In the last 7 days:
Earlier this week the County Commission approved the purchase of 5500 acres of land immediately due east of town, stretching up from the edge of town all the way up to the National Forest. In orienteering terms, stretching from the edge of town to the edge of the Telephone Song orienteering map, and including a large chunk of the Telephone Song basemap covering what is presently private land.
It's a pretty big deal for the county/town. However, now comes the hard part: funding the purchase price of $14 million, with one year to raise the money. I have no idea how doable or how tough this will be, but at the very least it is unlikely to prove easy, especially with the state still facing some pretty severe financial constraints from the energy downturn.
Cheech (Marin) is in town today. I think he came to run at Diamond Bay. He might not realize Labor Daze is already come and gone--he is Cheech, after all.
Right now he is talking on the radio and I am drinking coffee--so about the right things are happening in the right places.
O' pass at Remarkable Flats, 9.3 kms, 30 controls. Expected some amount of cold rain and had along clothes appropriate for that; happily it was just gray clouds on scene and it looked like it would be okay in just a long sleeved t-shirt, which worked out fine. In the end, only a few drops fell on me here and there while I was running--much better than the wet bike ride earlier.
Things were going well for the first 21 controls and I was running at race pace. Right after #21, however, I had to make a decision: I came across a nice 4 point mule deer shed. Stash it somewhere and come back for it later, or take it with me and finish the workout while definitely trying to avoid and falls? It was such a nice shed, and I didn't have thaaaaat much more to go distance wise, plus part of what was left consisted of a loop, so I could drop off the shed at the beginning of the loop and pick it back up as I was exiting...I took it with me and kept a laser focus on running efficiently and upright until I was safely at the end.
Nice as the shed was, the best part really was not having the heavens open up with heavy rain. Once started, I would have finished, but it would have been a whole lot less fun.
Lots of cows.
Ran at Happy Jack in the late afternoon in air that was close to dead calm--this, after being quite windy earlier in the afternoon.
Around here, this condition often presages a "change in climate".
Beautiful day with little haze.
Back from biking. It's properly windy out this afternoon--probably best wind we've had since the end of last winter--and so great biking for those who like their air fresh. Conversely, very bad were a fire to break out (I'm sure it's red flag conditions), as there would be no stopping it until the winds let up.
O' pass at east part of Pelican Bay, about 11.2 kms, 30 controls.
The course I drew up was unusual in that the first part was through an area that is basemapped but not surveyed, with the purpose of running there being to check out how it looks and feels in the context of a course. Then I sent the course across into mapped area for enough distance to bring up the distance to something appropriate for how long I wanted to run.
The largest and most complete area of ponderosa forest in the basemap area had been subject to a controlled burn earlier in the year--I hadn't known that--and while there were still plenty of intact beetle kill logs on the ground, it was mostly just pine needles and largely cleaned out of any underbrush (wasn't much to begin with.)
Even though the Pelican basemap was never very good, it was good enough, and it will be good enough for this new area--especially after I upgrade the basemap with imagery--which will give nearly all of the rock and vegetation, which is mostly what runners will use in this area anyway. The contour structure itself is pretty straight forward. And the area itself will be quite special, once mapped properly.
Heard an elk bugling while I was running, the first I've heard this season.
Okay, mark it down: it's 8:25 in the evening and it's snowing, for the first snow of the season. Attackpoint says it 38F and light rain. The temp might be right, but the light rain part definitely isn't!
When I got home after running at Happy Jack, at about 6:30, it was chilly enough that before I did anything else I grabbed a shovel and dug up a half dozen amaryllis I had planted outside for the summer--and brought them indoors along with all the amaryllis that spent the summer outside in pots. Good move.
I was out biking in the early afternoon, quite comfortable in a t-shirt and bike shorts, and somewhere getting close to 2 pm, I felt the wind change directions (it was nicely windy out) and the first arriving much, much cooler air. A half hour later I swung by home so I could add a jacket.
O' pass at Pelican Bay, 11.7 kms, 24 controls, course stretched from the extreme west side of the map to the extreme east side, and back. Legs still a little sore from Saturday's intervals (which included some hills and descents).
I am thinking I will try to add some more map across the road (the road that leads to Vedauwoo) in time for use for a rumored next year's Labor Day Weekend "A" event. Standalone, it could make for an excellent middle distance area. Combined with the existing Pelican Bay map, it could be used for most anything.
With that in mind, I have started the process of taking the existing, not-so-great, photogrammetric base and upgrading it using Google imagery, and I will take that into the field next spring.
Today's course stretched *just* across the road to a rock feature I added last night, before returning to the other side of the road. Easy control.
Got started on the new mapping project (at last) in the NE corner of the Diamond Bay base, with the working secret code name of "Thor's Castle". Wanted to call it Thor's Needle, but nobody in the world would look at the rock object in question and think of it as a needle.
Launched right into a detailed area, and the detailed areas are *really* detailed. Probably most of these areas will be all but incomprehensible, so actually pretty ideal for orienteering as it is now routinely practiced nowadays.
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