OK, maybe not a super long hike, but a tough one.
I spent yesterday doing a loop of new geocaches outside of Cooperstown. It’s a trek of about 2.5-3 miles over varying terrains. Needless to say, when it was all said and done, I felt like I had gotten a good cardio workout.
I also ended up with 10 finds, which is nice.
It was a beautiful day, with temperatures in the 60s and a decent breeze at times. Alas, I still came out covered in sweat with going up and down the hills, wearing a sweatshirt and carrying the camera and such. I made my water last nearly the whole time, which is also good.
Anyway, the caches were quite good. A couple of the micros (in the woods!) were frustrating, but I eventually ended up finding all of them. Oddly enough, one of the caches actually was missing. After getting in contact with the owner, he ended up replacing it and I got the find at the end of the trail, which was very nice.
This was the cache that started it all:
It’s always nice to start with a normal-sized cache! This photo also served as my Project 365 photo for the day.
On Saturday, I went to Roxbury to watch a little vintage baseball. The weather was iffy (cool and on-off rain showers), but I decided to do a 1.5-mile roundtrip stroll to grab a geocache. Found that one and got caught in some rain on the way back to the car, but that just led to my next thing during the day.
I was heading to Oneonta to see the Balloon Festival (balloons were grounded because of wind and they didn’t even do the true glow because of weather). I’m glad I didn’t know things were canned, or I would have went home the back way. As I drove down Route 30, I saw a magnificent rainbow forming.
But, for those who know Route 30, there is NO place to pull over and park. So I was heading toward Grand Gorge and seeing this rainbow with no place to stop.
When I got to the village, I pulled behind the Key Bank and started snapping photos. As luck would have it, it was the perfect place to take the photos.
I snapped several shots, put the zoom lens on and took a couple of shots that way, then watched the rainbow slightly disappear before I got on the road again. I am stoked about this shot though and didn’t realize, until I got home, that it was a double rainbow to boot!
For those who don’t know, I’ve gotten into Flickr. I like the fact that I can upload many photos into sets and such and keep things slightly organized. I realize most people won’t look at all the images in a set (especially seeing as sometimes I’ll put 30-40 shots or more in a set), but it’s a place where I can have my stuff, which I like.
I have a bunch of things I want to work on processing and uploading over the next few weeks — some Road Rally racing from earlier this year, the motocross I was at, the rest of my Ireland trip, and some odds and ends.
I try and upload things every couple days or so and if you are interested, you can check things out at my Flickr account.
I also, finally, started uploading to my photo blog again.
It’s something I had neglected for the better part of a few months and I wanted to get back into it. I love the photo blog and really like the people I met and viewed during the time I’ve done it. When I got into Flickr more, I concentrated on that instead.
But, I’ve changed that a bit.
Though I will concentrate on Flickr, I have set my blog up to basically auto-run. At this point, I have photos loaded on a daily basis through November. From there, I will continue to keep adding photos to the end. My hope is that things will continue to run smoothly and such and I won’t be skipping time again.
The semester started last week and I’m back in classes. I’m teaching two this semester, so with the real job and the teaching, time can be tough. I’m still working to improve some other things and hoping a couple possible opportunities that might be available after the turn of the year will improve my standing in life as well as my outlook on the World and future.
I can hope, anyway.
And on that note, it’s time for work.