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Nov 29, 2020

Giving Thanks
last update: 11/29 @ 18:39

This Cornoavirus year, I’m thankful for a happy, healthy family. Our nuclear family is doing fine; school and work are generally treating us well.

Our extended family is almost all well; some troubling news from the west coast. But overall, we’re doing very well.

Thankful for a lovely meal, with contributions from each of us. I am quite fond of Robert’s cornbread. And the Turkey Sarah pulled off is great!.

(Present tense because with just the three of us, there were plenty of Thanksgiving dinner leftovers.)

Thankful to see Robert fully licensed (provisional) as a driver. He and I took a final check out drive together on Friday to complete a program with our insurance company to give us a small break on teenage boy car insurance rates.

He’s cautious and aware and will be fine on his own. But we’re not getting the WRX STI rally race Subaru…

And thankful for a beautiful set of vacation days. Robert was biking on the mountian bike trail, Sarah getting her five mile walk around town and I was having fun mostly staying warm enough on the river.

Now if we can get that vaccine out and stamp out this virus, we’ll have a really great 2021!


Nov 08, 2020

Another beautiful day
last update: 11/08 @ 22:30

It’s hard to get better than 70 plus degrees in November with blue skies and leaves turning…

A very pretty day to be on the river.

I paddled up the gorge to wet bottom chute and really enjoyed the warm air and clear water. The level was a bit down but not too much, still plenty fun for me.

Sarah and Robert took off in different directions on their bikes to enjoy the day.

And we all met back up at home.

I’m not sure what the cats would do if they saw a heron. They pay attention to the birds flying around the front porch. But nothing bigger than a cardinal.


Nov 01, 2020

Good start to November
last update: 11/01 @ 21:27

It started out gray and rainy this morning.

But the the rains moved on out and the afternoon was actually quite nice. Better than it looks in the photo. There was starting to be some blue patches in the sky.

Nice to be able to get on the river today and stop looking at the news.


Oct 31, 2020

Distant Halloween
last update: 10/31 @ 18:29

In normal times, I like to give out the Halloween candy while Robert is off Trick or Treating. He’s starting to think he may be getting a bit old for that.

And with a pandemic still in control of our lives, we put the candy out for the (very likely very few) kids who come by.

Not to be deterred, Robert made this awesome chicken walker costume. He is wicked good with cardboard. And he had an invite to a socially distant Star Wars themed party this evening.

Robert is also pretty handy with a pumpkin carving knife. That’s his dinosaur skull on the top right (he’ll likely add a comment with its proper name).

Sarah did the cat with wiskers.

The crazy face is mine. (And Robert rounds us out the with styling snowball lantern.


Changes in the neighborhood
last update: 10/31 @ 18:20

A couple doors down the street, they cut down this pretty dead tree. A few weeks after that, the Lorax showed up to shame them for cutting down the tree.

I really do love the neighborhood. (I’m not sure who put the Lorax on the stump, but it’s pure genius.


Oct 18, 2020

Fall
last update: 10/18 @ 19:29

A nice, cool day on the river.

Beautiful weather, a little cool and the water is starting to cool off (I was a bit more aggressive playing in one wave than maybe I should have been).

If you squint just right at the little creek coming into the Potomac in the background, you can see the Heron hanging out there looking for dinner.

No rope swings in the gorge, and I likely would not have been tempted even if there were…


Oct 11, 2020

Rope swing!!!
last update: 10/11 @ 13:32

The weather, ahead of Hurricane Delta, was cloudy but pleasant yesterday. We took the boats to the Potomac. And with the help of a rental car for shuttle, paddled Angler’s to Lock 10.

It may be the last time for the season when the rope swings seem inviting.

On this trip we passed three: The first had a big tree just underwater, close to the landing zone.

The second, seen here, was just about perfect.

By the time we got to the third, we were getting comfortable again and decided to just keep paddling.

That’s Robert’s splashdown above.

David on the left.

Sarah below.

All in all, a great way to spend an October afternoon. Good leaf watching from the river, no crowds — but there were folks on the shore and even a few other boats on that stretch.


Bonus
last update: 10/11 @ 13:24

Sarah walking across the Potomac…

…It wasn’t really that low.


Oct 03, 2020

This afternoon’s project…
last update: 10/03 @ 18:13

A bike jump; it works pretty well


Oct 02, 2020

Zoom zoom
last update: 10/02 @ 21:45

We’ve walked up the steps at the Masonic Memorial several times to see a launch from Wallops. But this is the first time they have actually launched.

We’ve had technical issues and boats in the area. Well, NASA has had those problems, we’ve just been robbed of the view by those problems.

Tonight was perfect: Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft launched on time from the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS, for short) for the ISS carrying supplies.

They named the Cygnus the S.S. Kalpana Chawla in honor of one of the astronauts lost on the Columbia in 2003.

Click on the photo above: Mars to the left of moon, the S.S. Kalpana Chawla lower and right of center. The photo at left is the rocket but zoomed in on the phone — not the best quality.

(I brought my better camera last time, but the missions have been scrubbed so many times I skipped it tonight.)



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