Stopped roadside on my way from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park.
The Handstands in Virginia were looking a little thin, so I looked into it and found that I was missing a Handstand from Natural Bridge! Sweet!
I’m embarking on the first trip in a LONG time with my whole immediate family. We’ll be going to Natural Bridge, VA in the morning and then down to Greenville, SC for Sunday and Monday.
I have driven by Natural Bridge probably more than 100 times on I-81, and never figured it had much there. My mom has heard much about it, including some caverns there and something else at night. I hope that it has something exciting that I never knew about! Anyways, family time is good, it is especially good to get off the computer since I have been on one since Monday morning practically. Here’s to a good weekend! *Cheers*
Averaging 2,000 Miles/Month
I got my car worked on this weekend and right now I have 117,000 miles on it. As of July 2nd last year, I had 91,052 miles on my car. That equates to a whopping 25,948 miles in the past 13 months… Which (if you allow me to round the numbers) would mean 26,000 miles in 13 months.
Average Mileage per Month = 2,000 miles. How ridiculous is that??
Coming to D.C.!
I’ll be coming up to the D.C. area yet again! I leave tomorrow morning and will be coming to the D.C. area by way of Blacksburg, VA. I’ll be in town until early Saturday morning (the 15th) when I’ll drive my parents down here to South Carolina to check it out! It will add a little over 1,000 more miles on the car. I’ve got a bunch going on, but if you’d like to hang out, let me know! Right now I’m really only free possibly on next Wednesday, Thursday and possibly on Friday.
The majority of the time…
I’m driving, According to my 2009 12 of 12 stats (3 of 5 including this one). Approximately 1150 miles of documented driving on the 12th’s of the month in 2009!
- THIS MONTH’s ~ 500 Miles from Arlington, VA to Greenville, SC
- June 12 of 12 ~400 Miles from Greenville, SC to Ashland, VA
- March 12 of 12 ~250 Miles from Blacksburg, VA to Greenville, SC
July’s 12 of 12
1 of 12: 10am – Coffee to get me started. [Flickr]
2 of 12: About to get on I-395 South in Shirlington [Flickr]
3 of 12: Passing Potomac Mills [Flickr]
4 of 12: This pretty much sums up Richmond, VA. A SunTrust and a 7-11. [Flickr]
5 of 12: Diet Coke in Richmond [Flickr]
6 of 12: Quiznos Sub for Lunch right before the North Carolina Border. Diet Mountain Dew not shown. [Flickr]
7 of 12: Still trucking it on I-85. [Flickr]
8 of 12: Mebane, NC – Sheetz Iced Coffee, Caramel. Delicious. [Flickr]
9 of 12: Intersection in Charlotte, NC. I always saw signs on the interstate for “Cook Out” but here is one! [Flickr]
10 of 12: Diet Dr. Pepper for the last leg! [Flickr]
11 of 12: South Carolina! [Flickr]
12 of 12: 7:30pm – Back in Greenville, SC! Had to take Kristen to pick up her car, and we recycled on the way, how green we are! [Flickr]
What the heck was this 12 of 12?
Milepost 159.15 is where the chesapeake bay watershed ends on I-81.
Almost done packing! Will finish in the morning, and Monday morning it is bon voyage! Blacksburg, VA -> Greenville, South Carolina! It’s crazy, but I’m pumped
I took a lunch break and took some pictures in the yard today. Then tonight, I played around with a few, and here they are.
Pretty Flower [Flickr]
Perched Robin [Flickr]
April’s 12 of 12 was on Easter Sunday. I mostly spent the day cleaning, and hanging out. It was a nice and sunny day, although it was slightly chilly at the same time. My cell phone failed on me and the pictures I did take didn’t save correctly. This means no picture from playing tennis around noon, and no picture of Dan I jamming around after dinner. In any case, here is my official 12 of 12 for April. It was created using a new php script I just wrote!
10:10am | Breakfast [Flickr]
Mom was so nice to have made breakfast and left it for us lazy kids who slept in!
11:17am | Dad and “Kitty” [Flickr]
They have a understanding.
1:16pm | A well used piece of plastic. [Flickr]
I attempted to organize my electronics using this dresser because I have them scattered all over the place!
3:37pm | Grapes, a healthy snack. [Flickr]
4:35pm | Catnap [Flickr]
It definitely seemed like this would be a good idea, but I never got a chance to take one.
