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  1. First post under the new look of the site. Works great! Thanks. These are pics from a very snowy Feb 2010 at Blue Knob, PA.
  2. Looks like the site got a new look on 23 Sep 2020? Any special new features we should look for?
  3. Snowshoeing in Grand Teton NP, WY, Feb 2020.
  4. I've been back in the Wash DC area since late July. Trying to ride my old hybrid bike fairly often. Here are some photos from the East, Aug-Sep 2020. Spent two weeks in Aug at the beach in North Carolina, often rode on the nice flat road seen to right below next to ocean. My wife enjoyed riding at the beach too. This is a bike trail near my home in Northern VA. It's green here! And there are a lot of people and deer. This is the house I grew up in. My parents bought it new in 1959 for $25,000 and owned it for 45 years. Probably worth +800K now.
  5. More background on these photos HERE.
  6. 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.
  7. Anybody know how to convert bmp to jpg? Thanks.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. New allegations of extensive work place harassment levied on Washington's NFL team.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 thi
  15. 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 Fron
  16. 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 t
  17. 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
  18. 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 Americ
  19. Here are about 20 photos from the first half of June 2020. These will illustrate some great diversity of terrain and activities available in early summer in Utah. I'll identify some of these photos as panoramic shots. If you click on them they will enlarge. These are a couple of shots from a favorite nearby county park called Dimple Dell. I like to bike and hike here and it's usually very lightly trafficked. It's a couple miles west of the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. On June 9th I did probably my last skiing of the season. There had been about a foot of new s
  20. On 5/30/20 I did something that was memorably touristy. I went swimming in the Great Salt Lake. This is not something local Utahns normally do. The Great Salt Lake is a weird place. As you know it's a terminal lake, approximately 75 miles long and 25 miles wide. Streams and rivers flow into it, but nothing leaves except through evaporation and that makes it five times saltier than the ocean. It's a good habitat for birds, bugs, brine shrimp, and sail-boaters, but not much else. Parts of the lake smell like a salt marsh on a bad day:-) In short, the Great Salt Lake looks pretty, but mig
  21. I've been working a lot around my son's house in SLC making a retaining wall and some related improvements. But today 27 May 2020 took time off to play some golf at nearby Old Mill Golf Course. Nice public course in the foothills with great views and a lot of vertical change in some of the holes. This was the first time I played golf in Utah. Naturally I borrowed my son's clubs. Some time I have to make a dedicated post about all the toys I've borrowed from him this winter/spring:-) Downtown SLC is in the far right background to the north. First hole, looking west:
  22. Photos from late May 2020, Salt Lake Valley. The Wasatch Front got three or four inches of new snow on 23May20. Meanwhile down in the valley it will break 90 degrees several days this week. Hard to see, but later same day I watched these two hang gliders float above the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon for about 30 minutes while I was taking a walk. One is upper center, the other is center right in this photo. Mt. Timpanogos (11,752') from Lehi, UT, 24 May. Higher elevations in the Wasatch Mtns received new snow the day before. Click
  23. A couple photos from recent days: Sunset over Salt Lake Valley Three tractors in Granite, UT 17 May 2020, Had an unusual double activity today, first time to do biking and snowshoeing on the same day. Went bike riding on the Jordan River Trail in the AM from about mile 25 to 30 and back. This was mostly through the town of Murray, UT. Lots of tight turns in the trail with many Sunday strollers and a suburban/urban feel. Not so great for riding, but still interesting. I took it slow on the mountain bike. Scenic pond beside the trail in Murra
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