Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Alone in the forest; 1 of 100,000 on the street


Mary and I went to Perry today to run on some of the mountain bike trails. I printed out the Lidar contours and spent the run checking out the contours. The quality is really good. I also printed a small section of the map at 1-meter contours. That level of detail will prove useful for fieldchecking.

You can see that the area is small (the scale at the bottom shows 1 kilometer) and has a quite dense trail network. The forest is typical for this part of the country - rough in places and nice in a few places.

I spent a good 90 minutes exploring the area. I was alone the entire time. Didn't see a single person (well, I saw Mary back at the car).

It wasn't much later when I saw more - many, many more - people.

After the run, we went to Lawrence to watch the basketball parade. The newspaper reports a crowd of about 100,000. I don't know if that is right, but I know there were a lot of people in Lawrence this afternoon.

The photo shows the crowd assembled about 15 minutes before the parade began. I took the photo at 11th and Mass. In the distance you can almost see my office. The brown brick building at the end of the street (it looks like a reverse "E") is City Hall. My office is just out of sight to the right.

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