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An afternoon in Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry and Skydeck edition: The Chicago MOSI is excellent, and very large. The main attraction for us was the U-505, a German U-boat captured in WWII, and the only ship captured by the US Navy in … Continue reading

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Lake House Fun

An old dog with deteriorating rear legs gets to keep playing in the lake with the help of a doggie life vest:  

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A little hike

Look who came to visit us from FL! If you are going to hike at Hanging Rock State Park in July, its definitely a good idea to go for a swim in the lake afterwards.

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MABDR – PA north to the end at the NY border

Sections 5-9 go north on mostly unpaved forest roads through PA to the end of the route at the NY border. Early on in PA, we found this closed road on the route: This was easy enough to route around … Continue reading

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MABDR – MD, WV, and north through PA

Just south of the much touted Oldtown Low Water Toll Bridge, we found this little community park with a much welcome covered pavilion. This little town unexpectedly had all the amenities we could want to wait out the passing rain.

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MABDR- Headed north through VA , WV, and MD

Starting the BDR: Its spring here in NC, which often means its wet. While we were fortunate to have multi-day stretches of great weather that weren’t too hot, riding this route in the fall definitely improves the chances for having … Continue reading

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MABDR – Moto Adventure Time

Guess what? Its moto trip time! Those who know us know that we’ve had some obstacles in recent years that have prevented us from taking our beloved extended motorcycle trips.  As of spring 2018, however, we were able to dip … Continue reading

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Wool Sower Gall

Nature’s classroom is right outside our door (in this case, practically in the front yard).  On one of our regular evening walks through the woods, Kevin spotted the curious white, fuzzy growth in the picture below on a small branch … Continue reading

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Wanderers

I love this: Found here: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap180429.html

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Birds in the Wood Stove

File this under: Home Ownership Problems I Did Not Anticipate As of last Friday, for the fourth time this season, a bird has flown/fallen down our chimney and gotten stuck in our wood stove. Yes, really. Each time the bird … Continue reading

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Last snow of the season? and Links

Not much posting around these parts lately. First, its supposedly spring, but we are getting some awfully late season snow flurries. Its not sticking today, so here are some prettier pics with a sunset, and some deer visible from my … Continue reading

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First snow of the season

Therefore, snow pictures:

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A Day in Chicago

A little sightseeing in Chicago on a day off from work: The leaves are already starting to change. Our day included a walk in Millenium Park, which has the Cloud Gate (aka “the bean”), and the very strange crown fountain … Continue reading

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White House West Wing

Here are a few pics from our visit to the White House a few weeks ago. A friend who just happens to be an officer in the Navy had a very special promotion ceremony that was held in the Vice … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – moved in!

Well, somehow its been nearly five months since I’ve posted an update about the new house. (The house we’ve now been living in for nearly that long.) We’ve been so busy (mostly with work) I might not have noticed, except … Continue reading

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2017 Moto Eclipse

Naturally, we took a small trip on the motos to go watch the much hyped 2017 solar eclipse. Kevin’s extended family own houses in the north Georgia mountains that just happened to be right in the path of totality. Not … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – Certificate of Occupancy

Just over a week ago, on Friday, March 31, 2017, we received the certificate of occupancy for our new house. (*lets out a huge sigh of relief*). This last week, the painters showed up for the final touch up, and … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – wood floor finish, appliances, driveway grading

Here is a little update on House 2.0: The wood floors were finished a couple of weeks ago. They look great, although the process was not without some minor damage to existing trim work, posts, and kitchen cabinets: The wood … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – electrical fixtures, bath vanities, plumbing fixtures, hardware, screen porch, end is in sight

The end of construction is finally in sight for House 2.0. The list of items required to get the CO is getting pretty short. Once the wood floors are finished (sanded and poly), I can have the appliances delivered and … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – wood stove, bath cabs, electrical in progress

Progress on the house continues slowly along: The wood stove was installed this week. I’m really looking forward to trying that out. My much delayed bathroom cabinets were completed and installed. They were made by the same local cabinet guy … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – HVAC – thermal smugness

We’re indulging in a little smugness. It feels good to be right:) What follows is an explanation of the HVAC system in our new house, and the success that comes from doing some actual engineering design, as opposed to blindly … Continue reading

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Horses in the Snow

I love watching when the neighbor’s horses are first let out after it snows. They seem to delight in it as much as dogs or kids:) It also reminds me that action photography is hard; all that galloping, bucking, rearing, … Continue reading

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Snow Day

First snow of the season! (Remember, click on the photos to see them full size).

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Happy New Year 2017! (and House 2.0 update)

Happy New Year! Obviously, our new house is not complete by the start of 2017. (Its ok, I promise). The latest estimate is that we’ll be able to get the CO in mid-February. After that, there will be many punch-list … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – Interior staining and painting, garage doors

For those who are asking about updates: I haven’t updated on the house because there hasn’t been much to share. Progress has been very slow. We figure no one was at the house at all for five out of the … Continue reading

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