Udon

I ended 2016 with a promise to increase usage of this blog and to provide updates on my many hobbies. With a mix of trying to create some meaningful changes to my life and lots of lethargy I have failed to update this blog since.

Falling into the publisher’s dilemma: going too long without an update means that the next thing to be posted must be of sufficient quality to compensate for the gap. The gap grows to the point where no post would be enough to fill weeks of neglect.

Breaking this tread I give everyone dinner I be made and my first attempt at making one of my favorite noodles; Udon at home.

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A C note

As 2016 draws to a close, I’ve taking a bit of time to look through the two and a half years of memories that this blog has chronicled. Though I’ve only averaged a few posts a month its is nice to have an easy means of going back to see what I was doing months and years ago. Seeing the starting points of new hobbies and obsessions. Getting my first VR headset, building my 3D printer, and taking up amateur photography.

According to the WordPress stats this is the 100th post to this blog. That surpasses my previous best by 87 posts. I’ve got several attempts archived, old blogs from middle and high school, filled with embarrassing posts and even some really bad poetry. For posterity sake I’m rather glad that all those blogs failed and it’s this one that has kept my interest, as its the highest quality blog I’ve written to date.

While 2016 was a pretty crappy year, one can hope that 2017 will be better. While I cannot fix the problems of the world I can try to increase and improve the content of this blog, and possible make my life more interesting at the same time.

shit

2016 is like this bench: covered in shit

 

A Spring in Our Step

The last full day of our trip we spend in Colorado Springs. At this point in the trip we had hiked over 40 miles and thousands of feet of elevation; we were surprisingly worn out for the end of a vacation. We still manged to drag ourselves out to experience this new city.

First stop; the Garden of the Gods.

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Garden of the Gods.

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People, please don’t take pictures with your iPads.

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Some crazy big rocks.

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Seriously odd topography.

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Feels like walking around on mars.

We had just watched The Martian the previous night and walking around these giant red rocks really made me feel like I was on Mars, a thousand years in the future and the space tourists are all looking around and taking pictures of where Watney was trapped.

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The ‘Balanced’ Rock

Some light hiking a little ways away.

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The last trail of the trip.

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Garden of the Gods seen from a distance.

Afterwards we went to the Colorado Spring Money Museum. They had the motherload of coin collections.

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Really tiny coins.

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Most interesting thing (to me) in the Money Museum.

The museum also had an exhibit of sunk treasure and the most interesting part was the models of the ships from which these coins were recovered.

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More waterfalls!

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Have to go bowling at lease once.

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New personal best!

That’s a nice Boulder

For the second day of the trip we packed our bags and checked out of hotel in Denver and drove lengthy 14 minutes to our hotel in Boulder. Maybe we though this state was more spread out than it actually is.

In Boulder it was time for our first hike of the trip. We’ve had a little over a day to acclimate to the high elevations, why not go hike up a mountain, right?

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So naive at the bottom of the trail. We still have to go up that rock.

Our target was the Flat Irons outside of Boulder. Giant red rocks protruding from the ground like teeth in a maw. This massive natural structures are basically the foot hills of the Rockies.

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Mountain goats.

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There are actually climbers on the other Flat Iron.

The hike was a struggle but the amazing view from the top was well worth it.

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Even on the top of a mountain you can’t escape the internet.

The top of the kick was mostly rock scrambles and unfortunately not Jonathan’s watch did not escape unscathed.

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‘Tis but a flesh wound.

Not to be outdone, Justin dropped his phone on a rock and smashed it to bits. It seems that technology and nature don’t get a long too well.

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The mountain has declared war, the poor phone never stood a chance.

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Worth it!

On the way down we found a friend who was very interested in any granola bars that we might have brought.

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Don’t ask how we did it, just appreciate how awesome it is.

After the hike we went into Boulder for some lunch and found some tasty Chinese noodles. The we walked around the Pearl Street Mall, boulder promenade street, and the only lively place on a Sunday night.

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Everyone loves noodles.

To end the night we found a Saloon hidden in the basement of a dark restaurant that had free pool tables and cheap drinks.

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We found a Saloon!