By Land, By Air

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Good news....

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An ivory-billed woodpecker -- widely believed to be extinct and whose last confirmed sighting was 60 years ago -- is alive in Arkansas, according to a research paper released Thursday.

And there are plans to use federal money to preserve the bird's habitat.

Evidence the woodpecker still exists includes eight independent sightings between 2004 and 2005 and a videotape.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Seeing double?

One of these things is just like the other. Posted by Hello

Nope. Two favorite movies from my collection, both set aboard a modern submarine, and for some reason, being set in a submarine means having a red and black "infared" cover, and white block lettering.

Oh well. At least the movies are very different from each other as far as content, and are both really good movies...(Red October definetly being the better of the two...)

Which I cant say for these two....

I guess the thought process is...."They were stupid enough to like the the muscle bound moron taking care of children the first time. Lets just make the same movie and give it a different name..."

Me? Im current in post production on an original movie about an alien who comes from outer space to warm the hearts of a small suburban family. Im calling it T.E....


This has to be a first.....

WENATCHEE, Washington (AP) -- Two elderly men who had gone turkey hunting together died of apparent heart attacks just minutes apart, authorities said.

Elmer Sapp, 78, and Alfred Hurd, 70, were hunting south of East Wenatchee on Monday when Hurd got out of a pickup truck and chased a bird down an embankment.

Sapp followed and found his hunting partner lying on the ground, according to Chelan County Sheriff Mike Harum. Sapp then went back to the pickup, flagged down a motorist, told the motorist what happened and then collapsed.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

AT -The Long Haul.

Id love to pick up and head down to Springer Mountain, GA to begin walking the entire 2000 plus miles of the Appalacian Trail to Khatadin. The idea of it is intoxicating. I could save some money, quit my job, and be on the trails for 5 months or so, with no bills, no worries, sore feet, nothing but trees to look at, walking 25 miles a day.....yeah. The good comes with the bad.

Im going to begin my section hike of the AT this year. A popular method of hiking the whole AT without doing it all in one shot, alot of people hike the AT by state, or by mile marker. This Summer I can scratch Maryland and West Virginia off of my list, in 44 miles. Easy and short sections when compared to Virginia, which at just under 550 makes up a quarter of the trails total length. New Jersey offers another 73 miles, Pennsylvania 229 miles, and New York offers 88 and a half miles. Pennsylvania can be done in a few weekends of camping/hiking..since ints a neighboring state. New York ive always wanted to do, simply because ive heard the stories about being ablt to see Manhattan from the trail. Thats gotta be nuts.

According to current trailhead register data, 918 people have started an attempt from GA to hike the whole trail, as of April 15th. Currently, only one has checked in at Harpers Ferry, VA....thats a fast walker. Thats the 1000 mile mark!

Most folks think your crazy if you tell them you would like to walk from Georgia to Maine. I think it would be one of the most gratifying and rewarding experiences I could imagine. Since 1936, 8,425 hike completions have been recorded by ATC. This includes thru-hikes, and multi year section hikers. For some guys, like Andrew Skurka, 2000 miles just isnt enough. He is currently blazing the entire 7,700-mile Sea-to-Sea Route (C2C), which is a network of existing long-distance hiking trails that span almost continuously between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and will be the first person to do so.

I prefer the idea of something more like the pace of of Peter Jenkins. (Buy his books...worth every penny.)

Monday, April 25, 2005


...Was the first bonfire of the year. I could spend more Fridays like this.

Friday Night Bonfire Posted by Hello

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Hump Day

Ahhh, Wednesday. Love it and hate it. Half way through another punsihing work week (im no fan of my current job) ..yet, it is only halfway...meaning the weekend is still slightly out of reach. Today, I have been denied from taking off this Friday in order to join some friends on an overnight camping trip to Quehanna. Not a good way to stat the day. Looks like rain is the order of the weekend, so flying will be out too. I think the weekend will be spent in mass cleaning mode, getting my apartment back to a sparkling condition. yay.