4:50pm | Dirty Car? [Flickr]
Today was overall cleaning day, and car cleaning was not left out.
7:27pm | Sunday Potluck [Flickr]
The food is always delicious and bountiful. It is always a highlight of the week
7:29pm | Running away from the camera [Flickr]
“J” wanted to run away from the camera, and thoroughly like this game. He didn’t like the idea not being able to play with the camera himself though.
7:32pm | Dan and Conor [Flickr]
They are always up to something.
8:17pm | Light games [Flickr]
Dan shows his perfected skills of light painting after dinner.
8:24pm | “Kids” [Flickr]
Here are most all of the kids of the Sunday potlucks. Lots of fun.
10:08pm | On the Bluetooth for a late call [Flickr]
I found my Bluetooth headset today while cleaning and put it to go use!
Well, I woke up on an air matress, in a house where the owner’s girlfriend ran the car through the garage the night before… Didn’t get a picture til I got to work though, cause I forgot it was the 12th! I didn’t keep track of exact times the pictures were taken… Not really important I suppose, because I’m making this a “12 on 12″.
Zach and I worked together ALL morning on Project Schedules
Went for a Business lunch in his pimped out KIA
Panera was Delicious. Got the Smokehouse Turkey Panini and a Asian Sesame Chicken Salad
Jared went running in the office in the afternoon
Monkeys and monsters were held captive at my desk for the day, thanks to the previous tenant
Chick-fil-a for dinner on the way out of Christiansburg
Driving my boat full of my bed and many other things (cause I’m moving soon!)
I-74 and I-77 Junction (I chose I-77)
Mountain Dew to the rescue for the 270 mile drive
Driving on I-485 (which apparently not a road, even on google maps right now)
Welcome to South Carolina, wee!
I have made it, time to move in with my dresser and backpack!
Successful day. “12 on 12″. Done.
Wow, Scanning pictures. Sounds like what someone did in 1998 when scanners first came out… However, i spent a good 5 hours yesterday scanning hundreds of pictures. It was a cool blast from the past, and my attempt to get all my (or a lot of my) pictures in one place (flickr). Most of these are “private”, but here are a few!
Here are 4 for your enjoyment.
Jackson Hole, January 2005, Virginia Tech Snowboard Club, Chris and Travis
My first snowboarding trip ever in January 2004 at Massanutten with Marsh, Travis and Chris
Back in High School, I was good at sports and used to win awards with Richard and Semere
Last May, Kristen and I got to go snorkeling in Cozumel Mexico!
I was introduced to a new tailgating game called stump… it was pretty fun
|Age range||Legal drinking age|
|Setup time||5 minutes|
- 1 Hammer
- 1 Tree stump or flat portion of tree trunk
- 1 2.5″ – 3″ Nail per player
It involves flipping a hammer, earning the right to strike nails and keeping your nail as the last one standing!
Check out the offical rules on Wikipedia.
So, it’s been awesome being down in Blacksburg the past week. I’ve got to hang out with a lot of friends I haven’t seen in a long time, get re-checked out on the Cessna, and work from the office.
Got to go to the game last night, which rocked. I met up with my Steve and tailgated. Cops were going a little crazy because they gave someones dad a ticket for drinking in public ($25 ticket), and then I heard that during half time they started coming and towing cars out of their yard… The landlord showed up, drunk people were yelling, cops were working things out, tow trucks were messing up cars trying to get them out…
Anyways, the rule was, put your drink in a cup and you will be fine.
I was looking through my pictures and realized I should pay tribute to some other friends who are awesome:
Jason (Shacks Beach, Puerto Rico):
Brian (“The Summit”, Not quite sure):
Jill (Roosevelt Island, New York):
Rebecca (Cove Campground, Gore, VA):
A mini-carrot snack.
So, my last day in Blacksburg was yesterday and it was a good day. Busy with a teleconference at work and such, and then saying my “goodbyes” to people. My favorite response to me heading out for this trip was “Dammnnnn” and was appopriately by Chris E, as well as “Don’t get eaten by grizzlies!” from others. It was nice getting good luck wishes (thank you for them!), to chat with people for a few before leaving town, and to reflect on all the friendships I’ve made in Blacksburg.
On the drive back I started reflecting some about life in general. In my mind I pictured the path I was driving on the road as like one of those measuring tapes that retract themselves. (I know, my mind is strange) I was getting pulled closer and closer to home, and farther from my 7 years of Blacksburg college/working life. I looked out the window and saw a pretty sunset, and was just thinking about how thankful I am for life being as good as it is.
