Sunday, September 19, 2010


It's been a long while since I've posted from my alphabet collection, so here goes the next several letters, EFGHIJ.

August 7, 2010  E

August 25, 2010  F

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pima Air and Space Museum

Just a few pictures from the Pima Air and Space Museum. Hope you enjoy!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Blackett's Ridge

So, after my last adventures, I was finally able to make it to the top of Blackett's Ridge. It's almost 3 miles one way, for a total of 5.5 miles round trip. It's one of the tougher hikes that I've been on (Elevation gain 1600 feet, most of it in a mile), but that just makes for scenic views more quickly. So, here's some shots from my now successful trip up Blackett's Ridge.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Lessons Learned

Recently, I went hiking, and while I had enough water, I was lacking otherwise in my preparedness in a few key areas, which I will mention later. As a whole, it was a good learning experience, one that I hope to not repeat...

The goal was to make it to the top of Blackett's Ridge, almost 3 miles from the parking lot, but about 1600 feet in elevation gain, most of it in the middle third of the trail. It all started well, but I soon learned my first lesson, don't forget the spare battery, or at least make sure the primary one has been charged recently... I ran out of power a mere 15 minutes into the hike, too late to turn back, but I still missed alot. I still got a few good pictures, however, which I will share later.

My second lesson was a bit harder, don't forget to pre-hydrate on a desert hike... The end result was, I didn't make it to the top, because I started feeling a bit sick. Now, I'm not sure how much of this was due to not pre-hydrating, and how much was due to something else, but, well, it was an interesting result at any rate...

In a soon-to-be released post, I'll post some pictures from the hike when I learned these two lessons, but for now, I'll post my best pictures from the hike, which are still good, although I wish I had more to select from... The weather and time of day was perfect for this area for photographs!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Jone's Birthday Party

Here's some pictures from the Jone's recent birthday party.