Trains and more Trains

well it’s been awhile and here is the current update. I have been messing around with my trains again and have completely wiped out the old layout and started brand new.

I now have my tables 3×10, 4×8.5, 3×12, 4×8.5  set up in more or less a rectangle and all are used as an upper deck. for half of the tables are above my work desk and computer system. I will have a lower section more or less a yard under the 3×10, and 3×12.

also bought the digitrax super chief dcs100 so I can run more engines then 10, since I keep getting more and more engines. here are some pics of the new setup

Final week 9-12

well its been two weeks since I got back from my trip and I still have not had the time to finish my trip blog. I had to a lot of fixes to catch up on at work and the new semester at school just started. so I had to get caught up before I could update my blog but here I am trying to finish this section so where did I leave off? I think I was at the point of writing about Acadia National park. I  reserved my spot 2 months in advanced and I’m glad I did. the park was full every day I was there. so where do I start off.  I arrived 2 hr before I was allowed to set up, the arrival time is noon and I got there at around 10-is so I had time to waste. the park has a scenic drive that loops around the whole park that is mainly one way traffic so if you see something you just stop in the right hand lane and park, get out and do whatever. they have so many trail heads that they don’t post signs to most of them. of course if you bought a hacking book then you would get the information on where every trail head is.

sorry got held up at work and had to get some stuff done. ok so I finally got to my campsite and set up camp. sites are nice and have a lot of trees for shelter. only thing I did not like was there was no showers in the rest rooms. they did have a place outside of the campsite that had showers but it you had to pay for showers. just another way of getting money. while I was there I explored Acadia and also the small cities around it. I went to Bar Harbor, North and South Harbor and other small towns on the island. I spent the next four days taking pictures and exploring the island and found many beautiful places. from the ocean to the mountains to the marshes all within miles of each other. here are some pics I took the rest can be found on photo blog.sirryche.com for more.

Day 5-8 Dexter update

 

ok so on days 5-8 I stayed in a B&B called the Brewster Inn. this was the old house that a former mayor of Maine used to live in. It is a nice sweet house that has eleven rooms. this is nice and everybody was very friendly but my problem with this is that I feel out-of-place since it seems like I was in someone’s house all the time. was a different experience for me since I’m I bit more of a private person I feel out-of-place. the room I had was very cozy. it as the smallest room of the house but also the cheapest. did I mentioned that I am a cheap scape and tend not to spend anything unless I really need to?

now staying in Dexter is like a home-based. from here I went to Bangor and up to Baxter state park. the first day I just drove around and took pictures. I ended up booking a moose tour. my tour guide Ed was very knowledgeable about the area and about moose’s. I turns out that my vaca is again in-between things. tends to be when the moose’s are way up in the mountains and in another 2-3 weeks is the beginning of the rut (mating) season. go figure I to early for the fall leaves to change but to late for everything else. but the weather is very very nice. I rained in the night once and since I’m not camping until next week this is working out nice. so on the moose tour we drove in a jeep on all these logging roads and caught a glimpse of a couple but no good photo shoots. we even went to two ponds that were gorgeous. we left 4 in the morning and with the sun coming up the ponds/lakes and the mountains were out of this world. we finally saw a moose across a lake but my shoots are so far away I’m not sure I can enlarge them enough to make them any good. so it seem the my moose tour was a bust. I started the next day to head up to Baxter state park but two thing s came up. first halfway there (2 hr. drive) I forgot my cash and had no money to get in and from what I was told it was still a fifty-fifty shot at seeing anything and it would cast me another twenty bucks. so do I turn around or even find a atm (pay extra charges) to go in our turn around and do something else.I decided to turn around and just explore the land. I found many lakes and ponds that had some wonderful sights. just not any moose in them. the next day I drove to Bangor that is also 2 hr. away but again it was a nice small town for tourist and nothing else. I did stop by Stephen kings house and took some pictures then I went to hope cemetery and took some pictures. hope cemetery was the basis of Stephen kings pet seminary novel. was pretty cool walking in the cemetery. but for me so far the best cemetery that I have been to that is also a garden (forgot the word that they use) would be Spring Grove Cemetery in Ohio. I also ended down in Fort Knox and toured the old fort. historians would like this and it was neat to see but once is good enough for me. I also took a scenic ride on the downtown train that was located in Ellsworth. it just so happens on Saturday I was driving thru and the train caught my eye so I stopped by and took a ride on it. the ride was cool. was riding on some 1930 carriage car’s and they were pulling it with a 1952 EMD diesel engine. not sure which but ill post some pictures later of it. this trip ran thru some marshes that had some wild animals in it and we passed by some high electrical lines and on top of the very high poles were eagles nest. we saw at least four nests and they had babies in them. at the end of the line they stop at a bridge that was out of commission. the bridge caught fire years ago and they never rebuilt it. it was one of the swivel pivot bridges that when sea traffic needed to pass it would turn on a pedestal and swing open to let the ships go through. since it was out of commission the just leave it open. here are some pic’s from this section of the trip.