I had a dream last night that I was being held hostage, by Middle Eastern gentleman, in a Middle Eastern environment. Im not sure what that means. Im not sure if it was sparked by falling asleep while watching the Bourne Identity last night...I am sure that waking up and reading this made the dream come back to me as vivid as a movie ive seen 100 times. I guess it just says something about where my subconcious is.

Today the local newspaper has a headline about my company's first quarter profits icreasing by 17 percent. Interesting enough considering my slaray was decreased 10 percent this year.

I guess the upside is that its another beautiful 70 degree day, with light winds. Unfortunatly, Ill be spending it inside a big concrete box filled with computers. Its going to take a few post-work beers and a steak on the grill to make this one a good hump day. Sometimes I wish I worked for David Brent. At least then id have that to look forward to at work!

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Street Art

All of these pictures are drawn on flat surfaces. Amazing....

Sunday Pics

Over Dads shoulder...Steep turns in the Citabria Posted by Hello

Tiger Moth Posted by Hello

Tiger Moth cockpit Posted by Hello

A Seaplane at the fuel pumps Posted by Hello

Two Piper Cubs in the "Ghetto Hanger" Posted by Hello

Everyone in our family loves aircraft...even the dog. Posted by Hello

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Mini Trip Report

Took a half day from work on monday to enjoy the nice weather. Beautiful sunny day with temeratures around 65 degrees. I decided to take a walk through the nearby Brandywine Creek State Park.

The park covers 933 acres of meadows, woods and the Brandywine creek. Its popular for day hikers, Kayakers, Trout fisherman, and people who were somehow misled into thinking frisbee golf is fun. Being a Monday however, I didnt see a soul, with the exception of some of the local wildlife, including an owl of which type i couldnt identify, a rat snake that measured at least 6 feet, and some turtles out on the creek banks enjoying the new Spring sun. All of them were too fast for my camera however, so hopefully better luck next time on that.

Brandywine Creek State Park Posted by Hello

The park grounds are separated by grey stone walls built of local stone by Italian masons in the late 1800's. I can only assume they are the same folks who built the structure above, that is along a trail I hadnt taken before. four walls, steps and some windows are all that remains, the interior is now a pond supplied by a nearby tributary of the Brandywine, complete with frogs n' moss. It officially became a state park in 1965, among the first parks in the country to be purchased with Land and Water Conservation Funds.

All in all, great to be out on the trail in the sun again. Look forward to many more day trips to the area.

You can click here to see a satellite image of the area. The white square at left is the parking lot, and the park extends East of there to the creek and just beyond.

Rebirth of a Legend.

Piper Cub Posted by Hello

New fabric on the Cub Posted by Hello

New fabric and dope Posted by Hello

Many of the fine felllows at my local airport enjoy building and restoring aircraft. Im lucky enough to have caught this most recent project at the beginning.

At top is a ready and working Piper Cub. Another Cub almost identical to this one is currently being restored in the same hanger from the ground up for the first time in 40 years. You can see the most image of the project Cub above, receiving a new "skin" of fabric. Previosuly, the aircraft had been taken apart peice by peice and the old fabric literally torn away. I plan to take pictures of the progress every chance I get to stop by the hanger, and eventually ill post a link to a gallery where the progress can be tracked in order. Fascinating to watch. These pictures were taken last weekend. As of that day they had the fabric on the main fuselage, and were applying the "dope". the internal cables for rudder control were also in place, although the rudder is not yet attatched. Cant wait til she flys again!

2000 Miles to Maine

Got my copy through Amazon recently.....

Heres the official description:

Inspired by Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, director Douglas Morse and producer Heide Estes traveled to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. They became fascinated with all of the hikers they met. From Jack, who got stuck with an angry dog, to Malice and Kentucky, the Cheech and Chong of the A.T., to Matt and Angie, who planned to get married on the trail when they reached Pennsylvania. On the first day out, Estes and Morse met Chad, an easy going guy in excellent shape who found himself tempted to walk off the trail after just a few days. Hikers like Chad become our eyes and ears on the six month journey to Maine’s Mount Katahdin, more than 2000 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia.

