Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sunrise in August

This turned out fairly well, for some reason recording stopped automatically which was a little disappointing, also I caught a few smudges on the window.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Playing around with time lapse photography

The past few days I've been playing around with time lapse photography using my old phone. I tried out a few different apps and when I found one I liked I upgraded to the pro version. Now that I had a few videos I needed a way to share them and YouTube seemed like the obvious choice. Setting up a channel was easily done, and below are some links to my first few videos. I enjoy the feeling of just how big the sky looks when it's in motion like this.  I'm still trying to find a good balance between frame rate and how often pictures are taken.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Second trip to Watertown

Matt doing his strongman act
This weekend I had another chance to go geocaching near Watertown in South Dakota. Since my appendectomy canceled my last trip I had planned there I was really excited that I was able to find some friends that wanted to go. Not just because I wanted some help in this endeavour, but because it would be fun to road trip with them.  When Matt and Zoa agreed to go I took what I had learned from the last trip down and started to come up with a plan. Bringing along stuff for lunch worked well last time and even a bit better this time.  With three of us in the truck, Zoa was able to make sandwiches as Matt and I kept caching. The map I made last time worked well, so I mapped out a route with around 230 caches for this trip.  I thought it would be a bit more then we had time for, but if things went well we would be able to do it.

We started caching around 8:15 in the morning and quickly found our groove.  Again having 3 cachers was a big advantage. One person could drive and depending on the side of the road that a cache was on one person could hop out and make the find. Most of the caches were quick finds and tended to be very repetitive, but there were a few along the way that challenged us.  At first evergreen trees slowed us down, but by the end of the day Matt was running right up to them and making the find.

Some hot grasshopper on grasshopper action
A few of the recently placed caches had us stumped. They had been found recently, but we couldn't make the find. Overall we finished the day finding 215 with only 8 DNFs I was very satisfied with our results.  I would like to move up to the #2 spot in North Dakota for number of finds and this trip brought us to around 150 caches left to hit that goal. It was an exhausting trip, but spending time with Matt and Zoa made it a lot of fun.

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Monday we were a little burned out from going to Valley City and Grand Forks.  We decided we'd take a quick trip to Barnesville to go after a cache that hadn't been found in over a year.  We found ground zero easily enough, but there were some bikers there so we had to wait a bit before starting the search. The bikers pointed out some snails in the water to us as we stood on a nearby bridge. When they left we climbed around on the rocks searching for about half an hour before deciding to move on. It was a neat area, but we weren't able to make the find.  As we left town we grabbed a quick cache along the highway to keep our streak alive.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Road Trip to Valley City

A neat stairwell on campus
With Erin not feeling well we decided to cancel our long road trip this weekend and do a smaller caching trip to Valley City. Lindzee was free Sunday and was able to come with. We started caching near the college. The first couple of caches we went after were a little ways up the hill, making for some challenging terrain. After that we found a series of micros around town and made the find on some caches we missed in the winter. From there we headed north up to the dam. Erin and I probably bored Lindzee with stories from when we biked our first century in this same location.  When we finished caching at the dam Erin was feeling even worse so we headed back to town to find some food.  So far every time Erin and I had eaten in Valley City we were disappointed. We decoded to give the Broken Spoke a chance.  The food was pretty good, but our waitress didn't seem to know what was going on. It was by far the best dining experience we've found in Valley City. After eating we returned to Fargo and Erin and I finished our fantasy football draft.