First Photos From New Camera -
Our old Sony DSC-P50 digital camera is nearing death, after nearly 15,000 photographs. It's still struggling on, and Cindy has it in New York. However, with it apparently near death, I didn't want to be without a camera, so I spent the last several days researching a replacement (actually, refreshing that research.)
We wound up with a Minolta Dimage Z2. I came real close to a Canon S1 IS, which I think is a higher quality camera, but for a number of reasons, went with the Z2.
Here are photos 2 and 3 made with the new camera (photo one was a Subaru logo on the shifter handle of the car, made in the parking lot.
Photo one of our "fire pit" area from next to our deck:
Photo two of the same place from the same place, zoomed to max optical (10x):
Cindy'll like that. It also has full manual (we like to pretend that means "creative") control, which I'll enjoy playing with.
Appalachian Trail; Unicoi Gap to Hogpen Gap -
On June 19 and 20, Mark, Doc, Bekah, Dave, and I backpacked the 14 miles between Unicoi Gap on GA 75 between Helen and Hiwassee, and Hogpen Gap on GA 348 between Helen and Blairsville, Georgia. We started at 10 AM with the 1000'+ climb up Blue Mountain, and then headed on down to Red Clay Gap (just ask Dave) for lunch. One of us made a quick run down out of Chattahoochee Gap to the spring that is the official headwater of the Chattahoochee River. After a few ups and downs, the AT joined an old roadbed along the ridge at Cold Springs Gap, and it was a very nice walk on in to Low Gap for the night. We headed out the next morning around 9:15, and got to Hogpen Gap just before noon.
Click here for a photo album
of the trip.
Settlers of Catan - The Disease Continues to Spread -
Here's Debbie's Victory Photograph. She'd actually won the first game she ever played, but we hadn't started the photograph tradition, so this is her second victory. Terry has also won a game (Terry and Debbie played a bunch
the first week or so after Patty and Jon became settlers.
New Addicts to Settlers of Catan -
Jon and Patty are now officially "hooked", here shown after the first victory each enjoyed this past week. New Settlers' buddies!