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MrWally
06-21-2008, 01:15 AM
Tomorrow I am leaving for the woods in Northern Wisconsin. I'm waking up at 4 in the morning and then going on a 7 hour or so car ride just about as far north as you can get, up by the border to Northern Michigan. I leave tomorrow, June 21st, and return August 16th. I'll be in the woods for just under two full months, and I'm psyched but at the same time so depressed because I'll be going 2 months with no T.V., no internet, no computers, no radio, relatively no electricity, and living in a log cabin without running water or heating. And that's when I'm at the main site. Other times I'll be staying in a tent, or just sleeping outside battling the mosquitoes in a hammock. I mean, I love it up there, but the longest I've gone was 4 weeks, and now it'll be twice that length, and my girlfriend is completely devastated for obvious reasons. The only connection I'll have to people back home is my cell phone, and its rare to be in range of a cell tower that far North and that deep into the woods. Its not like I will be completely alone or anything. But its still quite different from life back home.

Pictures from past years:

http://photos-f.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v51/56/58/507217714/n507217714_1709_6167.jpg
That's me ^

http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v56/56/58/507217714/n507217714_9024_4172.jpg
http://photos-g.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v56/56/58/507217714/n507217714_9030_5922.jpg
http://photos-h.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v51/56/58/507217714/n507217714_1711_8810.jpg
http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v51/56/58/507217714/n507217714_1712_127.jpg
http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v51/56/58/507217714/n507217714_1728_4492.jpg
http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v51/56/58/507217714/n507217714_1720_155.jpg
http://photos-e.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v51/56/58/507217714/n507217714_1732_9963.jpg
http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v51/56/58/507217714/n507217714_1744_598.jpg

So until then, good bye, Swampies. You'll be missed. And if I get a chance to go online while I'm gone (maybe if I go into town for supplies) I'll be sure to give you all an update :)

Wish me luck.

Who knows, maybe I'll run into Jebbers.

BongoBob
06-21-2008, 01:18 AM
I'm too much of a city boy to do that : P

But good luck and have a blast wally! See you in 2 months :)

MrWally
06-21-2008, 01:21 AM
I didn't think I'd have been able to either. But seriously, you'd be surprised.

Once you get up there its much easier that it sounds. You kind of forget about society and life back home...

Oh. And I'll have my zune with its craaaazy battery life :D

RoxStar
06-21-2008, 01:22 AM
I'll miss you man! Good luck with the counseling, leave a good impression on those kiddies!

(In before obvious terrible Michael Jackson jokes)

MrWally
06-21-2008, 01:26 AM
Mmmm. I only did counseling one year, I don't know if I'll be doing that this year. I think I'm just gonna go be rugged :D

Boba Rhett
06-21-2008, 01:48 AM
Can I come with you, Wally?!

MrWally
06-21-2008, 02:01 AM
Sure!

I can even give you a ride! Be at my place. Tomorrow morning. 5:00 sharp.

You know what to bring. *wink wink* *nudge nudge*

M@RS
06-21-2008, 02:07 AM
Have fun man! I hope you don't get too bored :lol:

Det. Bart Lasiter
06-21-2008, 02:34 AM
...



why

Vikinor
06-21-2008, 03:16 AM
That's awesome. Best of luck to you. I hope you have fun.

IG-64
06-21-2008, 04:28 AM
I so wish I could do something like that, but I don't think my family would want to spend the money and effort. :(

Looks awesome, have fun!

btw, do you happen to have a high-res version of the fourth pic down?

So I can gaze at it, and pretend I'm there.

._.


But seriously. :p

TiE23
06-21-2008, 04:34 AM
You'd have to keep lengths of rope and any sharp objects that are good for stabbing away from me within the first week or so...

And I sure hope your Zune battery lasts that long... mine seems to need some energy milk from my PC's teet at least every other day. :V
Just be glad you're not bringing a PSP, I brought mine on a school trip and it got home with about 3% battery (PSP shows percentage) life left over three days. Listened to music for about 5 or 6 hours, and gamed for about an hour and a half... It's criminally short.

