Creation date / 2003 / All / Tuesday
After years of pining, I finally got my orchids. This shot looks ridiculously artsy, but really it's just the unglamorous light of the sun coming up. See, our daylight savings shift means I get to work after sunrise now, so that's exciting.
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roses and kitchen
- roses from bryan and george
Bryan and George sent roses to my school to help me feel better about my miserable life. It worked. I'm easy.
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Just as I got into the Seattle area, it started to rain on me... It was as though Seattle had prepared a special welcome just for me.
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I know what you're thinking. Driving at 75mph and taking pictures of your odometer are mutually exclusive activities. But it was a *really* long drive, and maybe after 8 hours I was getting overconfident.
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A view of Mt. Shasta from I-5
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At about 5:45, I'm on the road about to cross the Dunbar bridge over the bay.
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The theme for the day: falling at the lip throw. Here in the upper right you can clearly see my goal. It's tricky to hit it just at deadpoint and control it. Next time I will come better prepared, and Mushroom roof will fall.
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Here, I attempt the throw from a lower hand. The flake is just out of frame at the top right.
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Another attempt, just after the crux, moving into position for the second throw. Above the left hand you can see the slot used to anchor the body while the right reaches for the flake.
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Here is the moment just after the second throw, right hand on a decent flake while the left is in a nice slot. All I had to do was pull the lip, but I fell. Oh well, it's nice to have something to come back for.
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Now, moving to Seattle, he knows he might not get the chance to challenge it again for a long while. So, despite the fact that he hasn't climbed much for two months, he carefully reviews the beta (specify hand/foot locations used) through the years. Here, he places his hands as they would be right after the crux. The large slab of flake at the bottom is the start, followed by the two chips above it and to the left. Next the left hand is thrown to where you see it here, and the right raised to prepare for the second throw.
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Bryan carefully considers his oldest, greatest foe: Mushroom Roof. Five visits to Hueco Tanks, and he has never been able to top it out from the starting hold. From the start, he has made it to the lip, and from the second hold, he has topped it out, but never linked it in its entirety.
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There, in the distance, is the lovable pile of granite we like to call Hueco Tanks.
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Really. I got a picture of the red cliffs. No, I did. It's fine.
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Again, I defer.
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Leslie will need to explain why this one was taken.
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Note the eyes.
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Here is the token Roswell shot. We were kind of hoping for a campy billboard or a UFO, but we were also hungry for lunch, so the most we did was slow down for this pic.
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These were the "Titans," about 20 meters tall each. Very cool.
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A whole city of the spikes.
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Who knows? Just cool.
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A couple of the stunning, finger-like projections of stalagmites we encountered.
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Some beautiful flowstone.
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The little puffs of rock are called "popcorn."
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Sharp spikes hanging from the ceiling. Occasionally I imagined these snapping of and skewering me.