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Later: Happy Birthday Harv (T-110)

Mom and Harv are in Vegas now so I’m sure they’re enjoying Mother’s Day and Birthday!

In the meantime, Dad and Pat came over today and cooked up some good food. That was awesome to have but I know I better not get too used to it as they’re only here for the summer.

Okay, so who’s watching the Survivor:Fiji finale? Awesomeness. We now know what ‘will have America talking’ – Dreamz’ refusal to give Yau-Man his immunity idol, in violation of their ‘agreement’, was awesome. Fucked up, but you know what, it was still awesome. To think you can actually trust peoples’ words out here is ridiculous. As Dreamz actually pointed out, it’s a game. Trying to play with ‘integrity’ in Survivor is ludicrous. My only backpedaling on this is that for Dreamz to have claimed that he wants to play so his son will be proud was where he messed up. If he hadn’t done that, I think people would have considered that an awesome move. Yau-Man was a fool to trust in the deal. Now I’m just curious to see where this goes!

In other website news, I have put up Day 3 of the Europe pictures. Not as many photos as the first 2 pages, but LOTS of story and narrative. Enjoy!

Head Shave 2007 (T-111)

I woke up this morning and realized, bald spot and receding hairline be damned, I’m just going to get my head shaved.

And off I went to Supercuts and Jenna was there who did an amazing job I must say. Compared to my self-butcherings, this fade cut looks pretty good all things considered. A #1 on the side faded to a #3 on top. It’s very low maintenance and it doesn’t look like I’m trying to attempt growing my hair out for a combover any more. Sweet.

I wanted to check in and put up the latest in my non-Europe pictures, which as I knew it would, is a giant ball and chain I will have to drag around until I actually get them done. But there’s so many!!!!!!!! Anyways, here are pics from when Mom & Harv visited a few weeks ago, as well as my hike to St. Mary’s Falls (almost), and finally from Kyle’s 30th Birthday night. Oh yeah, and don’t bother with Spiderman 3.

26-29 April 2007 – Mom & Harv Come to Visit

Harv & Mom at the USAFA museum
Harv & Mom at the USAFA museum27-Apr-2007 11:24, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Outside in the parking lot nestled in the beautiful mountains
Outside in the parking lot nestled in the beautiful mountains27-Apr-2007 11:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
Me too
Me too27-Apr-2007 11:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
 
Walking towards the chapel and observation deck
Walking towards the chapel and observation deck27-Apr-2007 11:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
There's the USAFA chapel again - so amazing
There's the USAFA chapel again - so amazing27-Apr-2007 11:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Mom felt like she could fly
Mom felt like she could fly27-Apr-2007 11:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
And here's where I learned to point!
And here's where I learned to point!27-Apr-2007 11:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Mom laughs
Mom laughs27-Apr-2007 11:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 10.0, 12.523mm, 0.005 sec
We caught the cadets upon Friday lunch formation - kinda cool to watch
We caught the cadets upon Friday lunch formation - kinda cool to watch27-Apr-2007 11:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 
A picture of one of the many dorm buildings there
A picture of one of the many dorm buildings there27-Apr-2007 11:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
The chapel exterior - I didn't go in this time as I was watching the formation
The chapel exterior - I didn't go in this time as I was watching the formation27-Apr-2007 11:53, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Picture of the observation deck and the cadets forming up
Picture of the observation deck and the cadets forming up27-Apr-2007 11:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
Formation and one of the static F-15s
Formation and one of the static F-15s27-Apr-2007 11:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Both sides of the academy have a formation - that's a lot of people
Both sides of the academy have a formation - that's a lot of people27-Apr-2007 11:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Almost at the point of formation
Almost at the point of formation27-Apr-2007 11:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 

So the previous week I went hiking with Jeremy and we had gone to the Helen Hunt Falls trail, at the top of which we went out-of-bounds and made it to the other side of the tunnel you’ll see below. After Mom and Harv left Sunday morning to fly back to Los Angeles, I went out hiking, consulting the Trail book for directions, in order to see the other side of the tunnel. Turns out there’s a trail that leads from the tunnel up to St Mary’s Falls, which is about 2 miles up some initially gradual trail and then finally it turns upwards and gets a little bit more tiring. You first have to walk about 1 mile on the closed-to-cars Gold Camp Road (at which you pass by the Seven Bridges trail, which is probably my next trail to tackle) to get to the tunnel – I mention this because I got to the area in the mid-afternoon time and already it had gotten a little cloudy. Colorado Springs is fairly regular in the fact that in the afternoon you’ll more than likely get clouds rushing over the mountains to you, and this afternoon was no different. It hadn’t started raining yet though, so I pressed on. About a half mile past the tunnel though, it started to rain. I had a hat on, but other than that, no rain gear. But I decided to push through anyways. I got about another mile up, and hit the very steep section and eventually the giant switchbacks, but it seriously started getting colder and rainier and while I really wanted to see the Falls, I made a judgment call to finally turn around and hike the 3 miles or so back. I probably was right near the top of the trail, but I figure I can always go back. Anyways, here are pictures from my hike up the road, by and past the tunnel, and up the trail that follows along the stream from the Falls. You’ll see that those shots in the fourth row below are pretty high up – it’s quite a view.

