Yellowstone, June 2015

There's nothing particularly special about this photo.  The lighting isn't great (was shooting into the sun), but to me it just says Yellowstone.  It was an early morning stop along the Yellowstone Grand Loop.   It was our first (very) early morning out and we loved those mornings with very few people up and out.  

Canon 7D | Canon 70-200mm + 1.4 Extender | ISO 800 | 1/5000 | F5.6 -2/3 stop

Bluebirds on a Cold Day

I work facing our deck and can watch the birds come and go.  I can almost sense when the bluebirds might decide to come to feed.  They tend to come along with other colorful birds, cardinals, and yellow warblers.   Today I decided to get my camera out should they decide to show up...and they did.  There were probably 5 or 6 together.  They don't stay long either!

Canon 7D | 70-200mm F4 lens | ISO 1000 | F4 | 1/1250 | handheld, thru window, cropped

Happy New Year!

Yup, it's February and like every year, it finally feels like a time to embrace the new year as opposed to just keeping my head above water with work projects and long hours in December and January.  I mentioned this before here;  it's an annual event.  I do know that I kind of attacked Jan 2014 with a little more organization and as a result more progress, but I'm not sure I would have been able to pull that off this January.  I guess sometimes the on-call gods don't smile down at you.

I'm not sure what kind of #2015Goals I'll attempt this year, but I'll probably chop up the goals into shorter time frames.  Starting off for now, will be to clean up my diet (and get those last pounds off, finally) and schedule my exercise again with goals and plans.

Since no post is any good without a photo, here's one from Sept 2013 when G was doing a little fishing along the Merced River in Yosemite Valley.

#2014Goals End of Year Update

So, I find myself 11+ months into 2014 and overdue for an update on what I put together for goals.

  • Run another 5k:  incomplete.  Did not make it to the 5k on 2/22 (on-call work), nor the Canes 5K in Sept (SHS HOF luncheon)
  • Complete the Bridge to 10K Program: incomplete
  • Complete the Ramblin' Rose Super Sprint Triathlon: incompleteregistered for not 1, but 2 Ramblin' Rose events (and they aren't cheap).  Was unable to attend the May date due to work, and opted out of the October date because of the opportunity to go on my first backpacking trip.  I hate that I missed this goal, but I did train properly in both cases, so that's a plus.   I'll again target the May event for a 2015 goal. 
  • Stop saying a particular expletive! partially complete. Have not stopped using the word, but way more conscious of it and use way down
  • Give up caffeine: Complete!
  • Get down to goal weight: incomplete this one is probably the most disappointing, having bounced around a little more and basically back where I started, it stays on the list for 2015.
  • Camp four places: Fort Pickens, Ocracoke, Lake James, Bear Island:  Complete!  Camped in FP in April, Lake James in September, Ocracoke & Bear Island in October.  I also camped two nights in South Mountains State Park while backpacking and a night in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (in Frisco). I guess I spent 10 nights in a tent in 2014, which must be a record in the last 10-20 years? 
  • Day Hikes in New Places: Complete! I didn't hit 12, but hiked in several new places, the Alum Cave Bluffs trail, several trails over three days in South Mountains State Park,  two new (to me) sections of the Mountains to Sea Trail, plus we rode on a brand new (to us) section of the Neuse River Trail.
  • Goal Achieved Not On Original List:  Backpacking Trip:  Complete! This was something that I guess was on a life list, but unsure of how or when I was going to accomplish it.  Being able to gain confidence to do it with a group of people and a 'leader' with experience was a perfect opportunity and the reason I skipped the 2nd Rambln Rose.

Photo of my backpacking supplies with notation:

(Edited to add:  what a terrible typo in labeling my Hydration bladder.  Too lazy to open it back up in PSE, so it stays!)

Campsite at Murray's Branch in South Mountains State Park on Saturday, October 3, 2014

So, in wrapping up, I hit all my "outdoor experiences" goals including one that I didn't even list!  I fell way short on the fitness events and my weight management.   I'll give some thought as to how I want to structure #2015goals. 

Philadelphia by iPhone

We headed to Pennsylvania last weekend to attend a wedding and decided to spend 24 hours in Philly before heading to the wedding site.   I debated taking my DSLR but decided to leave it behind.  Then I thought about bringing my G12 P&S but after being less than impressed with my photos from the last time I used it, I decided to leave that behind too.  So these photos are from my iPhone 5s.  

We had a blast in Philly playing tourist, walking (and segway-ing) around Old City, eating in different places, standing on the steps at the Philadelphia Art Museum and walking along Boathouse Row.  

These photos weren't edited at all EXCEPT some resizing and a smidge of sharpening.

Ben Franklin Bridge from the Hyatt at Penn's Landing

Ben Franklin Bridge from the Hyatt at Penn's Landing

I didn't take these photos...they were taken by our Segway guide (they don't let you take your own photos for safety reasons).  

One of the many large murals in Old City

One of the many large murals in Old City

Perhaps my favorite photo -- showing that G lagged behind just a bit!

Perhaps my favorite photo -- showing that G lagged behind just a bit!