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I ran across this the other day.  It is a long but good read.  (This one does not seem to require sign in.) (Same article, but this link is theoretically permanent--seems to require login though.)
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Josh and I camped Friday and Saturday nights at Governor Dodge State Park. This is our second trip to Governor Dodge since moving to Wisconsin, our previous trip was before all the snow melted and when everything was gray and ugly... it didn't give me a very good impression of the park. As it turns out, it did not give me a fair impression of the park either. Governor Dodge is an absolute gem of a State Park, it is just about everything a state park should be. They have magnificent rock formations, lakes and streams, waterfalls, trees and wildflowers. They have car camping, 1/2 mile in "backpacking" sites, a significant amount of hiking-only trail, biking and horse trails, swimming, boating, and fishing. They don't have rock climbing or weekly big band concerts with dancing... but we didn't much make use of those features at Devil's Lake either. And furthermore, it is only 45 minutes from our home and we showed up at 7pm on the Friday before Memorial Day, and were able to get a site for the full weekend without a reservation (the second to the last available for the full weekend). I am in love.

In researching for this weekend, I also ran across Kickapoo Valley Reserve almost by accident, and it looks like a place worth a trip. It is about 2 hours northwest of here. And on the subject of places to visit, Folklore Village (which is on the way to Governor Dodge) has a number of events I may be interested in, and a nice listing of other things in the area I may be interested in. Little Norway also looks like it is worth a day trip, at only like 10 miles away. Speaking of which, it looks like I don't, strictly speaking, need to become a Pagan to celebrate the Summer Solstice with other people in this area... of course, I might just want to anyway.

Pictures! )


Apr. 5th, 2008 12:08 pm
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They have re-designed the REI Quarter Dome tent, and it is absolution genius! My biggest complaint with the Quarter Dome we have (the model from 3 years ago), is that there just isn't nearly enough head room. More height would be nice, but what I really wished it had was more side-to-side room. Check out the picture, what they have done with the poles is fracking brilliant! Why didn't anyone think of that before? Why didn't I think of that before?

I guess I should have let Josh recycle the REI catalog without opening it. I want a new tent now.
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This looks really cool. Except at $60 for a swatch set, it positively reeks of scam.
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This is pretty awesome: Prom outfits... made entirely of duct tape.


Apr. 9th, 2007 10:22 pm
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Most of the time, when I go back and watch something awesome from my childhood, I discover that it isn't really as awesome as I remember. Bristlelip, however, is an exception to this rule. It's still totally awesome.

Hopefully I will be similarly re-pleased with other stories from the series. Yay for the Mount Prospect Library!


Apr. 1st, 2007 11:19 pm
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A decision about compost has been made. It should not put me in any danger of eviction or divorce. The first bag is in the freezer already. We'll see how it goes.
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What: Backpacking trip!
Where: Shawnee National Forest (5-ish hours from Rachel's house by Yahoo!Maps)
When: Easter weekend (April 6-8, taking Friday off for those of us who don't have it as a holiday), possibly spending Thursday night at Rachel's house for an earlier start on Friday?
Who: I'm assuming Josh, Mary, Ed, Mandy, Rachel, Benj unless I hear otherwise
Why: Cause it'll be fun!

Links: (I think all these sources describe roughly the same trip... though in a variable number of days. What I have in mind would probably be closest to the Sierra Club's trip... though it looks like we can shorten the first day's hike by starting where the Meetup folks did, if we want to or find we need to because of timing.)

Seeing as this will be during Passover, some input from the Jews about food would be helpful. Normally we've done instant oatmeal for breakfast, crackers+cheese+sausage+peanut butter+nutella+fruit for lunch, and then instant pasta for dinner. Presumably we will need to come up with an alternate plan for dinner...

Available to borrow:
- We still have a spare 3-person tent (yeah, I know I said that before).
- There are already two stoves in the group, so we should be all set in that regard.
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I think I'm allergic to something. It seems to affect my eyes for like a week or two in the early spring. I experienced it my junior and senior years at Mudd, last spring, and I'm experiencing it now. I do not remember whether I experienced it while we lived in Evanston. I know I should be careful what I wish for, but I wish it was regular allergies instead. I think I'd deal with that better than I deal with the pain I get in my eyes.

Mostly unrelatedly, except I happen to be remembering it right now, the bridges in Chicago smell like chocolate. There was a thing on the radio a few weeks ago about how the bridges in Chicago smell like chocolate, and Josh and I were, like, "Yeah, right." Then they went on the explain that it is because of this little chocolate factory along the river, and how someone complained and they got in trouble for excessive particulate emissions, so it's getting fixed and now the bridges in Chicago aren't going to smell like chocolate anymore. We thought it was silly and a bit unbelievable... and what with it getting fixed, we wouldn't even be able to experience it ourselves. But then when we were on our way home from Midway, walking from the loop to Oglvie (sp?), past the Lyric Opera House and over the river, I made a comment about how the bridge didn't smell like chocolate, and how I thought it seemed like a pretty tall tale. No sooner were the words out of my mouth when a little puff of wind blew by... and sure enough it smelled strongly of chocolate! It was just one of those perfect surreal moments. So yes, I can personally verify that at least one bridge in Chicago at least used to smell like chocolate, and I was there and I experienced it.

And that's just awesome.

I live where the bridges smell like chocolate.

Maybe next I'll live where the houses taste of ginger bread.

Um... and because I know how to google, you can listen to the radio segment if you want... it's This American Life, and you'll want Act III.
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Important stuff. Read it. It's your civic duty.

Am I the only one who increasingly finds herself talking about the news, at home in bed with her husband, and expressing a strongly held feeling about the current political situation, only to stop a moment later and think... "God, maybe I shouldn't have said that out loud?" I don't know what to do, and I am scared.
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I miss feeling in touch with the Earth. I really do. And the Earth here is so different and foreign from what it was where I grew up.

For future reference:
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I enjoyed this article on romantic love
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UK, Calif. make global warming deal

Okay, it doesn't sound like there was actually any substance to the deal, but I approve of a high profile Republican Governor trying to go over Bush's head in this regard. Arnold is officially my favorite Republican politician, for the exceptionally little that's worth.
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This is an article about landscape backdrops like the one Josh and I got married in front of at the Kinton Grange! Cool, eh?

We, The Kinton Grange Players, found the backdrop which Josh and I used in our wedding, and another one, when we remodeled the stage for our last performance, "Snow White and the Seven Riding Hoods." Long story short, when we got to the Grange, the stage was boxed in with three little entrances, and we'd gotten fed up with working with them and wanted a real stage with some semblance of wing, etc, so we removed the inner walls and ceiling, and up in the attic, inaccessible without removing the ceiling, were these two amazing curtains... thus we concluded that our remodeled stage is probably much more like the original than the boxed in stage was. They were (and are) in excellent condition, and so old that the phone numbers on the ads (the one we didn't use for the wedding had ads for local businesses) were only 4 digits!

The backdrop from the Kinton Grange (right before our wedding) )

The Curtain Rises on Old Vermont )


Jun. 22nd, 2006 03:38 pm
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This is totally awesome:

Too bad I'm not looking to live or invest in Hyde Park...
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Harvey Mudd College and grade inflation... not as good as we thought?


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