"Because it's there."
- Feb 15, 2020
We'll definitely have to get together when I'm back! My son and I made it up to the refugio on Cotopaxi today at just under 16k'. It's currently very active - made for a great picture of my son on the way up!Awesome! (and cute kid!) Just the other day I was thinking I should reach out to you about another RMNP hike, but forgot you were in Ecuador. You'll have to post some trip reports!
Since we cannot have a dog in the house... and there is not a "Cats of BCP"...
My kids adopted a kitten. Maple.
She has taken over my water cup and desk.
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(those who like to look at what's not in the picture can see my extensive supply of tent-zipper lubricant, and worldwide nicknacks, and my REI birthday card that still has ca$h money value)
She also has not yet learned to sit like a lady:
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We also seem to have a certain color spectrum for our indoor animals.
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Maple meets Fluffaluffagus
Training hikes the past two weekends have taken me back to Cuyahoga Valley. Rather than write redundant trip reports I'll stuff a summary here in the member's thread.
Still lugging the 45lb. pack holding weights and concrete pavers around; thinking I might start swapping in some actual camping gear to better balance things out.
The Canon R5 with 24-70mm lens was used both days. I hope to haul this combo down Yellowstone's Thorofare in August as my luxury item.
Saturday, June 17th Mrs. TractorDoc and I walked a patchwork of trails to Brandywine Falls.
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The Stanford Trail was mostly wooded and had some nice ups and downs to it.
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Our route took us around Brandywine Gorge; the highlight of which could be considered Brandywine Falls.
If I was included in the design/layout process of the area I would have suggested moving the pedestrian walkway back further so you don't see a linear chunk of concrete at the top of the falls. . . but no one asked my opinion.
Playing with shutter times.
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Infrastructure around the falls was in tip top shape.
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Different views of the waterfall could be had at different points along the gorge.
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Not all of the trail was boardwalks and stairs.
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The Stanford Trail did open up near the trailhead. The grove of young walnut trees will probably obscure the sky 50 years from now.
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Ice cream was enjoyed at the end of this shorter hike. For extra credit we took a quick walk around Deep Lock Quarry after ice cream. The Mrs. wanted to stop at a roadside flea market -- I ordered up a serving of nachos from one of the vendors there.
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Sunday the 25th I was on my own and wanted to get more distance in, so I repeated my route from a couple weeks ago on the towpath trail.
I parked at the Ira trailhead -- finding a space was much more competitive than I expected it to be early on a Sunday morning.
I walked the towpath from Ira to Peninsula, with a side trip to the abandoned rock quarry this time.
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Storms and rain were in the forecast, but I had mostly sunny skies to contend with.
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The beaver marsh and old canal hosted some of the usual suspects.
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This must have been the place to be if you were a turtle. And I thought finding a spot at the trailhead was a challenge. . .
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Waiting on the train. The camera remote's range was limited so I think it is time for a new battery.
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There it is! Check out those Budd Company domed observation cars.
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Halfway point ice cream -- Blue Cosmo flavor. By now this could be considered a tradition or an addiction.
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BCP Member down by the river.
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Great Blue Heron hanging out as I neared the Beaver Marsh.
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As was this snake. The cloudy eyes suggest it may have recently shed its skin.
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Snapshot of the route from Gaia GPS.
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