The University of Arkansas provided cots and bedding for the shelter, which meant that cots in route from Little Rock Red Cross could be diverted to other shelters. Many thanks to the University students and staff that helped get these cots available, get them loaded at the University, and unloaded at the church.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
We rigged up the 3:1 haul system from the tree branch to the trailer hitch on back of our Toyota 4runner. It's possible that we could have pulled the branch down with the truck, but I was worried about controlling the fall of the branch in order to keep it off the porch.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Our trees took a pretty good beating during the storm, and the beautiful, large sweet gum tree in the front yard is severly damaged. We'll be cutting up some 5-7 inch diameter branches, hopefully, tomorrow to clear out the driveway. Christy and I got out, today, for a walk around an took some pictures. She posted them at the following web address: http://picasaweb.google.com/cmelhartslay/IceStorm2009?feat=directlink
Many of the photos are around our house, but we also walked up to the University of Arkansas campus to have a look around. Trees up there were pretty damaged as well. We did get to watch Cedar Waxwings, American Robins, and Gray Squirrels trying to eat frozen holly berrys in the holly trees next to Old Main. Here are a few pictures.
Although the ice was damaging, it is still pretty. Here is a tree on campus that made it through the storm. The blue sky behind the tree, and the sunlight hitting the ice, make for a nice picture.
Self portait of the two of us on campus, while we were walking around.
Cedar Waxwing, near Old Main.
The South Tower of Old Main.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
My wife, Christy, was really excited to take the course, because she wants to go with me on some vertical caving trips. Our next step will be to head out to the local climbing area, drop a rope down the bluff, and practice the techniques we learned this past weekend. Once we are confident ascending/descending rope on a bluff, we'll head out to a cave with a short, less than 30 ft, drop and give it a shot!
Christy ascending rope using a frog system. Here, she is practicing passing a knot in the rope.
Here, Christy and I are practicing a 2 rope rescue scenario. Christy, as the patient, is on one rope, and I am in the processing of moving her onto my rope using the blue pick off strap. Once I got her down, we switched roles, and she "rescued" me. I'm glad to know she can do this, in case I ever get in trouble on rope!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Me, on the big day last October.
Now, I'm in my 3rd week of training for the 2009 Little Rock Half Marathon which will be on March 15. I'm again using the FIRST training method, and my goal is to run it under 2 hours. It's a lofty goal, because the race route is much more hilly than my first race. We'll see...
Sunday, January 18, 2009
This morning we woke up to a new bird species for our backyard, the Eurasian Collared-Dove. The bird is not native, but regardless, it adds another species to our backyard bird list.
Late this afternoon, I went for a 2-hour bike ride to try out part of the trail system Fayetteville has been working hard to improve. I hopped on the paved route near my house and rode north along the Frisco/Scull Creek trail. The trail follows Scull Creek downstream for a nice ride, past Wilson Park, and then past the University of Arkansas Experimental Farm where the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival is held every October. The trail continues north, goes through a long tunnel under the Fullbright Expressway, then veers east to become the Mud Creek Trail. It was a great ride along both Scull Creek and then Mud Creek. Although these two creeks flow through town, you can still catch some wildlife if you're observant. Along Scull Creek, I saw Cardinals, Starlings, Bluejays, and Cedar Waxwings; along Mud Creek, I saw a Great Blue Heron fishing in the shallows. Scattered along both trails were scats from coyotes.
Getting ready to ride. It's been awhile, though. Hopefully, I'll do just fine without the training wheels.
Heading north on the Scull Creek Trail along Scull Creek.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Creek in Whitaker Hollow.
Later on down the hike, my friends took me to see a cave they'd found previously. I was a little skeptical that it would amount to anything, but I was pleasantly suprised. The cave had about 250 feet of passage, and I found four troglobites (cave-limited species) living in it!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
*Morning Dove *Blue Jay *European Starling *House Sparrow *House Finch *Carolina Wren *Carolina Chickadee *Downy Woodpecker *White Throated Sparrow *Junco *Northern Cardinal *Ruby Crowned Kinglet *Cedar Waxwing
Sunday, January 11, 2009
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