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When my parents came to visit, we went to City of Rocks National Reserve.

Photos under the cut )

Honestly, I'm a little disappointed in my Canon Rebel. I thought it would take way better pictures than this, but really it's no better than my point-and-shoot. It might be because I don't know how to take decent pictures to save my life, or work an expensive camera, in which case I can probably take great photos with my point-and-shoot if I knew how to fully utilize its features.
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I stepped out of my comfort zone today and went on a day trip to Nevada. I wanted to visit the ghost town of Metropolis, but I had no idea what to expect on how to get there. I figured a dirt road led to it, but there was a stretch of semi-paved road (or what used to be a paved road) that was so awful I almost considered turning back. My car is kinda old, even though it hasn't shown any sign of dying any time soon. And it's little. It's not a truck.

But I was so determined to get there. This is the first time I've driven to a place like this by myself.

I love the Nevada landscape. It helps that have an affinity for bleak, austere landscapes. Maybe it's from watching westerns for so many years, or maybe it's because I spent my early childhood on the dry side of the Columbia River Gorge.

The ghost town was so quiet. There was no one else around, though a truck drove by on the road I was parked on. I passed a couple of people on the way there and saw some houses, probably ranchers. Several times I had to slow way down because there were cows on the road. They don't even move until you get really close, and then they're like, "Pft, well, ooookaayy, fine, I'll move."

Pretty much all the land around there is managed by the BLM, as is most of Nevada. Not sure who keeps an eye on on the ghost town, though, probably the BLM. But it appears the town is left to decay with no effort to preserve it. The basement of the school house was still intact, although one corner of the roof had collapsed. I went down the steps a little but didn't go in because I wasn't sure how stable the place was, plus it was really creepy down there. There were lots of modern garbage, places where people had made campfires, graffiti, and some small dead animals, including a dead snake (poor snek. It wasn't a rattlesnake, thank goodness). I almost expected to find a corpse or something, lol. What I saw from the steps was probably all there was anyway.
More pictures under the cut )


Sep. 4th, 2015 04:29 pm
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Wow, when was the last time I updated?

I'm sitting right now in a historic hotel in Butte, Montana, on vacation for Labor Day weekend. Today we visited Philipsburg and the nearby ghost town of Granite. Tomorrow we plan on visiting the Copper King Mansion here in town, though we don't know what else after that. We've been here before so we've done a lot of touring already. On our way to Great Falls we'll be stopping by the ghost town of Comet. It's been raining on and off, and partly sunny at times.

I really needed a vacation. Being stuck in that town was driving me crazy. It's not a terribly small town--it has a Walmart at least, but that is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing in that they have a lot of stuff. A curse in that it's the largest retailer in town, and if I feel like shopping for cute clothes, I'm out of luck. Well, there is a North 40, but I'm not into the cowgirl look. I was in town almost two weeks because I stayed for the weekend in hopes of getting some overtime, but I was never needed for fire support, so I was pretty bored. I went into town a few times and visited the local museum, but I spent a lot of time in the bunkhouse reading books.

This is a very welcome vacation. We didn't go anywhere last summer.

Path into the Hall

Here's a bonus pic from the wildlife refuge I've been living on:

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Hate to admit it, but I kind of don't want to volunteer at the thrift store today. I guess I'm just getting a little bored with doing the same thing every week. I'd rather sort clothes than the stuff in home wares. That and I'd rather spend the day actually getting started on grad school stuff. I'm only going to have Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday completely free, meaning I have nothing in my schedule. I only volunteer four hours today and then two hours on Saturday, but the hours are in the middle of the day, so when I get home it's like I feel like I'm done for the day. ...I shouldn't be so whiny. :\ Friday I agreed to be babysit my niece because her regular babysitter needs the day off, so there won't be any time to do grad school stuff.

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I just want to travel again. I used Google Maps to create a map of ghost towns I'd like to visit. One town in particular--although there isn't much left of it--is the inspiration for a town in the story I want to write, and it's only about an hour and a half from where I live.
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I love Bodie so much, I wish I could go back. I've been there twice, but it's not enough. I want to live there.


Sep. 7th, 2014 09:38 am
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I'm back from Florida. I had a really good time, but it was really hot there. I've never experienced humidity like that before, not even when I went to Kentucky and Boston. I'm not going to be posting pictures because there are just too many and I'm too tired to really care. Maybe I'll post a couple every so often.

Now I have to finish my laundry, search for jobs, and do a bunch of other stuff. I may be calling my aunt in Florida again about something very important--no, I will be calling her because there may be an opportunity involved.

My sister and her husband finally bought a home. They will be moving out in about a month. My brother-in-law also got a new job which also means a step up on the pay scale, so I'm really glad for both of them. Seems like their prayers are finally being answered. I just wish mine would be.

Oh, and I also got my ears pierced yesterday. Years ago I had them pierced when I was much younger, but I let them heal up because I didn't like the upkeep. Or something. I can't remember. Now I have to sleep on my back for the next six weeks because I'm a side-sleeper and I can't be smashing my ears against a pillow.

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About time I got around to doing this. I'm not going to post as many pictures because I'm too lazy.

