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Knowlesville      

The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles

September 2006

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Fri, Sep. 1, 2006 - Packed up and ready to go

Packed up and ready to go

After nearly a year of planning, and bike preparation, it's finally time to leave for my vacation. Read the full account of Day One on our trip blog.

Sat, Sep. 2, 2006 - Red Bluff to Pyramid Lake

Red Bluff to Pyramid Lake

Today's ride took me from Red Bluff to Pyramid Lake, where I met up with Blake. Read the full account.

Sun, Sep. 3, 2006 - Pyramid Lake to Ely

Pyramid Lake to Ely

Today we went from Pyramid Lake to Ely, a long boring ride down Highway 50. Read the full account.

Mon, Sep. 4, 2006 - Ely to Bicknell

Ely to Bicknell

Today was another boring ride along Highway 50 in Nevada, followed by a boring ride on Highway 20 in Utah. Read the full acount.

Tue, Sep. 5, 2006 - The Crash

The Crash

Our adventure takes a turn for the worse. Read the full account.

Sun, Sep. 17, 2006 - Exploring the creek

Exploring the creek

After staying with Blake in San Jose for a couple of days to help him get situated, I spent the last week of my 'vacation' painting the barn and working on other house projects. I didn't take any pictures, and you're all probably tired of pictures of the barn anyways. Lori and I decided to go camping and I wanted to check out the fall color at my favorite pond. I looked up the pond on Google Earth to see if I could find a name for it, but it doesn't appear to be named on any maps that I could find. So I figured I'd name it Double Creek Pond, since it is fed by two creeks.

We had fun exploring the downstream creek where it empties, and found crawdads and water snakes. We also found a small herd of cows which explained all the huge cow pies in the prime camping spots. Seemed an unlikely spot to find cows, and I was glad we had brought our own water supply.

Mon, Sep. 18, 2006 - Camping in the Woods

Camping in the Woods

Our original plan had been to camp at the pond but due to two factors we had to relocate. First, was the previously mentioned cow pies. It was hard to find a soft, level spott that hadn't been defaced by several recent bovine deposits. Secondly, it was the first weekend of hunting season, and the normally secluded nature of the spot was ruined by several groups of hunters. So we continued further into the forest and finally found a quiet spot to camp. In fact it was almost too quiet. I'm used to quiet nights at our house, but this was the quietest night I've ever spent sleeping outdoors. No wind, no birds, and almost no animals all night long. I did wake up at one point to something crunching through the forest duff, and shining my flashlight I spotted a startled doe just a few feet from our tent.

Sat, Sep. 23, 2006 - Male Model

Male Model

Today I did a model shoot that was a bit different. My subject was a local male teenager who wanted to submit some pictures to the Abercrombie & Fitch modeling contest. So we went out to Loleta and shot at the beach. We were rewarded with a beautiful sunset, due in part to the large amount of smoke that has been drifting to the coast from the forest fires near Weaverville.

Mon, Sep. 25, 2006 - Your Flight has been Delayed

Your Flight has been Delayed

In one shot I can show you both of the things I did today. First, in a rare occurence in Ferndale, it was too hot to be painting. An offshore breeze has warmed up the coast the last few days, and has been making for very pleasant weather, unless you want to paint the sunny side of a building. So I decided instead it was time to remove two willow trees that were forever growing over the house and wrecking the roof unless I kept after them. They were also in the way of building the next phase of our flood control project which I need to get done before winter so Lori doesn't have to redo the herb garden again. I was very proud of myself for getting both trees completely down without dropping any limbs on the house or porch railing. Then came the task of cutting up the trees, and that's when I realized I had a huge project on my hands.

I was in the process of shredding when I got a phone call from Bob Hamilton. Several years ago in an auction to raise money to help with the medical costs of a local baby, Bob offered a one hour flight. Ever since then, Bob and I have been trying to connect to work out a date that would work for both of us. Mechanical problems, both with the plane, and the hangar saboutaged several previous dates, and I always thought it would be best to do it in spring when the area is so green. But Bob is going to be selling his plane soon so we had to get it done. We flew up to Trinidad and then looped back to Ferndale, and it was fun seeing everything from the air, photography wise it was probably the worst day we could have picked. The smoke from the fires really made the sky hazy at fiying elevation and it was hard to see more than about a half mile. We did fly around our house before returning to the airport in Hydesville, so I was able to document the amount of downed branches that still need to be cleaned up.

Wed, Sep. 27, 2006 - Sunflowers and Barn

Sunflowers and Barn

This morning, after a week of uncharacteristic sunny mornings, things returned to normal in Ferndale. On my walk to work this morning, I noticed these sunflowers and barn, and even without the sun shining on them, the bright flowers made me smile. Every day that I get the chance to walk to work, I'm reminded that I really love living here. Sun, or not.