Survived the trip. I’ll post some photo’s in a few days, once I get caught up at work, and get over the leg cramps and blistered feet!

We ended up going in Friday, about 12:30 in the afternoon. It started raining about 4:00, so we set camp for the night.

Saturday we made 10 miles before I was ready to collapse. Up and over “Heartbreak Ridge” was pretty rough with 50 pounds of stuff on my back.

Sunday was harsh. We did a 5 mile “strenuous” trail up out of the valley to the access point to get picked up. Surprisingly, spending twenty years as a programmer with ten to twelve hours a day sitting in front of a computer doesn’t seem to prepare someone for a 5 mile climb with gear.

Fortunately, my oldest son was with, who has already survived basic training. We escaped the clutches of the wilderness intact, and I can cross one more thing off my “bucket list”. Over all, we did 20 miles in 48 hours. Only about 18 hours were actually hiking.

I also learned something. Many fantasy stories feature long, walking treks across hill and dale with nary a thought to the physical strain of actually doing so. I am fairly certain that my main character is going to have quite a bit to say about her trip now that I have a bit more first hand knowledge of what it takes.


Wish me luck. I am off to spend four days hiking the Foothills Trail with my oldest son.  I will be off of the inter-webs for the whole four days.  I think that is the longest continuous time I have been offline in over ten years.  I’m not sure how I will fare.


Nonetheless, I have my kindle, as well as a notepad and pen in case inspiration strikes.  If I don’t get eaten by a bear, I will see you all when I get back!



Two quick things

First: I solved the problem of OpenID with a self hosted WordPress blog. If anyone else is struggling with this, drop me a note, and I will tell you how I made it work.  The best part is I don’t need to beg other blog writers to change their commenting settings anymore.

Second: I spent today fixing my air conditioning in my truck. For reasons that I’m not explaining, I took some pictures so everyone can see how it works!


This is a request to everyone that hosts their blog on blogger/blogspot. Apparently there is some sort of a spat between WordPress and Google. The result is that I am not able to comment on your blogs using my WordPress ID. There is a way to fix it though!

If you go to your settings page, and select the Comments sub-category, there is a line titled: Who Can Comment? It’s the second one down. *PLEASE* change this to ‘anyone’.

I know you are scared of anonymous users, but it will still require the word verification to prevent robots from spamming you. I’m pretty sure that you still get to moderate everything the way you used to. (I tried to test this, really. None of t he fake comments I stuck on my blogspot blog were sufficiently spammy. How sad is it that I can’t even write good spam?)

This will let me come back to your site and share the comment-ey love we used to have. Otherwise, I will only be able to admire you from afar.

Thank you!