One hell of a challenging hike



At the foothills of Pike Peaks there is a retired cog railway line that has been converted into a hiking trail on loosely guarded private property. When i say loosely guarded i mean it. There is a parking lot at the trail head for Pete’s sake! Fact of the matter is that this is one of the most fun and challenging hikes i have taken. I’m not one to experience nature as most hikers do. I would prefer to physically challenge myself on a bicycle or by running the trail. This is a an animal of a different sort. My approach to the trail was through the town of Manitou Springs. It can be seen as the thin line scaling up the mountain in the photo above.



The trail head leads you from a small parking lot onto the trail at an elevation of 6000 ft. The trail is terraced with railroad timbers that are staggered at random distances and get slightly more precarious as you ascend.




The pitch of the climb varies at a few points on the trail. The worst of it being over 60 degrees with the average being around 40 degrees. The picture above is taken at eye level to illustrate how steep this thing is!



This is approximately half way up the climb. I can only imagine that this what its like for an Olympic Ski Jumper to look down from his starting gate.



View from the top. Elevation is 8543 feet and the linear distance traveled is just shy of 1 mile. So that is roughly one half mile vertical for one mile linear. My buddy that took my on this climb pointed out that many Olympians in training utilize this trail in there regimens. The official training facility is somewhere in Colorado Springs which is only a short drive away and was proven by seeing a few hikers in the officially training gear. Scaling down this trail; i beat my buddy up the trail and decided to hike down to him to pace him up to the finish (he blames cigarettes and pie for his slowness, i would probably agree) on shaky legs is a daring feat. Luckily there is a more traditional hiking trail that we were able to descend upon. This is called the Barr trail and if taken from its trail head will guide you all the way to the apex of Pikes Peak. Lastly, locals say that the record for ascending this climb is 18:45. I took the first half kind of slow and leisurely and pushed a solid effort for the second half and did it in 1:18:09. Thought i could run the the first section. I decided to slow down when i could feel my heart beat in my feet. So if the locals are right, I tip my hat to the fellow he hammered through this thing in 18:45.

Finally broke down and replaced the poorly aging Vaio that I have had since 2002.  The machine operated wonderfully for the 8 years i used it until the power plug recently broke.  It could be replaced but with its nearly decrepit hard drive, lack of a functional battery, and lack of internal wireless adapter (it predates this being a standard) it was just time to move on.

Because of its amazing service life I originally looked towards another Vaio but was unable to find one within my required spec range.  The main thing i couldn’t find was a back lit keyboard.  While i despise OSX I am enamored but that feature of Apple’s pro line.  This led me to Dell’s Studio line.  This line offered everything i want in a machine and more.  1600×900 screen resolution, true 8 hour battery life. backlit keyboard, and less than the Vaio’s 15 lb weight range.

I opted for a T6600 spec’ed studio 14z and with the exception of spongy feeling click button on the touch pad i have no complaints.  This is a rare feat for me.  I am an incredibly picky person and I absolutely adore using this machine.

I want this tea device, the Sharky tea infuser. You put your tea in the bottom compartment, attach the dorsal fin top, and set it afloat in your (preferably glass) cup. The effect of the tea infusing into the water from the shark appears both beautiful and exciting. In the words of the Argentinian designer Pablo Matteodo:

INFUSION means to extract certain properties from an soluble ingredient such as tea leaves , herbs or fruit by soaking in liquid (water) until it gets saturated. So we can say that a infuser is the in charged of make this happen. This is a ludic point of view about the color given off from the phenomenon, which makes more interesting the waiting of the whole process.

Making tea at home just got a little more dangerous.




Plug and huge thanks goes out to whoever created car-part.com. Simple site to search the inventory of scrap/salvage yards all over the country. Allows you to search for specific items by year, make, model, and condition.


Broke down and bit the android bullet after Verizon finally pissed me off for the last time. Only problem i have run into so far is the lack of an easy to find driver for Windows7 64 bit. Took a little bit of google work but thanks to the great folks at Softpedia.com i was able to find a solution. Check the PDF linked to at the bottom of this post for details on how to make this happen.

Installation PDF

TV Comparison

TV Comparison

I’m like a giddy four yr old on Christmas Eve. Finally took the plunge into the big screen game and it comes on Wednesday. Above is a small size comparison.

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Storm cell hit my town today with wind speeds gusting upwards of 80 miles and hour. Power outages, small hail, and torrential down poors causes damage all over town. Reports a church steeple being blown off of a church and countless trees downed blocking streets and damaging homes and vehicles.

My cars front fender was damaged by flying debris and my a third of my Hawthorne tree was downed. Do to the rapid approach of the storm, i was unaware of the impending power loss and lost two hours worth of work… Some one buy me a UPS please.

Shots are tree after all is said and done, damage to car, tree half way though cleaning it up.