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Its been a little while since Kerry and I have both had a day off together and finally we had one and turned it into a fantastic day on the coast. It was a beautiful day- especially for the coast, there wasnt a moment of it being cloudy and was really enjoyable.

First we headed to Lincoln City and then down to Newport- with some stops along the way. First we simply went for a short walk on the beach in Lincoln City which was nice.

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After that, we checked out an old historic lighthouse and walked down to an adjacent area to see some of the best tide pools each of us has seen. Lots of urchins, starfish, fish, teeny tiny hermit crabs, and some sea lions off in the distance.

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Newport was awesome in many respects beautiful town, a great aquarium (our next stop), and great food down on the bay front. We stopped to get some ice cream and walked out on a pier to find a dock covered with sea lions, it was great. We watched them lazily lay there only to start barking at a loner in the water wanting to come up and join them it was a great spot with nice view of the bridge. We only had an hour to see the aquarium but we still got to see everything even though we were kind of rushed- it was great!! The shark tunnel was a favorite, and so were the jellyfish I couldnt capture it in the pictures, but the little ones were just AMAZING iridescent flows of movement, just positively amazing.

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Finally we walked out on another beach, and out on the jetty for a little ways. The beach there was windy and there were all sorts of really cool pieces of artwork from the wind eroded sand. Super cool. Afterward we got some excellent Asian food, then headed back out to the water to watch the sunset. I dont recall if Ive ever gotten to see the sun actually set on the water- so amazing to see it disappear behind the curved surface of the ocean.

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The weather is finally starting to change to summer- it has a little ways to go but its been nice to see some sun and feel some warmer temperatures. I have been pretty much glued to my glass blowing bench and continuing to be productive- which has been good! Getting gobs of marbles made and sent out this month. Still have been having a little bit of fun- Kerry and I went out rollerskating about a week ago, and it was quite fun! I havent done that since I was a kid Kerry used to love it when she was young so it was a good time for both of us. We also finally made it out to a really nice park here in Salem called Minto Brown; had a really nice walk in the woods I should have taken more pictures but I was simply enjoying what felt like a hike in the forest.

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Minto Brown Park

I havent motivated on taking too many pictures of all the glass Ive been making, but Ill get some taken and posted here soon I Knailed It on these marbles, the pendant is pretty sweet too.

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Dichro and Fume Pendant

Kevin Nail
Stress Less Glass

Well Seattle was fun- but didnt go according to plan and weve moved down to Salem, OR. Were excited to finally be somewhere comfortable and settling down for a while- no more moving!! I have my new shop set up and am hard at work. Heres a few of the marbles Ive been working on:

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Some of these marbles are still available here on Stress Less Glass.

Despite needing to get some catching up done- weve managed to get out a little bit and see some great spots just outside of Salem. Our first visit was to a place called The Oregon Garden. Its over in Silverton, OR just a little ways out of Salem. Though its spring still, it was a beautiful day to be out. There are probably a lot more flowers and such in another month or 2, it was still pretty and very cool to see various plant life.

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Neither of us have been hiking at all in a long time so it was really nice to get out to Silver Falls- its about an hour away from Salem heading toward the Cascades. Its a random area- not quite in the mountains but its just a beautiful state park. We hiked a total of around 5 miles in a big loop- saw multiple falls. Many of them you can actually go behind/ underneath and it was really awesome- actually quite intense! Look below the gallery to see a video of going under one of the bigger falls.

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Well Kerry and I are finally in Seattle, for the moment at least. Not sure how long we will be staying here, but were trying to enjoy it while we can!! Kerry has never even been to Seattle before so its a big move for her. I figured we should go do some touristy activities since many of them are pretty cool!! I used to live up here and would never think to do them, but showing her things for the first time has made me appreciate it all the more to be back. One of our first stops was the Seattle Aquarium and it was a blast! We even got to see them feed an octopus. The coolest was seeing it go from deep red and smooth to white and bumpy right before our eyes. Just amazing to see. Everything else was so beautiful, the pictures dont really capture it all but they give you an idea.

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Another stop- which is right by our apt!- was to the beach at Carkeek Park. Just a few pics here but sure is great to smell the sea and be near the water again. Huge change from being on the High Desert!

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On Valentines Day we went to the Theo Chocolate factory and did one of their factory tours- it was a surprise for Kerry since shes a huge chocolate fan ?? It was really fun for both of us! We both learned a lot aside from just enjoying the overwhelming aroma of chocolate and I particularly enjoyed the free samples ?? Definitely was motivating as far as buying fair trade chocolate- you have no idea how much work goes into chocolate and how much of it is done by hand. In todays world so many things can be automated or at least have machines come in and do some of the work people do, but to harvest Cocoa you simply have to do it by hand. The tree fruits 100% of the year so there are baby pods just forming at the same time as other pods are maturing so the trees are very gentle in that respect. One really cool fact that neither of us had any idea about, is that chocolate is a fermented food! Just like beer, wine, or kimchee- its left to rot to a degree to change its chemistry and give the flavor that makes chocolate taste like chocolate!

