Halifax Across the Harbour

Views of Halifax from Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park Views of Halifax from Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park

Last day of 2022 was clear and relatively warm, with nice views of Halifax across the harbour from the park by the Dartmouth ferry terminal.

On the Costley Farm Trail

After we scattered Martha’s ashes, we tried hiking the Costley Farm Trail, a rocky, hilly trail connecting Cole Harbour Heritage Park to the Salt Marsh Trail.

Cole Harbour Heritage Park

Along the way we found this nice picnic area, apparently built by crew from the HMCS Ville de Quebec.

Cole Harbour Heritage Park
Cole Harbour Heritage Park

Also found some Witch’s Butter fungus growing out of a tree stump.

Witch's Butter mushroom

From the Salt Marsh Trailhead, I did a brisk hike back up along the smoother Heritage Trail to pick up the car — first really strenuous walking activity since my bout with covid a few months back. Happy to report I did not keel over from fatigue or multiple organ failure, so I think I’ve rested sufficiently since recovering.

Artemis 1 Launch

Launch of NASA’s Artemis 1, first uncrewed flight of the full SLS stack to send Orion around the moon.

This launch gives me *feelings* because back when I worked with NASA OHCM, a big part of my job was editing internal video interviews with engineers and other staff working on, among other things, SLS and Orion. I got really familiar with 3D animated B-roll of SLS as it evolved to its current form, and over time I built myself up a little collection of SLS preview videos to watch how the plans for the rocket changed over the years.

Three views of the Space Launch System in various stages of its conceptual evolution, first with the plain painted first stage, then in shuttle orange with SRB racing stripes, then with the NASA worm logo and SRB motion tracking markings

Feels good to now cap off that playlist with a real-life SLS launch video — bit later than scheduled. I still remember walking along Playalinda Beach in 2014 and thinking “I should come back here when SLS is ready to launch in 2017.” That, uh, didn’t happen in 2017.

(Some of those video interviews I worked on, not all SLS-related, eventually made their way to the public as a recruitment series called “#NASAProud”. I had to re-edit those with public domain music — with help from FreePD — and make sure they were ITAR and Sec508 compliant.)

If you want to see more (and don’t mind hearing the NASA PAO announcer flub “ignition” repeatedly): Isolated Artemis 1 Launch Views from various cameras on the pad and around KSC.

Now onward to Artemis II, first crewed lunar flyby.

Apple Butt, Colours

Hey, one of the apples we picked at Noggins has a butt.

This apple has a butt

Also one never really appreciates how different the insides of different kinds of apples are until one sees three different varieties sliced onto one plate.

Apple colours

I think these were Kestrel (greenest), Paula Red (white), and Cox Orange Pippin (yellow) varieties.

Golden Light on the Trail

A late November weekend afternoon on the Old Lawrencetown Road Trail bridge, low sunlight painting the marsh golden.

View from the Old Lawrencetown Road Trail Bridge

Through the roots of a fallen tree.

Fallen Tree on the Old Lawrencetown Road Trail

My son is a trail ninja.

Ezra is a Trail Ninja

More photos from this trail and others around the area.

Unhappy Amelia Cat at the Vet

After Martha died I got her sister Amelia checked at the vet to make sure she didn’t have similar kidney problems. This involved a blood draw, which made her extremely unhappy and bitey, necessitating a cone:

Amelia #cat at the vet

The good news: her bloodwork came back clean, so she’s a healthy cat — except for her teeth, which had plaque, and a few teeth have died and will need a later extraction.

Amelia #cat

Poor kitty won’t like that, but I’m glad she’s otherwise healthy. I need to start brushing her teeth.