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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

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.

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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