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Rainy Supe Loop: Cold Drop to JF Ranch

Hints of the too-distant sunrise

Ice cracked and shattered off my tent's rainfly in large, unreal chunks. If I had any question on how cold it was this morning before getting out of my comfortable sleeping bag the ice chunks gave me a clear image. This wasn't a bit of sparkly frost or some clothes that were left out and stiffened…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted January 7, 2016
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Rainy Supe Loop: Wet Slog up the JF Trail

Dark, cloudy skies over the JF Trail

Rain drummed hard on my poncho as I slogged south on the JF Trail in the heart of Superstition Wilderness. I was so sick of being damp and cold. Six hours of rain with only two brief, twenty-minute pauses had sucked away most of my motivation for this trip. I kept my head low, glancing around…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted January 5, 2016
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Rainy Supe Loop: Crossing Peter's Mesa

Dark blue-grey clouds over Bluff Spring Mountain

The day had such a promising start. There was some spitting rain over the night, just enough to lull me into some of the best sleep I've ever gotten while backpacking. I woke up before dawn and had my gear packed without waking up the two men I had shared a campfire and stories with last night. The…

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  • Posted January 3, 2016
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Rainy Supe Loop: Fremont Saddle to Marsh Valley

Cloudy grey skies over Peralta Trailhead

With the cooler temperatures of the Arizona winter something unexpected happened - backpacking in the Superstition Wilderness suddenly sounded appealing. And I'm not talking about the eastern end, the green hills around Reavis Ranch and Campaign. The western and central Superstitions, the desert…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted December 30, 2015
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Refactoring Particletree's PHPQuickProfiler

Back in 2009 I was working at a company in De Pere called SparkNET. I was still a fresh developer then, just getting used to working with a team and building on modern web framework principles. One of the tools that they introduced was a profiler from Particletree that kept track of simple…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted December 24, 2015
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Family Hike on the San Tan Stargazer Loop

Setting sun over a little hill

A few miles from our house in Gilbert is a little county park that I have barely explored. Well, maybe I misused the word 'little'. San Tan Mountain Regional Park is over 10,000 acres and offers miles and miles of trails. Until now the only loop I've really explored is the Goldmine/Dynamite, both…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted December 18, 2015
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Unit Testing Data Repositories

Unit testing is something that I'm still rough around the edges with. I don't do it nearly enough at work and never really pushed myself to pick it up on the side. With my core site refactor, though, it seemed like a good time to wander into testing. And it made a lot of sense to write unit tests…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted December 16, 2015
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Data Repositories in PHP

I've always been a bit wary about ORMs. While I understand the appeal of modeling a data structure in the application and how much fine-grained control that gives you, it just feels like a heavy-handed solution. It's a lot of extra code to write and maintain and to build it out 'properly', with…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted December 14, 2015
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East Pima Loop of South Mountain

A brave Noah setting out on the trailhead

It's not easy to get my two sons out on a hike these days. Their nap schedules conspire against family activities, being offset just enough to limit the amount of time everyone is awake. The days are short with the coming winter. And then there's the weather to deal with. Even though we live in the…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted December 3, 2015
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Breakneck Ridge on the Hudson

Long line of hikers on the way to the trailhead

For the last two years I've been regularly flying to New York to sync up with my coworkers. See, I work as a remote engineer for Shutterstock, and while we do a lot of things to maintain healthy communication over different channels there is nothing like some solid face-to-face interaction a few…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted November 29, 2015
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