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Every year around this time...
Unlucky: slipping on some wet leaves and nearly falling backward Lucky: grabbing a low branch and gaining my balance Unlucky: realizing that it wasn't a branch but a poison ivy vine Lucky: tossing it to the side before it touched the rest of my arm Unlucky: having the vine swing back and smack me in the face Lucky: having the presence to catch the vine in the same hand Stupid: pulling the vine so as not to have to worry about walking into it again Comical: how moronic I must have looked tangled up in the damn thing
Effective? Just took a cold shower with some old poison ivy wash...
I must have used more paste when gluing my ski map to its cork base, because it is not sagging at all. After all, there are a mere 45 pins on it, the vast majority of which are on the upper right side. No, there are few pins in the Cascades, Rockies and Sierra Mountains, and not enough to sufficiently prevent the sagging, lumping and other visible eyesores afflicting my National Park map discussed in my previous post.
The problem with this one is the pin color selection. Clearly red pins against a red mountain outline was not the most prudent decision. Then again, nor would have white, black or blue pins been any better. Green and yellow pins might stand out more, but they just don't seem like ski colors, do they? Anyway, I may buy some bigger pins next time I'm in a crafts store. I'll also try to get a clearer picture, but, for now, here is a tabular representation of my ski resort visits; as with my last map, resorts are sorted alphabetically by state, and here followed…
In retrospect, using old model train layout paste may not have been the best way to mount my National Parks visited map. Thankfully I'm now at 121 sites (with 30+ visited during this "nps100" campaign), so I have more than enough pins to firmly hold the map in place...
With 2016 and the NPS's centennial drawing to closes, I can certainly look back and smile on what I've seen this year, and look forward to seeing many more park sites in the coming years. Still, it's somewhat dejecting knowing that I won't add any more pins until the spring, unless a ski strip has me pass Boston or business calls me to DC, in which case I may be able to tack a few more spots sooner than later. For now, though, I can start focusing on adding pins to my ski map. 😀
For the map here, I've used three pin colors:
Red pins = National Park sites (33 of 59);
black pins = Civil War sites (16);
yellow pins = all others in the #NPS system.
With the Minor League baseball season wrapping up, I confidently state that I don't expect to visit any new ballparks this year. Well, there is that one ballpark down in…no, no; not this season.
Looking back over this past spring and summer, I am happy with visiting a dozen new stadiums. Some ballparks were visited as fulfillment of wish-list objectives, while others were attended to round out itineraries for day trips, overnighters or as part of my grander summer vacation out west.
As I mull over where I've been and what I still need to see, it seems that I'll most likely never visit every MiLB venue, but I'll note that my various wish lists and travel goals—ballpark, National Parks and otherwise—will allow me to eliminate some new ballparks each season from the proverbial to-do list. Perhaps I'll get to half of them, or maybe 100 of them, but not all 160.
Just for the sake of parsing out my ballpark travel goals a bit and sharing some of my thinking, hopes, plan…