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Archive for October, 2009

Photo #351 – 10.31.09

Amazon Headhunter and a Tall Sack of Shrunken Heads

Amazon Headhunter and a Tall Sack of Shrunken Heads

It’s Halloween!!  You know what that means?!?  It’s time to get out some black and white paint, make some macaroni necklaces, stuff a bunch of burlap bags with ‘heads’ of some sort, and get ready for a fun Halloween!  At least that’s what my parents did back in 1986 for a Halloween party.  They certainly went all out!

I wish I had more Halloween photos from the past to share…I’ll have to scan some other great ones in soon…but I felt that these photos above were the scariest photos of my parents I know of (I mean that in the best of ways mom and dad…).  So have a Happy Halloween, eat some candy, scare some people, and most importantly, watch out for the scary headhunter and her shrunken head companion…


Photo #350 – 10.30.09

Maelstrom Fractal, Blue Sky

Located on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, this stainless steel installation is a pretty cool sight.  Whether viewed like the photo above with a blue sky backdrop, or with Central Park and the surrounding New York City skyline behind it, this massive (130 feet by 45 feet) structure is fractalicious.


Photo #349 – 10.29.09

Superman…and Some Guy in Tights…

I know it may be difficult to figure out, but the real Superman is on the left.  And just what are we looking at, you may be asking?

I’ll let you take a guess…


Photo #348 – 10.28.09

Gigglin’ Noah

Noah is quite the happy baby!  Here he is gigglin’ away while bouncing up and down on mommy’s legs…he couldn’t get enough of it.  Besides being happy, Noah is also busy getting big, as he seems to have grown quite a lot from the last time we saw him.


Photo #347 – 10.27.09

John GPSing on the Appalachian Trail

Map This Photo!!

While out on a nice hike with friends a couple weekends ago on the Appalachian Trail through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, John struck a pose with a GPS receiver as we reached a wonderful overlook along Raccoon Ridge.  I was writing an article for the NY-NJ Trail Conference newsletter about how to choose a handheld GPS for hiking (see the article and other resources here!), and John offered to provide me with an action shot to accompany the article.  It took a few shots to get a good one, but this one worked out very well.  Great job, John!

And in case you’re wondering where exactly John was using the GPS receiver, click the ‘Map This’ button right below the photo!


Photo #346 – 10.26.09

Snowy Wheaton Valley

With some medium-sized snowflakes swirling about and a low cloud base obscuring the mountaintops, Ken and I wandered through the Wheaton River valley to dig snowpits.  While this area was particularly beautiful, it was also quite treacherous…Ken and I both kept sinking through deep snow, even with our snowshoes (there was a thick icy layer on top that supported our weight…but that layer wasn’t always thick…).


Photo #345 – 10.25.09

Clown Boy and Little Red Riding Hood, Halloween 1980

Clown Boy and Little Red Riding Hood

That’s quite the large green mop Michael has atop his head!  And I sure hope Kristin didn’t go around trick or treating in her bare feet…


Photo #344 – 10.24.09

Green Glass

This is a cool glass vase of some sort that is on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  It is located in the American Wing and is in a section of all kinds of interesting glassworks.

I just thought this one had quite an interesting design.


Photo #343 – 10.23.09

The Creepy Collage House…Drawn by Mike Apgar, 1991

The Creepy Collage House...Drawn by Mike Apgar, 1991

At the age of 13 and 1/2, Michael submitted the above drawing into the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show “Art in Sussex County” gallery.  Armed with a photo of the haunted house (my Daily Photo from October 14th) and a bunch of colored pencils, Michael produced this masterpiece, complete with a huge full moon cutout and bats.  I don’t believe the drawing received any awards, but I think it’s still pretty cool!

Here’s the original photo again for comparison:

Haunted House of Wantage


Photo #342 – 10.22.09

The Big Dipper

On a clear summer evening, the Big Dipper is easily the most recognizable sight in the northern hemisphere sky.  The Big Dipper is an asterism that is part of the constellation Ursa Major (asterisms aren’t themselves constellations, but are usually patterns of stars that are within one or multiple larger constellations).

In the photo above, the Little Dipper (which is the common name for the constellation Ursa Minor) can also be found in the upper right corner (Polaris, the North Star, is the brightest star on the right hand side, and this as at the end of the ladle of the Little Dipper).


Photo #341 – 10.21.09

Hannah and Michael on the Carousel

I’m not quite sure who was having more fun riding horsies on this carousel, Hannah or Michael, but that doesn’t really matter as long as they were both having a good time.  This was Hannah’s first ride at the Sussex County Farm & Horse Show this past year, and daddy got to saddle up alongside her.


Photo #340 – 10.20.09

Pumpkin Cap

I think the pumpkin cap is a good look, Dad.  It’s also a lot easier than carving out a pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern, and I think that face is better than any pumpkin carving anyway!