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Raw cocoa beans.
15000lbs of Chocolate in this holding bin. Wow.
5 lbs of chocolate x 2 = 2 Santas Going to have to try this out! View from Gas Works Park
View from Gas Works Park

I have been so busy this summer! Met a girl, went out, broke up, made up, became great friends so thats been great. Playing more music- but dealing with various injuries; my ankle is still borderline and my thumb is having issues. The good news is everything is healing and Im playing more and more. Cant wait to jam with a friend who kills it on drums- and FINALLY get a solid recording of some of my music that I wrote almost 2 decades ago. Plus I got a keyboard and have been learning that- SO FUN!!!

One thing I can share with pics is I went to Pend Orielle Lake to camp with my dad. He used to have a cabin up there and we went up every weekend- rain or shine, summer or winter! Spent so much time up there- now returning is always a real treat brings so many memories back and is overall a place I feel totally at home.

So this is still in Oregon driving to Spokane- really cool hillside with all these large spires/ spikes curious how they formed.

Ahh the first real good view of the lake always remember this spot driving up when I was little because I knew we were getting close! And we used to ice skate in this area if and when it froze over.

Campsite!

Looking down toward the lake it was so inviting looking.

View from the beach- those are the Green Monarchs on the far left, our old fishing spot and one of our cave exploration spots!

This is Cotton Wood randomly there is a little dead crustation on there I didnt see with my naked eye, but the point of the pic was to capture all those little air ways. When we were little we used to light this wood up and smoke it like a cigar- no inhaling it was one of my favorite things- to go search for cotton wood on the beach to smoke

Random shot of some little bugs flying up near the top of a tree in the sunlight- they just looked so cool I had to take a pic!

This is the view from some old cement structure that had to do with the mining on the lake back in the day its a spot we visited a number of times when I was little, then a spot I used to go to when I was a teenager and my mom had a floathouse not far away from here in Bayview, ID.

This is the entrance to a cave that has been sealed off to the public- its at that same cement structure from above. We actually explored this cave quite extensively. We found multiple levels and lots of very old stuff like a cart still on the rails, tools, etc. It was fun and scary being little- but sometime later, about 10 to 15 years, a few people were only 600 ft inside and died so they sealed it all off. We went thousands of feet in- brought multiple rolls of string to trace our path back becuase there were so many forks and different branches of the mine. We even ran into a guy who was working on mapping it at the time- he had said there were at least 17 levels to the place! Very interesting seeing it all these years later, knowing people died, and seeing it all sealed off

Heading out to the goat rocks as we called them this is looking back at the spot with the sealed off mine. The view behind the boat is always a familiar one- along with the smell of gasoline brings me back!

Goats!!! We were so fortunate to see them- it was mid-day, and usually they only come out in the early morning or evening we drove some 25 to 30 miles down the lake and BOOM we got to see 3, not even that far up either!! We were both really stoked. I used to come over to these rocks when I was 16/ 17 and just chill to get away from the parents and enjoy the lake.

Goats again

Looking back north/ up the lake towards Hope and our campground.

The goat rocks are next to that slide on the far mountains

Tip of the Green Monarchs called Whiskey Jack.

My buddy Eric and I have been going on an annual trip for the last several years, and we just wrapped up this year. Sometimes we go backpacking, but the last couple years weve each had some aches and pains, so instead its been more of a road trip. Each year has been fantastic, this year included.

Heading east on Hwy 26

John Day Fossil Beds this place was really cool. Basically its a huge ash layer that trapped animals millions of years ago, and now is being eroded away and exposing the fossils. We didnt expect to see something so cool, this was just a random stop we figured would at least be interesting.

Fractals you can see that basically, the ash has eroded into cone shapes and what was so cool is when you looked really closely, the big cones were made up of little tiny cones as the effect of the erosion is the same on a large scale and small really was cool to see.

Seriously awesome, look at this landscape!!!

Some sort of ancient cat

Shot of the moon from camp that night.

Bridge Creek Wildlife Area this was a cool spot. Drove out on the access road a few miles then just got out and wandered a bit in the big open expanse of flowers, wet lands, trees, etc. Beautiful place.

Heading east on Soap Hill Road (NS-52)

Lunch spot near a creek down a random road

We basically knew we were heading toward the Anthony Lakes in the Wallowa Whitman mountains which we saw there was a ski resort there and figured we could find some camping. Getting close, we saw a Lookout sign pointing up a road, so up we went and found ourselves at the top of the ski area! It was fantastic up there, about 7,800 ft. with a beautiful view not to mention the lakes just below us and rocky spires above! We headed down to the lakes that evening for some fishing, didnt catch anything but enjoyed the hike.

Looking NW at the Wallowas

Waterfall feeding the lakes!

So here is the first pic from our hike the next day if you look at the pic above with the car- you can see 2 peaks in the background. We hiked up to that right peak- actually the left side of the right peak if that makes sense I didnt think we could but this trail we found just kept heading up and up! It was a good hike, and just an amazing view. About 8,500 up top.

Eric living the life at 8,500 ft up.

And our final destination; Hells Canyon overlook amazing geology and awesome views. And lots of flowers up there too!

