 2010

Even More at Ripley

A lot to write about the Camp Ripley weekend, I guess! As I mentioned previously, we got permission to hold a night-O, but had a hard requirement to be downrange by 9 PM (remember those rules and procedures.) But all the MNOC volunteers have had excellent practice in meet management, and we were actually broken down and ready to leave in less than 10 minutes from the course cutoff time at 7:45 PM. Everyone showed up at Range Control around 8:30, and a number of us headed to the barracks that we had rented out - another perk, since it was A) convenient, B) cheap, and C) right next to the mess hall - all you can eat breakfast, 4 bucks!

Each barrack building is arranged into 6-8 units, and each unit is a single long cinder-blocked room with about 20 single beds. Each bed has a footlocker, and this year we unlocked the door to find the Guard had upgraded! Last year, they had old, kinda-sketchy wooden footlockers. This year, there were nice new 48 gallon Action Packers, familiar to many of us as a favored adventure racing tote. Still, it's not like we needed to use them for anything but tables. This year we had about 25 people staying in the barracks, so we rented out two units and designated one for the church-mice and one for the partiers. I'm sure you can guess which one I stayed in.



They say that a pun is the lowest form of humor. So, something a little more um, elevated.

The Mississippi River valley viewed from Buena Vista Park in Alma, Wisconsin. Lock and Dam #4 is on the right, the Alma coal plant on the left, and the town down below. Click on the image to see a medium-sized version, or try the 25-megapixel large version and the 150-megapixel enormous version, if you think you can handle it! The full size version is big enough to read the street signs down in the town.

Made with Hugin for Mac, an powerful open-source panorama stitching program. I think it did a excellent job of putting together this image, even though I went out of my way to make it difficult:

  1. My tripod wasn't level.
  2. I forgot to fix the ISO, so the exposure varied between individual shots.
  3. It was basically facing into the sun. I hadn't planned it, so I just shot what I had when I got there.
  4. It was a hazy day with a warm south wind, so the contrast was bad.

Either way, it's good practice for what I'd really like to do, which is to climb Mount Elbert next year when I go to Colorado, and take a 360 degree, gigapixel view, hopefully in perfect, "severe clear" conditions like that excursion in 2007.

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