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well ill write the next post of Acadia and beyond

Day 3–4 Portland

well after 600 miles I arrived in Portland Maine. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do since I have four days before I need to be in Dexter. my first choice of hotel was filled and I also found out that the special price don’t’ go into effect until September after the summer season. I’m right on the edge of the summer season so things are a little high. I found a coupon book for hotels and found a travel lodge for about half off with coupon that is just 2 mile north of downtown Portland. best decision I made. I have a Denny’s right next door for food. after talking to management I got the next four nights for the same price as my coupon which saved me a bundle. on day 4 I went downtown Portland. the roads suck. they are hardly marked so you have no idea if your in your lane. the streets are short and the intersections just appear from anywhere so driving is a pain. other than that so far so so good. I took a cruise ship that went around the bay and they took you to 4 different lighthouses and also gave you a history of the area. that was nice I plan on taking the land cruise in the morning to get a tour of the land. here’s a couple of pics that I took so far.

 

Day 2 update

ok so I still have not upload anything yet I made my first post from m phone to evernote and will transfer that first and when I get to a wifi site ill upload this. so what did day two have in stored for me. I woke up 4 am and had to pee. then I look up in the sky and say a meteorite fly by. like zipp. so I went down to the amphitheater to see if I can get a better view. the stars were amazing but I did not see anything else. bummer. I went back to bed. woke back up around 7am had a breakfast snack and then hit the road for some exploring. I stopped at Doyle’s falls parking lot at mile marker 81 to check out haw bad it would be to hike. see I’m not just out if shape but way out of shape. I stop at the entrance and read the sign and it read that the falls are about 2.5 miles round trip and about 2.5 hrs. to make the trip. hhmm 2.5 hrs. don’t seem long so I went back to my car and changed into my hiking shoes. I started down the trail. this is no easy trail. mostly rocks and very un even and the first grade was at least 8-9% downgrade. you were hiking down the freekin mountain. a quarter of the way I stopped and ask myself do I want to do this?? of course my ego said we can do anything we want as long as we just try. stupid ego. that was a hike. getting down to the falls wasn’t that bad. I even went another 0.3 to the lower falls. yes they are beautiful and I took some great pictures. but was it worth it?? do it once and I know not to go again. so after the falls I started back up the hill. 4.5 hrs. yes I said 4.5hrs later I finally made it back to the parking lot. an hour down and about 3.5 hrs. and 30 breaks to catch my breath I made it. my legs and back hurt lake a mother #$%^. I took some Advil and some other meds and went back to campsite and went back to sleep. that hike killed me. I need to build up my stamina for it’s all gone right now. after I got up around 1-2 pm I got in the car and drove the rest of the skyline parkway. nice views and very pretty sites but after 2-3 of the pull overs your still looking at the same damn mountains. I finished that and came back to camp to finish my day two report. here’s some pic’s so far.

Day 1 Shenandoah

Took a detour off the highway for launch and 5miles later came to old st rt35 . Found a hydro dam that was built in 1937. Took some pictures after I ate and headed back up to highway. then I arrived at Shenandoah National park. got a nice little camp site and more or less just went to bed. long drive not much to say about it.

