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Picture Pages

Posted by Ren McCormack on October 31, 2006

Hey there Footloose & friends–

Just a quick note that I’ve updated pics from the end-of-season kickball party (yea, it was in August…so what?!) and from Dewey this summer (look out for the attack of the rotten banana). 

In the coming days I’ll upload the pics from the 9/16 Nats game, UD homecoming, rafting/Bridge Day, and my camping trip last weekend. 

Have a happy, safe, and (hopefully) drunk Halloween.   Brrrrew-hahahahahahahaaa!

Attack of the Rotten Banana!


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Buildings, Antennas, Spans and Earth

Posted by Ren McCormack on October 26, 2006

Pete sent me some good links to BASE jumping videos (includes a good montage of Bridge Day 2000) and to an article on the guy who unfortunately died at Bridge Day this year (he was a pioneer of the sport). 

No Turning Back...

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Banjos, Bulls, and Queens

Posted by Ren McCormack on October 24, 2006

I returned from a fantastic weekend yesterday.  We timed the trip just right and hit the peak of foliage color in southwestern VA, where we stayed and hiked on Friday.  We arrived around 4:00 and got a few miles of hiking in before dark.  Saturday, we packed up and drove the rest of the way into WV.  It’s amazing that 20 minutes on the road equated to 2 weeks of foliage time.  In other words, because the elevation difference in WV the leaves were dropping and the leaf color was not as bright.  After arriving, we hopped on a bus to Bridge Day.  We caught the last 1.5 hours of jumping and got some great photos that I’ll post on my Flickr account.  Unfortunately, the day was marred with one fatality.  There were rumors on the bridge of one jumper being paralyzed and another who broke both arms and legs, but the linked article does not substantiate those rumors. 

Sunday was our day to take on the Class V rapids of the Upper Gauley River–some of the best white water in the world.  The temps were surprisingly warm–warm enough that the adventurous people in the raft jumped off a cliff and took a brief swim.  (Not to say that the initial shock of hitting the water was the most pleasant thing in the world, but I actually felt warmer the rest of the trip.   Neoprene needs a layer of moisture to work properly, so I guess that little jump did the trick).   We had a raging campfire going Saturday night and then fell asleep to the sound of sleet hitting the tent.  Sure, it was chilly, but nothing that a $16 K-mart sleeping bag couldn’t handle.  Oh yea, did i mention that I forgot my sleeping bag on Friday (thankfully I had a fleece blanket) and spent the night shivering?  Yea, I’m a genius, I know.  At least we didn’t hear dueling banjos coming from the back woods…

On another note, Saturday was the Redbull Flutag in Baltimore.  I wish I was around for this crazy event.  Did anyone go?  Stories?  Pics?  The site has a few pics and a short video featuring Ryan Dunn (of Jackass fame).  I hope they return to B-more next year, but I have a feeling that the circus changes cities every year.   Anyone up for a dip in the Anacostia?

Lastly, tonight (10/24) is the annual High Heel Race in Dupont.  While it starts at 8pm, you really need to get there hours early to get a good viewing spot.  Traditionally, I’ve stood in front of Fox & Hound.  While the race itself only lasts 30 seconds, it’s all about the pre- and post-race pageant that the queens put on.  The costumes are fantastic and the crowd, for the most part, is pretty laid back (see:  the b*tch and her husband that cut in line in front of us 2 years ago and thought it was OK because “she lived in the neighborhood and we didn’t”).   

Bridge Day

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Wet & Wild

Posted by Ren McCormack on October 3, 2006

For the past 5 years, I’ve spent one fall weekend drinkin’ and raftin’ in West Virginia.  It’s one of my favorite weekends of the year and something that I always look forward to.   

What can you look forward to?  A long weekend (you’ll have to take at least one day off work) full of fall foliage, beers, camping, maybe a little hiking, rednecks who are proud of their redneckness, night jasmine, smores, hotdogs cooked over a campfire (yummy), chubby bunny, and perhaps a little rafting.     

When:  weekend of October 21-22 (see below) 

Where:  Fayetteville, West Virginy, ya’ll (about 5.5 hours from DC) 

Accommodations:  the rafting company has an on-site campground with full amenities—hot showers, restrooms, bar, volleyball court, horseshoes, dining hall (with TV, for those that can’t miss football games).   

Cost:  $130 plus cost of the DVD/photos ($50 split evenly—we’ll make copies for everyone…so the more people that come, the cheaper it will be), cost of wetsuit (if you want it, $20), camping/firewood (say…$20), and any food/beer/jack daniels/smores/snacks ($40?) for a grand total of roughly $225.  It ain’t cheap, but if you think of it as a mini-vacation, it is!  And let me tell you that it is absolutely worth every penny.   

Will I Have to Take Time Off Work:  Yes.  We will be rafting on a Sunday, so you should take Monday, October 23, off.  While it is feasible to drive back afterwards, why would want to?  You’ll be tired and want to have a few frosty beers while sitting around the campfire or heading into the Red Dog Saloon that is on the premises.  You also get a decent (not great) steak dinner after a nice warm shower.   

Even if we do not choose option 2 below, I am taking Friday off work to drive most of the way out and plop down at a campsite (which, by the way, will be deserted, so we’ll have the run of whatever campground we choose).   

If we choose option 2, we’ll have to get to Rivers the Friday night before.  You don’t need to take Friday off work, but we all know that 66 traffic will add another hour to the travel time.  Add in a stop to the grocery store and packing time and you are looking at getting to the site pretty darn late.  But that’s your call.   

We have 2 options.  If you want to come, please indication which you want to do: 

Option 1:  Upper Gauley

No matter which option you choose, we are rafting the Upper Gauley, which is the best whitewater that you can raft this side of the Rockies and some of the best in the world (I’m not making this crap up—Google it if you don’t believe me).  It features rapids rated Class III-V+ (note that no commercial rafting company will operate on any river with rapids above Class V).  The Gauley is only raftable 6 weeks each year when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lowers the level of the Summerville Dam.   

This isn’t a rafting trip for those who want a calm little float down a river.  If you want that, check out the Potomac River Boat Company in Old Town or  or the Odyssey .  I hear they serve a mean buffet.   

If you want a wet & wild ride, then this is the trip for you.   
Upper Gauley:  $130 

Option 2:  Bridge Day Blowout

Experience 2 outstanding rivers in 2 fun-filled days! Celebrate the anniversary of the world’s 2nd longest single arch bridge–theNew River Gorge Bridge.  Here’s a little bit o’ trivia:  my company (Michael Baker Corp.) designed the bridge in the late 70s.  It also is the highest bridge in the U.S.   

Lower New/Upper Gauley:  $175.00  It’s only $45 more for an extra day of rafting on the New River.  That’s a good deal.   

What is Bridge Day?  Once a year, base jumpers leap off the New River
Gorge Bridge.  While this once was an unregulated event, the State has since taken over as the popularity has grown.  If we choose option 2, we’ll get to see the jumpers from on the river (a cool vantage point).  

From the website below:  When Bridge Day arrives, more than 200,000 people converge over the course of the day to take part the day-long festival. BASE jumpers parachute off theNew River Gorge Bridge diving 876-feet into the New River Gorge below. Rapellers descend on ropes like caterpillars beneath the mighty bridge. More than 200 vendors provide delicious foods and fantastic entertainment! 

Can I Invite Friends?  Sure!  The more the merrier!   

How Do I Reserve a Spot?  Post a reply to the blog.  I’ll e-mail more details to those that want to come.  F the rest of ya’ll.   

Rafting Company/More Info:    


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