Sunday, November 23, 2008

Philly fans: don't be stupid

This week on NFL Sunday Countdown Cris Carter stated that the Philadelphia Eagles could not get a better coach than Andy Reid.

TJ had a comment about Eagles fans and Chris Berman told Philly fans "don't be stupid."

This is one week after the NFL Sunday Countdown crew questioned the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff for their performance, which has been mediocre to say the best.

To the staff of NFL Sunday Countdown: don't be stupid.  If the Philly fans can execute better than their Eagles I hope they  give the ESPN staff a nice warm welcome on Dec 15.  If you don't like being criticized for not executing your [multi] million dollar job responsibilities then take your dress and go somewhere else.

Since '99 with Andy Reid the Philadelphia Eagles have gone 5-11, 11-5, 11-5, 12-4, 12-4, 13-3, 6-10, 10-6, 8-8,  and now are 5-4-1.

Superbowl wins: 0

If this is the best the Eagles can do I feel sorry for all of you.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Glacier National Park

My previous trip to Glacier didnt go past Avalanche Campground, this time we stayed for 3 days.

Outstanding views in this park

note; two panoramic pics are included with the photos / maps.  These photos are too small in flickr and are misplaced on all maps, they should be located more towards the north east side of st mary's lake.

flickr photos

flickr map

google map (with pictures)

google earth (with pictures)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Sweathouse Falls Trail, Victor MT

start:  7/11/2008

length: 5.3 miles (round trip)

time: 3:09 (round trip)

difficulty:  easy

avg speed: 2.0 mph

elevation gain: from 3805ft to 5240ft gaining 1435ft

comments: easy hike, drank from stream.

photos; flickr

google maps (with photos)

google earth (.kmz file with photos)

gps (.gpx file)

Monday, July 14, 2008

St Mary's Peak, Stevensville MT

start:  7/13/2008 at 1208am(?)

length: 3.7 miles (from trail head to fire lookout)

time: 3:34:24 (up)  1:10:38 (at the top)  1:43:33 (back)

difficulty:  moderate / moderately difficult

avg speed: 1.o mph (up) 2.0 mph (down)

elevation gain: from 6783ft to 9368ft gaining 3585ft

directions: south of Stevensville to (either west on St Mary's Rd or west on Indian Prairie Loop then North on St Mary's Rd) then west on Lookout Trail

comments:  this had me gasping a bit, stops became more frequent as the trail went on, the last leg of the hike seems to be a bit more strenuous than the rest of the trail.

photos; panoramio or flickr

google maps

google earth (.kmz file)

gps (.gpx file)

Thursday, July 3, 2008

July 4 2008

A trip to Evaro MT, just inside the Flathead Indian Reservation sits the Gray Wolf Peak Casino, outside of which are two rather large firework stands.  This year we obtained the following;


From left to right;

  • String O' Pearls - six five break shells and six six break shells

  • Quest - 12 ball shells and 6 artillery shells

  • Fear No Evil - six five break shells

  • Assorted sparklers, fountains, and tubes

  • Graphic Images (top right) - 500 gram cake with 5 simultaneous 4 shot and 5 shot finale consisting of green palms, blue stars and silver brocade

We set off one 'String O' Pearls' last night, the rest will be taken to a 4th of July party where it looks like this will be at most a third of the fireworks displayed.

Happy 4th of July.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Lewis and Clark Caverns

While the entrance to the caverns were discovered in 1882 by two Whitehall men; Charles Brooke and Mexican John, the the Lewis and Clark caverns were discovered in 1892 by Tom Williams and Burt Pannell, two hunters.  Tom Williams explored the caves 6 years later and then talked to a local investor named Dan Morrison about further developing the cavern for tours.  Until 1908 the caverns were a successful tourist business, when the railroad laid claim to the land and gave it to the federal government and was consequently turned into a National Monument.  In 1937 the state of Montana received its first state park as the federal government declared the Lewis and Clark Caverns a state park.  Even though the name of the park is 'Lewis and Clark Caverns' it is believed that Lewis and Clark never visited the caverns, chances are they never knew they existed.

two shots while walking up the trail to the cavern;



The entrance to the caverns;









Monday, June 16, 2008

Glacier National Park - Avalanche Lake and McDonald Lake

Our visit to Glacier National Park took us 16 miles in the West Glacier entrance to Avalanche Campground. With 50 camp sites the campground is definitely on the edge of the wild.


While there were no signs of bears the deer had no problem with the campers.


After camping at Avalanche Campground, we took a hike along Avalanche Creek, a rough yet spectacular clear blue creek runs along an 'easy' hike up towards Avalanche Lake. The hike is approximately 2 miles each way and a gain of 500ft in elevation.