- Finacially stable (til near the end of my trip) but then I will be working again for the same great company when I get back!
- Got a great family
- Got a great girl
- Leaving for one of those trips that people always say they’ll do, but only few follow through with in 8 days
- Got my pilots license in the past two weeks
- A camping trip with TONS of friends this weekend
- The mindset to keep looking forward and up
Just to show off how awesome my momma is… she sent me an e-card today and the note said:
just bum a quarter and call their families to come get them
and take them home. I hope your entire life stays cozy.”
So in just under 9 hours I will be this man. My lease ends today and I will officially be a homeless computer programmer. A lovely world it is! He is completely burden free of “cleaning” and “making the bed”. Ahh, what a wonderful life, sleeping on the streets!
Well, not too far from the truth. Graciously crashing with Jared, Kristen, Family and then off on my Handstands Across America adventure I go starting July 24th!
I am looking forward to helping out Kristen with all of her new found furniture and then hopefully will be wrapping up my 7 year stint in Blacksburg. I told myself I had to leave Blacksburg by the time I was 25 so I wouldn’t be a townie for life. I will be leaving on the night of July 14th… and considering my birthday is the 15th, I’d say that is one closely met goal!
Onward to my new home! (your couch and the great outdoors!)
I have to plan this flight out and get it approved on Saturday, but I should be flying it for my long solo cross country (Which must have a leg which is at least 50nm and must be 150nm total at least). This flight will have a 64nm flight to Danville and will be 154.6nm total, so just right!
Excited/stressed to plan/hope weather is good.
Blacksburg->Danville->”Blue Ridge Airport”->New River->Blacksburg (154.6nm)
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Today was my first cross country flight!
Blacksburg (KBCB) -> Bluefield (KBLF) @ 4500′
Bluefield (KBLF) -> New River (KPSK) @ 5500′
New River (KPSK) -> Blacksburg (KBCB)
So, my first leg got off to a not so great start. We ended up in Princeton, WV which I thought was Bluefield and that got me all turned around, finally we started to loop around the “town” and the airport was off to my right, I was a little confused, but it all makes sense when you look at the GPS track. (We weren’t allowed to use anything but the compass and the map for the flight) Anyways, it was a good day and first Cross Country experience because I learned how important it is to stay on your heading, correct when you can do so, and if you have gone as far as you planned, and you’re not there… something is going awry.
Well, it was odd that on our last short leg we were really low on fuel in our left tank and the right was pretty much full. After we were back in Blacksburg we found out that we’d been flying the whole day without a gas cap on the right wing. I guess it wasn’t put on securely after fueling up the plane. This made sense of the left tank being low (it was the only tank with suction to the tank). In any case, the new guy “Hop” (Last name ‘Hopper’) from LC’s flying service (Blacksburg’s new F.B.O.) helped us search for us and the maintenance guy from Blacksburg (Jim) was finally able to find it on the taxi way down towards where you turn onto the runway. Well, that was a lucky day!
Well, definitely a fun (at times mildly nerve racking) first cross country flight!
Soo… I stumbled across a picture of myself on my friend Rebecca’s blog, and never even knew it was there! Shammery I say!
A lady contacted me a week or so ago about using one of my Flickr Handstand images at McAfee’s Knob on her blog. I gave her permission and sent her another one too.
Story is that they are designing new Appalachian Trail (AT) License Plates for Virginia and had a contest for poses on the at. The two finalists were:
Soo, I rode my bike over to the Tee Hangars today to take some more pictures. They turned out pretty well as can be seen below However… I think the gate is activated by weight when a car pulls up to it and I was not heavy enough. So… I broke out of the airport by scaling the fence, and then used my access card to open the gate and rescue my bike and backpack.
Heritage Park is beautiful. They just finished a new bridge there back in January and you can ride all the way to Pandapas Pond. My goal was to get back to the top of Horse Nettle Trail where I was this past Thursday. I was successful and managed to make it up and down while avoiding the rain. I found it very peaceful to be up there on the trail because when you stopped, you heard absolutely nothing. Ahhhh… So great.
I took my new wide angle lens and went at it! Here are some pictures of Heritage Park before and after I hiked up to the Horse Nettle Trail. I used Photomatrix to create these HDR shots and they turned out pretty decently.