northern neck

Woman Reading - Thailand 

The Tibeto-Burman ethnic minority group, the Kayan People, are native to Myanmar. During the 1980′s and early 1990′s, a number of tribes fled over the border to Norther Thailand to escape civil unrest. Among the groups that fled were the Kayan Lahwi, a group famous for wearing brass coils around their necks. The coils are almost never removed, usually only to replace with new coils. 

Girls start to wear the coils when they turn 5 years old. While the women are known as having “long necks”, it is actually an illusion. The weight of the brass weighs down on the womens collar bones, and compresses their rib cages. Therefore, their necks are not actually lengthened, it just appears so due to the deformation of their clavicle. 


Every day I turn over all of the rocks outside my office in search of new insects. Once I found a salamander, but this is by far my most exciting find yet–a Northern ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsii)!! It was so small that for a split-second my brain thought “what kind of worm is that?” These snakes live in all but the very northwest region of Ohio and enjoy spending their days under rocks or other cover! I’m so thrilled to see one for he first time!

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Hello! So as I started delving into working on my own fic for The 100 I found myself in need of a map of the 12 clans… largely because as a huge fantasy/ASOIAF nerd, I do love me some maps and family trees. So I did my best to create my own map of The 100′s world. All borders and locations of the clans have been estimated using the current geography of the United States (mountains and rivers and valleys) and context clues from the show. Click on image for full size. 

[1] The starting point of the map was Mt. Weather, one of the solid locations we are given. From there I estimated the 20 miles between Mt. Weather and the drop ship based on the assumption that the drop ship landed to the east, further down the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Arkadia/Camp Jaha was established even further South than that, since it is stated that Arkadia is an 8 hour walk from Mt. Weather. 
[2] TonDC is estimated to be in the DC metro area, and Polis to be in the Baltimore area. ALIE’s mansion and Murphy’s lighthouse I guessed to be in the Cape Cod area, since we know it is probably (due to the Statue of Liberty being seen in the Dead Zone) across the Long Island Sound on what was a pre-existing body of water. 
[3] Lincoln states that the Boat People are “to the east and across the sea” so I estimated that their lands are on the Chesapeake Bay, Northern Neck, Delaware, the Delaware Bay, and southern New Jersey.
[4] The Rock Line, Shallow Valley, and Blue Cliff clans are situated in Appalachia among the mountain tops, the Graveyard Fields, and Blue Ridge Mountains. 
[5] The name “Broadleaf Clan” connotes a tropical location, and using the Roanoke River as a natural border, I situated them in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. For the “Glowing Forest” clan I chose the Ozarks. The Plain Riders provided the obvious choice of the most eastern Plain states after one crosses the Mississippi, and in a similar vein I placed the Lake People up near the Great Lakes. 
[6] The Delphi clan was the hardest to chose a location for, and after deliberation I concluded that they could take their name from the city of Delphi, Indiana, located in Northeastern Indiana. 
[7] I know that this map is much larger than I think most of us headcanon the 12 clans taking up. I most enthusiastically concede that the geography of the United States has changed vastly since the nuclear apocalypse that pre-dates The 100 but based on what we know now, I think my conjecture of the general locations of the clans is sound. 

I hope this map is helpful to other fic writers and The 100 fans. Please feel free to save it for personal use, but please do not remove the URL watermark in the bottom left corner or claim as your own. If you do decide to repost somewhere, please credit. Thank you! 

Hidden Galaxy IC 342 : Similar in size to large, bright spiral galaxies in our neighborhood, IC 342 is a mere 10 million light-years distant in the long-necked, northern constellation Camelopardalis. A sprawling island universe, IC 342 would otherwise be a prominent galaxy in our night sky, but it is hidden from clear view and only glimpsed through the veil of stars, gas and dust clouds along the plane of our own Milky Way galaxy. Even though IC 342’s light is dimmed by intervening cosmic clouds, this deep telescopic image traces the galaxy’s obscuring dust, blue star clusters, and glowing pink star forming regions along spiral arms that wind far from the galaxy’s core. IC 342 may have undergone a recent burst of star formation activity and is close enough to have gravitationally influenced the evolution of the local group of galaxies and the Milky Way. via NASA


Have a Northern Neck Historical Vacation Experience!

Stay at Stratford Hall and tour the Northern Neck. Tour all that the Northern Neck has to offer. Here is just a small list of things to do while you’re here.

  • Visit Stratford Hall, Home of the Lees of Virginia. Go hiking on Stratford’s many trails, tour the Great House, walk the gardens, fish in the Mill Pond, find fossils on the beach. Stay on-site in one of our guest houses.
  • Visit Menokin, home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. The house was built in 1769 on land once inhabited by the Rappahannock Tribe.
  • Visit Mount Airy, built in 1764, is a mid-Georgian plantation house. It was constructed for Colonel John Tayloe II, perhaps the richest Virginia planter of his generation.
  • Visit George Washington Birthplace National Monument
  • Go on a wine tasting at one of the many Wineries in the area.
  • Visit the town of Montross

… AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE! Call Reservations and book a weekend at Stratford Hall and make it a Northern Neck weekend. Call 804-493-1967 for more information and assistance.


I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say I went to the most beautiful place in the world today. Behold Mount Airy, one of the many mansions situated out on the northern neck and one which is definitely in the running for the most dignified! What a place! 1200 acres and all! Phew! It’s been in the same family and in continuous use since around 1740. Full of books, too!

On Friday morning, I unpacked the work clothes from my rollaboard and quickly threw bathing suits, sundresses, and books - and little else - into my weekend bag before heading down to the river.

I can think of no better place to kick off summer - it was a weekend filled with sunny breezes, coffee and later cocktails on the dock, boat rides, long dinners starring the very best produce Sisson’s had to offer, and even an awkward movie viewing on the back porch. (Pro tip: do not watch Martha Marcy May Marlene a. with your parents and b. at a somewhat remote, secluded house in the country. My mom thought she had rented a Woody Allen movie.)

Oh, and the terrible picture above is of Charlie wearing his thunder shirt Saturday night (he hates fireworks), bringing a little bit of the Jersey Shore to the Northern Neck.