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Saturday Oct 13 #

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Colder weather and snow to arrive later in the day, with Sunday right on down i the chilly range, so heel or no heel is was back out for some more O' today, with an area switch back over to Granite Planite. I toured the Green course from the O' Festival, and this time I even followed all the lines correctly into and out of the multiply visited controls.

There's still a faintly visible beaten down line between the last control and finish, but otherwise I couldn't see a trace of any sign that a race had taken place here not much over a month ago.

It was snowing lightly most of the time I was out, for that true winter aspect.

Friday Oct 12 #

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O' at the Northern Edge (of Diamond Bay). 8.5 kms if run right, longer if run wrong, which was me. If you don't keep your focus, you are not going to go right. Completely stellar day, and so much appreciated after a run of gray days. I made the most of it with some fun orienteering on this chunk of map:



Relatively few people have been out on this chunk of map--a few Blue runners 2 years back, and some Goats earlier than that. By adding on a relatively small amount of map--the unsurveyed area above the line--there is a perfectly usable amount of area for a Classic distance event. The terrain changes markedly at the east end of what is mapped, and everything east of the mapped area is quite a bit tougher than might be guessed. A lot of the open area is clad in enough sage/bitterbrush cover to make for some chewy running, and all of the detail that shows is there because of rock.

Why the difference between east and west here? It's granite underlying the area, but the texture of the granite is probably changing from a coarser grain (west) to a mediumish grain (east).

Surveying time is just about out for this year, but this is one of the places I am eyeing for next year. Not much more than 1 km2 of additional mapping will yield a perfectly fine map with the added bonus of great access along its entire length. That might not matter to some, but if you are putting out water...

Thursday Oct 11 #

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Shockingly, it was another totally gray day. I made an attempt to do some riding in shorts (with a warm jacket though--no point in absurdity), but really it was a little too chilly for comfort, and I cut it short and headed out to run earlier than planned instead.

While running, I could see some blue sky both far to the north and south, but straight overhead was a nice swath of dark cloud, which occasionally lightened up the run with some grapple. At one point I amused myself by thinking of words that rhyme with grapple, and ended up thinking about scrapple. Even realizing that people's tastes will vary, and that in desperate circumstances people will do desperate things, you have to draw the line somewhere, and the line I draw for myself comes nowhere close to scrapple. Sorry, scrapple lovers!

Still wondering when the sun will renew. Maybe tomorrow, even if they say Tomorrow Never Knows.

Wednesday Oct 10 #

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Tick off another totally overcast day, with mixed areas of ground level clearness and fog up top. Light snow during the day, and snow cover at Happy Jack was at about 1 1/2". In other words, ski conditions were excellent, were it Houston or maybe even Ft. Worth.

And I did in fact see skiers: the college club team was out doing some running drills with ski poles on a loop using Upper UW. I told them with the sorts of excellent conditions (for Houston) that were evident, they should have their skis on. They mostly ignored me, which was of course the correct choice.

I ran for about two hours at the pace of a dying bumblebee. It was quite pleasant despite being overcast, because there was no wind and I was mostly out of the fog.

The forecast for the next week is looking pretty solidly seasonably cold, so the snow is going to hang around. And digging season (mineral specimens) looks to be done.

Tuesday Oct 9 #

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I didn't think a Kansas loss to a very good West Virginia team was going to be enough, and it wasn't.

Wyoming did a pretty good job of managing a loss to Hawaii, even though Hawaii had a real advantage in that they had to start a freshman quarterback in lieu of their very, very good 1st string quarterback, who was out with some undisclosed injury. To counter the newbie, Wyoming dropped what would have been a pick 6 interception, dropped a pass in the end zone that would have been a touchdown, and threw in a very savvy taunting penalty that enabled Hawaii to continue a drive to score the winning touchdown with under two minutes to go. And then, to top things off, Wyoming spiked the ball with a second left to end the game rather than attempting a TD pass from about 15 yards out. And was it good enough? I didn't know, but now I do as the updated rankings are out, and Wyoming makes its entry into the Bottom 25 at #22.

But how about UConn!!! Looking really terrific at #1! Many people have long predicted--strangely? hopefully?--that the future of college football lies in Connecticut, and it looks like the future is now with us.

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Today was practically a repeat of yesterday, maybe just a tad cooler. Totally gray skies with not even a hint of sun. The workout was practically a repeat as well, except that I ran longer (just under 2 hours) and the fog was thicker. Didn't even see any birds today--it was really desolation up there, out there. Conditions underfoot: fast grass.

I haven't seen any official confirmation of it, but it looks like the Pilot Hill land acquisition is going to go through, and that it will be accomplished by a land swap.

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