Photo #339 – 10.19.09

Wood Stove-Fired Smokies

When you’re holed up in a cabin in the Yukon and have a craving for juicy Smokies filled with real bacon and cheese, sometimes you just don’t feel like venturing outside to start up the grill.  Luckily, the ole’ wood-burning stove is usually roaring away and is great for roasting Smokies in the comfort of the indoors.

They were delicious.


Photo #338 – 10.18.09

Van Campens Glen, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Located near the historic Millbrook Village in the middle of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Van Campens Glen is a cool little ravine with some nice waterfalls.  There is a blazed trail that follows the brook for a while, and it isn’t one of the most well known areas of the park, so it usually isn’t too crowded.


Photo #337 – 10.17.09

Colorful Flames

Aren’t those some cool colors coming out of that fire?

Check out the rest of the photos from our camping trip this past Labor Day by clicking here:  Labor Day Campout


Photo #336 – 10.16.09

Jada, Madison, Kristin & Jon

Just 4 days old in this photo, little Jada posed for a nice family shot with her big sister and mom and dad.  They sure look like a nice family!


Photo #335 – 10.15.09

Sledding Time with Grandpa

We’ve got this fun Nor’easter blowing through the northeast for the next few days, and it is bringing some of the first snow flurries (and accumulation!) of the season.  So I guess dad/grandpa will have to pull out his sled-pulling harness earlier than usual this year!


Photo #334 – 10.14.09

The Creepy Collage House of Sussex

Haunted House of Wantage

This is probably one of the creepiest houses I’ve ever seen, and it was sort of a cross between Psycho’s Bates Motel and the Addams Family Mansion.  It was once located on Route 23 somewhat across the street from the Sussex Queen Diner (now the site of a brand new QuickChek!).  I believe my mom took this photo back in 1987 soon after we moved to the area, and we passed by it all the time and thought it was pretty scary.

Too bad we never checked out the inside…because in doing a little research, I found some even more disturbing information about this house that was torn down sometime in the early 90s.  There was an article about it in Weird NJ, and apparently the inside of the house (and another building behind it) was even creepier than the outside.  Some of the bedrooms were completely covered in weird collages of underwear models and kids and other stuff…and that is why it is referred to as the ‘Collage House’…


Photo #333 – 10.13.09

Jake and the Sunset

Here’s one thing that Jake and I share: we both love sunsets.

And that’s about where the similarities end…with the exception of some occasional meowing sounds that come out of my mouth…


Photo #332 – 10.12.09

Happy 60th Birthday, Aunt Ellen!!

Happy 60th Aunt Ellen!!

Guess who’s birthday is today!?  Noooo, it’s not Columbus…it’s Aunt Ellen!  And she is 60 years young today!  So happy birthday Aunt Ellen,  we hope you have a great birthday!


Photo #331 – 10.11.09

Snowy Catskills

The Catskill Mountains sure do look purdy with a blanket of snow and some trees that are still holding onto their orange leaves.  This photo was taken near the end of October last year after a snowstorm came out of nowhere and dumped up to a foot on some of these mountaintops.


Photo #330 – 10.10.09

The Temple of Dendur

The Temple of Dendur

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is a big place…it even has a room that holds an Egyptian temple!  Elysia, Shelby and Heather are standing next to a portion of the Temple of Dendur, built around 15 B.C.  We had a great time exploring all the museum has to offer, from furnished period rooms, to ‘cute’ pistols made by Tiffany, to some great masterpieces by Monet, Picasso, and tons of other great artists.  I think we did a pretty good job of seeing what we wanted to see in a 5 hour period, although you could definitely spend so much more time there than that.


Photo #329 – 10.09.09

The Clown Girl, the Bat Boy, and the Halloween Robot Kid

The Clown Girl, the Bat Boy, and the Space Robot Kid

It was Halloween night, 1986.  Kristin, just barely 8-years old, and Michael, almost 10-years old, were ready to go out into the neighborhood and fill their pumpkins (and Unicef boxes!).  I, being about 3 and a half, was probably out for a bit in the early evening and then went to bed.  But hey, mom, you sure did know how to put together some great costumes!

For some reason, Kristin got tons of candy and Michael came back with only a few pieces of candy…it’s probably not a great idea to wear all black at night, or else people cannot see you and give you candy…


Photo #328 – 10.08.09

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

This was the first stop on our cruise, and we had a great time!  We checked out some cool little shops and stopped by Margaritaville in the morning, went back to the ship to get our beach stuff, and spent the rest of the afternoon out on the beach.  It was one of the more rocky beaches I’ve been on (I went out in the ocean with my sandals because my feet would have been pretty badly scraped).  But along this stretch of the beach, just a little ways from the main beach area, we found all kinds of huge conch shells and sea glass and lots of neat stuff.  It was a great place to be able to explore, especially since there weren’t too many people in this area.