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  1. More background on these photos HERE.
  2. Thank you! The first is from 1976, our family ski cabin about one mile from Blue Knob ski area in western PA. The second is me (backwards ball cap) with a friendly guide at a fine Austrian ski area called Zauchensee in 2003.
  3. Anybody know how to convert bmp to jpg? Thanks.
  4. Here are a bunch of old ski photos that represent a walk down memory lane for me. Can anyone get the second and third photos to show? They are bmp format. Blue Knob, PA 1968 dad blue knob chalet vw beth.bmp New Picture (6).bmp Eldora, CO 2003 Arapahoe Basin, CO 2009 Vail, CO 2015 Snowbird, UT 2017 Mt. Bachelor, OR 2012 Homewood, CA 2013 Crested Butte, CO 2019 Timberline, WV
  5. My fun and games in Utah are over until next winter. On 19-22 July 2020 I completed a 2,200 mile road trip from Utah to the Wash DC area. This was unlike any car trip I've ever made before. My wife and I took four days to make the journey. Due to Covid-19 threat we camped three nights in primitive sites and carried all our food and drink supplies with us. Our only retail interactions were with gas pumps every 500 miles. I offer special praise for truckers! They continue the business of moving goods and equipment across America at a rate that seems equal or greater than their normal volume. Meanwhile, summer car traffic was definitely lighter than typical, except for a decent number of RVs and trailers. The high ratio of trucks to cars was especially noticeable in rural stretches of interstate highway in the midwestern US. The trip left me with a strong sense of appreciation for these essential workers that so many of us rely upon for delivered goods in these crazy covid times. Another observation from the trip is that many states are taking advantage of reduced summer traffic levels to do maintenance work on their highway infrastructure. We encountered more "road under repair" conditions on this trip than seemed normal, especially in Wyoming, Illinois and Indiana. Echo Lake, UT near the northeast border of UT and WY. So long Utah, where we've been living since February. Interstate 80 is to the left. We spent two full days driving on I80. Heat lightening over Sutherland Reservoir SRA, western Nebraska. Primitive tent campsite at Sutherland Res, NE. Shortly after this picture was taken a three hour rain and wind storm passed over the area, including 40 MPH wind gusts. We stayed dry in our $35 Walmart Tent. It's an amazing piece of gear for the money. Somebody in Bangladesh has cheap tent making down to a science. First night of camping. There were literally thousands of wind turbines along I80 in Iowa. That wind turbine blade is longer than two normal 18 wheel trucks. Dry camping in Lake Macbride State Park near Iowa City, IA. Second night of camping. We had no rain this night, but the next morning I got soaked taking the tent apart in a downpour. We had partial sunshine later that day and took a one hour lunch break to dry out the tent beside the empty State Fair Grounds in Bloomington, Indiana. This photo says it all about my respect for truckers in these covid times. Notice highway maintenance work ongoing as well. Last C-17 flight at 930PM over Wright-Patterson Air Force Base campground, Ohio. Third night of camping. It stormed later this night too. We saw more rain in four days traveling across the country than four months in the Salt Lake Valley. The lump you see in the bottom of our tent is a humongous air mattress we borrowed from our son in SLC. Worth its considerable weight for decent sleeping. There is a squadron of C-17 military transport aircraft at WP-AFB. We were woken at 730AM by a loud recording of reveille on the base the next morning. Then it was home sweet home to the green hills of the DMV.
  6. New allegations of extensive work place harassment levied on Washington's NFL team.
  7. I visited the Great Salt Lake today. The lake is not everyone's cup of tea, but after a bike ride on nearby roads I enjoy sitting in a beach chair with my toes in the water. There was a light breeze today and temps about 88 degs. It's not a bad substitute for a day at the ocean. SLC is 600 miles from the Pacific:-) I noticed my old NFL sticker on my car is splitting in half from the elements and appears to form the "no-mascots" symbol. I'm pulling for the new name to be the Washington Red Wolves so I can hear 70,000 fans howl like a wolf when we score a touchdown. This looks like ice, but it's dried salt and even cracks when you step on it. In the height of summer with evaporation the shoreline recedes about a quarter mile. The GSL is 75 miles long and 25 miles wide. Ant hill foreground, Antelope Island background.
