No, My Head Is Not Quite THAT Big

Date September 4, 2008

These were a couple of pictures we took in Ottawa. We were waiting for the light show to begin, so were sitting on the grass and passing the time. We decided to try the one-handed-at-arms-length couple’s shot. I stuck my hand out with camera, Julie leaned in close, and I clicked the picture: Yikes! Sure, […]

Then And Now: Amicable Brothers on Family Vacation

Date August 31, 2008

Then (Family Vacation to Colorado — July, 2006) Now (Family Vacation to Maine — August, 2008)

Family Vacation Part 10: Meeting “Gilligan on the AT Revisited”

Date August 30, 2008

This is the post where our family vacation meets my writing up of my Appalachian Trail experiences from 1993. My parents didn’t find Rangeley, Maine, entirely on their own. They asked me for my input, seeing as I had walked through the state. Of course, my walk-through provided a pretty narrow perspective, but I told […]

Family Vacation Part 9: Cute Kids in Rangeley

Date August 29, 2008

These are various kid pics from the Rangeley leg of our vacation that just didn’t seem to fit into any of the posts up to this point. This first picture is not just of Alana and Carson doing the dishes one evening. It is also the last recorded picture of that glass in Alana’s hand […]

Family Vacation Part 8: Hangin’ with the Herberts

Date August 28, 2008

The trip to Maine was planned for almost a full year, largely because, as we moved away from Austin, we knew we were moving away from a family with whom we’ve become very close over the last decade — the Herberts (I tend to get in a visit with Bob of some sort on virtually […]

Family Vacation Part 7: Around the Falls

Date August 27, 2008

We did a couple of day hikes — one with just the Wilsons to Smalls Falls, and then another one after the Herberts arrived to Angel Falls. Smalls Falls There will be a “Then and Now” post at some point from this hike…but that’s for another time. Smalls Falls doesn’t really have much of a […]

Family Vacation Part 6: For the Birds!

Date August 26, 2008

Various groups of ducks on the lake paddle by the dock off and on throughout the day. We had some old bagels that lasted long enough that, not only were there seven ducks, there were a half-dozen seagulls vying for a snack. Probably not the most environmentally responsible thing to do…but damn hard to resist.

Family Vacation Part 5: IN the Water

Date August 25, 2008

The temperature of the water in Rangeley Lake hovered between 69 and 71 degrees Fahrenheit during our stay. Several of the locals commented about how it had “finally warmed up,” and both myself and Bob Herbert agreed that the water seemed a tad warmer than the last time we had been in it. But it […]

Family Vacation Part 4: On the Water

Date August 24, 2008

We spent just over six days at my parents’ cabin in Rangeley, Maine. This is only the second time that we’ve been to the cabin (first time for Alana), and it was every bit as wonderful as we remember. View Larger Map (If you don’t see the satellite view, you may need to click on […]

Family Vacation Part 3: Spiders, Bears, and Characters

Date August 23, 2008

We spent a serious day of moseying around the area of our hotel on Sunday. Probably one of my favorite pictures from the trip was a hastily snatched moment of full family cooperation around a dancing bear statue in a courtyard we stumbled upon: We also encountered a massive spider outside the art museum (click […]