Some Random Amount of Time in Awkwardness

A couple of weeks ago I said goodbye to Mackinac Island and made my way to Tampa, with visits to friends and family along the way.  I spent one night each in KOA cabins in Clinton, Tennessee and Calhoun, Georgia, both of which I would recommend to anyone traveling through the area.  The one in Calhoun gives out fresh baked cookies and has free-roaming peahens, a small petting zoo, and a pond – stop into the office for a dish of goat and/or duck food, both are 50¢.

I revisited an interesting spot in Tennessee – a crazy looking tree at the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge.  It grows sort of outward instead of upward, and it’s easy to climb under the branches and have a cozy little fort in the middle.

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I haven’t done a whole lot since I got here – mostly I’m just trying to get all the stuff done that needs to be done before I start school in January.  I did find out that “dark tourism” is a thing this week.  Apparently it’s on the rise.  I don’t know why the sociologists are so surprised by this.  My own travel map is chock full of battlefields, prisons, and various other places that I guess could be considered “dark”.  Every single place in the additions section just on this post is some sort of abandoned ruin, and I tried to add a bunch more only to find out they were already on there.

Happy Halloween!


Geocaching:


Added to the Travel Map:

Mallows Bay, Maryland – bunch of scuttled ships laying around.

Ungru Manor, Ridala Parish, Estonia – an abandoned ruin.

Train Cemetery, Thessaloniki, Greece – hundreds of rail cars left to rot.

Parc Montsouris, Paris, France – a park with an abandoned rail line.

This Week In Awkwardness

I can’t believe I only have three weeks left here.  How did the summer go by so fast?


Geocaching:


Other People’s Trash That I Packed Out:


Added to the Travel Map:

Vindicator Valley Trail, Goldfield, Colorado – passes the ruins of a few hundred abandoned mines.

Fort Frederick State Park, Big Pool, Maryland – abandoned.

Hajmáskér Barracks, Hajmáskér, Hungary – abandoned, very castel-y.

Gorsium Szabadtéri Múzeum (Gorsium Archaeological Park), Tác, Hungary – ruins of a Roman town.

 

This Month in Awkwardness

Sooo… I got my acceptance letter from the University of South Florida.  And then spent the rest of the day trying to stave off a massive panic attack.  Anyway starting in January I’ll be a USF Bull, provided I can figure out how to actually register for classes and pay for them and stuff.

I revisited an Emmet County park called the Headlands, just outside Mackinaw City.  I went there during the day, but it’s most famous for its designation as an International Dark Sky Park, one of only 28 in the world.

Prints of this photo can now be purchased here.


Geocaching:

This Month in Awkwardness

A friend of mine took me out geocaching and I’m completely hooked on it.  I’m kind of obsessive and I love collecting things so it’s a pretty perfect hobby.  Lately on my days off I keep thinking that I should go outside but then I think where would I go?  There’s not a lot to this island that I haven’t seen.  Hunting for these little boxes has gone a long way toward getting me back outside, even to places I’ve already been.  There’s a new page listed in the main menu for photos of the geocaches in their natural environments, complete with a map.

Otherwise I’m really just looking forward to Labor Day.  It’s so hot and so crowded right now that it really hinders my ability to do anything remotely fun unless it’s super early in the morning or super late at night.


Geocaching:


Crossed Off the Travel Map:

Alanson, MI
Alanson, MI
Inland Waterway Nature Preserve, Alanson, MI.
Inland Waterway Nature Preserve, Alanson, MI.
Sanctuary Island Park, Alanson, MI.
Sanctuary Island Park, Alanson, MI.

Added to the Travel Map:

Obersalzberg, Berchtesgaden, Germany – ruins of Nazi mansions & underground bunkers.

Penn Hills Resort, Analomink, Pennsylvania – abandoned resort.

Château Edmond de Rothschild, Boulogne-Billancourt, France – abandoned mansion.