  8. My buddy next to me is a member of the cult. He grew up in CT, then moved south. He's an excellent skier and also still plays rec league hockey at age 60. BTW, that photo is from a few years ago at Timberline, WV, the place that was recently bought by Perfect North and is being resurrected this summer with new lifts, new snowmaking and lots of repairs after old owners went bust and did not open last winter. Pretty good mountain and fairly snowy for the Mid-Atlantic.
  9. I think the 2016 poll was conducted by the Wash Post, but cited in the 2020 Wash Examiner article. The Post is about as far left as the Examiner is far right. I take both of them with a grain of salt.
  10. I can see being offended by the term "Redskin", but those that don't like Indian team names seem to want all branding connected with Native American heritage eliminated? That seems a shame to me, but I guess they view it as exploitive or cartoonish? Sad. FYI: The Washington Post, which has argued that the Redskins name is a slur, found in a 2016 poll of Native Americans that only 9% of the Native American community polled found the name offensive. A less scientific poll from 2019 found that the most common emotion associated with the name was “pride.” That quote came from this article on the subject which suggests that all Indian team names will be gone soon: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/the-renaming-wont-stop-with-the-washington-redskins
  11. I took a 4th of July road trip from the Salt Lake City (SLC) area to Mirror Lake, UT with my wife and son. Mirror Lake is normally about 80 or 90 miles east of SLC, but we took a really cool, if slightly longer route to get there; cool in more ways than one. Up around Mirror Lake, elevation 10,050' it was 66 degs at 2 PM. When we returned to the SLC area at 5 PM it was 95 degs!From the Cottonwood Heights/Holladay area we took Rt 190 up Big Cottonwood Canyon, then just before arriving at Brighton Ski Area we took a left onto Guardsman Pass Rd (only open in summer) to climb over the Wasatch Front. This is the view of Brighton's Millicent Lift ski terrain from Guardsman Pass Rd. The area they call Scree Slope on the trail map is that big rock pile in the upper center. My son is standing at Guardsman Pass, elev 9717'. Some of Deer Valley's upper lift terminals are in the left background. This view is looking towards the east and Mirror Lake is about 60 more miles out in the distance. This is few miles east of Guardsman Pass on a very steep and curvy road (open in summer only) descending to Heber City. We dropped a huge vertical, maybe 4000', in a much shorter distance than we'd climbed up Rt 190 in Big Cottonwood Canyon to get to the pass. Same area, we caught a peek of Mt. Timpanogos to the south, elev 11,752'. This is where we came from looking back west up towards Guardsman Pass from the Heber City area. Somebody's flying Old Glory for the 4th of July. We made an obligatory stop at the nearby Heber Valley Creamery for some fresh ice cream. Nice view of Timp from the creamery. Skipping forward about 50 miles this is a scenic overlook on Rt 150 about five miles west of Mirror Lake. We broke out our camp chairs and had a picnic here. The temperature was 66 degs. We probably picked the busiest day of the year to take this scenic drive, but up here social distancing was easy and beautiful. This is a panoramic shot, if you click on it, it will enlarge. Same spot, this view is to the west, we are probably at about 10,500' elevation. If you think the above views are nice, we also had Bald Mtn (left), elev 11,942', right behind us to the east. This is one of the many smaller lakes on the approach to Mirror Lake. It was an unbelievably gorgeous place and day for a drive. Another picturesque lake along Rt 150. This is the elusive Mirror Lake. We went down by its shoreline, but it was anticlimactic. It was so crowded there that we left without getting out of the car. This trip was about the journey, not the destination, anyway. Hayden Peak (elev 12,479') is in the left background. On the return trip we took a slightly different way home and instead of climbing back up Guardsman Pass we went past the Jordanelle Reservoir. I think that's Deer Valley's Bald Mtn to the right. I went swimming briefly in the reservoir at this spot where temps were about 85 degs, water maybe a brisk 72. Nice! This is back in the Holladay, UT area. That is Old Mill Golf Course. Temps were 95 degs at 5 PM. We had a nice drive and successfully escaped the heat. Total distance traveled about 220 miles. Later in the evening we watched a chaotic, but fun display of miscellaneous fireworks popping off throughout the Salt Lake Valley:
