Horsethief Butte

Horsethief Butte. Dallesport, Washington. February 9, 2016.

As often I pass Horsethief Butte, I never stop there to hike and explore around. This butte, also an ancient archaeological site, sitting on the south side of State Route 14 about 2.5 miles east of the U.S. 197 junction near Dallesport, Washington. There are two types of trail: the easy scenic walk to the river view, and the difficult (the signs says) climbing route to the summit.

The trails are short enough that I hiked both the easy river view and climbed to the summit via the south climbing trail. Accessing the summit was not all that difficult in plainclothes and 25 pounds of camera gear, with the camera hanging off of my neck. Horsethief Butte is a neat place to climb around and explore. Mind the signs to not climb in cultural archaeology sensitive areas, though.

Horsethief Butte trailhead is paved with ADA parking, though the trail itself throughout the area is not ADA. There is a vault toilet at the trailhead. A $10 day fee or $30 annual Discovery Pass is required.

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‘Recreation’

Recreation

The former Columbia Recreation Lanes bowling center and cafe on E. 2nd St. west of Washington St. in The Dalles, Oregon, sits vacant. A four-panel vertical one towered between the double arches above the main marquis. A “bowling” sign also poked out right above the “c”. The building was built in the 1960s. Columbia Recreation Lanes was the only bowling center in The Dalles until it closed in October 2009. The nearest bowling center for The Dalles is 20 miles west in Hood River.

747’s 47th Anniversary

Boeing 747

Boeing’s most infamous jumbo jet is celebrating its 47th anniversary of its maiden flight. Captain Jack Waddell, co-pilot Brien Wygle, and flight engineer Jess Wallick took the first-ever Boeing 747 “City of Everett” on its maiden flight from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, on February 9, 1969. Since then, various 747 generations and versions have rolled out of the Boeing factory in Everett.

"City of Everett" flight deck.
“City of Everett” flight deck.

Forty seven years later, the Boeing 747 profile doesn’t look much different today on the outside (comparing a Boeing 747-100 with today’s 747-8F), but on the inside it is all state of the art sophisticated technology. The wing, engine design, and fuselage length have changed slightly on the 747-8.

The Boeing 747 continues to roll out of Everett today as the longest widebody production in the world with 1,520 planes delivered¹ as of January 2016. Hopefully more Boeing 747s continue to roll out as older 747s fade to retirement.

¹ Boeing.com Orders & Deliveries

Bowling with Furries

When Furballs Strike

Last month, I received an invite to a Seattle furry meet this past Saturday at a bowling alley in Kenmore, Washington. About 250 people showed up to this event. This is equivalent to a small furry convention.

I have a passion of photographing many different kinds of subject. Furries in fursuits draws me in for the color, lighting, and the creative character expression and poses. This makes furries one of my favorite kinds of subjects to photograph.

Saturday’s bowling event was a different experience. I challenged myself to photographing the bowling meet while wearing a fursuit. For an added bonus, bowl a game with hand and feet paws. The first four photos between the dalmatian and lizard were all taken while wearing the fursuit head and hand paws.

Essentially, you’re better off leaving the camera on auto mode and shoot from the hip. Forget the meter and focus matrix, because I cannot see it through the mesh eyes. Let alone, I cannot work the controls with big clumsy hand paws. Sometimes, the photos turn out great for being a pretend dog. I was not the only one photographing with a digital SLR while in suit.

Halfway through my game, I had to de-suit. Being in a suit for 2 hours while photographing and bowling can lead to overheating and dehydration. So much was going on that I was not really watching myself.

As for bowling in a fursuit, I mastered the fine art of gutterball.

I finished my game in “human” form (a term for being out of suit). The last five photographs taken were in “human” form. It was much fun.

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