Pictures under the cut )

Just life

Aug. 14th, 2014 12:14 pm
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Volunteer training at the museum has been going well. Pretty much all I've been doing is shadowing tours of the house. One of the docents--I mean, interpreters told me that apparently there's some expectation that eventually carriage house greeters will lead tours, which is not what I was told, but I think what she meant was that many greeters eventually become tour guides.

I've been looking into places to visit when I go to Florida, especially historic homes/mansions. So far there are a few in the area where I'll be, but one in particular costs $20 just to get in. I think it includes a bunch of stuff in the tour or whatever, but I don't feel like paying that price. The place is sometimes used for weddings so I wouldn't be surprised if the interior included a lot of modern furnishings, which I don't want to pay to see.

I was just reminded that I still haven't posted the second half of my trip to Lake Chelan. I shall get to that right now.

In the area of postcrossing, however...

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Sent to Lithuania and U.S. respectively. I sent another one to Germany but forgot to scan it. It was a postcard from Craters of the Moon National Monument. A shame because it was a pretty postcard. :( By the way, the house pictured in the postcard to the right is the one I'm volunteering at!
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So here are some pictures of my trip to Lake Chelan and Stehekin. Lake Chelan is 50+ miles long and the third deepest lake in the U.S., after Lake Tahoe and Crater Lake. There are only two ways to get to the town at the other end of the lake, which is Stehekin: by boat or by seaplane. There are no roads leading to the other end of the lake, and no trails lead from one end to the other.

The seaplane is more of a tourist thing, I think. My dad wanted to ride it, but I don't know what stopped him. I didn't want to go because I didn't want to pay my way. It was really expensive, IMO. My dad has no problem doing things by himself, so I just don't know why he didn't do it.

Two boats take people up and down the lake, picking people up along the way at certain points and trailheads. We took the express boat on the way to Stehekin, which took about two hours. We took the regular boat back, which took four hours. We decided that if we ever decided to go back to Stehekin, we'd take the express boat even though it's more expensive. Four hours was quite a long time to be on that boat. It was almost like a four hour plane ride except we could actually get up and walk around.

But, before we got to Chelan, we stayed in Waterville the night before. My dad had always wanted to stay in this historic, restored hotel there.

Pictures behind the cut )
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Awwwwww, yeeeeah. Writing is going so good right now. Things are just coming together so well and I just....YES. I love how sometimes I don't know what will happen next or how a certain situation will turn out, and the ideas just sort of write themselves. Love that feeling!

Got two new books today, one used and one on discount, at a local bookstore. Yesterday I went to a thrift store, and I didn't intend to, but I ended up getting three books: one on Indian warriors, one on the Old West (can never have too many of those), and one on Aboriginal Australia. I'm really going to need those new bookshelves soon because I'm even running out of space to stack books. I have a whole pile of books I haven't read yet and might not be able to for years to come. But at least I have a library I can choose from without having to leave my house.

I'm leaving tomorrow for a family reunion in a city a few hours from here.

And I just remembered that I still haven't posted any pictures from my trip. I'm taking my laptop with my tomorrow so maybe in the evening I can get around to resizing and uploading more pictures.


Jul. 18th, 2014 08:52 am
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Fires are burning all over the state. Usually happens this time of year. There was one burning a few miles from my home along a lake. Yesterday, the sky was really hazy and smokey, and I could smell the smoke. This morning I went for a walk and the sky was overcast, but the sun looked orange behind the clouds. Right now, there's this warm glow in the light and the sky is this dirty beige color. It's weird.

We had a heat wave for something like two weeks where every day it was either 100 degrees or close to breaking 100. Now things will be down in the 80s, so despite the hazy sky it feels a lot better now.

Tomorrow my dad and I will be heading for Lake Chelan. First we'll stay in another nearby town because there just weren't any hotels with vacancy or they were too expensive in the town of Chelan. On Saturday we're going to take a boat tour of the lake and then visit a waterfall at the end of the lake. We'll stay in a hotel in the town at the end of the lake I really need a vacation, but it doesn't look like the weather will be very good. July is usually great for weather around here, but it's just my luck that it'll probably be raining at one of our destinations. That and I'm sure the smokey air will be prevalent in the area. I'll take pictures anyway.

I bought my tickets for Florida, but the last thing I needed to hear about was another plane crash (although it was not an "accident").

EDIT: All of the fires right now are burning in the general area where my dad and I will be heading tomorrow, although we won't be going directly through those areas. I think we're still far enough away that we won't be affected.


Jul. 7th, 2014 09:44 pm
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Looks like I'll be going to Florida at the end of August to visit my aunt and her family. I have to start looking at what attractions are there so we can have some places to visit.

I hate flying, though.
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Just for randomness, I took this photo last summer while visiting Silver City, Idaho, and then put it through a convenient photo filter app.

Mother's Day went well once my sister and her husband got here. My mom has a tendency to freak out before get-togethers, but I think she was especially on edge because of my upcoming graduation party and the logistics concerning my grandparents who will be flying out here from Kentucky. Yeesh.

The spring symposium is on Wednesday, and I'm presenting at 8:40 in the morning. Ugh. Hopefully this means few people will actually be there, including some of the other anthropology majors. I'm suddenly nervous now about presenting in front of any of my teachers who might be there. o_o

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When traveling through southwestern Idaho, it helps to listen to spaghetti western music.

I miss traveling so much right now. ;_;

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