02 December 2016


What does this area look like from space?  http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view.php?id=88701
And from the Sea?

And nearby?

01 December 2016

Climate Change and Tourism

Our friends at Michigan State have a great site.  Check out the traffic and ski "tools."  For example the winter tool does:

"The tool provides information on a number of ski-relevant parameters including the number of ski days, the day of first snow, the date of last snowcover, and the amount of snow that has to be artificially generated to keep a resort open."

"Richard Medina, an assistant geography professor at the University of Utah, is studying how weather affects traffic patterns and accidents in Salt Lake County. The project could produce a model that may help emergency managers, said Medina, who previously did a similar study in the Washington, D.C., area."  Listen here.

29 November 2016

TSA Confiscated Items

Just do a "google" search for images, to see the crazy things people try to bring on an airplane.

and you are complaining about a pair of nail clippers?

27 November 2016

Travel this weekend?

Are you or a family member flying right now?  Trying to get back home or to school after the Thanksgiving Break?  Well, check out this site to see live air trafic.

And currently not too many delays right now!  Safe travels.

24 November 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

I wish you and yours a happy thanksgiving.  If you are one of the 50 million travellers this weekend, I hope your trip is going well and that you remember the folks that served you during the trip.  Remember the gas station employees, the wait staff, toll plaza people, airport people and of course the other travellers.

Be polite please and give something back to your neighbors.

21 November 2016

Heading to the Caribbean this winter?

Be sure to check out the latest on the volcanoes in the region.  I have only seen a couple active ones in Arenal in Costa Rica, semi-active Hekla and Eyafjallajökull on Iceland and few not active like Pelée volcano on Martinique and Qualibou on St. Lucia. Soufriere Hills on Montserrat is on my list.

Here is Arenal with steam on the north slope.

13 November 2016

Boundary Monitoring on the Appalachian Trail

A beautiful day to hike in the woods today.  So I headed west to the community of Tyringham, Massachusetts to find these monuments.

I hit several sections of the National Park called the Appalachian Trail to bushwhack in the woods to make sure no human or natural encroachments might threaten our park,  I am just one of thousands of volunteers that help our parks.  And what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

This panoramic shot is looking south through valley and in the distance the AT crosses the low Hop Brook valley.

The AT is a great public resource!