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05/01/11 - A camping trip to Allegheny National Park with Topaz and the crew!

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Pack the trunk!
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This is Kate's "I saw the camera pointing at me" face
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Camping is exciting!
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Chris and Topaz look over the map to the camping site
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The Teo Bus!
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Ben and Suz skip off to the Teo Bus
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Dani is cold
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Oops, busted
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Dani takes some pictures
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Huddling against the cold
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Driving to the camp site
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We came well prepared
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Well prepared indeed
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Joel gets the fire going
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Suz gets some cheese and crackers ready so we can eat while we wait for dinner.
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Dani cuts some bread or something
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Chris moves the D&D map
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Teo brought a bunch of hamburgers
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Stoking the fire
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Teo labels the aluminum foil packets
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Don't mix them up!
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Each person got a packet full of meat and vegetables
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Packets on the fire!
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Camera duel!
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Joel at the dinner table
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Ben was a fan of the Teo packets
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Signing to Dani
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Jokes are funny
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It's tough to catch Chris looking at ease since he panics when he sees a camera
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Dani works on a D&D campaign
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Planning is hard
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Ben suggested we try some light painting, which I immediately jumped on
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An early test with the LED flashlight on my phone
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Ben did a great job drawing a rocket
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Shape explosion!
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Rainbow road!
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Ben writes a message for his mom
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Holding swords!
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Light explosion!
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Some sort of card game?
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Suz had a sweet xkcd hoodie
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You can't see this sign but it says "NO BOYS ALLOWED"
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Bacon in the morning!
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Gathering around the breakfast table
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Joel mans the bacon station
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We also had french toast
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Dani reviews the map
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Planning the day's activities
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I hung the camera down under the bed to take this blind picture of Kate
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Dani wandering around outside
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Dani and Ben
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Heading to the Teo Bus!
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Fancy house across the lake
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So many destinations!
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Teo Bus!
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I thought this picture of "stone tower" would make a good wallpaper
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Grafiiti'd, of course
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Care to go upstairs?
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Topaz is loving this
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Chris skulks away from the camera.. or so he thinks
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Joel mans a corner
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Hugging is nice
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Suz captures some moments on her camera
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Topaz takes the crazy corner
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Looking at distant cabins with my telephoto lens
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Topaz runs off into the woods to be one with nature
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Picture time!
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Kate looking around
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Hanging out in the stone tower
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Teo's got the shifty eyes
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Lots of people out to enjoy the nature
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Sporting my SR2 hat
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Teo Bussss
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Oh yeah, this looks safe
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Suz spots the camera
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Wandering around in the woods
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Ben gets in touch with his Na'vi side
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Pictures of nature!
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Topaz stands on a lens flare
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Joel on a rock
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Ben carefully edges along one of the rocks at Thunder Rocks
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Yaaay rocks!
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Some of the rocks were pretty tall
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Ben standing around
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I narrowly missed a Chris action shot
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Topaz used the tree to his advantage to climb up
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Joel found a natural chair
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This rock looks like a pile of pancakes or something
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How did Ben get up there?
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Better question.. how is he going to get down?
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Very carefully, that's how
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Cool water reflections on the rock
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I got his Chris action shot! Actually I missed it and had him jump again
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We found this outline on a rock, so decided to just go with it and murder Teo
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The site of Teo's body
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Ben riding a giant stone dolphin
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Dolphins are fun
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Dani thinks all these people are silly
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Time to get the fire going again.. our favorite part!
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Suz took these next few pictures
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Me up on my perch between the bunk beds
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The only reasonable way to handle two nearly empty bottles of beer
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Kate was roped into playing D&D with the rest of these clowns
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This is what Topaz looks like about 70% of the time. Close your mouth!
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Going through the intricacies of setting up a D&D character
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Chris reviews one of hte rule books
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Suz also helped Kate with her character
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Joel comes through with the crazy sandwich cooking apparatus
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Teo's got a worringly mischievious grin
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My turn to make sandwiches
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The D&D session in progress
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I'm pretty sure the wings on this guy were made out of a security envelope
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Fire lady
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The sandwiches came out great!
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Kate's fancy D&D character name
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Teo's.. simpler name
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Suz's name
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Joel's name
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Ben's name has weird glottal stops and stuff in it
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It's rare to get Chris to not dodge the camera
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Apparently being the dungeon master involves a lot of flailing wildly
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Actually I think being Topaz involves a lot of flailing wildly
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Got to come prepared with various dice
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Teo is holding turkey here, but Ben thought it was a sock. That raises some questions about what kind of sandwiches Ben has been eating
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The tragically ignored fruit salad
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Kate's not sure what to think about this D&D nonsense
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She seems a little alarmed by Topaz's gesticulations
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Super geeky, but fun
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Our intrepid adventurers
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That is a giant D20
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The D&D table as seen from my perch
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Lots of paper, dice, figures, maps, soda.. typical
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Ben was shocked to discover me taking his picture
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This looks like a good hallway to roll a giant rock down
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Chris is too tired to hold his own head up
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Topaz likes to wear this shirt while DMing
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Silly Dani
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Signing to Dani about what the hell is going on
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I realized I never took any pictures of the area around our cabin.. so here's one
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I accidentally took this picture, but I liked it
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OK, this is blatently out of focus, my bad, but it's still pretty great. Unfortunately, Chris had already gone home.
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Everyone go crazy! For some reason we all screamed too
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Olympia diner was pretty awesome
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Heyyy, that's not a skylight!
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Me in the mirror!
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