Mekayla and I went snowshoeing with my cousin while she was in town for the holidays. Really wet the first day, but really sunny today.
Funny how easy it is when you’re a programmer to spend all your time coding for your site rather than actually writing anything. For those who don’t know, about 15 months ago I started working for Automattic so I spend most of my days working on WordPress.com. In practice what this means is that my own WordPress site is never good enough. But it’s getting better.
Beyond work though we have been doing a pretty good job of getting out enjoying Colorado. Let’s take a little hiking tour:
- Mekayla and I Canoeing in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota
- Backpacking/Snowshoe Hut Trip with Nick, Karen, Brian, and Ingrid
- Camping in New Mexico with Pascal, Loren, and Ben
- Automattic Meetup and then Camping in Iceland
- Backpacking in the Gore Range with Nick and Karen
Check out the whole year in pictures.
Converted our saltypoint.blogspot.com blog to run on WordPress on ichneumon.net. The transition has been a long time in the making, but we’ve finally managed to do it. Hopefully more soon.
Several of you commented that my hair seems a lot shorter in the recent blog posts. There’s a reason for that. My good friend Carrie had some fun playing with scissors.
The thought was that if I didn’t cut my hair during the year I was gone, maybe it would be long enough to donate when I returned to the country.
Most places require 10 inches. To my great surprise, my ponytail measured in at 15. Guess that will do.
Carrie was a bit nervous because I kept making her cut more off. But how else are you going to end up with lovely hair covered shoulders? Plus, she’s an expert in disguise. She definitely has a backup career if dance falls through.
Greg begged us to keep the ponytail after it was cut off to help him speed up growing out his beard, but in the end he caved and let us send it in to Locks of Love*, he figured they needed it more.
*“Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.” (http://www.locksoflove.org/)
We were in Portland, Oregon for Labor Day weekend and did some volunteer work with both the Obama and Jeff Merkley campaigns. They were both pretty different experiences and rather surprising.
Jeff Merkley is running for US Senate in Oregon against the incumbent Republican. He’s very progressive on a lot of issues and it would be great to see him get into the Senate. I had given some money to him last December and thought it would be great to volunteer for the campaign while we were passing through Oregon. So while in Seattle I sent the campaign an email and signed Mekayla and myself up to do some canvassing.
I had thought that canvassing would be something I would hate, and Mekayla would love. She just tends to be a lot more willing to talk with random strangers than I am. Boy was I wrong. Mekayla hated the idea of interrupting people’s days and trying to convince them to vote for a particular politician. It turns out I thought it was incredible fun.
Once I got over the initial wierdness of knocking on strangers doors and I more or less got a rythm of starting the conversation I had a great time talking with people and talking about issues with undecided voters. Even though I didn’t know all of the details of Jeff’s positions I could always fall back on talking about Democrats in general and the reasons why I was supporting them. I knocked on about 85 doors and talked to about 25 people. Not a bad success rate for a Saturday over Labor Day weekend.
The next day we decided to volunteer with Obama’s campaign doing voter registration. This was a bit more in line with something Mekayla was happy with. We essentially stationed ourselves in a high traffic location at an art show and made it really easy for people to register.
For both days we got a lot of “thank yous” on the street and they were both great experiences. And it adds a whole different dimension to our road trip across the US to actually connect and talk with locals along the way. We hope to volunteer with some other Democratic Senate campaigns as well as Obama as we continue to travel.
Well, since it is tough to tell all of the stories maybe I will just try and throw up some of the most beautiful pictures and let them speak for me. These are pictures up until we reached the Blue Mountains.
We saw our first kangaroos just before this sunset in Undara. We stayed out past dusk to try and see more, but of course the next day they were hopping through the campground.
This is the view from the beach we camped on in the Whitsunday Islands.
One day in the Whitsundays we managed to get up for dawn.
Somehow the rain drop on the lens of the camera makes the lighthouse in Byron Bay look much better.
We later learned that these fields of flowers (which we see everywhere now that spring is here) are canola.
The Breadknife in the Warrumbungles is only about 10 feet wide, but extends hundreds of feet above the mountainside.