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Well, I had to go to Denver for a convention but did manage to get a couple of hikes in…
My friends took me to see the colorful traditions in Eleshnitza, Bulgaria for 1st of May. Most of these photos were taken by my friend who is over 6 ft tall and therefore can take photos over the heads of the crowds. This place was located about two hours south of Sofia near Bansko Ski Resort and the Pirin Mountains. Notice the hairy Kukeri with the 4 foot tall hats. Kukeri are costumes to scare away the evil spirits. Other costumes usually involve priests, demons, and an old man for comic relief. For the festivities there is also folk dancing and songs.
Went to my first week long music camp in Lubec, Maine – the easternmost city in the USA, right next to Canada. Didn’t have much time to take photographs but here are a few.
Stamp show for Earl.
Stop at Milwaukee Art Museum.
Picasso Freedom Roosters was amusing. Nearly didn’t get there because of a Komen walk blocking everything.
Stop at Milwaukee Public Museum. 3D Film about Pandas being reintroduced to the wild. Saw what the earthquake did to the center we had visited back in 2000. Found Earl’s muskrat diorama which captured his imagination 25 years ago being the first one in the US.
Had a chance to visit relatives in Ohio on the way to Milwaukee. Friends on the way back to Maryland.
Had an extra day off so we took a ride down Tamiami Trail to Loop Road. We haven’t been down Loop Road for at least ten years. Loop Road had been closed for renovations for several years. It is now mostly paved except for the last 10 miles. The gravel road is much better, no big pot holes anymore.
Here’s some pics from the day. The deer was pretty far away so the image was taken from a digital zoom.
For anyone who’s interested, this is what I plan on taking for my trip to Korea, China and Mongolia.
One medium backpack (a GoLite jam – lightweight bought for Grand Canyon hike back in 2006).
3/4 inch thermarest. small sleeping bag and silk sleeping sack.
Nalgene container and water purification tablets.
eyeshade, earplugs, inflatable pillow
Nylon waterproof zip trousers. leggings, cargos that convert to shorts.
tank top, ss shirt, ls shirt, poly blend ss dress. 4 pairs of socks and undies.
hiking boots, flip flops. bandana, hat, sweater, windbreaker, scarf
swimsuit, smock, vest of many pockets.
sunglasses, spare pair of eyeglasses
3 phrasebooks (korean, chinese, mongolian). Lonely planet guide for Mongolia.
Netbook, cell phone, ebook reader.
binoculars, little camera, big camera
Misc. drugs for travel ailments, antibiotics, vitamins, etc.
Comb, hairnet, towels, wash cloth, baby shampoo, dental floss, toothpaste/brush.
sewing kit, tweezers, scissors, scotch tape, stretchy clothesline and clothespins
compass, whistle. notebook, pencils, pen, postcards, name cards, and map of the world.
cloth bag, plastic trash bag, handbag, poncho.
flashlight, alarm clock, batteries
moneybelt, passport and printout of lodgings, airlines, etc.
and one bivy tent, a gift – thanks to my sister-in-law.