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New Zealand!

It has been a long time since I have posted here.  Not quite as long as previous disappearances, though long enough.  You should be excited to know that married life is wonderful and ya’ll should take part in it.  Also, New Zealand is an amazing country, and despite loosing our luggage, our honeymoon was fantastic!

Below I’m going to give you some first hand photos of this trip, but you can find all of them and more at the New Zealand trip page.  Though if all you’re interested in is photos, then you probably will be fine checking out the New Zealand Collection.

Check out the awesome photos below though:

Onsen Hot Pools
Onsen Hot Pools

Milford Sound Mountains

Wanaka Tree
Wanaka Tree

Breakfast with a view
Breakfast with a view
Deposited Penguin
Deposited Penguin

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Earth Day

Welcome to Earth, 3rd Rock from the Sun.  Today is the day that we celebrate it.  I’m not sure why, something from the 1970s.  Anyway despite what you might think you know about me, I do support the earth.  I like it, I love it, I want some more of it.  In fact, I’ve gone far out of my way to visit some of it’s most beautiful places.

Yes, that’s right, I’m talking about the National Parks of the United States of America.  Currently there are 61 of them.  (Whether or not some actually deserve to be named parks is up for debate, but not here).  I have been to 28 of them.  Not everyone is represented on my website yet as a full review, (there’s not enough time in the day), but I have photos from them all.  I’m not posting 28 photos here, just some of my favorites.  So, check out the jump, read all about it, and remember, stay in school.

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Did I ever Share My Colorado Photos?

I bet not.  That was rude of me, I’m sorry.  Here you go, links to the daily break down of Rocky Mountain, and The Great Sand Dunes trip.

Rocky Mountain

Road to Somewhere

The Great Sand Dunes

The Great Sand Dunes

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Katmai

Bears walking

We’re at the last of my National Park’s for the Alaska trip, Katmai.  Famous for it’s bears and Brooks Falls.  However, we didn’t go to Brooks Falls though, we spent the time in the backcountry of the park looking for bears up Funnel Creek.  Unfortunately it was late in the year for that particular salmon run, we’d have to come back in a few weeks for the next one to start.  We still saw 5 different bears, all pretty far away though.

Here, watch this 360 video of it!

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Autumn Hiking

It might not be the most wonderful time of the year, but it is pretty damn nice looking out.  Especially in the North East part of the country.  The fall colors are in full bloom up by Cold Spring NY.  The weather was nice for a late October day.

Puddle Reflection

One of the people I was hiking with pointed out this puddle for me, I have to thank her, because it was a really nice shot, I only wish I had my proper camera for it.

Here’s a few more you can look at if you want.

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Log Book End

finished Bookend

Just over 30 months ago we took down 3 giant oak trees.  Two red-oaks, and one white oak.  All three were straight and full of usable wood.  The white oak we saved a good portion of for projects.  We had a guy with a portable saw-mill come out and cut up a 10′ section of the white oak trunk.  That’s still drying now and a project for a later time.

Wood

I cut off a nice 2″ thick piece of a branch to try something with:

sanded

Fresh end-grain wood like this is subject to cracking as it dries, so I did alot of research looking for ways to preserve the wood.  I came across this product called Pentacryl, it claimed to do everything I wanted, so I ordered myself 2 gallons of the stuff.  Wanting to make sure it wasn’t going to ruin my main project piece, a 30″ diameter section of the base of the trunk, I tried it on one of the larger branches I had cut.

I followed the directions, and applied the solution to it and let it sit for a week or so.  Since it’s a small piece, only about 8″ round, and dense white oak, it didn’t take much pentacryl to fill it up.  After I had it dry inside for a week,I applied some tung oil to it.  It came out nice, then I let it sit for about a year and forgot about it.

top of log

After about a year of sitting undisturbed, the surface had developed a few hairline cracks, and the once smooth surface was noticeably not smooth anymore.  I left it alone for almost a further year while I thought of what I wanted to do with it.  Eventually, one day I got the idea to make a book end out of it.  Something that would allow me to still see the end, but also appreciate the beauty of it.

L brakcets

So I took it out and sanded the bumps out of it down to 220 grit sandpaper.  I attached 2 L brackets to the bottom, and applied 3 new fresh coats of tung oil to it.  Now it’s all finished and holding up my Yellowstone & Grand Tetons Book.

I’m sorry I don’t have too many photos of the actual cutting, and sanding, and applying the pentacryl.  I can assure you, it was all boring cutting, and painting and sanding work, trust me, nothing special.  I didn’t measure anything here, nothing is square, it’s very rustic, that was the point of it.