ARCHIVE - Landscapes of Change: Dry Falls Writing & Mapping the Future Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:36:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ARCHIVE - Three Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:36:50 +0000 Continue reading ]]> There was sunshine today making the beach glisten. Seeing each individual speck of sand light up in the rays of the sun. Sitting in the sand absorbing the heat from the sun, warming like a campfire. It was the first time seeing the bay without rain. Looking up into the sky it was a sheet of blue with only a few clouds seen in the distance. The seagulls were lively today, catching their share to eat and more today in the warm weather.  The breeze had a slight warmth to it.   Without rain the West coast shows it’s beauty.

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ARCHIVE - 376 pounds of CO2 per year Wed, 16 Jan 2013 01:00:48 +0000 Continue reading ]]> – Or according to footprint calculator 3.8 planet earths.

My reaction: I found myself close to tears.

Why? I felt bullied by their shock and awe campaign. Angry because I couldn’t live up to their expectations. Trapped because by telling the truth they assumed things that weren’t true.They assumed. They failed to treat me as an individual. They hurt my pride at being ecologically sound.

3.8 planet earths to support my life? – My shields go on high. Why do I, bus riding, recycling savvy, energy saving, evergreen student that I am, use so much? – They give suggestions on what I can do – install solar panels on my roof, eat less meat, hang all my clothes out to dry. I want acknowledgment on how good I’m doing not improvements on what I could do better. Praise me!

Pride may come before the fall, but pride is also the greatest motivator not shame. Shame makes us give up. Make people proud of their actions. Then perhaps, but only then.

One last little rant on a suggestion from the EPA calculator –

“Turn up your household’s air conditioner thermostat by  degrees Fahrenheit in summer.

ENERGY STAR recommends turning up your thermostat by 7 degrees Fahrenheit on summer days and 4 degrees on summer nights. Visit the ENERGY STAR Programmable Thermostats page to learn how to do this automatically.”

– Turning up? Is this a typo? What the hell?

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ARCHIVE - Group 4: Day 1 – Site 1 Red Alkali Lake Map Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:37:24 +0000 Continue reading ]]> At Red Alkali Lake we defied Peters wise words, and climbed the loose basalt up to a cave. From there we watched, like hawks circling the sky, looking out at the dry valley. We watched Jayden almost get sucked into the Alkali, and others walk around the valley floor; so contrast from the yellows and browns of the dried plants. Here at Red Alkali Lake we claimed our cave, and got our first taste of the many surprises Dry Falls had in store for us.

Group 4 place 3

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ARCHIVE - Daytrippers Giant’s Footprint Map Thu, 01 Nov 2012 19:11:37 +0000 giant’sfootprint

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ARCHIVE - Southern Escarpment Gallery Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:23:56 +0000 [nggallery id=22]

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ARCHIVE - Sacred Pothole: Map Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:17:41 +0000 ]]> 0 47.5875473 -119.3440018 ARCHIVE - Green Lake: Map Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:11:45 +0000 ]]> 0 47.6004257 -119.3447342 ARCHIVE - Umitilla Snake Saddle: Maps Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:11:35 +0000 ]]> 0 47.6002083 -119.3558502 ARCHIVE - Group 4: Site 2 – Umatilla Rock Map Tue, 30 Oct 2012 21:11:51 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Umatilla Rock was much less of an adventure than any of the other sites, and the rocks were not at all safe to climb. However it was fun to image all the water flowing above and around the rock, and coming up with different scenarios as to how the saddle would have been formed. It did provide a nice view of the Green and Red lakes, as well as Dry Falls.

 Group 4 place 2

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