I’m a native Rhode Islander, and like every native Rhode Islander, I have fond memories of Roger Williams Park (there’s a zoo, a carousel, and all kinds of fun playground stuff). There’s also a huge amount of park in Roger Williams Park, and most people drive around it for several minutes before reaching their destination. I’d never really walked around the park before, so about ten days ago (before all this snow) I decided to go for a hike out there.
I’ll be honest, when I first took up hiking (all of a week ago), I didn’t think my first experience hiking in snow would be my commute to work. But in case you hadn’t heard, the Northeast region of the United States got absolutely smashed by the blizzard, Juno. Yesterday, as I was grumbling about the lack of cleared hiking trails, I remembered that where I work is only about two miles from my house. So I got my hiking gear on, packed normal clothes and all my work supplies in my day pack, and set out on foot.
Archaeologists have been using aerial photography for decades, looking at the ground from the air to identify crop marks and other signs of features beneath the surface. It’s worked particularly well in places like the UK, where large amounts of archaeology are now buried under farmland. Recently, though, there have been several news stories about using drones instead of planes for aerial survey. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) like drones don’t require large amounts of space to take off, they don’t use as many resources to run, and their smaller size allows them to go places you might not get to with a plane or helicopter. They also cost a LOT less.
Last Saturday was my birthday. Twenty-four years old. I would ask, “When did that happen?”, but the answer would, of course, be “Last Saturday.”
Anyway, the weirdness of being a year older aside, I went to Stirling to celebrate with my friends, Rose and Fiona…
The past few days have been very busy indeed, and I will write a post about them soon. In the meantime, we spent most of today walking around various sites in and around Inchamhome Priory and the nearby town of Callander.
Today was a very sunny, fairly warm day and the first day where I didn’t really have anything planned. So I decided to head out to the Botanic Gardens and take some photos.
Today we had day-long trips around Scotland (within a reasonable distance) and I managed to snag a ticket out to St. Andrews and Falkland Palace. Cool fact? I was in St. Andrews when Clinton got her honorary degree there. I saw the procession. Not so cool fact? Hilary Clinton wasn’t visible from where I was, and I couldn’t get it without a ticket. Silver lining? St. Andrews is astoundingly cool even without Hilary Clinton there. Also, Falkland Palace is beautiful and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Restarting the weekly photo part of my blog!