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Little BearSeptember 12, 2005 at 2:53 pmPost count: 17
Great photo!! I work in aviation and you should really consider submitting that picture to Airliners.net. They collect photos of all types of aircraft and the folks who visit that site would appreciate the uniqueness of the A-10 pic you took. I say it would get voted one of the top pics of the month on that site.
And just to clarify, what you are seeing in this photo are not contrails. Contrails form when hot humid air from jet exhaust mixes with environmental air of low vapor pressure and low temperature. Instead, what you are actually seeing are wingtip vortices. As a wing flies through the air, it generates a low pressure zone on top of the wing. Fluids naturally flow from high to low pressure and the relatively high pressure air below the wing has a natural tendency to flow to the top of the wing. The air naturally cannot flow around the leading or trailing edge of the wing due to airspeed, but it can flow around the end. Consequently, air flows from below the wing, out around the edge to the top of the wing in a circular fashion. Since vortices cause a low-pressure area at their centre, sometimes water precipitates out to form clouds in the vortices allowing wingtip votices to be seen. This is most common on aircraft flying at high angles of attack, such as fighter aircraft pulling high G manouevres.
It was pretty awesome to see this A-10 yesterday. It certainly appears the pilot made the rounds of peaks. Nice that he (or she) gave us an aviation equivalent of “thumbs up” for our event and paid tribute to our raising of the flags.Little BearSeptember 20, 2004 at 3:26 pmPost count: 17Little BearSeptember 10, 2004 at 1:04 pmPost count: 17
As we prepare to hike up the NH 4K’s and fly flags tomorrow, consider these words:
“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less. We buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time.
“We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch too much TV, and pray too seldom.
“We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life, but not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space.
“We’ve done larger things, but not better things.
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.
“We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudices. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, but we communicate less and less.
“These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.
“Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you because it is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent. Remember to say “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.”
Dr. Bob Moorehead
Particularly reflect on that last paragraph. We are lucky – our loved ones are still with us, but those who loved ones were lost in the tragic events of 9-11 will never again be able to hold that person and tell them they love them. Cherish all the moments we have been given. Don’t wait until it’s too late…..Little BearSeptember 9, 2004 at 8:44 pmPost count: 17
YIKES!!! 😮 Time is moving too fast for me. Too much to do here at work and I still have to make summit signs, and find my journal from last year, and pack, and make lunches for me and maybe 2 or 3 other people (one of whom is coming from Vegas). AGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!
How about you buy ME a beer???? 😆Little BearSeptember 8, 2004 at 4:41 pmPost count: 17Little BearSeptember 8, 2004 at 12:54 pmPost count: 17Little BearSeptember 8, 2004 at 12:46 pmPost count: 17Little BearSeptember 7, 2004 at 1:24 pmPost count: 17
I may be bringing three other people with me. Dan, and two of his cousins – one of whom is flying out here from Vegas for vacation and is interested in joining us for this event.
Frodo – don’t worry, I’ve already informed them that this is a big mountain and that they need to be prepared for weather. (Mike – who is from Vegas – hikes up Mt. Charleston regularly, so he is used to big mountains.)Little BearJuly 1, 2004 at 2:04 pmPost count: 17Little BearSeptember 23, 2003 at 2:13 pmPost count: 17Little BearSeptember 15, 2003 at 4:37 pmPost count: 17
I like the hat, patches, and bumper sticker ideas. Maybe we should get patches made up for everyone who participated this year. I’d put one on my pack. Might generate more interest for next year! The hat’s a really cool idea. I’d buy one. We could make them more generic by not having the mt. name. Of course, Frodo probably wouldn’t buy or wear one unless it said Yankees on it. 😆Little BearSeptember 9, 2003 at 9:13 pmPost count: 17Little BearAugust 25, 2003 at 4:43 pmPost count: 17
Last year I printed out the mission statement and laminated it so we could affix it to our packs. Once at the summit, we just placed our packs so that anyone who wanted to could read the mission statement. Handouts are a good idea, except then you have to worry about the wind carrying more than a few of them off and folks not interested in LNT just dropping them at the summit or along the trail.Little BearSeptember 16, 2002 at 4:05 pmPost count: 17
I am so honored to have been a part of this incredible event. Our flag was huge!!! (Thanks Frodo.) I have never been overly moved by the sight of the American flag, but when we got this one up and flying….well…it was a pretty emotional moment.
As much as I like summits without any structures, etc., I have to admit, the US flag is meant to be flown from mountaintops. What a sight. We were able to see flags on Jackson and Monroe (finally, when the clouds cleared). That flag pole on Monroe was really tall – you could see it without binoculars! When we took the flag down, the summit looked really strange and bare.
We got a couple of interesting comments from some folks. One woman commented, “Gee, I don’t remember this flag when I was up here in July.” and another man said “Wow, this flag’s in good shape – it’s not frayed or anything.”
I’d say we had only positive comments from hikers on Saturday. The flag was definitely the focus of lots of photo ops.
To everyone who helped to organize this event – THANKS!!!! We must never forget the events of 9-11 or those who died on that day. (It really makes you take stock of what is truly important in life.)
Count me in for next year!
Little BearLittle BearSeptember 13, 2002 at 12:55 pmPost count: 17
I am honored to be a part of this memorial event. I see it as one small way to show our respect for those who died, and for the families that are left behind. While I did not know anyone personally who died, I do know people who did. September 11, 2001, has changed our lives forever – some more than others.
Last year, the full impact of 9-11 didn’t hit me until 2 weeks later on my way to a football game at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The Academy is located on King’s Point, Long Island, and as we approached the campus we crossed a small bridge in this small community that was covered with flags, flowers, notes, signs, candles, etc. I suddenly realized how hard this particular community had been hit. I could not imagine the losses they experienced. And I cried.
There was also a small community in southern Connecticut where at a school of only 57 students, 26 lost their fathers that day!
We must never forget.
See you on the mountaintops.