Sunday, August 28, 2011

nothing nature can't do

I got to spend my friday night and Saturday camping and floating down the Current River in a canoe. I've always loved the outdoors and nature, but tend to forget how cool it is because most of the places I go are filled with highways, neighborhoods, and businesses. That's why I love our annual RUF float trip we take the first weekend after classes start. In my opinion there's nothing more fun than having adventures outside.

We always arrive to the campsite friday night where there's no towns or lights. It literally never ceases to amaze me how many stars you can see when there's no lights to mess with your view. Then we build a camp fire, which is always my favorite part of camping (I believe I did a post about it a year or two back). And for the first time, a few people and myself decided to sleep out on a tarp instead of in tents. It was a great decision because it's one thing looking at the ceiling of your room and seeing those stick on stars (yes, I use to have those when I was little) and looking up and being amazed at actual stars that are part of the universe.

Usually I'd choose a kayak instead of a canoe, but the company only provides canoes for us. But either way this particular time was the most fun I've had on an RUF float trip. Mainly because we did significantly more exploring/playing around than usual. About an hour into the trip we stopped by a spot to cliff dive. Only about 9 of the 35ish people wanted to do it. It's a shame more people didn't do it because it's easily the most fun I've had in years. The "cliffs" were only about 15 feet, but it's still high enough to get that stomach drop feeling. It only added to the fun that in order to get to the cliff you had to climb up the cliff. It was a really easy climb with platform-like areas every 3ish feet, but that made it all the more exciting.
here's the smaller of the two cliffs. I think I'm the one hanging onto the rope at the bottom. I know it doesn't look high up from this angle, but it sure did when you were up there

A little while later we stopped for lunch at a cool water spring. I don't know if you've ever seen a cool water spring but they're really cold and really pretty. After lunch a few of us adventurous types (pretty much the same ones that went cliff diving) decided to cross where the spring was coming out to the other side where there was an old, falling apart, building that was built into the side of the cliff/cave. The current was extremely strong and actually swept a few people off their feet and down the rocks (don't worry they're perfectly fine now). It was maybe only 25 feet across, but i've never had that much difficulty crossing a stream. So after we got across we made a very vertical climb up the cliff face, past the building, and onto a ledge above the spring. I honestly thought we were gonna die on the way up and down because it was so vertical. But that's what makes life so fun.
here's us crossing the spring back. I'm the one in the orange hat almost falling over

this one shows a bit better the struggle to get across. A few of us had to stand in a line-ish thing to help people across

After we passed the spring the whole river was BEAUTIFUL. It got really calm and the water was a crisp blue. There was lime green alge-like stuff on the rocks and little minnows everywhere. It was gorgeous. Again if somebody took a picture I'll post it. So to sum up the whole trip: nature is amazing. God really knew what he was doing when he put it all together.

Friday, August 26, 2011

cool science: black hole swallowing star

I found this on The Daily What. It's not an in depth article but describes the basics of a black hole that is starting to swallow a star that got too close to it. That picture is absolutely amazing. I've always been a fan of stars/space cause it's always so cool.

Monday, August 22, 2011

improv everywhere: saying something nice

improv everywhere comes up with the greatest ideas sometimes

Thursday, August 11, 2011

future plans of this blog

So I've been realizing lately that I don't write my thoughts about stuff a whole lot anymore. After about a year or two most of the posts became about videos or funny pictures. It's a shame, because I do really like writing. So hopefully I'll start getting back on track sometime soon. As for specifics I really want to continue my '25 days of Christmas' thing that I did last year. If you didn't see it, I did a post every day for the 25 days before christmas, totally worth a look if you've got the time. That was probably one of the most fun things I've done on here. This year (or what's left of it) I might extend it to stuff like '13 days of halloween' because Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. Who knows, maybe I'll start having fun facts for every major holiday from here on out.

So get excited for my '13 days of Halloween' and especially '25 days of christmas'

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

salt mirror

courtesy of daily random facts

passive aggressive person of the day

yeah, you tell 'em

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

boyce avenue

gotta love Boyce Avenue. If you don't know about them they're a band of 3 brothers who started doing covers on youtube and now they produce their own original songs along with covers, mostly acoustic. They're starting to get quite a following because they've got some amazing original songs and often make better covers than the original artist. Here's their youtube page

Monday, August 8, 2011

oh snap

usually that's the time when you say "my bad"

Thursday, August 4, 2011

surviving the world

Today's surviving the world is really funny and ever so true.