Along the hike many surrounding mountains still had snow which was melting and causing runoff resulting in huge falls, this is a small one;


Upon reaching the lake we found crystal clear water surrounded by mountains.


Later that day, a little lunch at McDonald Lake;


Friday, June 6, 2008

my resume expands

all my hard work is starting to pay off, I am now a TV star. Now not everyone can just get on TV, it takes alot of hard work and dedication. Here is my television premier;


or you could just join the IRC network and join #cops20

Saturday, May 3, 2008


A while back I was contacted by a person who was browsing flickr for pictures to use in Westways Magazine (AAA's Southern California Lifestyle Magazine). He had stumbled across a picture of Elk at Mammoth Village at Yellowstone. After signing a couple documents allowing them to print this picture in their magazine(s) and on their website(s) and a month later I received my copy of the magazine.


Above you see arrows pointing to my picture and my credit. I found it a bit odd as my name is nowhere near the picture and there is no indication of why my name is there, not that I'm complaining.


Thursday, May 1, 2008

Ground Source Heat Pump - Geothermal Loop install

Almost a day and a half of digging from our friends at Hallford Excavating left us with about 600 ft of 3' wide, 6-8' deep trench in the back yard. Here you can see the trench closest to you which holds the two plastic pipes which exit the house and head towards the backyard behind the hedge. One of the pipes takes the liquid into the house, the other sends it out.


Below is a picture of the location of the manifold, the two pipes running to the house connect to the manifold and then the actual loops are connected to this manifold. The manifold was placed behind the hedge so that the loops could be laid in the back yard where there are no underground sprinklers.


Below a look at one of the three trenches dug to lay the loop, the three trenches are all just a bit under 200' long each.


Below is a closeup of the pipe (loop) that is laid in these three trenches, this loop pulls about 4 degrees out of the ground and carries it into the house via a water / chemical mix running through these pipes;


and here is a shot taken from the back of our property showing the extent of the earth that was moved for this part of the project;


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Installing Hardwood Floors, so easy a kid could do it.

We have now started remodeling the guest room with the same hardwood floor as Dylan's flooring. To give myself a break I rented a pneumatic floor nailer, much easier than the manual nailer although they really get you on the rental price. Dylan was present for this install and was excited about helping, it wasn't long before he was installing the hardwood floor all by himself. Shortly after teaching how to hit the nailer and giving him the opportunity to hit it while I held it, Napolean was handling the nailer all by himself.


After teaching him how to nail the hardwood floor, I showed him how to select the correct piece of wood (quality of finish, warping, and the correct length [so that breaks are staggered]) and how to pound it into place.


He was then doing the job all by himself, yes, the pictures you are viewing are actual shots of him in action (using the sports mode of my camera) laying approximately 12 11' 6" long rows of Bellawood rustic maple 3/4" hardwood flooring with a pneumatic floor nailer.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Lost Trail Powder Mountain

From the lost trail website: The beauty and uncrowded slopes of the Rocky Mountain's hidden jewel.


... family skiing from the top of the Continental Divide.


... unbelievable powder ...


... an excellent family facility that has been helping folks enjoy themselves for over 60 years


Sunday, February 24, 2008

Home Improvement, HVAC retrofit.

The brutal heat last summer was enough to push us over the edge, this long with the fact that pellets are costing us $2 a day and leaving the house with cold spots made this a no brainer. These are the house plans detailing the HVAC system, orange indicates 'runs' going upstairs, yellow indicates downstairs runs, blue indicates return duct, and yellow indicates supply duct. The red line towards the middle of the house details a wall to be put up, blocking off access from the garage to the downstairs, while the red line at the bottom details an addition which provides additional access to the downstairs from the room off of the garage.

(Click for larger view)




(spare the comments about the paint job)




3 days later




The above was done mostly with a drywall [hand] saw, but partially with a circular saw. The circular saw did a GREAT job but kicked up so much dust. If you notice the top left of the picture you will notice a fan which shoots air into our open foyer and therefor the living room, dining room, kitchen, and upstairs [bedrooms], the house was full of dust, my son thought there was a fire. This cut out takes care of almost half of the trunkline, the rest being separated from the living area, will be done with the circular saw.


A couple problems encountered when cutting out the drywall;


Where the trunkline is to cut through the wall, its load bearing, also theres a pesky electrical wire. Luckily there is a wall 3ft in one direction and about 5ft in another direction which will help support the load when I take down a stud in the wall. The trunkline will have to move a bit to get around the wire though.



There are lights in the ceiling so what did you expect? Apparently I wasn't thinking so I expected nothing. This will have to be cut and rerouted, hopefully without cutting down anymore drywall.