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Tick Mountain Hike

One of the peaks near Tick Mountain

Called Tick Mountain by Geocachers, there was a rocky peak on the outskirts of the Huron Mountains that had steadily become a thorn in my side. I first tried to climb the peak with a friend during the winter and was forced to turn around within site of the final climb because of time constraints. My…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted June 16, 2009
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Yellow Dog River

Bulldog Falls in the McCormick Tract

The Yellow Dog River has recently gained media attention as one of the two waterways endangered by the proposed Eagle Project sulfide mine. This mine would be located on the Yellow Dog Plains near the headwaters of the Salmon Trout River and Yellow Dog River, potentially threatening two pristine…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted June 8, 2009
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Setting up the Hiking Website

Even though my waterfalls site turned out to be a great way to chronicle adventures through wilderness, it has several areas that are lacking. The biggest area is the Google Maps functionality, which is shaky at best. It can only show the end points and major points along the route, but I didn't…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted June 4, 2009
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Lake Superior Idea

One of my favorite parts of the waterfall project of summer 2008 was the planning process. Not only did I enjoy scouring topographic maps and satellite photos to find the quickest, safest, or most scenic route, but I also enjoyed achieving different goals; visiting every waterfall along Silver River…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted May 29, 2009
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Style Switcher Part B

This post assumes some intermediate understanding of Javascript, stylesheets, and cookies. It will show you how to use cookies with a style switcher to remember a user's preference and load it with their (many) return visits.

In the previous post, I explained a method for allowing users to switch…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted May 28, 2009
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Style Switcher Part A

This post assumes some intermediate understanding of Javascript and stylesheets. It will show you how to setup a Javascript-powered styleswitcher that works for individual pages.

One of the huge benefits that CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, brought to web design was the ability to easily change an…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted May 27, 2009
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Sturgeon River

Winding through Baraga and Houghton County, the Sturgeon River is a large, well-known river system. Driving from Marquette to Houghton on US-41 brings drivers over the river twice, first at Canyon River Falls and then at the Sturgeon River Sloughs. These two spots, combined with the Sturgeon River…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted May 25, 2009
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A Few River Gorges

Looking across Sturgeon River gorge

The Western Upper Peninsula has a unique geology compared to the rest of Michigan. Ancient bedrock creates surprisingly tall mountains and highlands that trap lakes, swamps, and wetlands hundreds of feet above Lake Superior. Throughout the geologic history of the area, glacial and volcanic events…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted May 21, 2009
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Modular Website Setup

After making several iterations of my personal site, I've finally found a php backend solution that has made me happy. While I have no doubt that I'll find a new system or methodology within the year that will warrent a complete redesign, my current setup is surprisingly simple and fun to play…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted May 19, 2009
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Future Side Projects

In my free time, I try to keep up with web development for my personal sites. Over the last year, the gem of my side work became the 'Waterfalls of the Keweenaw Area' website, a truly complete and detailed project. Due to this project, I learned more about Google Map API, KML files, and general…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted May 16, 2009
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Activity Stream

  • Blogged about hiking | Two Hikes in Show Low.
  • Read Reamde by Neal Stephenson.
  • Hiked 2.20 miles and felt good.
  • Tweeted | Preparing to enter a four day weekend of solo parenting. We’re gonna need more Zin in this house.
  • Tweeted | @hikearizona :dance:
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