Fall Foliage

Foliage, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. With the sudden drop in temperatures, Fall has officially begun in the northwest. This is the first time I've spent fall in a predominantly evergreen forest. While there is color to be found in the west, I suspect that the immediate area won't be the place to find it. But, as fall rolls in,…

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Hiking Deary

View from Potato Hill, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. I've now been in Idaho for almost three weeks and I'm starting to get settled into my new home. Later I will post about the property and the abundant wildlife that make our place so special. But today, I write about a local hiking opportunity just over a mile down the…

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The Road Trip

Well, we are finally off and on our way to a new life in the middle of nowhere, Idaho. Of course, this trip is not without its share of stories. To begin with, we were supposed to leave Maryland as soon as Erin was done with camp. I gave her until 2:00 and we were pretty much packed and ready…

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Kittens

I can hidez., originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. We've been in and out of the Altoona area to pack up belongings in preparation for the big move later this summer. We usually stay with Erin's grandfather who lives on a farm off of Rt. 22 near Williamsburg. He has some "stray" cats that he feeds, but won't get spayed or…

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Dolly Sods, Revisited

Dolly Sods Meadow, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. In the fall, I visited West Virginia's Dolly Sods with my parents. The foliage on the blueberry bushes was amazing, but the trees had not yet turned. I was planning to return a week later to backpack through the wilderness area during its peak foliage, but my car broke down and I…

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Mother’s Day

Hazeltop, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. This past weekend, my mom came to Luray to visit me. We spent Saturday in town at the annual Festival of Spring. Main Street is shut down to traffic and the stores and other vendors set up shop on the street. We spent a good deal of time at the wine tasting area, where…

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Swimming Holes

The Lower Falls on Overall Run, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. When the weather turns hot and humid, there's no better way to stay cool than at your local swimming hole. Swimming holes offer something that your pool does not: privacy, seclusion, crisp cold water, and no chemicals. That icy mountain stream gets the old heart moving at first, but…

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Big Falls on Overall Run

Big Falls on Overall Run, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. It's great to have my camera back. Two weeks ago, I bent a pin in the card slot which rendered the camera useless. After speaking with Canon support, I packed up the body and shipped it off to the nearest repair facility. It left FedEx that Monday and arrived at…

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Duncan Knob

View on Duncan Knob, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. I got up early this morning to hike before the heat of the day. I would have liked to have gotten up earlier to be at the summit for that early light, but I enjoyed what I got. I arrived at my trailhead by 8:00 and reached the summit of Duncan…

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Life at Camp

I haven't been very good at updating this or my livejournal in a while. I've been fairly busy for the past few weeks. I returned to my job at the mountain campus (www.mountaincampus.org, check us out) in the middle of March and spent the first two weeks cleaning up and preparing for the season. With all of the heavy snow…

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Asotin Creek

The Deep Gorge Originally uploaded by Matthew Singer While we were out in Idaho, we had the pleasure of taking a day and hiking. While the Moscow area was devoid of any snow this year, the surrounding mountains still had a bit of the white stuff, and forget about trying to get to the big mountains. It was winter, after…

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Heading West

The Palouse, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. Holy Smokes, it's March already? My how time flies. It's funny how time goes by when life is mundane and you feel like you've wasted the days. On the other hand, when you've got something to look forward to, it just can't come fast enough. I suppose I ought to let you, my…

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A new Mineral2.com

For the longest time, I have been wanting to re-design my site to make it easy to update and manage content. At first, I thought a content management system would suit me, but I found them to be a bit daunting. Perhaps later I'll re-visit the idea, but for the amount of content that I actually publish, a blogging platform…

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A much needed update

View on Kennedy Peak Originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. Wow. I realized I haven't updated this place in quite some time. A lot has happened in the past year. I went back to Ferry Beach (www.fbes.org) in the fall and had some fun on the coast of Maine with weekends in the White Mountains again. I spent the winter in…

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Chicago

On Monday, I went into Chicago to meet up with the elusive Gloria Mui who I haven't seen since Medfest 2005. She was in Chicago for some pharmaceutical conference. So yesterday I took the train into the city, and actually missed the train I wanted because I couldn't find a parking space in the first lot. Well, I got into…

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