Atomic Diversions

Atomic Diversions shares thoughts and photos from diversions that interest Rod Adams. Feel free to comment, but it really does not matter much if anyone else cares.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Time keeps getting away; summer is nearly over

Blogging about my extra curricular activities often falls to the bottom of my priority list. The last Atomic Diversions post took place while it was still winter and I had to bundle up to go on a bike ride. If I recall correctly, I shared some icy photos and a photo of my weather resisting garb.

Last week's walk around Annapolis and today's bike ride did not require such additional protection from the weather; in fact, it is getting darned hot and muggy at the end of July and beginning of August. For some odd reason, I was so busy during the spring and early summer that I never did get around to updating this to share some of the fun.

In late March and early April, Jan and I took a trip to southern Utah with our good friends Bob and Sharon. As nearly lifelong residents of the eastern US, we have visited the western mountains, but not for quite a few years. We decided to visit Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park to put some different kinds of climbing and hiking miles on our boots. What a great trip that was. We collected so many great photos that it is hard to pick a favorite, but this is one that does a pretty good job of capturing the scenery at Zion.

Life continued on with many terrific days full of fun activities that I should have shared, but did not. Then, on July 3, I lost consciousness while getting an early morning drink of water and fell against our kitchen cabinets. Jan told me it sounded like a tree had fallen inside the house. The resulting damage was a cracked skull and bruised ribs. Ouch, and double ouch as the headaches and aching ribs have taken a bit of time to heal. Therefore, no hikes and and no scenic bike rides for a while.

Anyway, excuses are over. Last Sunday we had a great "Maryland" day that started with breakfast at the world famous "Chick and Ruth's" diner. Following breakfast we walked around Annapolis where I snapped some photos to test out a "camera zoom" software application for my iPhone. Here are some examples so you can provide feedback to see if my judgement is the same as yours. The first pair are both looking up Main Street from in front of Chick and Ruth's.

The second pair of photos is from the end of the city dock looking across Ego Alley at the back side of Pusser's, the restaurant attached to the Hilton.

In both cases, I took the photos just seconds apart from each other and stood in the same location. I imported them into iPhoto and then exported them with exactly the same settings - Medium. I cannot figure out why they are different sizes unless the way that the "zoom" feature works is to crop the photos on the fly. I will have to do some more playing. In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy a closeup of one of the lovely flowerpots that help to make Annapolis a very civilized place for a Sunday morning stroll.

Following our breakfast and stroll, we headed back to the house for some relaxation. Within minutes a good friend called and told me that her mate had caught a bushel and half of crabs that morning. She wondered if we were up for a feast on their deck. Who would turn that down? We had a great time met some very nice people and enjoyed the bounty of the Bay like real Marylanders do. Our friends even have a bit of water behind their home and there was a nice breeze blowing, so it was a perfect way to end the day. Just wish I had taken a photo or two of the huge pile. A before and after shot would have been perfect.

On my way to work on Friday I saw a couple of scavenging deer in the neighborhood. This is not terribly unusual; our home borders on a large county park that is the home for quite a large number of the critters. However, it still fascinates me to see wild animals that we only saw on vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains when I was a child growing up in South Florida. This picture is not terribly good, it was early morning, the only camera I had was my phone, and I think I was worried that I would be holding up traffic on Harbor Drive. However, I did want to let you know that I did not attempt to use the zoom feature, so that curious deer is pretty darned close to my car - and was closer before I pulled out the camera.

Today, I managed a ten mile bike ride. Not fully up to par, but feeling better and ready to get into shape for a fall hike and some kayaking with buddies. Maybe I will get around to posting some commentary and even a picture or two.