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The not Mount Shannon hike

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Friday Thing 3 attended 2 APEX programs at Hidden Valley. It's an hour drive so I decided to stay and do a little hiking. It was overcast in the morning so I did not set out until lunchtime.

The plan was to hike the red trail to meet the blue trail to the top of Mt. Shannon which is a small mountain on the camp property. I would then take the yellow trail back. This is the map I used.  I found a lot of red trail markers, but they were not the red trail.


I started down what I thought was the red trail, until the trail markers disappeared. I saw 1 blue marker, and no others. There was a nice snowmobile trail so I followed that. That lead me up to a nice field by a road. When I got to the road I saw the field was posted 'No Trespassing', so I couldn't return that way. So I followed the road to the next road, and eventually to the entrance to the camp. This is where I met up with Tucker and his owner.


Tucker seemed to want to lead me back to the camp, and his owner was ve…

The solar charger that doesn't.

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Almost a month ago I bought the World's Most Powerful Hand-Held Solar Charger online.  At least this is what they called it on their website.

A few weeks later it arrives.  The only directions with it were a small piece of paper that said to plug it in to charge it fully, drain the battery, charge it fully, and then drain it, and then it would be ready to use.  No other directions were provided.  No mention of solar charging.  This should have been a hint that I obviously missed.

The cord that came with it was loose and wobbly when connected, so I used my own cable and followed the directions.  I drained it by using it to charge my own phone.  As a battery pack it charged really well.  It had a flashlight which did not work.  I emailed the website, outdoorshiking.com about this, but never received a reply.

After charging/draining, I set it in the sun.

And waited.

And waited.

It never charged.

I took it on our trip to D.C..  The charger sat in the hotel window for 3 days straight …

Snowmageddon 2

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Last month I wrote about snow.  I was making fun of people comparing the forecast last month to the Blizzard of '78.

Today I'm the one complaining about the forecast, and I'm using terms like snowmageddon and snowpocalypse.

The forecast is for 10-20" or 14-18" depending upon where you read the forecast.  Compare this to just over a week ago when we were running around in sweatshirts and it was 60 degrees out.

I'm ready for winter to be over.

Snowmageddon

I was working with a student in the school cafeteria where I was subbing yesterday.  We could hear the kitchen and custodial staff talking about today's snow.

They were comparing it to the Blizzard of '78.

{sigh}  [insert eye roll]

The forecast on Wednesday morning was 6-12".  This morning it was upped to 10-16".  We woke up to clear roads and no snow.  But it started snowing light later on.  This is a somewhat quick moving storm and will be over by this evening.  We have weather technology, weather websites, weather on TV, and social media to let us know the conditions.  It's not the Blizzard of '78 which lasted over 3 days and dumped more than 20" of snow where I lived in MA.  Yeah, I'm old enough to remember actually tunneling out the front door of our house.

I'm laughing at terms like Snowmaggedon.  Several years ago we had snow storms like this on a regular basis and the snowbanks were taller than my husband's pick up truck.  Today'…

Opinions

We all have opinions. We base them on fact, conjecture, experience, and hearsay.  But we all have them.  The difference between opinions today and opinions 10 or 20 years ago is that we all see each others opinions on social media.  Like my blog, or your Facebook post.

I have friends who have all sorts of opinions. Some I agree with, some I don't, some I really wonder where they got them from.  But we're all entitled to our opinion - that's what makes us all beautifully unique.  If we all had the same opinion on everything we'd probably all be pretty boring.

Which brings me to this past weekend.  The Women's March.

Based on my own Facebook feed I have seen it called amazing, enlightening, shameful, and pitiful.  Again, we all have our own opinion.  But I think some people missed the point.

This was not just an American Women's March on Women's rights.  This was not a Women's March against President Trump. This wasn't an abortion rights march or a p…

2016 recap

Despite my best intentions, I did not get caught up on blogging during school vacation week.  In hindsight I have to wonder,.. why on earth do I think I will get work done or caught up on things when everyone is home?  Chalk it up to good intentions.

I did spend the week thinking back over the previous year.  I'm not pessimistic, but it wasn't the best of years.  We lost my mom to cancer and spent most of our summer driving to visit her in hospitals and at her home.  The world lost some amazing artists and we saw friends posting about their struggles or losses.

But on other side of the coin there were a lot of good things that happened in 2016 as well.

I was able to chaperone the PHS Band trip to Disney with Becca.  Becca applied to college and we all watched the mail come in.  She was fortunate to receive scholarships to her top choice schools and we watched her graduate in June.  In August we brought her to school and she loves college.  She finished the semester with great…

Post election thoughts

The thoughts expressed here are solely my own.  I feel the need to state that up front.  I'm striving for neutrality and fairness.

3 days ago we voted.  As in any election, only one candidate can win.  Unlike past elections, the response has been quite different this time.  This whole election cycle has been different than most, a large part of this I feel belongs to Facebook, Twitter, and social media.  Another part of this is how we perceive everything we see on a screen as truth.  Whether that screen be in our living room, on a desk, or in our hand.  This was not a clean campaign on either side.  And many non-candidate groups ran their own negative ads or portrayed the candidates out of context.  I personally found it hard to judge the positive merits of the candidates while being overwhelmed with the negatives.

More so in this campaign than in others I think we have made our decision and judgments based on the character we see of the candidate from words and actions that we h…