New Mexico, Utah, Nevada

Carrizozo – New Mexico

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They have ceramic/metal donkeys all around the place in this town.

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Must have been a Joint Army-Navy operation.

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Ya that’s it. Want gas? There it is.

Lincoln – New Mexico

Lincoln was a great little city. Also, the site of Billy The Kid’s last moments. I met a man in town who was a docent at the local doctors house/museum. He grew up in Orange County and went to school at USC. He decided to move out to New Mexico and raise his family there. Great story.

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I wonder if Tim Schafer did the same route as us (Tinkertown and Lincoln) when he got inspiration for the Grim Fandango video game.

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Back to Albuquerque – New Mexico

Kimberley had to head back to CA, so we stopped into Albuquerque again.

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Blanks from fabrication (probably water jet). Someone put them up on a fence. Very cool.

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Tinkertown (outside of Albuquerque) – New Mexico

This place straight-up rocks! Can’t say enough about it. Definitely check it out if you can. It was created by a carnival artist who had a lot of time and energy between jobs. What a treasure for the imagination.

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It actually works. Someday I’ll post the video.

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He created rooms filled with these scenes. Amazing stuff.

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I really like this picture. The bottles let just enough light through to make for a very moody scene.

Mesa Verde – New Mexico

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South Canyonlands (Needles) – Utah

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Arches National Park – Utah

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Canyonlands National Park (north side) – Utah

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Outside of Salt Lake City – Utah

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Big snake on the fence! It must have been 5 feet long.

 

Bridal Veil Falls, outside Salt Lake City – Utah

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Wow!

 

Bonneville Salt Flats – Utah

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South Fork State Park – Nevada

Nice place, good camping areas. But, the sand down on the banks is a little smelly.

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On the road (on the way to Truckee)

 

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Very cool place, but the good parts are not very expansive.

 

Pictures from Louisiana to New Mexico

Sam Houston Jones State Park, Louisiana

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The bayou. The air was actually a lot cleaner than I would have guessed from the pictures.

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At night it’s a bit spooky here as the bugs make a good bit of noise, and you can hear the other wildlife calling out. Alligators maybe?

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I was in the middle of the woods and saw this sign. Had to take a picture 🙂

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The fastest we saw all trip.

 

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They kind of have their own special way of getting their point across here. I checked “James 1:15” and it doesn’t really jive with what the sign says (personal opinion of course).

Cedar Breaks State Park, Austin Texas

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These little beetles would work so hard to try and roll these balls. Maybe dung beetles?

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There is no excuse here for going into the wrong side when you have a three foot by two foot sign right in front of each door. There is another funny element to this photo, but I’ll let you figure it out.

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Some of the lava rock along the trail

Birthday Bash With Cousin Jake

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A morning walk with my cousin Jake. Great to catch up with him and Jamie on the trip.

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Penguins in dark-light mini golf.

The Alamo San Antonio Texas

 

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Monument outside the Alamo

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The River Walk (just across from the Alamo) was awesome! Highly recommended. I wish we had more time there.

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More River Walk pictures…

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Abilene State Park, Texas

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“Feet they hardly touch the ground, walking on the moon” – The Police

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Jesse in the Bluebonnets. There were lines of cars off of the freeway with people jumping out and getting pictures with the blooming Bluebonnets. Dangerous off of a 75 miles an hour freeway? Yes!

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Texas and California have this in common? What is no water.

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The clay soil pools into tomato soup looking mud baths.

Somewhere between Abilene TX and Roswell NM

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Acre after acre after acre of wind farms. We drove for about 30 minutes before we finally reached the end. Definitely gives me hope for things

 

Ropesville Texas

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Yep, another slow day in Ropesville.

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Except for the house going down the highway. LOL.

The International UFO Museum And Research Center, Roswell New Mexico

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Hey that was in the Fallout 3 Alien Abduction expansion pack.

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Trippy alien artwork everywhere. I love this stuff.

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Every hour the light show runs, the aliens sounds start blasting over the speakers, and the flying saucer starts to spin. Good times for sure 🙂

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Alien autopsy.

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Cool alien swag.

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More cool alien swag.

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A lot of people come here from all over the world. They clear this board every month!

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And they even let dogs in… Jesse was a little concerned by the aliens, but she liked the light show.

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Jesse with Alien Autopsy.

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More aliens guarding the door.

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K with Alien

Cool buildings in Roswell. This is actually a government building (go figure).

Nice architecture in Roswell. This is actually a government building (go figure).

Bottomless Lake, New Mexico

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K and I have been training Jesse on the paddle board. We throw the ball and she waits on the board ready to snatch it out of the water when we paddle over to it.

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Overview of Bottomless Lake

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The water is nice and cool, in the middle of the desert. A real oasis fed by a spring. Would love to go back there some day.

