Compared to Long Island, north-central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire offer plentiful opportunities for mountain biking, hiking as well as geocaching. One of those opportunities is the the Mason Rail Trail, which starts at the MA/NH border and continues north before turning west. We were eager to take an easy walk in a fairly secluded place, while doing some geocaching and giving Curie a chance to run around.
Entries from April 19th, 2009
April 19th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Geocaching, Hiking
April 18th, 2009 · No Comments · Cooking, Personal, Photography
From our kitchen, that is. Over the years we have accumulated quite a collection of spices. Starting with asafoetida (or hing, if you insist), through berbere and cardamom pods (both green and black) to vanilla and yellow mustard – it was all in there, stuffed several rows deep in a cabinet. An unfortunate consequence of this arrangement is that every time we needed a bottle of spice that was not in the first row we had to rummage through everything and inadvertently drop some of them on the counter.
April 14th, 2009 · No Comments · Personal
The old website is no more. I have moved the worthy content into the new WordPress format and content management system and removed the old unncessary fluff that has not received a hit in months. As a result of this migration I expect to disappear from google search results for a while but hopefully bounce [...]
April 12th, 2009 · No Comments · Movies
MORTICIAN: Who’s that then?
CUSTOMER: I don’t know.
MORTICIAN: Must be a king.
MORTICIAN: He hasn’t got shit all over him.
April 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Photography, Travel
To conclude the summer of 2007 we drove across the New York State to get Niagara Falls, and to a limited extent southern shores of Lake Ontario. In Niagara Falls we met up with Francis and Lisa and visited most attractions in the area, including both American and Canadian Falls, Cave of the Winds, the Maid of the Mist, Walk behind the Falls, etc, etc. Soon enough me and Andi got fed up with the tourists, crossed the border into Canada and visited the historic Fort George south of Niagara-ON-the-Lake, and St. Catherines on the shores of Lake Ontario.
April 12th, 2009 · No Comments · Photography
In July 2008 my friend Harris stumbled upon an orphaned litte kitten while walking on the Stony Brook University’s campus. He took the kitten into his care and eventually adopted it. Her name is Mac and in these pictures, she is only several weeks old.
April 11th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Photography, Travel
All photographs were taken during our trip to Slovakia in the summer of 2007. With Francis, Lisa and Andi we have covered several touristy spots around the country: Banska Stiavnica, Pieniny National Park, The Spis Castle, Mala Fatra National Park, Demanova Cave of Liberty, and many many more.The entire photo gallery from the trip can be seen in my Picasa photo album.
April 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Photography, Travel
All photographs taken in September 2007 at the District of Columbia’s National Mall. It was a clear crispy night with pretty strong winds which forced me to shield my camera positioned on a pretty flimsy tripod. All photos taken with Canon Digital Rebel with a Canon EF-S 17-85mm F/4-5.6 IS USM lens. Shot into RAW and post-processed. Click on the images to see a larger version. All images on this page are copyrighted and may not be used without permission.
April 2nd, 2009 · No Comments · Fun
This is an entertaining description of real geologists. I have no idea who authored this but I got a copy of this during 1998 excursion to Bulgaria (and it’s ore deposits). This article was posted on the wall in the chief geologist’s office in one of the many mines we visited that summer. It’s in particular offensive to geophysicists. Quite obviously I don’t identify with this pamphlet but find it funny nonetheless.
April 2nd, 2009 · 5 Comments · Travel
During our 2007 Arizona trip, especially after visiting the Petrified Forest National Park we have decided to collect some petrified wood on our own – legally that is. Fortunately we had copy of Bearce’s Book “Minerals of Arizona: A Field Guide for Collectors” which pointed us to some public lands in a sparsely populated area around Oso Draw where collecting is legal.