Adventures at Harney Peak, 2012

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Saved from one year ago exactly, these photos are a trip in 2012, when I climbed Harney Peak, the highest point in South Dakota. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone with previous hiking/backpacking experience!

I also wrote a poem about this experience:

I wasn’t anticipating this hike,
three miles… uphill…
I drank half of my water already,
and I’m barely halfway there.
These have to be the stairs Arye was talking about,
but no. They only lead to more trail.
It’s 90 degrees out, and I’ve stopped sweating.
But just around the corner,
around that last lengthy, agonizing corner
are the real stairs.
I can’t believe it, I race along
to find the temple I saw from the road.
I didn’t anticipate this hike from there.
I wasn’t very prepared,
but I’m glad that I pushed to the end.

Roads, towns, untouched land.
This is where they combine.
The many mountains are naturally aligned.
Their black tops and trees in line.
My happiness up here can never be explained,
and I wonder how, on my way up,
I complained.
This land is sacred to many,
who wish everyone could come.
But if they did, everything would be gone,
the place would lose its peacefulness,
sights would be taken over, by loudness,
and no one would sense the emptiness
of the land.

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The Chicago and Dakota Railroad: A Turning Point for Aebleskiver, Kringle, and Kransekake

The Chicago and Dakota Railroad: A Turning Point for Aebleskiver, Kringle, and Kransekake

Video I made for National History Day, at the Minnesota State competition. Wish me luck, I will present this tomorrow!

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The full album of photos from my New York trip has just been uploaded. Check them out!

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View from the Top

View from the Top

No matter how hard you try, you can’t describe what you feel when you are at the top of a tower. Obviously I was on the Today Show minutes earlier, which is why I’m dressed like that. The full set of photos from Rockefeller Tower can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/92333578@N06/sets/72157633238940652/

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The lights of Times Square

The lights of Times Square

While the first building I saw in New York wasn’t exactly appealing, I was soon greeted by a bright assortment of neon in Times Square, including the best-looking McDonald’s and Famous Dave’s I have ever seen, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and many other places. This was the beginning of a great trip!

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Ghetto New York

Ghetto New York

At first glance, New York didn’t exactly seem to be a place I wanted to be in. On my trip, I was greeted by this deteriorating building… Don’t worry, though, it did get better!

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Poetry 3-12

This is untitled, but it’s about a worm… I didn’t use the prompt in writers workshop:

After years of lonely deprivation in that box, I was finally able to see the light through the poor soil. It was only a matter of seconds, but it felt like a whole year. Then, I was stabbed in the back. I didn’t do anything to deserve this. As my guts spewed, I was flung around for what seems like miles. Spinning through the northern air on a dagger, I wondered what I would hit. Then, I was soaked. Deeper and deeper into the water I went, until I hit a rock. As the pressure built between me and the rock, I used that to my advantage, for my sweet escape. I squirmed free of the dagger that stabbed me, and swam with all of my might, just to make it to shore. When I made it to shore, a new community greeted me to the finest, most hearty soil I had ever tasted. At that moment, sheer joy came upon me, as I never realized it was possible. I had come from a city, where the soil was dry and tasteless, until spring when new mulch was put on. In my new home, I was greeted with year-round flavor and nourishment, that will stick with me the rest of my days.

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Blog format

Hello my presumably limited audience!

Well, not much to say… A lot of poetry and some opinions will go here, and in the future, some videos.

Also, I will have the tendency to post random links…

Thank you and enjoy your stay

-Molandfreak

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