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Thursday, September 25, 2003

Sweet Sierra 

Last weekend was the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience annual retreat, and, as always, it was a treat. Last year, we ventured to the UC Davis Bodega Bay Marine Biology Center, which was fun, but not as cool as being up in the mountains like this year. The retreat was held at Stanford Uís compound on the shore of Fallen Leaf Lake, shouting distance from Lake Tahoe. Being there reminded me of how much I love and need the mountains. I can feel the stress melt away in layers when Iím hiking or swimming away from civilization up there. Climbing the mountain behind the compound proved a formidable challenge, and I would have persevered but for time constraints. The clear sky in the mountains is ever-so blue, the air so fresh and new while Iím stuck in the Valley boo-hoo.

This winter, however, I plan on skiing many weekends so I may be up there more often. This monthís Powder Magazine arrived Monday, and as usual got me pumped for the slopes. Today I roller-bladed in to work to tighten those oh-so important back and thigh muscles. Anyway, a limited photo set will soon be available on bartbart.com, for your further viewing pleasureÖ

Friday, September 19, 2003

Kentucky 

Dana and I are back from our trip to Bowling Green, Kentucky, home of the Corvette and Nappy Roots. We had a great trip, and it was really nice for me to be able to go home after being away for over a year. It was very strange, though, since my brother Sean was unable to be there. I have grown accustomed to him being there when I visit and we end up spending alot of quality time together. Now, however, he's outside of Mosul, Iraq, warding off irate insurgents. Well, its not that bad for him in particular, but we still worry about him alot. He actually called while I was there and I got to talk with him for about 7 minutes. He sounded good.

While in Kentucky, Dana and I did some cool things, but mostly we just hung out with the locals. There are lots of good, decent people in the South, and their twang is infectious! Its a really pleasant way to speak, and can help two strangers instantly identify with each other. Anywho, Dane and I went to Lost River Cave, and even took a boat-ride on its underground river! 'Twas really cool. Then we drove over to Mammoth Cave, Kentucky's only National Park. I've been to the cave a bunch, but its always cool, as in like 55 ;)

Photography was very difficult down there. Well, first and foremost, I didn't have a tripod! No tripod and 4 second exposures? Its doubtful any turned out well, but watch for them on BartBart!

Oh, Dad is shipping my ass to Italy for Chirstmas! We'll be there for 7 days and I'm very very excited. I love Italy and it will be a treat to spend christmas there with family. Probably, I'll buy some shoes...

Ciao!

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