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Kimberley figured out a way to hook a golf bag cart to the paddle board so that we can tow it around.

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Here’s the mechanics of it.

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Cool paving stones. They work even on non-flat surfaces such as a hillside.

Valley of Fires, New Mexico

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Miles and miles of volcanic rock formations. They have a nice nature trail that runs for a bit less than a mile.

Playing Catch Up

It’s been several months since I last posted. But, I haven’t stopped taking photos, so I have quite a few stacked into this post.

I have several great images of people I spent time with over the last while, but this is the open internet so I keep those off of the blog for the most part.

Hope you enjoy 🙂 It’s been a blast to share the experience to all.

Myakka State Forest Revisited

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Gator waiting for some luck. Good moment NOT TO FALL IN THE WATER!

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Canopy Trail.

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Canopy Trail.

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Back to CA

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Going back to Cali.

 

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Mom had me at work on the cat tower. Let me tell ya, there are many ways to spend many hours trying to get this thing together. I was lucky to get it together on the first try.

Fresno Zoo

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I love the colors on this one.

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Now that’s the definition of chillaxin.

 

Key West FL

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Where the pirates still roam.

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Jesse’s got her eye on K.

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Paddle Board Chica.

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Return of the Sponge Monster.

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The bridges here go on for miles. Fortunately the bridge we took was to the right of this one.

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K doing her thing.

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Cool downtown art.

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Island life.

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Green waters of the keys.

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Street performer making it happen.

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Go figure. A boat on a crane in the middle of the freeway.

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It was fun.

 

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Check out how the roots on this tree wrapped around the timbers. Very tropical.

 

More Florida

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My work setup in the RV. Works out pretty good actually.

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Doggies loved spending time with grandma on the sofa.

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When on solar you have to take advantage of the sunny moments. Here I have everything setup to charge with the 15 amps we get for a couple hours of direct sunlight per day.

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Sanibel Island with Pete

 

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About the dirtiest I’ve ever seen Jesse.

Universal Studios Florida

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BTW It does breath fire.

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Stores along the main street.

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Going down, waaaaayyyy down.

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The train from one park to another.

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Note the bottle opener on the cap. Genius.

 

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Pensacola FL

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Ironic that a live tree died so that they could put up a sign for a dead tree.

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New Orleans LA

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Welcome, Bwahahaha!

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This city loves masks, and voodoo.

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Armstrong Park in New Orleans

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Home protection in New Orleans

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They don’t mess around here.

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They really don’t mess around here.

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They really really don’t mess around here.

 

Oak Valley Plantation Louisiana 

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Florida for Christmas

It’s been a couple of months since the last post, so this post is going to be pretty big. A lot has gone on in the last while.

With our slow pace we followed the fall leaves all the way down the eastern states to Florida. It was an amazing journey.

 

Claytor Lake State Park VA

Claytor was an amazing display of how beautiful the fall colors can be.

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Grayson Highlands State Park VA

This site was recommended to us as one of the greatest sites in Virginia. It definitely lived up to the expectations.

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Appalachian Trail

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One of the favorite pictures of all time. Kimberley is down there grabbing a photo of a graveyard just past that amazing tree.

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Appalachian Trail

 

Kings Mountain SC

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The colors really are that caramel color during sunset.

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Crooked River State Park GA

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Jesse just heard Kimberley’s telling of “Why the chicken crossed the road”.

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Florida has bugs like nowhere else.

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A big and colorful grass hopper.

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Sugar mill ruins trail

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Reminds me of Indiana Jones

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Sugar mill ruins trail. The canopy is filled with Spanish Moss.

 

Cape Canaveral FL

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Welcome to Florida

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The surf Mecca. Also known to the locals as “The house that weed built”

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If you’re the 11 time surf champion of the world, you might get a 25 foot statue as well.

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Nice to see that Ron Jon had the modesty to put the Surfer Dude flag lower than both the FL state flag and the US flag. Shows class brah.

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Venice FL

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Jesse’s first swim in the Gulf of Mexico.

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My nephew owns this store. Way to go Amiet!

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Oscar Scherer State Park FL

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There’s a bald eagle in there right next to the cloud

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If you look closely you’ll see a wild turkey

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The coolest dog on the beach. It’s amazing his shades stayed on with all his running around.

 

Myakka State Forest FL

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A word about Christmas

I’d like to finish up this post with a word about Christmas, in particular about nut-crackers.  Having once been a functional instrument it has morphed into something quite different than how it started (like TV).

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In this picture you see two quite useless nut-crackers branded with kid friendly characters. With the Mickey nut-cracker you’d be lucky to be able to crack a roasted pistachio. The Charlie Brown nut-cracker probably can’t even crack bird seed.

