Monthly Archives: May 2015

SW Trip – Off the Colorado River

We are dirty dogs but happy relaxed dogs at that our first stop was safeway in Kiingman for popsicles, and we felt like complete foreigners to modern society! “Take us back to the River!” Presently heading in our two vans to the Aquaplex waterslides in Flagstaff as a much needed opportunity to scour ourselves clean. Laundromat carwash and ice and groceries will follow.. For the past three nights of priveledge our three riverside campsites were directly on powdery fine pristine sand. Our roof was a blanket of stars and the first half of every night was illuminated by the silent moon. No mirrors,no showers,no tents..We paddled and floated nearly 55 … Continue reading

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Out of the Fog, Into the Rain, At the End of the World 

Heading out from Olveiroa this morning we were socked in by fog. A half hour later fog turned to mist, and 45 minutes later the mist was a steady rain.  We cranked the downhill 15 km to Cee, where we found a dry restaurant that could handle 15 on a Sunday (no small feat since Spain takes Sunday off with serious consistency).   From Cee to Fisterre is 12 km on the map but it seemed a lot longer and soggier. But this group can motor. 2nd 20 mile day in a row.  We’re heading out to dinner in a bit and will finish our last day of walking – … Continue reading

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Whew – 20.5 miles

We made the 33 km trek from Negreira to Olveiroa today. 2 serious climbs and 20+ miles. We’ll see Cape Finisterre (the end of the world) tomorrow and Muxia Monday.  I have wifi tonight so I’m posting several pictures – mostly from Santiago or the day we got there.    Lepchai and Daila in constant conversation.   Lydia, Alifaire and the boys.  And last but not least the rest of the gaggle.      Next is our victory photo of completion in St. James plaza.    Finally, this is the big smoker swinging at the end of the Pilgrim’s mass at St. James Cathedral. It’s said it’s so big because the last … Continue reading

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Last day of clowning!

Hi everybody. Today was an especially fun day for the kids. We rehearsed a classic circus clown routine and performed it in front of all the other cast members of Blood Kin and Thunder People. We had fun, which is what being a clown is about! — Jerry   Pie-in-face!

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Week 2, Visual Programming Interface Development

With the end of week 2, I’m starting to feel some time pressure to complete a working demo by the end of the three weeks.  I’ve gone from being way ahead of schedule, due to some good surprises and some of the crazy hours I put in at the beginning of this project, to being just a couple days ahead of schedule.  I’m still on track to finish in the time given but as the source docs get longer everything is getting slower, mainly because I’m terrible and lazy about writing good modular code.  (I’m currently at about 31 Java files, 133 classes, some random other external libraries and visual assets, and more … Continue reading

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1st Day out from Santiago 

After a rest day yesterday in Santiago, we hit the Way to Finnestere today- 22 km. The plan is to get to Olveiroa tomorrow, Finisterre (end of the world) Sunday and conclude our walking at Muxia on Monday.  After that we will either take a day in Muxia or head south (via Salamanca) to Madrid.  No wifi tonight so I’m only putting this picture in. This was from this morning and you can see the spires of Saint James Cathedral in the background.    

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Day 2: Clown Workshop (and video of Fritz the Clown!)

Today’s writing won’t and can’t be long due to an unexpected request from Kate who needed her students right away (so we literally had only an hour of class instead of the usual hour and thirty-five minutes). However, the workshop was equally fun! We worked our way through the simplest exercises, learning how to make ourselves the center of attention. We connected better with each other and explored out inner talents by showing Fred that we could carry out all the activities he expected of us. The “clown” Fred showed us a video of him performing on stage. He was the “goofy Fred” again and brought tons of laughter into class. Here … Continue reading

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Day 8: Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

I started today by trimming some grass around the pools and around pipes, etc.  Then the rest of the day I raked up grass on some of the pathways that got cut.  I used a pitchfork and a wheel barrow; it took forever!

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Garry Oak Project

Hey all, having fun? Today I did research on the endangered sharp tailed snake, olive sided flycatchers and Oregon Manroot. While I have yet to see a sharp tailed snake I am told that they have been sighted here on Orcas, near the location I’m currently working in. I hope to see one and send my photos.

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Dabbling in a bit of everything at the UW Friday Harbor Laboratories

For my internship, I have been helping Research Professor Megan Dethier and her undergraduate students with their Invertebrate Zoology research course. Basically, everyday is a surprise, and I help out with whatever is needed. Each student is doing their own research project and concluding with a presentation and paper. I have been helping out every step of the way from rowing around collecting seawater samples to counting Copepods under a microscope; I help out with field research and lab work. Now that students are in the presentation and paper writing process, I am editing papers and giving feedback on presentations. I have been given the opportunity to look into the world … Continue reading

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