Rock climbing

rock-climbing

On Friday, we went rock climbing at Allamuchy State Park in NJ in the Sussex Branch Trailhead.

More photos below.

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Tinicum

tinicum

We visited the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge

Paint ball

paint-sacm

We went to play at Lehigh Valley Paintball this weekend.

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7th annual Chester County Hot Air Balloon Festival

balloon

Today, SACM and I enjoyed the 7th annual Chester County Hot Air Balloon Festival today.

Muck Fest Tough Mudder Philadelphia

MUCK

I ran my first ever Muck Fest, as a way to raise funds for MS, held near the Newtown square HQ of SAP.

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Assateague Island National Seashore

assateague

Assateague National Park on this 37-mile barrier island south of Ocean City, Maryland is famed for its 300 wild horses, managed by a contraceptive darting program. Here is one at the park entrance

Hunting

hunting

Every few years, I reach out to longtime family friend Greg Babbitt to go out with him for a day of deer hunting. He’s an experienced outdoorsman and high school agriculture teacher.

We went out after a Wawa hoagie lunch, hunkering down in thorny brush on farmland owned by one of his students and sitting there for in the cold, with a gentle snowfall a week before the close of hunting season.

At dusk, a fox came as near to us as I had ever experienced before being startled when he realized we were there, but not even a spot of anything else, though we heard some deer as we got up to leave. Still, it was a beautiful day with a good friend.

Afterward we went out to dinner with my friend’s new wife, before I drove home out of the growing snow storm.

Swiss Alps

Looking at the Swiss Alps from Zurich, Switzerland on Oct. 16, 2008.

Looking at the Swiss Alps from Zurich, Switzerland on Oct. 16, 2008.

I wasn’t on the Alps, so this is an item ripe for being redone, but I did get to see those famed mountains on an exceptionally beautiful day in Zurich, Switzerland.

Yosemite National Park

Overlooking a canyon in Yosemite National Park in California.

Overlooking a canyon in Yosemite National Park in California.

Cliff jumping

This led to my first skinny-dipping experience, but that isn’t for public consumption.