Fortunately these crackers are child safe, but the professional adult versions are equally quite useless.

My 2 cents,

Dan

 

 

Heading South for the Winter (New York photos)

Our northward journey has come to an end. Time to start following the flocks south.

I haven’t posted in awhile and we have a lot of new images to share from New York.

Green Lake State Park (Take 2)

We stayed here again for a couple of days after Kimberley returned from Burning Man.

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The lake is really that green.

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Wow! Imagine what the penalty is for J-walking…

 

Waddington

As Kimberley said in the last post, we stayed here for a couple of weeks. Fun times for sure.

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Great sunsets in Waddington.

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Cousin Kate is a natural. This was her first time on a paddle board.

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I love that sign.

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Nice day for a family photo.

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Barb, Buck, and Don spending time with us on the Saint Lawrence River.

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Jesse's getting the hang of the paddleboard - finally!

Kimberley posted this picture last week. I just want to say that this is actually really hard to do with a 35 pound dog running up and down the board. Not my most stylish moment ever either.

Adirondack Mountains

A couple hiking trips guided by Aunt Rose and Uncle Buck were great. Uncle Buck and his friend Dave got us to a beautiful overlook on one of the peeks in the Adirondack Mountains.

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The journey continues.

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Good friends.

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Ready for work.

 

Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn

We camped out at this airfield in Brooklyn. It used to be the main airfield for New York City, now it has been turned into a park and an air museum.

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Picture of the gems inside a dilapidated hanger.

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One of the jets on display.

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It’s probably a good idea to remove that one before you fly. Otherwise you might have a 500 mph metal frisbee coming down the runway.

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Mario’s going to start work on restoring this one soon.

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The hanger at night.

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The berries along the field really are those colors.

Coney Island

A trip down to Coney Island was a great weekend activity.

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The old parachute ride. No longer operational, but still a very visible symbol of for the island.

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Kimberley walking off the metro platform all geared-up for an adventure.

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Beautiful architecture is everywhere (bad architecture is abundant too though). What a mixed bag.

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When the trains come along you really notice it! I had to drive the RV (towing the pickup) in this chaos on the way out of town. Not easy…

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Manhattan

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Manhattan here we come!

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You see amazing patterns everywhere you look.

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Park Ave, just like Monopoly.

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The world must have grown around that church.

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Is it just me or is this somewhat disturbing?

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My mom found out on ancestry.com that we’re part Huguenot. Who would have know. 

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French Episcopal Church – Interior.

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My hair’s getting long now. I might have to find a barber at some point.

Central Park

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Just when you thought you’d seen it all.

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K and Jesse

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A little to the left please.

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A little to the right please.

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Life is good.

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Grand Central Station – Manhattan

This place is amazing. We got in there right before sunset. It is dog friendly too.

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Glimmerglass State Park

They have the oldest covered bridge in the United States here. It was being renovated at the time we were there.

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The oldest covered bridge in the country.

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The “Tin Hat” (or was it “Tin Top”) at Hyde Hall

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Robert Treman State Park, Ithaca, New York

14094409541280Kimberley’s cousin Andy and his wife Melissa recommended Ithaca, and I must agree that it is spectacular!

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Matt, Sarah, and Monte-dawg

I was really fortunate to camp next to a couple of cool folks from Manhattan (with a dog no less). I must say that it was super nice to sit around the camp fire and hear stories about growing up around New York, especially while missing Kimberley.

Jesse and Monte also had a great time hanging out for five days.

Hopefully we’ll meet up again in Manhattan on the way south. Think of the photos. I wonder what Jesse will think when she sees downtown New York.

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This tree’s seen it’s share of things.

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Even Jesse got tired walking up these stairs. She probably ran through the hills for about an hour before this shot though.

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Good times for the dawgie

Green Lakes State Park, New York

14094409589208 14094409527587Kimberley headed off to Burning Man, and I hit up several parks in the area.

Green Lakes was nice, but the weather was pretty overcast most of the time I was there.

There was an endurance race (100K) going on when I was there. Quite a thing that people can run that far. Actually most of the people that I saw were walking, but I don’t think I could do even that for 100K. Maybe Jessie could though lol.

Peter McSheffrey

14094409627505An extended family member, and person that I very much respect, was on humanitarian business in Afghanistan when a suicide bomber and several other insurgents stormed the restaurant that his group was at killing everyone.

I didn’t know Peter very well, but I can tell you for certain that he was an outstanding person. He travelled the world over several times and was a great representative of the courtesy and respectfulness of Canadians along the way.

He was also an amazing photographer, and I feel very fortunate to have spent time with him and his wife Leanne touring San Francisco several years back.

Photos by Peter

More information on the incident

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You were taken way too soon. Rest in peace Peter.