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  1. Trinity Waters:

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    You just couldn’t let me have the last pixel, could you? 🙂

    Never, you fiend!

    This is an Olympus struggle, Trin, and I have a Canon directed at you. You will be cropped down to size, my friend.

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  2. EThompson:
    I really don’t know how y’all do it. How on earth do you find the crew to maintain this national park? 🙂

    It’s all in how you build it.  Our yard is now very low maintenance; clean up leaves, have trees requiring minimal pruning, spent serious buckaroos on hidden pond filtration infrastructure, and mow the grass.  It took quite a lot of effort to build it, but not to maintain it.  Having both irrigation for the entire yard and a drip system for the pots helps a lot.  We did hire some strong backs to plant a couple of the larger trees, and remove some that got too big or somehow made us cranky.  I’m retired, building stuff is a necessity of life for an engineer and the Big Guy provides me wine and ibuprofen.  I was smart enough to wed a woman with a truly green thumb, a gift for plant choices, and who is dedicated to blossom trimming and fertilization.  It’s hard to leave in the summer to go camping.

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    Trinity Waters:

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    You just couldn’t let me have the last pixel, could you? 🙂

    Never, you fiend!

    This is an Olympus struggle, Trin, and I have a Canon directed at you. You will be cropped down to size, my friend.

    Bring it!  Your cheap word play won’t win the day!

    [caption id="attachment_30695" align="alignnone" width="840"] 2009 Visitor[/caption]

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  4. Trinity Waters:
    It’s hard to leave in the summer to go camping.

    I hear that. I love my new preserve so much, my husband is beginning to wonder if I’m becoming agoraphobic. 🙂

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  5. Trinity Waters:

    EThompson:
    I really don’t know how y’all do it. How on earth do you find the crew to maintain this national park? 🙂

    It’s all in how you build it.  Our yard is now very low maintenance; clean up leaves, have trees requiring minimal pruning, spent serious buckaroos on hidden pond filtration infrastructure, and mow the grass.  It took quite a lot of effort to build it, but not to maintain it.  Having both irrigation for the entire yard and a drip system for the pots helps a lot.  We did hire some strong backs to plant a couple of the larger trees, and remove some that got too big or somehow made us cranky.  I’m retired, building stuff is a necessity of life for an engineer and the Big Guy provides me wine and ibuprofen.  I was smart enough to wed a woman with a truly green thumb, a gift for plant choices, and who is dedicated to blossom trimming and fertilization.  It’s hard to leave in the summer to go camping.

    Whoa!  I never realized it could be so…complicated!  I think my grandpa just picked what seemed to be the highest point on the 400 acres he bought, and commissioned the masons to build our house there!
    He did put only barberry bushes  and tamarack trees in the yard, so there’d never be leaves to rake, though.

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  6. Hypatia:

    Trinity Waters:

    EThompson:
    I really don’t know how y’all do it. How on earth do you find the crew to maintain this national park? 🙂

    It’s all in how you build it.  Our yard is now very low maintenance; clean up leaves, have trees requiring minimal pruning, spent serious buckaroos on hidden pond filtration infrastructure, and mow the grass.  It took quite a lot of effort to build it, but not to maintain it.  Having both irrigation for the entire yard and a drip system for the pots helps a lot.  We did hire some strong backs to plant a couple of the larger trees, and remove some that got too big or somehow made us cranky.  I’m retired, building stuff is a necessity of life for an engineer and the Big Guy provides me wine and ibuprofen.  I was smart enough to wed a woman with a truly green thumb, a gift for plant choices, and who is dedicated to blossom trimming and fertilization.  It’s hard to leave in the summer to go camping.

    Whoa!  I never realized it could be so…complicated!  I think my grandpa just picked what seemed to be the highest point on the 400 acres he bought, and commissioned the masons to build our house there!
    He did put only barberry bushes  and tamarack trees in the yard, so there’d never be leaves to rake, though.

    You two should partner on a book; very impressed with how you’ve handled massive amts of land.

