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Musings, science news, and miscellaneous cruft by Dr. Gravitas

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Day 1: Descent

South Kaibab trail: my first real hike. We packed our 65-pound packs and showered the night before to save time. At 5:30am we awoke, dressed, checked out and grabbed breakfast when it opened at 6. We hopped on the 7 am Hiker's Express to the trailhead. My brother and father were in high spirits but I am not so enthusiastic. I jokingly toss out a Star Wars quote: "I have a bad feeling about this." I have never carried a real pack before, but I am greatful for how it is expertly balanced to rest o

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I Survived

I was led to believe that trail was a beginner's trail with a overnight camp in the middle. I was misinformed. What I actually just experienced was a moderate difficulty trail and a beginner's trail with an overnight camp in between. South Kaibab, the moderate trail, was 7 miles with no water but what we carried with us. We then camped at the bottom of the canyon at the Bright Angel Campground. The beginner's trail, Bright Angel trail, was 9 miles with water available and is generally not as ste

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Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes

The connection situation hasn't improved. As such, I will have to create this entry in pieces. The day began as I awoke to the phenomenal snoring of my travel companions, my younger  brother and my father, at 4:33am. Unable to sleep, I quietly removed myself from the room to go for a walk, dressing warmly and bringing my camera along. Outside hung a beautiful reddish moon, piercing through the cloudy darkness. The canyon was too dark for the nighttime picture I hoped for, so instead I focused on

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The Odyssey

See how long I can keep this up! Will try to produce updates from my trip! Done from my phone so please excuse mistakes. 4:00AM - Got up for flight. 5:20 am - Made it through security. Forgot  to take off my shoes! X( Those T-ray machines creep me out, but TSA at this small airport is always  very pleasant. 6:01 am - Began blog entry : P 6:45 am - Take off! The cabin is dark and makes for a beautiful scene out the window. Sadly, I am not window seat and the flash ruins the picture of the city li

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Mission Statement

I've never had a blog before. I haven't decided if I want to turn my critique request thread into a blog yet, but I do want a space for less formal topics. A place to relax. A place to talk about ideas and maybe life. A place to share and comment on all the fascinating news I come across. That will be this blog. So welcome to Chernoblog!                

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