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Christmas Skate

Kick Turn

Holidays bring us all together.  As I get older, it seems I only see my friends on select holidaze.  Christmas typically brings a snowboarding session full of roast beef grabs.

This year, however, the warm temps only allowed a concrete bowl session at Reid Menzer Memorial Park. Both are enjoyable, albeit I’d rather be shredding.  These are a few quick shots I snapped Joey Murphy riding the concrete wave.


The Icy Sky At Night

“Aurora borealis
The icy sky at night
Paddles cut the water
In a long and hurried flight
From the white man
to the fields of green
And the homeland
we’ve never seen.”

-Neil Young

My Review of 2011

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I will be thankful of you clicking this link.

Each year we give thanks for the things that are important to us. We all know this is the basis for Thanksgiving. Most people give shout outs to their friends and family – I feel these shouts are something that goes without saying.

To avoid the banality of such a proclamation I have listed ten things that I truly am thankful for. Each unit of thanks plays a major role in things that I am passionate about.

Now, don’t think I am some sort of misanthrope with no friends or family. I love my family and friends above all else. After that then you have these ten things:

1. The Hydrogen Cycle

This is probably the most important thing in my life and yours. If you’ve ever admired a mountain or looked down into a canyon, you have to thank the hydrogen cycle. Oh, and not to mention this is the reason for SNOW, ’nuff said.

2. Friction

Without friction I couldn’t run, bike, skateboard, drive a car, sit on a chair, sit a glass on a table or really do anything else without sliding uncontrollably through life.

3. Fermentation

Let’s give it up to yeast for liking sugar and pooping alcohol.

4. Baseball

The greatest game ever played.

5. Audio frequencies

Makes music possible.

6. Photosynthesis

I love vegetables and other plants.

7. Silver Halide Crystals

Allows us to capture light.

8. Adrenaline

Who doesn’t like a good heart-racing moment?

9. Asphalt

Hint: I am not thankful for asphalt because I can drive my car on it.

10. The Earth’s tilt

Tis the seasons.

Lewis Rocks, Rolls!

I’ve noticed that I have posted less and less. In addition to less postings, my breadth also has diminished. It’s hard to say how my depth has changed as the image is something that creates its own depth for the viewer. Getting away from the obligatory reflective sentence or two following a drought of blogging, these shots are from another local hike.

Just above apple country, in the ancient foothills of the Appalachian mountains, a minor wilderness exists. I’ve recently taken to exploring the woods of these state parks: Michaux State Forest, Caledonia Park and Pine Grove Furnace. These three parks are a short drive from most major destinations in Central PA.

The Lewis Rocks hike meanders through the Tumbling Run creek bed up to a limestone vista – a reminder of PA’s rich and rocky history. Approximately 3 miles round-trip (the route we took was 3 miles – we didn’t follow the blazes) the trails aren’t well-marked and your best bet is just to hike right up through the running water. Although, water levels drop during dry spells, the rocks are still pretty rockin! A mixture of mossy trees, large rocks and waterfalls, the hike up is just as enjoyable as the limestone towers atop the ridge’s summit.,-77.364542&spn=0.011388,0.008197&output=embed

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These pictures give you a good idea of what’s in store.

Chimney Rocks Rock!



Walking through the Pennsylvania woods, a time always enjoyed. Chimney Rocks sits off the Appalachian Trail, not far from South Mountain, PA, just south of Chambersburg in Michaux State Forest.

Spring House Sticker Bomb

Someone decided to stick these Springhouse Brewery stickers all over Lancaster. I spent a cloudy spring afternoon walking around capturing the damage.  The route appeared to begin somewhere Springhouse Brewing’s Taproom and span out to Annie Baileys.  There were also stickers posted along Queen Street and the Central Market up to Spyro Gyro on Queen St.

Judging by the spattering of stickers I can only assume that this was the work of an unruly bunch of hoodlums wasting their time wandering the streets of Lancaster.  Most likely unemployed, non-contributing members to society, the hoodlums’  shenanigans must stop, eventually. Until then, I am cool with capturing the terror.