Sabretooth
06-21-2008, 05:55 AM
If you find Jebbers, tell him that I'm really sorry for what I did to his city. :(

Adios!

Dath Maximus
06-21-2008, 09:17 AM
poor wally....im not that far from northern wisconsin, and im very good at hunting people in the woods

imma screw with his mind...and or get acquainted with them ladies

leXX
06-21-2008, 09:41 AM
That looks and sounds wonderful. Have fun Wally. ^^

Pie™
06-21-2008, 11:54 AM
Enjoy yourself, can we turn this thread into "what are you doing this summer?" now?

EnderWiggin
06-21-2008, 01:00 PM
Enjoy yourself, can we turn this thread into "what are you doing this summer?" now?
Sure, why not?

I mean, I love it up there, but the longest I've gone was 4 weeks, and now it'll be twice that length, and my girlfriend is completely devastated for obvious reasons.

I am also taking a trip this summer - but not for pleasure. I'll be in Pittsburgh PA for 6 weeks starting next Friday.... my girlfriend is (as yours) not amused.


So until then, good bye, Swampies. You'll be missed. And if I get a chance to go online while I'm gone (maybe if I go into town for supplies) I'll be sure to give you all an update :)

Wish me luck.


That looks and sounds wonderful. Have fun Wally. ^^

I agree. Good luck... hopefully you'll get to log on at least a couple of times.

_EW_

Acrylic
06-21-2008, 01:03 PM
Dude...2 months? I don't think I'd be able to last 2 weeks like that. Something about toilets is a complete necessity. Haha.


EDIT:

What I'm doing this summer, actually in about 2 and a half weeks, is I'm going to Montenegro.

Here's some pics from when I was there in March:

http://a500.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/106/l_4ec30157e90bd2567b04b6bbb2c18f0b.jpg

http://a200.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/58/l_1e6c9771b443f73643de2f5d911099ef.jpg

http://a331.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/7/l_d42287c6c1a4ed582f3a81e20cdfdf7a.jpg

http://a599.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/15/l_468cbc03555368f1e94a921c91ba25d6.jpg

http://a151.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/35/l_d5e61e043786c5f141b2f4180bf311ae.jpg

http://a744.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/36/l_a7ccc3dc73fd62deb6461954642a7e6f.jpg

=) I cannot wait. I think we will make our way up to Croatia as well. =)

IG-64
06-21-2008, 01:12 PM
I'm going to SIGGRAPH 2008 in August, a large computer graphics conference. It's in California, so I can see other things around there too.




And I don't have a girlfriend.

EnderWiggin
06-21-2008, 01:13 PM
And I don't have a girlfriend.

I'm very sorry.

_EW_

leXX
06-21-2008, 02:45 PM
We are going to Florida for two weeks in July. We have booked a villa with its own swimming pool smack bang between Universal Studios and Walt Disney World. We plan on mainly seeing as much of the studios as we can because we've already been to Disneyland Paris twice, and a good few visits to the beach too of course. I really can't wait.

BongoBob
06-21-2008, 02:52 PM
Oh s***, leXX is gonna be bringing her talk of car boots and take away to the states :p

Mike Windu
06-21-2008, 02:54 PM
That your sister in the 2nd pic?


She's cute. :p

leXX
06-21-2008, 03:15 PM
Oh s***, leXX is gonna be bringing her talk of car boots and take away to the states :p

lol :p

Btw, anyone recommend any rides not to miss at Universal?

Det. Bart Lasiter
06-21-2008, 03:35 PM
The Hulk Coaster and the Dueling Dragons (or whatever it's called).

Dath Maximus
06-21-2008, 04:03 PM
dont ride the hulk in the pouring rain...it hurts...a lot


and what am i doing for the summer? working 40 hours a week, full time college, and spending $894 out of pocket each month for those college classes

HOO RAH!

Anthony
06-21-2008, 10:22 PM
Camping/ Being in the wildnerness is pretty damn sweet. You'll forget about internet and **** in a couple days if youre lucky. Have fun!