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  7. EThompson:

    Hypatia:

    Trinity Waters:

    EThompson:
    I really don’t know how y’all do it. How on earth do you find the crew to maintain this national park? 🙂

    It’s all in how you build it.  Our yard is now very low maintenance; clean up leaves, have trees requiring minimal pruning, spent serious buckaroos on hidden pond filtration infrastructure, and mow the grass.  It took quite a lot of effort to build it, but not to maintain it.  Having both irrigation for the entire yard and a drip system for the pots helps a lot.  We did hire some strong backs to plant a couple of the larger trees, and remove some that got too big or somehow made us cranky.  I’m retired, building stuff is a necessity of life for an engineer and the Big Guy provides me wine and ibuprofen.  I was smart enough to wed a woman with a truly green thumb, a gift for plant choices, and who is dedicated to blossom trimming and fertilization.  It’s hard to leave in the summer to go camping.

    Whoa!  I never realized it could be so…complicated!  I think my grandpa just picked what seemed to be the highest point on the 400 acres he bought, and commissioned the masons to build our house there!
    He did put only barberry bushes  and tamarack trees in the yard, so there’d never be leaves to rake, though.

    You two should partner on a book; very impressed with how you’ve handled massive amts of land.

    Oh, we  don’t!  I mean, I do consult with a forester now and then, but most of the time,the trees live and die at their own pace.  If they don’t mess with us, like by falling and blocking  one of our trails, well, we don’t mess with them.

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  8. Hypatia:

    EThompson:

    Hypatia:

    Trinity Waters:

    EThompson:
    I really don’t know how y’all do it. How on earth do you find the crew to maintain this national park? 🙂

    It’s all in how you build it.  Our yard is now very low maintenance; clean up leaves, have trees requiring minimal pruning, spent serious buckaroos on hidden pond filtration infrastructure, and mow the grass.  It took quite a lot of effort to build it, but not to maintain it.  Having both irrigation for the entire yard and a drip system for the pots helps a lot.  We did hire some strong backs to plant a couple of the larger trees, and remove some that got too big or somehow made us cranky.  I’m retired, building stuff is a necessity of life for an engineer and the Big Guy provides me wine and ibuprofen.  I was smart enough to wed a woman with a truly green thumb, a gift for plant choices, and who is dedicated to blossom trimming and fertilization.  It’s hard to leave in the summer to go camping.

    Whoa!  I never realized it could be so…complicated!  I think my grandpa just picked what seemed to be the highest point on the 400 acres he bought, and commissioned the masons to build our house there!
    He did put only barberry bushes  and tamarack trees in the yard, so there’d never be leaves to rake, though.

    You two should partner on a book; very impressed with how you’ve handled massive amts of land.

    Oh, we  don’t!  I mean, I do consult with a forester now and then, but most of the time,the trees live and die at their own pace.  If they don’t mess with us, like by falling and blocking  one of our trails, well, we don’t mess with them.

    We desired low maintenance but maximal beauty.  Our lot is only about 10,000 sq ft.  If it were larger, that would only give me more grass to mow.  As it is, I watch the golf course maintenance crew mow most of the grass we can see.

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  9. Trinity Waters:

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    Trinity Waters:

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    Trinity Waters:

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    You just couldn’t let me have the last pixel, could you? 🙂

    Never, you fiend!

    This is an Olympus struggle, Trin, and I have a Canon directed at you. You will be cropped down to size, my friend.

    Bring it!  Your cheap word play won’t win the day!

    What is this picture of?

    I will give you a hint. It is in Hokkaido. I wonder if anyone can figure out where it is there.

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  10. Every man deserves a piece of heaven on earth as reward for effort and incentive to smile at the goodness of life well lived.

    Enjoy it at the halfway point between the north pole and equator.

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    I will give you a hint. It is in Hokkaido. I wonder if anyone can figure out where it is there.

    It looks like a memorial of some sort, but all I really know about Hokkaido is that it looks like Oregon and we should all be thankful for their primary accomplishment: Sapporo beer.  My first pint of fresh dark Sapporo on tap in a pizza parlor was a religious experience.

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  12. Trinity Waters:

    10 Cents:
    I will give you a hint. It is in Hokkaido. I wonder if anyone can figure out where it is there.

    It looks like a memorial of some sort, but all I really know about Hokkaido is that it looks like Oregon and we should all be thankful for their primary accomplishment: Sapporo beer.  My first pint of fresh dark Sapporo on tap in a pizza parlor was a religious experience.

    For those who still want to search I will put the answer in a spoiler.

    [spoiler title="The Park in Hokkaido"]

    It is Moerenuma Park. Here is a link.

    https://moerenumapark.jp/english/

    [/spoiler]

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