Saturday, August 23, 2014

until the cows come home

yesterday i was visiting a marker on the route of the old crown point military road and a fairly large group of heiffers came over to look at me. you don't maybe realize what a large animal a cow is until a whole herd of them come running over to see you.

they were good natured, though.

but flask, i hear you say. are you so much of an expert on the personalities of cows?

well, no. if you've ever had a group of them come running over to look at you when they weren't happy to see you, you know the difference. there is a lot in an animal's body language that signals "you look suspicious to us, and we do not like you".

so anyway, these girls were friendly.

Friday, August 22, 2014

my dad wears me out.

yesterday i went out to play with my dad and stepmother.

that old boy wears me out.

LAST thursday we went out to play and i didn't get home until midnight and it took two days to recover.

this week i brought my stuff and slept in his driveway.

...but not before we got a flat tire. in the rain. in ticonderoga, new york.

yes, he offered me a bed inside. they have a guest room. i like my car. it's comfortable and i'm used to it.

later on maybe i'll show you some pictures or something.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

two minutes at bingham falls

some of you, my little internet friends, live in hot dusty places and because you keep telling me you like pictures of cool green places when i am in one of those cool green places i always think of you and take pictures and sometimes video.

here are two minutes recorded at bingham falls, which just offrum state highway 108.

later on i'm going to talk about state highway 108, but for now, just some pretty video at the falls. these are taken from the same spot; one view downstream and one up.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

thirty minutes on a hillside

one of the items on the venture vermont challenge  is to sit somewhere outside for a half hour and make a list of all the sounds you hear.

so here's mine:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

heroes of the republic

this week jim jeffords died.

last week marion milne died.

jim jeffords was mostly a republican, but he was a vermont style moderate republican, which these days is not very much like being a regular republican. yeah, in vermont we have liberal republicans and conservative democrats. we have this odd little thing in which the two group get together and try to sort out their differences to benefit the greatest number of people of the state of vermont and we know we can't always get our way.

senator jeffords was a good and decent man. i was going to add stuff on to that sentence but really it's the whole of the story. he was good and decent and he worked hard for the public good, the good of the nation and the good of the state.

marion milne was a republican state legislator elected for two terms with support of both democrats and republicans. she was also good and decent, and her political career came to an end when she voted with her conscience and against her conservative constituents on the matter of civil unions. in her eyes it was a matter of fairness for all citizens of this state.

often i have a lot of snarky things to say about politics, but i have nothing snarky to say about either of these giants.

they were heroes of the republic.

Monday, August 18, 2014


my excuse for not talking to you yesterday was that i went out to meet some friends before we headed over to a party and then after the party i went careering all over lower franklin county with the party host and we were having such a good time she brought me home to dinner and she and her husband and i sat talking until way past my bedtime.

i don't even have pictures to show you, but i'm going to work on processing some pictures i took earlier just for you and maybe post them up or something.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

talking to strangers

so today i was at a letterbox in stowe and found myself talking to some nice people from texas who turn out to be geocachers, but weren't geocaching on this vacation.

mmm-hm. yup. they are super amused by my idea of what constitutes hot weather. they are amazed by the beauty of our state capital.

and then i go to a cache up at sunset rock and there are people on the rock, a middle aged woman and a young girl. they invite me to sit down o the rock with them. we make some chitchat. they offer me lunch.

you know how i love lunch.

so we hang out. they've heard of geocaching, only never done one. i offer to let them find the one i just came from. i hand them my GPS and we go over there. then we have a look at a nearby glacial pothole.



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