  12. Interesting, looks like Redskins might now change their name. After years of resisting the change the team owner just signaled today, 3 July 20, that they are taking a hard look at it. Some of their big sponsors like FEDEX and NIKE have requested a change - or else. I just googled the large list of other sports teams that had Indian-related names and what happened to them. Not only have most changed the sports teams nicknames away from Indian, Brave, Chief, etc., but many of these teams/schools have also dropped logos that depicted Native Americans in any way. I'm ok with dropping the term Redskin, but that last part is kind of sad to me because I always thought the Redskins had a noble, strong and inspiring Indian logo that I hope they can keep: Maybe change team name to Washington Warriors and keep everything else the same, or would that still be objectionable??? Question, is wearing this old jersey now the equivalent of flying a Confederate flag outside your house I really don't want to be targeted as a racist.
  13. I think I will be heading East in a week or two. Drove West on Jan 25, 2020. Time to go home. The current plan is to camp for three nights with my wife along the drive across the country and stay self-contained. Meanwhile, here are some Utah photos from the last half of June. This is on the Big Cottonwood Canyon access road about 4 miles up from the mouth of the canyon where the road gets pinched by cliffs. Took this photo while biking up there. No place for a car to stop here. Passed a cute little doggie-biker on the Jordan River Trail near Draper, UT. At a cemetery in Cottonwood Heights there are two interesting and heartwarming grave markers of twin brothers hanging out for eternity as best buds. They died about ten years ago just two months apart at age 64. Discovered this cute micro-park near mouth of BCC one day while biking. Went back later with wife to watch a pretty sunset here. Goat farm beside the Jordan River Bike Trail. That one little fella is playing on a skateboard ramp:-) Some nearby wildfires made for a very smoky day over the Wasatch on 28 June. Much clearer view from Ferguson Canyon water tower. The Great Salt Lake is about 25 miles to the west in the far center background. Pretty steep little bike ride to get up here. Finally got my picture taken with a really popular guy out here. They have his statue all over the place and nobody's messed with him as far as I know - the Sinclair Dino. We could both use a good face washing. Overview of the Old Mill Public Golf Course. Played it once, might try it one more time before I leave Utah. The golf course was named after this nearby historic mill, now abandoned.
  14. The recent police protests and demonstrations for social justice have really brought these kind of issues to the fore. As an older person who grew up in the Wash DC area I have been a fan of the Redskins for over 50 years. It's probably been over 25 years since significant objections were first raised about the name of our football team. Back then I thought changing the name was a ridiculous idea. I and most Redskins fans always interpreted the name to mean a brave warrior who was ready to fight as hard as possible to win their battles. I viewed it as celebrating courageous Native Americans, not denigrating them. As a corollary, I am of Irish descent. I like the nickname for the Univ of Notre Dame sports teams. The Fighting Irish mascot represents determination, feistiness, and a nice touch of humor. I think it also refers to the historical fact that as one of the foremost early catholic colleges in America many Irish catholic immigrants sought to send their children there and/or were predisposed to root for the school's sports teams. Back to Redskins and Squaw Valley, in recent years I've become more amenable to a name change for the Redskins. Supposedly, our team owner polled Native American groups a couple years ago and they mostly still liked the name. But if you tell me most Native Americans are now offended by the word Redskin or the word Squaw, then go ahead and change it. It's a little thing. We have bigger things to worry about. I am a fan of social justice and the Golden Rule, but I am not a big fan of careless political correctness so these things should be addressed sensibly and fairly and not with knee-jerk reactions. It sounds like a very easy name change for Squaw Valley is to call it Olympic Valley, which is a term commonly used in the region already.

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