Commander Obi-Wan
06-21-2008, 10:41 PM
Sounds wicked Wally. Be sure to post pics when you get back. (Yeah he is gone, but whatever :xp: )

I have summer school during July, then I'll be working full-time in August. Oh, the fun times.

Rev7
06-21-2008, 11:37 PM
Have fun!

RoxStar
07-06-2008, 12:47 AM
OMG TEH ROXSTAR IS LEAVING TOOOOOOOOO!

Tomorrow morning I'll be leaving for the green pastures of Appleton, Wisconsin for a two week music camp! That's right, I am leaving all of you people for band (more specifically percussion and steel pan) camp.

I will miss most of you terribly and will come back bearing lots of pictures with percussionists and percussion instruments!

Adieu.

IG-64
07-06-2008, 12:54 AM
OMG TEH ROXSTAR IS LEAVING TOOOOOOOOO!

Tomorrow morning I'll be leaving for the green pastures of Appleton, Wisconsin for a two week music camp! That's right, I am leaving all of you people for band (more specifically percussion and steel pan) camp.

I will miss most of you terribly and will come back bearing lots of pictures with percussionists and percussion instruments!

Adieu.
That sounds interesting. Wisconsin must be a nice place. Have fun. :)


*wonders is Wally's been eaten by a bear yet*

Lady Jedi
07-06-2008, 12:55 AM
I will miss most of you terribly and will come back bearing lots of pictures with percussionists and percussion instruments!

Adieu.

Will they be hot?

Now you'll have to start every story about your summer like yea, "this one time, at band camp....." :xp:

Have a great time!!

IG-64
07-06-2008, 01:15 AM
Will they be hot?
The percussion instruments or the percussionists? :emodanc:

Lady Jedi
07-06-2008, 01:31 AM
The percussion instruments or the percussionists? :emodanc:

:dozey:

BongoBob
07-06-2008, 02:14 AM
TBH you had it coming.

Tyrion
07-06-2008, 03:19 AM
OMG TEH ROXSTAR IS LEAVING TOOOOOOOOO!

Tomorrow morning I'll be leaving for the green pastures of Appleton, Wisconsin for a two week music camp! That's right, I am leaving all of you people for band (more specifically percussion and steel pan) camp.

I will miss most of you terribly and will come back bearing lots of pictures with percussionists and percussion instruments!

Adieu.

Clearly, you're the coolest person we've all ever known.

Dath Maximus
07-06-2008, 08:19 AM
Clearly, you're the coolest person we've all ever known.

and clearly you're the most apelike


and to verify...wisconsin sucks

EnderWiggin
07-06-2008, 12:15 PM
and clearly you're the most apelike


and to verify...wisconsin sucks

Better not let Jae hear you say that :xp:

_EW_

Dath Maximus
07-06-2008, 12:23 PM
Better not let Jae hear you say that :xp:

_EW_

ive said it to her via skype before

Tyrion
07-06-2008, 04:16 PM
and clearly you're the most apelike


Does this mean I get an unlimited supply of bananas?

Because if that's true...you know, all I see is win.

Dath Maximus
07-06-2008, 11:49 PM
Does this mean I get an unlimited supply of bananas?

Because if that's true...you know, all I see is win.

no, just gorilla aids

DarthAve
07-07-2008, 02:57 PM
and to verify...wisconsin sucks

Agreed. The highlight of my trips to see my grandparents in Wisconsin is the fact that they have G4 that I can watch...

Dath Maximus
07-07-2008, 03:12 PM
Agreed. The highlight of my trips to see my grandparents in Wisconsin is the fact that they have G4 that I can watch...


last time i was in wisconsin i had 6 squad cars called on me

not sure why

DarthAve
07-07-2008, 03:41 PM
last time i was in wisconsin i had 6 squad cars called on me

not sure why

Question: Were you wearing pants at the time?

