Instagram stopped sending my pictures here so this is a photo recap of going to visit my little brother in Portland! Switchfoot & Relient K at the Crystal Ballroom, Loch Lomand & Completions at the Standing Rock Benefit at Bunk Bar, & a mini day trip to Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area!
Comet Dust over Enchanted Rock : Dusty debris from periodic Comet Swift-Tuttle was swept up by planet Earth this week. Vaporized by their passage through the dense atmosphere at 59 kilometers per second, the tiny grains produced a stream of Perseid meteors. A bright, colorful Perseid meteor flash was captured during this 20 second exposure. It made its ephemeral appearance after midnight on August 12, in the moonless skies over the broad granite dome of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, central Texas, USA. Below the Perseid meteor, trees stand in silhouette against scattered lights along the horizon and the faint Milky Way, itself cut by dark clouds of interstellar dust. via NASA
Again, a post will suffer from my lack of timely attention to it. Sunday, during the 16th annual Big South Fork camping trip, I hiked the Twin Arches trail with my parents. It’s a short trail (1.4 miles), and I’ve done it multiple times now, but it is still well worth it. The arches are impressive, two gaping holes in a sandstone ridge. Some dimensions: the North Arch spans 93 feet with a height of 62 and a clearance of 51; the South Arch is bigger, spanning 135 feet, 103 tall, clearance of 70. The trail leads to their bases, and then once you’re done admiring them from the ground you climb some stairs and walk across their tops. If you’re ever in the area, you really should check them out.
Also, I can happily note that Autumn is in full swing in Tennessee. The leaves are gorgeous. I need to get to the Smokies soon.
Yesterday (2015.04.03) I went hiking at Hill Country State Natural Area in Bandera, Texas. There was fog and light rain for most of the day and it was amazing. This place has over forty miles of trail and I only hiked maybe seven or eight of that (with some redundancy), so I definitely want to return in the future to explore more.
I sit on the southwestern side of the main dome at Enchanted Rock. Camping at the base of the rock is rewarding, especially after a full day trek to the peak and down the backside to explore the caverns and rocky hill country.