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Ben Simon
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A Digital Packing Checklist | A Little Digital Prep Goes A Long Way
Your phone is a near infinite source of entertainment and knowledge. Yet, find yourself without signal or WiFi, and resources you've come to depend on quickly dry up. I've been refining a Digital Packing Checklist that tries to avoid just this frustration...
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Who needs patience when you've got data? A Data Driven DMV Strategy
When's the best time to visit the DMV? Never. Fair enough, so when's the second best time to visit the DMV? That's the question I pondered yesterday, as I had an errand to run that required just such a visit. I was pleased to learn that Virginia shows the w...
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Hot and Clumsy - Misadventures in Project Assembly
A few days ago I received the components to build a more polished version of my trip timer project. Today I spread out the parts, printed out the instructions and fired up the soldering iron. Within 20 minutes I knew I was in way over my head. I figured tha...
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Backpacking Awesomeness: Trayfoot Mountain / Paine Run Loop
This past weekend we hiked the Trayfoot Mountain / Paine Run loop in Shenandoah. It's a testament to the number of amazing views and trails in Shenandoah that this hike isn't higher rated. For our purposes, it turned out to be an ideal overnight backpacki...
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Getting out of the Paper Map Mindset | The Joy of Digital Maps
On my TODO list for our next backpacking trip is to download relevant trail maps to my phone. I opened up Backcountry Navigator, zoomed to the area we'll be hiking and started marking sections to download. Out of curiosity, I switched from Thunderforest: Ou...
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Happy 4th of July y'all! Stay cool out there!
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Getting out of the Paper Map Mindset | The Joy of Digital Maps
On my TODO list for our next backpacking trip is to download relevant trail maps to my phone. I opened up Backcountry Navigator , zoomed to the area we'll be hiking and started marking sections to download. Out of curiosity, I switched from Thunderforest: O...
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Taking the Leap - from Rock Hopping to Rock Climbing
I watch rock climbing videos with a mix of admiration and horror. My fear of heights means that you're never going to find me dangling off a ledge. Heck, just watching the right climbing videos on YouTube leaves me with sweaty palms. So I was a bit surpris...
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Winkler Botanical Reserve - A Nature Oasis in a Suburban Desert
Today I found myself helping out a fellow foster parent by watching the 7 year old in their care. I suppose I could have plopped the kid in front of the TV and done work for the morning, but instead I used the time to explore a local site I've been curious ...
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Kilns and Cannons - Exploring DC's Not So Hidden Past
These days, if I'm being extremely generous, I'd say DC's primary export was policy. Heck, we even pass a law or two , now and then. But it wasn't always so. And if you look around the city, you can see traces of a far more industrial DC. These last coupl...
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