Dath Maximus
07-07-2008, 03:49 PM
Question: Were you wearing pants at the time?

ironically yes


it was more along the lines of....me...at 6'2" 250lb boxer fighting a 5'0" 110lb girl in a bowling alley parking lot at 1 am

DarthAve
07-07-2008, 04:01 PM
Way to go, still squad cars are no fun. Did you knock out any teeth?

TiE23
07-07-2008, 04:22 PM
She didn't happen to be in her 90's did she?

Anthony
07-07-2008, 04:40 PM
I found Dath.

http://ant.siflige.com/Pics/1215454787395.jpg

Kain
07-07-2008, 04:56 PM
Mid-August I get to go about 3 and a half hours into BFE Michigan and get drunk for 4 days straight. Wewt.

PS: I'm a raging alcoholic if you didn't know.

Pie™
07-07-2008, 05:40 PM
Tomorrow I'm going on a week-long roadtrip to Sweden, and in 3 weeks I'll be at Wacken Open Air. :D

leXX
07-16-2008, 07:08 AM
I found Dath.

http://ant.siflige.com/Pics/1215454787395.jpg

Nope, this is Dath.

http://myspace.drewpydraws.com/fat/ManBoobs.jpg


I leave for Florida in the morning. See you in 2 weeks. *wave*

Dath Maximus
07-16-2008, 09:20 AM
lexx....let it be war upon you

leXX
07-16-2008, 09:51 AM
Aww, you know I lubs ya. <3

*kicks you in the bollocks*

Dath Maximus
07-16-2008, 12:43 PM
lexx, we dont have time for foreplay

RoxStar
07-21-2008, 05:13 PM
I'm back! It was awesome and I brought back pictures.
http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/759/n5032615846028646082ky0.jpg
Orlando Cotto playing with feeling.
http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/0f4b353546.jpg
sign
http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/image.php?3a685cdd84.jpg
Steelband concert
http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/4112150a64.jpg
http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/1a5c468b0b.jpg
Some more steel pan stuff
http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/image.php?cda783bce0.jpg
http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/9c2f715697.jpg
Playing pans in a gazebo on the beach
http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/b25567a971.jpg
Beach
http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/fe1103e598.jpg
http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/b4a44bc244.jpg
Intermission break
http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/181729be12.jpg
AMADINDA!

BongoBob
07-21-2008, 09:41 PM
Welcome back mate :D

MrWally
08-02-2008, 02:17 PM
I'M BACK!

Yes, I know I said I was returning on August 16th, but, well... long story short I had some complications with classes and some school work so I wanted to return maybe 5 days or a week or so earlier, but since my car was back home I needed a ride. I called my parents but found out that my dad's going to be in Africa and my mother will in New Hampshire, so basically I'm out of luck. Then I find out that this friend of mine who's up there with me named Vasik (he's Czech) is leaving the 1st, and while I don't really want to leave THAT early, I decided it was my best bet, so I bummed a ride from him.

Anyways, that's why I'm home early. Now on to the trip itself.

Fantastic.

I spent my time split between two locations: Blair Lake and Spider Lake. Spider Lake is part of this camp and, while still being quite woodsy and in the middle of nowhere, there are still quite a bit more people around. Blair Lake on the other hand is much more... Rustic I guess you'd say. I stayed in this little cabin on a hill in the woods by the lake. Here's a picture or two of Blair Lake in case anyone wants a visual:

http://img128.imageshack.us/img128/2407/sunset3gu9.jpg
http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/2301/sunsetoverdocknormal2ks4.jpg

I was probably the only person in any direction for a good two miles at the time those photos were taken. And those were with my oooold Nikon Coolpix digital camera. I wish I had my father's D3 or something to just capture the beauty of it all. I took about 300 pictures that night.

I can't believe I'm home. This morning I woke up on my nice, comfortable mattress in my own air-conditioned room and I had to think for a moment to remember where I was. Time moves so much faster here. Days up there wouldn't drag, but they would be filled with so much work, adventure, excitement, relaxation, etc. Of course, I was up by 7 or 8 every morning, so the days seemed longer, but still... And I changed a lot while I was away. I mean, I'm still definitely me, but I had, what? About 7 weeks to just reflect on life and search myself and grow spiritually. I really feel as if I've really learned a lot about myself as a person while I've been gone, and in that sense I wish I was back, because I feel as if there's still so much to learn. But of course its nice to be home. So anyways, I'll post some more pictures when I get the chance and maybe tell an exciting story or two.