The Seven Devils

First, a quick pic from the Sisters Wilderness flowers are starting to bloom in the mountains! Hoping to get some pics soon from a trip outdoors- stay tuned!


Otherwise Ive been working hard behind the torch feels good to be back on it!! Big thanks out to collectors in the world- your support is the reason Im making this stuff and very Im grateful!! Here is some of what Ive been working on! Enjoy!

First, a Mini Tube Set

Next a couple sherlock bubblers- both came out fantastic. Each has a few canes snaking around as well as some fume murrini and some old school millis from ~2002 back during the GWP days.

Bubbler #1

and Bubbler #2

This is one of the coolest things Ive witnessed in astronomy. Venus passes in front of the sun (in between the earth and the sun) very rarely. The next chance to see this happen isnt until 2117- so unless we have some kick ass medical breakthroughs this century that extend lifespan significantly, no one on the planet alive today will see another one. It happens in pairs separated by 8 years, and each pair only happens every ~105.5 years, then ~121.5, then ~105.5 and so on. These diagrams help:

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transit diagram

To get some perspective on what the big picture is, here are a couple of screen grabs from an astronomy program I have; first picture is close up on the inner part of our solar system with the orbits of Mars/ Earth/ Venus/ Mercury highlighted, the second one is zoomed out and shows all the major planets orbits (including Pluto now known as a dwarf planet). As you can see, our solar system is a big place- the earth is 93,000,000 miles from the sun yet its virtually in the center compared to the outer planets- they are far, far away!!

inner solar system:
transit diagram
entire solar system:
transit diagram

So now for the actual pictures I got. I need to get an official sun filter to do this sort of thing, but taping one lens from eclipse glasses onto the front of my camera does an ok job (same with the recent annual eclipse, if youd like to take a look see this blog post with eclipse pictures). Notice the size of Venus compared to the sun, then go back up and look at that first screen grab of the inner solar system Venus is a ways away from the sun, so it looks MUCH bigger then it would if it was very close to the sun the sun is so HUUUUGE!!!!

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Last in focus pic I got- sun is setting over a neighbors house.
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Well once again I attended the DFO this year and had a blast. Always a good time on multiple levels. Its great to be around people melting glass all over the place in ways I dont. Its awesome to meet people in person from online sites that Ive made friends. Overall its a fantastic time each year!!! Big ups to Cornerstone Glass for throwing a great event year after year- its only gotten better since the first one.

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Its been busy! I have been blowing glass again which has been fun. I have some great ideas Im wanting to work on so hopefully in the next month or so Ill bring them to fruition either way nice to have my torch back. (if you would like to see some pictures, be sure to check out my available glass)

A real fun thing that just happened was a road trip with my girlfriend down to northern California to see the Annular Eclipse! We drove from Bend through the Crater Lake Forest over to I5, then straight down to the Redding, CA area.

First we hit Diamond Lake.
Diamond Peak

Got a peek at Mt. Theilsen.
Mt. Thielsen

Coming into the Medford, OR area you get to see Mt. McLoughlin- still want to hike to the summit (wanted to for years!).
Mount McLoughlin

We camped near the Base of Pilot Rock- which I failed to take any good pics of- and in the morning hiked up to the rock itself which has an amazing view of Mt. Shasta. Ive been there a few times and its always awesome.
Mt. Shasta

Some lichen on the rocks there
Lichen

The next night we just got a motel in the town of Lake Shasta as we utterly failed to find a camping spot. It was nice to get a shower, and then we needed to spend the day before the eclipse (it was from ~5:30 to ~7:30pm) so we asked the guy running the place for some suggestions. He said to check out Shasta Dam
Shasta Dam

Once there- we realized it would be a great place to see the eclipse; it was up high and the air was cooler with the nice breeze off the lake. So we returned later in the evening only to find dozens of people there all attending the eclipse independently! There were several telescopes, free eclipse glasses, even some mixed fruit pie- and overall an awesome little community of people that all shared a really cool event. Thanks to one woman we met I got some tape to apply a lens from the eclipse glasses to the front of my camera and eeked out some shots- the last one is my favorite:
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This was from a couple people creating pin holes with their fingers and projecting the suns image onto these poles didnt look real.
Eclipse Shadows

Then I noticed my own shadow- along with every other shadow- they were absolutely crisp on the right side, and blurry on the left. This was due to the nature of the crescent shape of the light source- hard to explain but cool as hell!
Eclipse Shadows

Last images totality!! It was so surreal how it was like twilight almost, yet the sun was still too bright to look at. The air was significantly cooler (which was a nice relief from the heat!) which added to the ephemeral feel of the event just an amazing experience and so cool to share it with complete strangers from Spokane, WA to Eugene and Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA- all drove hours (like us) to hopefully see the eclipse and ended up on Shasta Dam together.
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After it was over we camped north in the mountains right on a river- not sure which one it was
River

Quick shot of the Castle Crags from the road side.
Castle Crags

And our last stop was Mill Creek Falls- I had visited it before years ago and have wanted to return to see it so that was a nice final addition.
Mill Creek Falls



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