Camping

Ouachitalkin’ about?

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I’m back! Yay. This weekend, two of my friends from school, Craig and Michael, and I went to Ouachita (ooo-ah-chi-taw) National Park. Not too many exciting things occurred, but we did have fun. Here are some glimpses of that trip.

I learned that there are way too many snakes on Lake Ouachita. I mean, everywhere we turned, snakes were waiting for us. This guy was interesting; I think he’s a hognose snake. We came across him right before he decided to munch on a toad.

Butterflies really like to eat soot. Don’t ask me why, but these butterflies were really attracted to an old campfire pit.

 Food tip #1. When traveling into the wilderness. take some potatoes, celery, carrots, meat, and onions. Season the ingredients and wrap them in aluminum foil. Cooking the packets over a fire produces great results.

Lake Ouachita, although abounding in snakes, does have some great sunsets. We were only there for two sunsets, but both nights were great.

Finally, we headed back to campus.

These are only a few of the pictures I took. Tomorrow, I’ll be posting a follow-up post to my HDR experiments post. The sunsets provided for a good venue in which to play with HDR. (None of the pictures in this post are edited or HDR.)

Have a great day!
~ Chris

Grand Ventures

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To those of you who are avid perusers and loyal followers of this humble internet web log, I am writing to inform you of an adventure upon which I am embarking. Two of my friends and I are traveling to the state of Arkansas, taking with us nary but that which we need to survive. Almost like the brave explorers of old, we are venturing into formerly uncharted areas and seeking to subdue the lands. I’m going camping. 

We are packing naught but a tarpaulin structure, supported by aluminum staves; a pack containing rations and other essentials, and perhaps a few spare garments. We may, perchance, let a fraction of the everyday luxuries accompany us, with the admittance of a cloth-bound volume or two, but our lives shall not be intruded upon by the presence of such trivialities as Facebook or Twitter. Indeed, not even this blog shall be assessable to me whilst I am away in the foreign realms. We’re tent camping and I won’t have access to internet.

In short, I shall not be around to post. Neither here nor on Assorted Pastries. In the interim of my departure and return, I would love to hear the accounts of your most memorable camping experiences. In return, I promise that you shall receive a narrative of some sort relating to the camping trip, as well as the better pictures that come of this venture. Tell me a story, and I’ll tell one to you. Even if you don’t tell me a story, I still tell one to you. 

I bid you good day,
~ Chris

Backpacking – A Photo Post

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Over the weekend my father and I went on a backpacking trip. Us being the nerdy tech types that we are, we had 4 cameras with us. I figured I’d share a few pictures with you to put a little personal twist on this blog.

After a nice drive of around 2 hours, my father and I finally arrived at Linville Gorge. The Linville Gorge Wilderness Area is a beautiful and spacious (over 11,600 acres) national park; it’s the third largest wilderness area in North Carolina. We meandered out way up to the ranger station and met the park personnel as they were opening the shop. “Let me see if I can get you any permits.” The jovial, hefty man in the green park service shirt said as he lit the gas lights and had his wife look for the permit book. “Ah, it looks like we have a few left! We can only issue 15 permits and we’ve only given out 2 so far.” After acknowledging the fellow’s advice about skunks and the dangers of yellow jackets, we headed back out to the truck for a dusty ride up to the top of the mountain.

A picture of a river. o.O
A candid shot of the river we took heading down.

I’ll try to condense the rest of the trip a little bit more… Once we had zipped up our 40ish pound packs and made sure everything was secure, we embarked on our brave expedition. Don’t worry, we did this once before in Cali, we’re bona-fide pros. Sort of…

A picture of me...
That pack was heavy... >.>

Once we had hiked the two miles down to the river, we stopped to enjoy the scene, and then kept trukin’ up the trail. On the way we saw a total of 12 people, two dogs, and a bunch of centipedes. Exciting wildlife, right?

My father and his journey...
My father's arduous trek across the perilous rocky outcrop. (lol) *Note - This is an animated gif that runs once, click to see it again.

After our hike down, we found a campsite that we liked. We set our packs down and did a little bit of exploring (i.e. I wandered around while my dad bummed on his backpack.) We soon found a better campsite that was about 25′ above the river. It was a nice little spot that had evidentially been used by a BSA troop before. As per the sock that we disposed of. 

A sock... in a fire.
This is the Boy Scout sock that we "properly retired."
Our humble little campsite.
Our homely abode for the the weekend.
A waterfall picture.
The waterfall near our camp.

After messing around in the river and wandering about, we decided that hammocks would be ideal, and promptly took a nap. We slept well that night and then wandered off to explore some more of the gorge. It was a great trip, and I’ll leave you with a fantastic photo from the preparation… I’m sure you’ll love it. 😉

o.O
Yep, that's what I do with the waterproof camping bags. =p

There you go, a complete photo journey, I even included a twist with my lovely self portrait in the form of “miroir salle de bains Facebook Photo.”