Today, Lacey and I hiked the Ramsey Cascades Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was a good 8 mile out-and-back trip (plus we figure another .5 mile or so in the ‘parking lot’). At the end of the trail is a pretty big waterfall, so that was a nice place to have our lunch. 2,200 feet of elevation gain wore us out pretty well by the end of our trip. We could not have asked for better weather for our hike!
Nerd note: I took all of these photos with my (new to me) 5th-generation iPod touch.
Almost walked into this guy tonight. Sheesh! I’m not a big fan of spiders. At all. From what I can tell, though, he looks a lot like a Garden Orb Web Spider (Eriophora transmarina). Scratch that, I have no clue what this guy/gal is. I have seen far too many photos of spiders on google now, though. Sheesh!
I was privileged to have the opportunity to visit the island of Oahu this October. My girlfriend, Lacey, was in the middle of spending a couple months at a Baptist Camp (pkcc.org) located on the west side of the island. She volunteered at the camp, doing anything from painting, laundry, to preparing meals for the campers. In exchange for some work, she was able to stay at the camp free of charge, and score some free meals here and there. Sweet deal! When I went to visit for two weeks, I was able to help the camp develop a more modern website. It was a fun way to keep costs down, learn new things, and get to spend time in Hawaii!