Tuesday, May 29, 2007
In honor of the occassion I finally cleaned up the little Panasonic DX and took a wonderful spin around town.
Everyone ready for The Tour?
Saturday, May 26, 2007
...and speaking of which...next stop? I'd like to hike the AT through NH this summer (perhaps taking the luxury way and doing hut-to-hut), and in October take a swing through Denver, Moab and New Mexico.
Anyone what to come?
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Would I do it again? Hmmm. Aside from the first mile along the river it was a pretty typical CT hike, but I would go back and spend more time on the river.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Found this news story and video on The Visit. I was there! I saw this wave.
Kelly (I have no idea why this interests me) Drake
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Even more cool – say you remember, or you decide you need to, call someone. You don’t have to wait until later – when you then have a million other calls to make to make the call, you can make it when you think of it – and avoid lists!
If you want to read my comments on AAM (and I have some very enlightening observations you won’t want to miss) check out my other blog – http://maritimecompass.blogspot.com/
Tomorrow I’ll be attending a morning session on podcasts, having coffee with some museum geeks and then head home. It will be nice to be home. I will also be a different person from when I left.
Here is what I need
To be outside
To be focused not scattered
To be centered and aware – to Meditate
To be Creating/Building something that speaks to the higher levels of cultural or self-actualization.
To love every bleeping thing
Monday, May 14, 2007
And speaking of hot air...I left the hotel this evening and noticed 4 tv camera men hanging around...so I asked one why. Seems Hillary Clinton is spending the night at this hotel and they were waiting to film her arrival. Hey, I had nothing else to do so tried to look as casually as i could leaning against a building in downtown Chicago. Can't say I was successful because pretty soon another conference attendee asked what i was doing. By the time Hillary arrived we had gathered into a small mob. While seeing Hillary in person wasn't all that thrilling it was very interesting to see the build up to her arrival. First the camera guys, then the news personnel for each station, then the hotel security, then two real live secret service guys, then the Chicago Police (on Segways) then finally Hillary in a huge black suv-type limo thing. Joanne got a picture and when I get it, I'll post it.
The Conference is okay. Mostly learning from talking to people although the keynote by Salmon Rushdie was very good...who'd a thought a guy with a fatwa out on him can be really funny...he's also incredible smart.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
It's funny, I never felt the least bit tired in Sedona but on the shuttle, in the airport, and on the plane I fell asleep. Adding up the hours, I guess I didn't sleep much while there, always felt so alive and awake. There is an energy there.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Oh, last night we were sitting out on the deck, sipping margaritas and watching the sunset when a wild boar strolled by. Very casual. Ron and he had a conversation and then he strolled off into the west. Cute as he was, I thought of Amy’s encounter in
But back to today. After the hike we went to
Everyone that is, except Amy and Alyssa.
Get up early just to watch the sun rise
Some people like it more when there's fire in the sky
Worship the sun when it's high
Some people go for those sultry evenings
Sipping cocktails in the blue, red and grey
But I like every minute of the day
I like every second, so long as you are on my mind
Every moment has its special charm
It's all right when you're around, rain or shine
I know a crowd who only live after midnight
Their faces always seem so pale
And then there's friends of mine who must have sunlight
They say a suntan never fails
I know a man who works the night shift
He's lucky to get a job and some pay
And I like every minute of the day
I dig every second
I can laugh in the snow and rain
I get a buzz from being cold and wet
The pleasure seems to balance out the pain
And so you see that I'm completely crazy
I even shun the south of France
The people on the hill, they say I'm lazy
But when they sleep, I sing and dance
Some people have to have the sultry evenings
Cocktails in the blue, red and grey
But I like every minute of the day
I like every minute of the day
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Sometimes you do get to go back and do it over, even undo it if necessary.Last December on my last morning in Sedona I started the hike around Courthouse Butte.It was early, but not early enough as I only was able to go ¼ of the way before having to turn back to catch the plane.
This morning I put on my new Chaco sandals, returned and finished the hike.
Courthouse Butte is located in Oak Creek, a village 10 miles south of Sedona. The red rocks here are the leading edge of the Mongolian ridge so while the
Butte and its close buddy, Bell Rock, are identifiably red rock formations in front of several others the land slopes gently south from their bases.
In general the walk is level, the trail wide and soft from the sandstone. There are flowers blooming everywhere.We saw the first of what will soon be thousands of prickly pare cactus flowers, as well as a blooming agauve. Some parts of the trail follow a dry steam wash, while others wind through the flatlands.
There were several people riding mountain bikes on one section – if I lived here I’d certainly have to get one of those. But as it is, I think I’ve got everything I need
Monday, May 07, 2007
The helicopter was really actually very nice. Very gentle, and the front seat was an amazing viewpoint from which to see the Canyon. I didn’t think I’d be seeing it again so soon….and I want to hike it now more than ever (if you’re interested, I’m thinking October). And you could see the
From there we drove to
After posting this however, I’m going for a hike...maybe.
Sunday started with the sunrise which was followed by meeting the local Gambel Quail family. Mom, Dad and about 11 little chicks who regularly walk up and down the road. After Heuvous Rancheros at the Coffee Pot Restaurant (something I’ve been dreaming about since last December) I spent some time just hanging out at Ron’s place. Have I mentioned how cool this place is? It’s so cool, its hard to leave, but around 3:00 we went for a hike to Devil’s Bridge.
What is this fascination with naming unusual things after the Devil? And really the Bridge isn’t all the unusual, just another amazingly beautiful spot inside an amazingly beautiful
But, back to the bridge. After hiking a while we turned a corner and saw it above us, a little while longer and we had scrambled to the top. Ron just walked out across it while I hemmed and hawed, weighed my options, equivocated, gesticulated…and slowly, looking neither left nor right walked across it too.
Pretty much the same way it went the next day in the helicopter.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
But back to the flight. Not bad except for the turbulence when we were flying over the storms in
The Book Selection turned out remarkably well. While reading the Chick Lit Selection I had to burst out laughing (dour man sitting next to me was not amused) but you may be. In the book the heroine is reunited with her mother who had spent many years in the
But here comes the sun and I must be off…..
Friday, May 04, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
May 1 is a traditional summer holiday in many pagan cultures, and many elements of the holiday are celebrated. May 1 is the first day of summer, the summer solstice, June 22nd, is midsummer.
As my friends, who celebrate Beltane today, would say...Blessed be!
About 7 years ago I read The Lemming Conspiracy: How to Redirect Your Life from Stress to Balance (Includes Bibliographical References) about how every 7 years or so the average person goes through a stress induced re-evaluation of their lives. Usually the 'way out' is only temporary, often addressing only the symptoms, and not the deeper life needs that remain unfulfilled.
The author's explanation of how this cycle comes about, and how society and our programmed selves keep it going is well explained and worth reading, the solution...well, as I said, I read it 7 years ago.