29 April 2007 – Hiking to St Mary’s Falls in Cheyenne Canyon

Looking to where we had hiked last time
Looking to where we had hiked last time29-Apr-2007 15:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
The Gold Camp Road and view of the parking lot I just left
The Gold Camp Road and view of the parking lot I just left29-Apr-2007 15:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
You can just see the notch in the mountain where Gold Camp Road goes
You can just see the notch in the mountain where Gold Camp Road goes29-Apr-2007 15:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
 
Gold Camp Road on bottom left - beautiful mountains above
Gold Camp Road on bottom left - beautiful mountains above29-Apr-2007 15:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
Where Seven Bridges trail starts - maybe my next hike?
Where Seven Bridges trail starts - maybe my next hike?29-Apr-2007 15:19, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
Looking up at the bare rock face of the mountain
Looking up at the bare rock face of the mountain29-Apr-2007 15:22, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 
Across the valley is the Road you just hiked from
Across the valley is the Road you just hiked from29-Apr-2007 15:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
Looking up the road towards where the tunnel lies
Looking up the road towards where the tunnel lies29-Apr-2007 15:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
There's the St Mary's Tunnel, from the other side this time
There's the St Mary's Tunnel, from the other side this time29-Apr-2007 15:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 
You can see through to the other end
You can see through to the other end29-Apr-2007 15:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 141
Perspective shot
Perspective shot29-Apr-2007 15:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
There's CS in the distance
There's CS in the distance29-Apr-2007 15:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 
Where Gold Camp Road continues and where I hit the trail
Where Gold Camp Road continues and where I hit the trail29-Apr-2007 15:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Looking down the cliff face
Looking down the cliff face29-Apr-2007 15:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
There's the parking lot a mile or so back
There's the parking lot a mile or so back29-Apr-2007 15:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
 

So Kyle turned 30 too! He is exactly 6 months behind me in that race. He tried to go under-the-radar with this (COMPLETELY unlike how I handled that situation) but alas, his attempts failed and I rounded us all up for at least a night out. Unfortunately his 30th birthday was on a Thursday – sucks. So while we went out and had fun, we didn’t let loose like we potentially could have! We ended up at the Golden Bee, which is a neat English pub owned and ran by the illustrious Broadmoor Hotel. It’s not exactly a young person’s hangout, but it’s still fun and there is a piano guy who sings all sorts of songs….but best and most unique of all, they can sell you a beer by the YARD. As you’ll see in the pics below, they have these ridiculous tall, but slim, glasses that hold like 4 or 5 pints of beer in them. They’re a yard tall. Awesome. I didn’t have one (it was a school night), but I may need to go back. Oh yeah, this was also Melissa’s last night here in Colorado – she was flying out for her deployment to Tampastan the next day – everyone keep her in your thoughts while she’s sunning herself on the beaches of Florida (although from all the fires going out there, maybe she is in danger?)

3 May 2007 - Kyle’s 30th at the Golden Bee

Eric and his yard-long Beer
Eric and his yard-long Beer03-May-2007 19:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Tom shows how to drink one
Tom shows how to drink one03-May-2007 19:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
KD shows off her ring
KD shows off her ring03-May-2007 19:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
Melissa's BCGs
Melissa's BCGs03-May-2007 19:19, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
A very awesome pic of myself
A very awesome pic of myself03-May-2007 19:22, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 179
Sexy!
Sexy!03-May-2007 19:22, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
Birthday Boy Kyle drinks up
Birthday Boy Kyle drinks up03-May-2007 19:24, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Now you can see KD's engagement ring!
Now you can see KD's engagement ring!03-May-2007 19:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 800
HI-larious pic
HI-larious pic03-May-2007 19:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
Definitely not ready for the camera there
Definitely not ready for the camera there03-May-2007 19:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Cheesy-shot!
Cheesy-shot!03-May-2007 19:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
And a great shot of KD's ring
And a great shot of KD's ring03-May-2007 19:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
 

And that’s the latest! Hopefully I’ll knock out another page of Europe pics soon and/or get in a hike. And tomorrow’s Mother’s Day, so make sure to do something nice!

A Great Visit with Mom and Harv (T-121)

It was a short visit, but so worthwhile. I love them so much.

I’ll get into more details about the visit in my next update as I want to put the pictures up that we took, but they came in Thursday and we had a great time visiting each other and seeing the sights. Well, we saw the Air Force Academy and of course…Cripple Creek. But it was definitely a special visit and one i’ll never forget.

Other than looking forward to their visit and since then, it’s been boring work and actually some good more feedback on my resume. Also hanging out with my amazing friends. I really can’t imagine leaving this city now. Anyways, I also wanted to update briefly because I finally got my act together and got ANOTHER day of Europe pictures up – this time from the second day when we went on a day trip to Salisbury, Stonehenge, and Bath. Paris is almost here!