Patches for my packs

Yesterday I received a couple of really cool patches from Death Wish Coffee Company (my new favorite).  Today I stopped at the local Scout Shop in Wilmington to pick up a few items including Badge Magic.  Now those cool patches look awesome on my backpack and day pack.

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Our Scouts from BSA Troop 660 picked a new adventure for us, and they are looking forward to it.  We are heading to:

Colorado Springs for a tour of the Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak, and white water rafting.  Then it is off to the White River National Forest to complete a four day 25 mile backpack trip.

We are then camping at Canyonlands to exploring Arches National Park, Moab, and Canyonland.  We’ll follow up with a horseback ride in Monument Valley.  I plan to get up early to get a photo or time-lapse of the sunrise.  Then it’s three days at the Grand Canyon for some serious day hikes.

We will complete the trip with a visit to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and the Capitol Reef National Park for two days.  Back to Denver and fly back home.

I still need to check with the airline if I can bring my DJI Phantom 3 Pro.  I plan to bring my GoPros with plenty of empty 32GB scares and a Jackery Giant battery charger.

Got a tick at work

Today on my lunch break, I picked up a friend on my shirt. I then did something stupid, flicked him off my shirt and started looking for him. Found him on my sock and used tape to trap him. He was moving at a good clip to get to my leg. Now I get to do a tick check when I get home from work. Here is a web link from the CDC on how to remove a tick. #nopets

https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/removing_a_tick.html

Sunset at Pike Creek

Had some time tonight to fly my DJI Phantom 3 Pro (first time in months). Sunset in Pike Creek, Delaware.

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Philmont Summer Trek Cancelled

Yesterday we received an email from the Philmont Scout Ranch announcing the closure for the 2018 summer season. Below is an excerpt from the email:

PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH ANNOUNCES CLOSURE FOR 2018 SUMMER SEASON – 7/5/18

After careful consideration of the situation and available options, the difficult but prudent decision has been made that the Philmont backcountry will remain closed for treks and individual programs for the remainder of the 2018 summer season. This means that the following programs scheduled for this summer are canceled: 7- and 12-day treks; and individual backcountry programs, including Rayado, ROCS, Trail Crew, STEM and Ranch Hands.

The Ute Park fire consumed 26,387 acres of Philmont property.  As of July 6, 2018, the cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation.

The Morris Creek fire started June 29 from a lightning strike, and has moved onto Philmont property.

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We hope the fires are contained quickly and for the firefighters to return home safely.

April Challenge – 2018

Tonight I earned my April Challenge while on a practice hike.  We also spotted a few deer, a small red fox, and a friendly Yellow Labrador Retriever.

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Apple AirPods Battery Levels

I was skeptical when Apple released the AirPods back in December 2016.  I purchased the AirPods to work with my new Apple Watch Series 3, and the AirPods have worked very well except for a few minor times when Bluetooth would cut out (but I think that’s an iPhone 6S problem).

I wish I could figure out why the batteries in my AirPods show different levels.  I would be OK with it if the difference was within 3% of each pod, but not 12%.

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Maybe it’s because I double tap the right pod more than the left?