Cheers.

Man, I will say its nice to be back in The Swamp.

Tinny
08-02-2008, 02:21 PM
Man, those are nice pictures, wish I was there.

Tyrion
08-02-2008, 02:35 PM
Sweet lord that's gorgeous.

EnderWiggin
08-02-2008, 02:36 PM
That's absolutely beautiful.

You say you have more? Throw them in an album on photobucket or something so we can see.

_EW_

M@RS
08-02-2008, 02:43 PM
Welcome back MrWally! I'm glad you had a great time :)

BongoBob
08-02-2008, 09:04 PM
Glad you're back Wally :)

Dath Maximus
08-02-2008, 09:58 PM
Welcome back MrWally! I'm glad you had a great time :)

did i say you could come back into my swamp and post?

no

now leave

EnderWiggin
08-02-2008, 10:36 PM
did i say you could come back into my swamp and post?

no

now leave

Dath is the God of the Swamp, and it seems you have angered him.

_EW_

MrWally
08-02-2008, 11:54 PM
I guess there were SOME things about the Swamp that I didn't exactly miss.

But Dath and his pant-less shenanigans is not one of them.

Dath Maximus
08-02-2008, 11:57 PM
Everybody loves my pantless shenanigans, im just that awesome


also, dath broke his hand by whacking the bejsus out of it against something at work

i should probably take some tylenol at some point

DarthAve
08-03-2008, 04:39 PM
Those are some nifty pics. The only cool pictures I have are of the big fireworks for the Pro Football Hall of Fame festival last night... and a 15 minute video of the fireworks.

leXX
08-04-2008, 06:32 PM
Hey everyone, I'm back. ^^ I had and absolutely awesome time. We managed to fit in pretty much everything we could in the 2 weeks we had.

Kennedy Space Center
Universal Islands of Adventure
Universal Studios
Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom
Walt Disney World Epcot
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Daytona Beach
Seaworld

The highlight of the trip for me was definately Kennedy Space Center. The sheer size and scale of everything was overwhelming, and it's the closest I'll ever get to actually going into space. It was completely mindblowing. If you ever get the chance to go, I can't recommend it enough.

Haven't loaded the pics on the pc yet, but when I do I'll post a few of the 600+ that I took. ^^

IG-64
08-20-2008, 12:05 PM
Those of you who have been paying attention will remember that I'd been gone all last week on a trip to Los Angeles to attend SIGGRAPH (http://www.siggraph.org/s2008/), the huge computer graphics convention, so I could learn more about the industry and what I have to do to prepare for any future jobs. For those of you who haven't been paying attention: *CLAP CLAP* OI!
My sister decided to go with me to keep me company and so that we could do other things when I was done with the convention. Everything went according to plan, which was to go to the convention alone for 3 days (except the first day, where my sister went with me), then go together to Disneyland for 2 days. I also met up with Bongo, which was awesome. All in all it turned out to be an amazing trip. A lot happened and I learned tons. I've written up a huge blog post as a travel journal, so if you want to know what we all did and what awesome things I saw at the convention, you can read that. I wrote it to show to other friends and relatives too so I made it pretty long (too long for one blog post, in fact), but at least skim over it or something. :p

Part I (http://www.lucasforums.com/blog.php?b=278)

Part II (http://www.lucasforums.com/blog.php?b=279)

Acrylic
08-20-2008, 12:28 PM
@MrWally: Wow, very nice pics, glad to see you had a good time! I hope maybe to do something like that one day...but...not in Wisconsin. =)

@lexx: Tampa kicks a major amount of ass doesnt it? I really liked it there when I went to Florida a few years ago. Tell me if you got to go to St. Petersburg or Tarpon Springs (my favorite place I went on that trip)