Sunday, November 04, 2012
"Anticipation is a stronger stimulus than satisfaction."
-Legendary climber and caver Herb Conn
Well the times have been changing for yours truly, and unfortunately it has been reflected in the lack of updates to this blog. As the guiding season slowed for the upcoming winter I took on another full time job and am currently guiding on the side. So here's a few pictures from the fall that I have mostly missed as an outdoorsman.
Since I last updated the flowers have gone from this...
and this ...
to this ...
and finally to this...
(from the summit of Hawksbill five days after hurricane Sandy)
The mountains have changed with the leaves and the storms.
The animals are preparing for the winter.
No matter if they live indoors...
And I am preparing for the road ahead as well...
Even if it means guiding a few less trips.
Monday, July 23, 2012
The next harmful critter doesn't even usually give us the helpful bright color warning as she is usually solid black except for the red hourglass on the underside. This one in particular is very exceptional though. This venomous neurotoxin toting Black Widow spider can potentially (very rarely) kill a human and has markings on her back ...
And they seem to be hearts ...
(I did not find her in Shenandoah)
Now it's time for a real warm fuzzy...
Sunday, July 22, 2012
A mountain style slip-n-slide hits the spot on these hot days. This trip guest is the only one I have ever seen consistently bounce over the rock "speed bump" and take it from an awesome thirty foot slide to a SUPER awesome fifty foot slide.
Bumble bees take shelter from the approaching rain under an umbrella with a view.
On the way down to cool off in a cool blue mountain stream!
Enjoying the Blue Ridge views is a great way to spend your before and after rappelling and climbing time!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Time for a fun game: Where's Whatever? (the game where you find Whatever it is... Wherever it is)!
OK this one is scary,
... really sssssscarrry.
scroll down and I'll zoom it in for ya.
One more round, with a more pleasant subject matter.
This one's really hard...
She's protecting her eggs.
It's a Blue-headed Vireo chillin in the nest, thanks to the expert who informed me what type of bird this was.
That's all of the game for now, it's time to go back to the keeping it cool pics.
Sunday, July 01, 2012
And on the day it was ONE HUNDRED and FOUR (in D.C.) we were in the water a lot. SNP is full of cold spring water and well, personally I shivered.
Rappelling a waterfall during a triple digit day on a Canyoneering trip is an amazing way to cool off.
If we are not in the water on these hot days we can usually be found on a shaded trail or a breezy mountaintop, such as was the above girl scout pictured rock climbing. Isn't that what every girl scout camp should look like?