Fall in Ithaca means apple picking, probably multiple times.
We dragged K's conversation partner, and got 50 pounds
(approximately 1 bushell) of apples for $.20/lb.
We also got apple cider donuts!
Here's the baby checking out pumpkin selections:
Later that day we went mini-golfing. I almost won (in the male division
at least) which is unusual for me, though that's possibly because I'm
usually playing against my brother. Here I am losing at skee-ball:
We went to Cape Cod at the beginning of October. The cranberries
are about ready to harvest:
A train went by as we were walking by the cranberry bog:
We went canoeing on Scorton Creek, determined to see if it connected
to the other Scorton Creek. We had to portage across Jones Rd
and we made it really far, but didn't connect. The tide was going
out on the way back so we went under the culvert. Here's a view
from a relatively large turning basin at the end:
Here's the GPS track:
We also walked on Dennis beach, although the GPS track
makes it looks like we were out in the ocean:
We went to Yarmouthport and there is a gian English Weeping Beech
The baby likes the ocean:
I went to Lake Tahoe for the ICCD
Conference. I flew out of Providence, Rhode Island
and the travel took a long time. All of the
Southwest planes were late due to strong headwinds. I was 1 hour
late to start, so they rebooked my connection before I even left RI.
My eventual route ended up being Providence RI to Phoneix AZ to Los
Angeles CA to Reno NV. All of those flights ran late. I got into Reno
at 12:30am eastern time, and missed the shuttle and had to wait for the
next one. I didn't get to my hotel room in Lake Tahoe CA until 3am
I did make it though! It was a very fancy hotel. K kept the good
camera, so all I can offer are lousy shots
with the cell phone. Here is the view out my window (yes, it snowed
the first night):
The presentation went well. Here's another picture from my hotel.
The snow all melted after the first day, but it was much more scenic
Because of the conference I missed the baby's first birthday and most of
my wedding anniversary. Luckily I have an understanding wife.
And no, despite being in Tahoe, I didn't see the lake at all. The trip
back to Reno is very scenic, and very dry.
I decided to save some time and just walk to my hotel, which is across
the street from the airport. Major mistake, airports aren't designed for
pedestrians. Just for the record, if you ever want to leave the Reno
airport on foot, the only exit is behind the hotel shuttles, down the
narrow path by the dog park, and then follow an unmarked sidewalk.
Here was the view from my hotel there:
Or if you prefer, the twilight view with the casino lit up:
I made it safely back to Ithaca, flying Reno NV to Salt Lake City UT
to Baltimore MD to Albany NY, then driving back with K and E and not
getting back to Ithaca until after midnight.
A day later we went to a quarry near Rochester to look for flourite
crystals. We had to leave at 4am to get there in time, and of
course it ended up raining. It looked a bit dreary at first:
It did clear eventually. Here we are rock hunting:
The next day I flew Ithaca NY to Philadelphia PA to Knoxville TN.
Here is a view of the
from outside of my hotel:
The day after my interview I drove around the area a bit.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here's a view of the
mountains, looking a bit smoky, as I was driving toward them:
Despite being a Tuesday, there was a lot of traffic. All of the
visitor centers were overflowing with people.
I stopped to hike to a waterfall,
and had to park way far away. It's probably for the best I didn't take
Here's a view from along the trail:
Here's a view of Laurel Falls from the top of the falls:
I climbed down the rocks to the bottom and looked back up. There
were giant salamanders in the stream.
I lucked out with nice weather that day (sunny and low 70s). The next
morning when I was driving back to the airport it was pouring rain. And
the next day, as I write this from Ithaca (after flying Knoxville TN
to Detroit MI to Ithaca NY), it is snowing.
Here it is mid-October, and we got snow! It is unusual to have
snow this early, even here in Ithaca:
Here's my traditional fall foliage shot of Triphammer Falls, though
this time there's a frosting of snow:
A walk at Monkey Run, under adverse lighting conditions:
I was born at approximately 256,246,800 UNIX time (that is, seconds
after the year 1970). On October 22nd (Thursday) at roughly 5:26 PM
Eastern Daylight Time it will be 1,256,246,800 UNIX time. That's right,
I will be *1 billion* seconds old. That's pretty old.
We were teaching the baby important life lessons by watching MacGyver.
She had an apple in her hand and kept trying to feed it to the
characters on screen.
We finally finished the hike near Virgil that was rained out 2 months
ago. Here's a bovine scenic overlook:
And here's a track of our route:
We went to GCF for Halloween. Here I am carving a pumpkin (the baby
helped clean it out earlier, leading to a tremendous mess).
I was the only person even vaguely wearing a costume, if asked I said
Cyrus Smith/Harding from Verne's The Mysterious Island:
Here's my pumpkin:
And here's Brandon's Death Star:
Busy times, trying to finish my thesis!
We went to Maryland for Thanksgiving. The baby enjoyed seeing her
grandparents and aunt and uncle. We had nice weather, and had
the traditional pinball tournament. The baby liked dancing with
the Thanksgiving parade, and liked even more all the dogs on TV
We then went to her other Aunt's house for second Thanksgiving.
On the way we stopped in to see John's new baby Sam. E made a nice
mess of their house and ran all over, giving them a taste of what's in
store a year from now.
We spent the next few days in Virginia with the other grandparents.
(E can sort of say "nyah-nyah" for "Nona"). She played with oranges
and harasses the dog. She also went to the zoo (while I was stuck
at home writing).
On the way back to New York we stopped by
Cunningham Falls State Park and saw Cunningham Falls, in theory
the tallest in Maryland:
We took the cliff trail back to the car:
I had some fun climbing on the rocks:
Then back in the car, where I kept busy working on my thesis and
entertaining the baby.
We went to Maryland to se my family and to go to my grandmother's
Christmas party... but it snowed! Record breaking snow for December in
Here's the baby sledding with her uncle:
A picture of me looking dramatic after losing a game of
Ticket to Ride:
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