I enjoyed it overall. Some of it is laugh out loud hilarious. The best part of it for me all the things I could relate to, from the Mountain House meals being prepared to the endless quest for less weight/more room. Its interesting to see a clean shaven man, Chad, start the trail with doubts and be there when he finishes in Maine now resembling a member of ZZ top with a flowing beard. The biggest downside was the fact that the movie skips the majority of the trail. Of course I dont expect to see the whole trail documented, ( I dont have the kind of time. Ok, yes I do, but you know what I mean...) starts at Springer Mountain in Georgia, and next thing you know you are in New England somwhere. I was disapointed I didnt get to see any of the short sections of the AT that I have personally hiked.

You get to meet alot of interesting characters on the way, folks young and old out to complete the quest of becoming a "2000 miler". You are there for the good times, and the bad, the frustrations, the exhilration of completing the goal. One reviewer on Amazon said it best...., Ryan Jordan Publisher, July 2004
"People who dream about being thru-hikers will either change their mind, or quit their job immediately and hit the trail. "

All in all, I would recommend this DVD to anyone, but especially hiker/campers. The familiarity with alot of the situations alone is worth a look. Trek, another documentary focusing on AT thru-hikers will be the next purchase for me. I hear its a little better. Ill let you know what I thought. : )

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Taking the High Road....

....anyone up for a walk? is currently running the High Point Challenge, a competition set up for hikers and campers to earn points for hiking X amount of miles or climbing mountains X,Y and Z. (Details here) Participants can win new camping equipment, trips to Mount Ranier, etc, etc...

Attatched to this promotion was a list of the highest point in every state. Of course, now im going to have to start knocking the local ones off my list. (DE, PA, MD, NY, VA).

Not for competition, just to say I did.

Here in Delaware, the highest peak is Ebright Azimuth, at a staggering 448 feet. On a busy two lane road. Welcome to Delaware. I havent been, to my knowledge, so that will be the first, and not so exciting mission. (I could probably complete this on my lunch break!)

Next door, Pennsylvania offers Mount Davis, at 3,213 feet. Rewards on top include a 50 foot watch tower, and the extra bragging rights os standing where George Washington stood in 1753. How she got her name is intersting too...from

What's in a name? For 180 years, until it was determined to be the tallest point in the state, Mt. Davis was known as Negro Mountain. Historians trace the label to an incident during the French and Indian Wars, when a black man named Nemisis was killed saving a white man from marauding Indians. When the mountain achieved its lofty new status, the search for a more appropriate, less controversial name turned up John Nelson Davis, a Civil War vet, pioneer, minister, educator, and, perhaps more importantly, owner of 26,000 acres on the mountain.

Maryland's tallest peak is Backbone Mountain at 3,360 feet. Apparently the hardest thing about this 1.2 mile hike is finding the trail head. apparently the only way to find it is through a spray painted "HP" scrawled in Orange on a guard rail(!!) Up top, a historical marker honors a Spanish-American war hero who was the great-great-grandson of one of the area's first settlers. The downside, apparently one gets a hell of a view Mt. Storm power plant from up there.

New York State offers Mt. Marcy, at 5,344 feet. The summit is a 14 to 20 mile hike depending on which of the four trails you choose. Apparently they also have the biggest, ugliest, meanest black flies in the state up there. says....

The shortest way up is the Van Hoevenberg Trail, which undulates for 2 miles to the postcard-pretty lake at Marcy Dam. Then it's all uphill. Fortunately, the top is worth the toil: You get 41 other Adirondack peaks surpassing 4,000 feet, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and, as a bonus, a bird's-eye view of the ski jumps built for the soaring psychos in the 1980 Winter Olympics. On September 13, 1901, Vice President Teddy Roosevelt was lunching at Lake Tear of the Clouds (the source of the Hudson River) when a breathless guide reported that President William McKinley, who'd been shot by an anarchist in Buffalo, had taken a bad turn and was dying. After an energetic hike and series of all-night wagon relays, Roosevelt reached the North Creek Train Depot to the news that he had become, at 42, the youngest president in U.S. history. The rough-riding big-game hunter, who grew up hiking, fishing, and hunting in the Adirondacks, used his famous big stick to establish five national parks and millions of acres of national forest. No president, before or since, has done more to protect our nation's wilderness.

