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Monday, December 22, 2008


Completely unrealted, but I got scammed for Christmas.

This website does not exist and is just a front for a scammer. I bought a Christmas present from their website, and hadn't seen anything after a week and started looking around. There seem to a number of people who fell for the same site on about the same day. They had a paypal account and everything and were very quick to charge my credit card.

After this christmas, the website will surely be abandoned, but it is a problem to always be aware of.

Now to get my money back....

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Winnemucca got Street View

So Google went a little crazy and put street view up for what seems like the entire country. And Winnemucca is included, it is quite amazing. So I figure I could give a little tour through my little town. We figured they came by sometime last February. It was also right after a nice snow so all of the mountains look really pretty.

Here is my current house. The winnebago is from the guy that lived there before. Notice the leaning mailbox, it still isn't put in the ground.

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Now these are a couple of pictures from the snow that we got this week.

Here is my old house, with my car out front. Guess I was a little late to work.

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Pan to the right to see a good view of Winnemucca Mountain.

Here are the first apartments I lived in.

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This is the bar that we usually go to.

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Yes it is called Cheers, and yes everyone probably knows your name. And if you look close, the sign is just a banner put over another sign that says Bridge Street Bar. It has been like that since I moved here and I don't think they are planning on changing.

Winners is the big casino in town.

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If you turn the picture around you will see the Convention Center. This is basically the middle of town.
The funny thing about this picture is that it's from the summer, and any direction you go from here, the pictures are back to winter.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


For Thanksgiving, Jessica and I decided to get out of town. My friend, Kristina, invited us to come to Portland to have Thanksgiving dinner with them.

We drove up Wednesday. It was a ten hour drive, but it seemed to go really quick. There are some really straight roads out there. About 8pm we got into Portland and hung out at Kristina and Aaron's house. Thursday was pretty relaxed with cooking and getting ready for the feast. I was a horrible photographer and only got one picture of the table.

Friday we got up, had breakfast with Kristina and Aaron and headed for the coast. It was a cloudy/rainy day, but it was expected for the season. We made several stops at overlooks as we drove down 101. It was nice to see the ocean again. We even saw a few surfers. We stopped in at Newport, just in time to go on the brewery tour. It looked like most breweries, so I didn't get any pictures. The beer was delicious!

We camped out at a forest service campground and could hear the ocean from our tent. We took a walk on the beach in the morning fog and then continued south. We stopped in Yachats, OR which was an amazing little beach town. The views were spectacular and everything was relaxing.

Further down the road we stopped at the Devils Churn. I could have stayed here all day. It was a place where there was a cut in the landscape and the ocean surged into this chute creating big foamy waves. It looked like some surreal art. It really is impossible to describe, just try looking at the pictures and video.

Then we went up to Cape Perpetua overlook where we could see the fog clearing off. There is a little stone structure at the point where Jessica's sister wants to get married next June, so we were doing a little research.

After that, we made a few more stops along the coast, saw a few Sea Lions in the water and took a few shots of Jessica and her new car. Before we left we stopped in Florence at Mo's with it's World Famous Clam Chowder. It lived up to its reputation.

We drove back through the night and got back to Winnemucca about 1 am. Certainly a change of environment.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Last weekend was homecoming at my college, I went and had a great time.

I saw lots of old friends, enjoyed myself, and got to be back in Texas again. It was a great weekend.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Lassen National Park

Jessica needed a ride to the airport, and the weather was perfect so I decided to take a five day weekend in Lassen.

I got there Friday afternoon and was the only car in the parking lot. I hiked four miles in to camp by a lake. It was amazing to be in so many trees and camping next to water. The odd thing about the lakes was that there were no streams feeding it and there was nothing living in it. I think the lakes were results of glaciers.

With it being so late in the year, the sun was down by seven and didn't come up till 7.30. It made it much easier to get a sunrise shot and meant lots of time for sleeping. It was quite relaxing.

The next day I got up and hiked about ten miles. I had some great views of Lassen peak and followed the PCT for awhile, and then the Nobels Emigrant Trail. I'll be back to do more of the PCT on day. I hiked passed the cinder cone which was weird. There were cinders everywhere and it was like walking through sand, especially while carrying a full backpack. I don't understand how trees can grow in the soil. The Cinder Cone makes a really cool aerial photograph.

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It wasn't till that afternoon that I saw my first group of people. It was weird to hear my voice when I was talking to them. That night I camped at Rainbow lake which had great views of Mount Lassen for the sunset and sunrise.

Then Sunday I hiked down more of the PCT and down to the Warner Campground. I got there so the next morning I could go check out the Boiling Lake. It was well worth it, because I got there just before sunrise and the steam was amazing. It is a lake that is fed by a geothermal vent. The whole thing must be hundreds of degrees hot and it's just in the middle of the woods and kind of a surprise to come across.

I got my stuff from the campground and headed for Kings River falls. It is a nice river that meanders through a meadow and then starts on a stairstep waterfall that is about a half mile long and ends with a full 250 foot pour off waterfall. It just seemed to keep going and I took lots of pictures. It was hard not to.

I spent that night in the back of my car so I could get an early start and hike up Lassen the next day. I got to the Lassen parking lot about 8.30 and was the only car there. To get to the top is a 2.5 mile hike gaining about 2000 feet. It was a pretty nice hike early in the morning and I got to the top in an hour and twenty minutes. From the top you can see in the old caldroun and look across and see Mt. Shasta, another old volcano. I started heading down and I was still the only one in the parking lot. It wasn't till I was under a mile left that I saw another person. Judging by the size of the parking lot, this is not really typical.

After that I made one more stop by Bumpass Hell. It is another system of geothermal vents of different types. There were a couple steaming vents, other mud pots and a couple hot springs. The variety was pretty amazing.

On my way out I was hiking down the trail and stepped wrong on a rock and gave myself a serious sprained ankle. It almost immediately swelled up to the size of a tennis ball. I hobbled the half mile back to my car and then drove the 40 miles to the nearest town and got a large bag of ice for it. I had it on ice the rest of the day. I picked up Jessica from the airport and she was nice enough to drive back to Winnemucca. I've been icing and resting it since. I think I tore a blood vessel and you can start to see the loose blood pooling in the rest of my foot. The swelling is almost gone now and it is getting better. I'm not risking anything and taking it easy and still icing it for a couple hours a day.

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This weekend is homecoming and I can't wait!