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A New Year’s Hike…


A walk out east…


1 January 2019: Grey and unsettled skies on this first day of the year, but went out east to take a short walk along the beach and dunes trail of the Fire Island National Seashore. A few deer were braving the gusty winds around the bay side and it just felt good to be outside …



Back to New York…


The last leg of the roadtrip…


31 December 2018: A long drive today from Pocomoke City MD back home to Long Island NY to finish up the holiday roadtrip. Took a break to photograph the Verazzano Bridge before crossing into Brooklyn. Usually we do this crossing early in the morning or after dark, so it was a special treat to see it in day time — too bad the skies were overcast and grey …



Winter Solstice on the Beach…


Solstice at St. Augustine…


21 December 2018: Took the Jeep out for a sunrise drive along the beach this morning to celebrate the Solstice. Apparently this year we have a lot going on celestially right now. In addition to the solstice there is the full moon and the Ursids meteor shower which is expected to peak here in Florida on the night of the 22nd to 23rd. Luckily the skies are clearing so perhaps we can see something from the beach here tonite or tomorrow night from camp …



Hitting the Road…


Starting the holiday roadtrip…


13 December 2018: Getting an early start on the holiday roadtrip tonight, making the first leg of the journey from Long Island, NY as far as Carney’s Point on the southern end of NJ. The weather threatened rain, but it turned out to be clear the whole evening’s drive, and traffic was unusually light. A good beginning …


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THIS MONTH:

Holiday road trip time. Getting ready to load up the Jeep and heading south for warmer climates and fun times on- and off-road (and maybe discovering some new places on the way)…


COMING UP SOON:

Going to explore someplace new in the search for traces of the ancient silk road caravan routes…


Headed back to the deserts of the southwest for some more fun in the sun and sand…

Advanced sand dune training with Barlow Adventures at the Imperial Sand Dunes in southern California. This three day driving and navigation program focuses on moving safely and effectively through large dunefields. Skills-building exercises are intended to improve pace, line choice and vehicle control, as well as developing precision map and compass navigation technique…


Learning more about what goes on under the hood via a hands-on “Engine Building Basics” workshop with Pistons and Pixie Dust in San Antonio. During this three day intensive class we will completely tear down an engine, learn about the internal components and how an engine works, and then reassemble the engine ourselves…


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