Archive for October, 2010

First Photo of a Human

October 29, 2010

This is a photo made by Louis Daguerre in 1838 in Paris.  The daguerreotype process of photography required long exposures–up to 10 minutes.  Because of the long exposures, anything moving disappeared.  However, in the bottom left corner of the photo, you can see a man getting his shoes shined.  Researchers recently determined that this is the first time a human had been captured in a photo.



Happy Birthday, Emerson JulieAnn

October 26, 2010

EmersonOur new grandbaby!

Emerson Julianne

Bear, Anyone?

October 18, 2010


Saturday, I took 15 11-year-old Boy Scouts and several of their leaders on a 5-mile hike in the Lockwood Valley area west of Frazier Park. The trail crossed a dry creek bed several times. Each time, we were able to spot some nice animal tracks, including deer, squirrel and some that I couldn’t identify.

The prize of the hike were these bear tracks.


It was a nice a for a hike, in spite of some rain.

Geocaching’s 10.10.10 Worldwide Party

October 13, 2010

My hobby, Geocaching, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.  With Sunday’s 10.10.10 date, there were geocaching parties worldwide.  Because of that, a record number of geocachers logged a cache Sunday.  The  current count is over 75,000.

I attended a nearby Geocaching event, hosted by a geocaching hiking buddy, Bart.  It was held at 10:10 AM for 10 minutes.

The video below is a quick explanation of geocaching.

I found my first geocache on May 6, 2001.  Monday, I found my 6125th cache.  I have finds in 27 states, in 3 countries (USA, Canada, and Costa Rica).  My closest find is just around the corner from my house; the farthest is in Baddeck, Nova Scotia– 3093 miles from home.  The farthest north and west are caches in Alaska and the farthest south in a cache in Costa Rica.

I have a geocaching blog–GeoCraig’s Caching Adventures–where I chronicle some of my geocaching activities.  Stop on by.



October 6, 2010

Wendy tells me that it’s time for a new Random Thought.  I guess this is appropriate because it is no longer 113 degree.  In fact, we have gone from all-time record heat to some record colds for this time of the year.

It’s raining this morning–a good, steady rain–something that we really need.  Wendy woke up this morning and wondered why I was still in the shower.  I wasn’t in the shower; I was almost at work.  But the shower sounds were coming from outside.

So the random thought for the day:

I looked at the calendar and realized that it is my half-birthday today.  Remember when “and-a-half” was a big deal.  “I’m five-and-a-half.” Or I’m seven-and-a-half.”

How old are you when you drop the “and-a-half” when asked your age?

And how old do you need to be to stop telling you age when you are asked?

That answer is simple for Wendy; she has been 29 for quite a while.