Bless Teddy.

Virgina is home to Mt. Rogers, at 5,729 feet. The fir trees on the summit obscure any spectacular views, but the 118,000-acre Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area includes the three highest peaks in Virginia, 400 miles of trail, herds of wild ponies and, diversity of plants equalled only by the rainforests of Brazil.

Backpacker says..

Nearby Damascus is a blessing for hungry hikers. The so-called "friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail" hosts a weeklong festival each May that lavishes food and entertainment on anyone carrying a pack. The Trail Days event kicks off with a town-wide yard sale and moves quickly into nonstop bluegrass, country, and gospel performances; slide shows and lectures; the occasional wedding (below); and good ol' southern feeds. Ken Fritz, owner of Cowboy's General Store, picks blueberries on Mt. Rogers for his signature 8-inch pancakes ($2.59 for three). The fire station puts on a legendary barbecue. And gear manufacturers repair packs, poles, and boots free. If you come, make reservations early, and prepare for a scene that's part Dead show, part Mayberry, and part outdoor retailer convention (

Ok, that sounds fun.

So, I plan to conquer these peaks. Ill set no time frame, and in no order. I plan to do at least two this Summer. After all, I can do one on my lunch break. : )

If anyone reading this has any further commens or observations about these peaks, drop a line in the comments and let me know!

Cool Google feature..

May come in handy for campers and pilots alike!

Google's MAPS page now includes Satellite images of the US and Canada. You can type in an address, and see it from 76'000 feet! Also offers a zoom, and driving directions. From my own little recon session, it seems the images are circa 2003. I used the new Philadelphia Eagles stadium as a reference. In the images, the visible construction process is consistant with that time period.


Aviation Events 2005

From EAA240 based at N57

the ones that I actually get to Ill review here. Hope to see you out there!

Apr 9 - EAA240 Fly-Out to York
Apr 23 & 24 EAA Chapter 216 Pancake Breakfast, Drive-In/Fly-In, Young Eagles Flights - Cross Keys Airport 17N
May 12 - 15 - Lumberton, NC "Mid Atlantic Fly-In and Airshow"
May 14 - EAA Chapter 240 Increasingly Famous All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast - Fly-In & Drive-In
May 20 to 22 - Millville, NJ "Wheels and Wings Airshow"
May 22 - EAA Chapter 240 Hangar Cook-Out & Picnic (noon)
May 28 - 29 - NAS Willow Grove, PA "Airshow"
June 3 - 5 - Reading, PA Mid Atlantic Air Museum WWII Weekend
June 4 - 2005 Atlantic County "Day at the Bay" Festival & Airshow, Somers Point, NJ
June 12 - EAA Chapter 240 Increasingly Famous All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast - Fly-In & Drive-In
June 12 - New Garden 2005 Air Show N57 (corrected date) (2004 Air Show Photographs)
June 26 - EAA Chapter 240 Hangar Cook-Out & Picnic (noon)
July 23 - EAA Chapter 240 Increasingly Famous All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast - Fly-In & Drive-In
Aug 6 - Battleship New Jersey - Aviation day - Camden NJ
Aug 6 - EAA240 Fly-Out to Rhinebeck Aviation Museum and Air Show NY
Aug 7 - EAA Chapter 240 Hangar Cook-Out & Picnic (noon)
Aug 31 - Thunder Over The Boardwalk - Atlantic City NJ Air Show
Sept 3 - 4, NAS Patuxent River, MD "Southern MD Aviation Days"
Sept 10 - EAA Chapter 240 Increasingly Famous All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast - Fly-In & Drive-In
Sept 11 - EAA 70 Fly-In at Braden Airpark
Sept 25 - EAA Chapter 240 Hangar Cook-Out & Picnic (noon)
Oct 15-16 - RotorFest West Chester PA

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