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Tick Tock

time is running down. I’ll be heading off to Maine for my 2 week vacation. leaving my dogs in care of my brother at home.  I plan on heading east to Shenandoah national park for the first half of week one. then ill be heading to Portland Maine for the rest of the week. from their ill head up to Dexter Maine and go through the Baxter state park for some moose hunting photography. and then the finale week ill be staying in the Acadia national park and doing some more photography with canon’s photography workshops.  along the way ill hope to find some old churches, cemetery’s, also do some kayaking. ill be reporting back and blog my trip with some info on where to stay as of right now I have two places that I will be staying but I am winging it for most of the trip. stay tuned for more updates.

Focus upgrades 1..

I have done some more upgrades on the car. I have added the side vents and also added a front bug defector. before they installed the bug defector they went ahead and gave me a clear coat protection on the front end to make it easier to clean the bugs and road debris of the front end. I was looking into the clear front end cover from 3m but it’s a little pricy for me. I also had a friend tint my windows . SWEET!!!  check out the pics below..

2012 Focus Hatchback

I just received my new 2012 Ford Focus Titanium Hatchback last Friday and have been running around town in it lately here are some pics.

check the pics out.sweet. I got the yellow blaze metallic color. it will shift different yellows in the light because of the metallic in the paint. sweet.  love driving it. here are some things about it

PROs

  • spunky and fast
  • fun to drive
  • keyless locks and ignition. keep fob in pocket walk up to the locked door touch the handle and it will unlock, then sit inside put foot on break and push start button and zoom your off.
  • have heated leather seats
  • auto headlights
  • auto wipers, yes auto just have them on and when it rains the sensor on windshield detects the rain and the wipers will automatically turn on, sweet
  • I have the 5 door hatch. put down the back seats and my two dogs fit in the back no problem. they are viszlas and about 80 lbs. dogs but they have room to roam in.
  • heated side mirrors, auto dimmer rearview mirror
  • have full my sync navigation system
  • Sony 10 speaker ultimate stereo system
  • gas mileage is twice a better than my truck.

 

CON’s

  • front seat bottoms could be a little bigger. I’m not a big guy but I kind of slouch when I sit and I need to get use to the smaller seats
  • have locked up my navigation system 3 times in one day
  • navigation is not that all wonderful my little Garmin is a lot easier to set up destinations and poi then the fords system. of course I was to get booklet on navigation but I don’t have one yet will get one Monday to see about programing the nav system, read a couple of articles online and what I found so far is that you can’t program the nav system from outside source. boo, I can set up my Garmin on my pc then transfer the settings over to the unit with no hassle hope to be able to that with my ford nav.
  • since I have automatic transmission you get a slight delay when driving. this is due to the trans being an electronic trans and it has to calculate which gear to be in for the best gas mileage.
  • even though I get twice the gas mileage of 30+ mpg on my new car vs. 16 mpg on my old explorer. I still get about the same distance with a full tank. this is so because my car has a 12 gallon tank but my old suv had a 22 gallon tank. but in the long run I get the same distance but half the price
  • when switch from radio to nav to phone or from station to station there is pauses that they sync system has. for a system that is pretty well advanced it seems to be on the slow side like they need to boost the memory on the system or use bigger cpu’s.

overall so far I really like the car. I can get adjusted to the smaller seats but the only compliant would be the sync system with navigation. they still need to make some better tweaks in the software for it to run better. I am also having a hitch put on it to carry my bike rack and I thought that now I need to get a little utility trailer. since I don’t have a truck any more I would need something to carry my wood, drywall, big odds and ends that wont fit into the smaller car now. I also am having a roof rack for the same reason put on. on the roof rack I am having the kayak adapter installed for within next month I will be buying a kayak for this summer. another hobby I am trying to get into. spend about $1000 on new equipment and hopefully will save me on thousands for having something cheap to do for the summer. more n the kayak when I get it.