Be prepared for sunrise splendor at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. It’s a thrill watching the sun paint the sky from the park’s Pinnacle Overlook. Here you have views of Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. On clear days, you can even see the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina – a sight that’s 100 miles away! Photo by Volunteer Harold Jerrell, National Park Service.


A Bunch of Different E-units – 4 of Roger Puta Photos by Marty Bernard
Via Flickr:
C&O 4003 (E8A) with B&O Train 7 (at left) The Shenandoah, and B&O 1455 (E9A) with B&O Train 11, The Metropolitan, (at right) at Cumberland, MD on August 23, 1970.

It’s a new season of Sense8 and it’s a new round of posts calling Riley usless.

Once again, I feel the need to say something. Last time I said that Riley wasn’t there to be your asskicking savior and it’s still true. The question I see most posed is ‘what does she bring to the Cluster?’ and that answer is connection and communication.

Riley Blue is the foundation upon which the Cluster is built. We see time and time again it’s Riley who builds connections and without that ability Will would’ve been fucked. 

She gets the drugs he needs, she’s the one who has access to a network of safehouses, she’s the one who reaches out to other Sensates in a search of allies and she’s the one who connects on an emotional level with Carol Cumberland to get info on Whisper’s location.

It is Riley’s ability to empathize, connect and communicate that saves them again and again. Riley’s music brings them together and it’s a lowkey way of highlighting her knack of bringing people together.

I always see posts floating around where people say that if they had a Cluster they’d bring nothing to it, and yet, fandom disregards Riley’s contributions because they aren’t flashy, or showy. But she’s important just the same and they’d be lost without her. 

Riley Blue is still not here to be your asskicking female savior. 


Armor Garniture of George Clifford (1558 – 1605), Third Earl of Cumberland. Appointed Queen’s Champion in 1590 and was made a Knight of the Garter two years later. A favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, he chose for the decoration of this armor the Tudor rose, the French fleur-de-lis, and the cipher of Elizabeth, two E’s back to back.

Made under the direction of Jacob Halder in 1586.


Since it’s Book Lovers Day, I want to recommend my favorite (non-cryptozoology) book: The Pricker Boy by Reade Scott Whinnem. I still get goosebumps when I read the summary:

“Some stories draw blood. Some truths won’t stay buried." 

He was human once, or so they say. The son of a fur trapper, he was taunted by his peers and tricked into one of his own father’s traps. By the time anybody found it, the trap’s vicious teeth were empty, pried open and overgrown. It was said the brambles themselves had reached out and taken pity on that boy; that his skin had hardened to bark as thorns grew over every inch of his body. 

Maybe it’s true and maybe it isn’t. But anyone who knows anything stays out of the woods beyond the Widow’s Stone. 

That used to be enough. But this is the summer everything changes, as Stucks Cumberland and his friends find a mysterious package containing mementos of their childhood: baseball cards, a worn paperback, a locket. Offerings left behind in the woods years ago, meant to keep the Pricker Boy at bay. Offerings that have been rejected.