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Do we have anything that even remotely extreme in Washington State? Not quite, but here are a few ideas:
My first pick (and my favorite one) is…Stuntman School. Yes, right here in Mukilteo, Wa. This three week intensive training, with an emphasis on the most basic stunts found in film production, will include : precision driving, fire burns, martial arts, foot/stair/high falls, special effects and more. Whether you want to use this trainings to pursue a career as “stunt performer” or just want to perform your own basic stunts for your friends, you will have a lot of fun during those three weeks. To remember this unforgettable experience ( and show it to your friends), your entire training will be video taped. Who knows, may be you will become some big action star’s double, living in Los Angeles or at least working at Six Flags or Disney.
My second pick is a bit more intense. While on a leisure walk around Pike Market, you are kidnapped and held for ransom. A terrorist attack closes the district and you find yourself in a fix. How do you stay alive? Let’s start with… why you were at Pike Market… Just kidding. But if Pike Market happened to be captured by terrorists, you will need to know how to get to safety on your own and that what “Scout Urban Escape and Evasion” course will teach you. Even if you don’t live in “challenging urban environments”, you can feel like James Bond for a day and learn : ” urban baseline movement and urban awareness training, the use of urban disguises and false papers/identification, lock picking, escaping from unlawful custody, obtaining and driving local transportation, the use of “specialized” urban gear, and instruction on how to develop urban escape and evasion go-bags, etc.” Besides it’s all very practical knowledge (the use false papers/identification,lock picking ? isn’t it?) used in everyday life.
My next two pick are less extreme, but no less fun or practical.
NOLS – National Outdoor Leadership School takes people of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions, teaching technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics in some of the world’s wildest and most awe-inspiring classrooms. No, it’s not another adventure company. You won’t be treated like a tourist and don’t expect anybody to do everything for you. It takes practice to learn outdoor skills and time to develop leadership and the wilderness provides the ideal setting for this unique education.The Outdoor Educator courses, featuring backcountry travel, glacier travel, and rock climbing, are truly signatures of NOLS Pacific Northwest. One of their state-of-the-art facilities is located in Conway, Washington. “The Pacific Northwest Trip Leader” one week course is designed for those who don’t have a lot of time or a huge budget but are motivated to learn the ABCs of leading groups in the backcountry.
My final pick is similar to NOLS with more in-depth approach to wilderness survival, ethnobotany, wildlife tracking, permaculture, and outdoor leadership. The Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program prepares students to readily apply nature skills in environmental conservation, outdoor education, sustainable living, and beyond. With today’s economy we all pretty soon will have to go back to our roots -learn how to build natural shelters, purify water, create friction fire, find wild food, and master a variety of wilderness crafts; develop the ability to accurately read tracks and signs made by mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects; learn how to properly identify, gather, and prepare wild plants for meals, medicines, and tools. Tell me it’s not practical? And skills like these will serve you for a long time. But I am sure that is not all we have. There have to be crazier and more extreme adventures for man.
After my post on target shooting, I got a request to organize a “bachelor” party: booze, guns and camping. Isn’t it the idea of “mancations”? What would your ultimate “Man Adventures” be? http://www.adventures-wa.com
A few nice Washington Monument images I found:
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Check out these Flight to Washington images:
TWA Flight 800 Memorial
Image by Joe Shlabotnik
An obvious debt is owed to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
2012 04 17 – 3157 – Washington DC – Space Shuttle Discovery
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The Space Shuttle Discovery’s final flight: a journey over DC on 17 April 2012, part of the retirement of the Shuttle program which entails DC receiving Discovery and our current Enterprise (a prototype which never flew into space) to be transferred to NYC in a couple months.
It was EPIC. I’ve never seen so many people on the rooftops of DC. I managed to fall as I sprinted from the east to west side of the Washington Monument, but did a perfect roll and came up kneeling & shooting photos… I felt very deft, other than the tripping in the first place.
Also, if NASA equipped that fighter pilot with a camera I will send them a paycheck.
Check out these Washington Radio images:
Future of Music/NPR All Things Considered Listening Party (Oct. 2014)
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Various pictures of taken during the Future of Music/NPR All Things Considered Listening Party at the Gibson Guitar Room in Washington, DC on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 of the audience, NPR All Things Considered Music Panel and pop/rock group GEMS by Mary Nichols (DJ Fusion of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast).
Pictures taken with Sony Alpha A58 camera and various lenses.
Infernal #2b [CCD edition]: Sealth’s Martian Adventure
Image by accozzaglia [Astrid Idlewild]
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Part of the "Playing with a Borrowed D40" series.
Part of the "Wherever there’s smoke, you can’t see a bloody thing" mini-series.
Compare against the Kodachrome view shot moments before, when it was still visible to the naked eye.
With the naked eye, the sun by this point was literally invisible due to particulates blocking sunlight wavelengths in the visible spectrum. This image is literally of a near-infrared sun, the bottom here cut-off by the obscured Olympic Range. Sure, a real Martian sunset makes a blue orb. Creative licence, okay?
One of the Last
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Edited Messenger image – one of the last that will be returned before its crash into Mercury. Messenger’s orbit around Mercury has been as low as a few hundred meters above the surface.
Date acquired: April 29, 2015
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 72595737
Image ID: 8414772
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Center Latitude: 69.46°
Center Longitude: 229.49° E
Resolution: 1.7 meters/pixel
Scale: The largest crater in this image has a diameter of 330 meters (0.2 miles)
Of Interest: This image, acquired yesterday, is one of MESSENGER’s last. Today, the spacecraft will complete its highly successful orbital mission and impact the surface of Mercury. View this image for details of MESSENGER’s impact location. Impact is expected at 19:26:02 UTC (3:26:02 pm EDT) but will occur out of sight and communication with the Earth. The MESSENGER team will try to establish communications with the spacecraft when its orbit would allow it to be visible from Earth. The inability to establish communications between MESSENGER and the scheduled Earth-based tracking antenna will provide the first confirmation that the spacecraft has impacted the surface. After about 30 minutes following the predicted Mercury impact time, the team plans to announce whether MESSENGER’s orbital mission has come to an end.
The MESSENGER spacecraft is the first ever to orbit the planet Mercury, and the spacecraft’s seven scientific instruments and radio science investigation are unraveling the history and evolution of the Solar System’s innermost planet. In the mission’s more than four years of orbital operations, MESSENGER has acquired over 270,000 images and extensive other data sets. View highlights of the mission in this image highlights collection. MESSENGER’s highly successful orbital mission is about to come to an end, as the spacecraft runs out of propellant and the force of solar gravity causes it to impact the surface of Mercury today, April 30, 2015.
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Check out these washington concert images:
2016.02.11 Hamish Anderson at DC9 Washington DC USA02925
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"Not many twenty-three year old blues/rock guitarists can claim to have opened for BB King on tour in the US, but that is exactly Hamish Anderson’s destiny when he finished a tour with the legendary Blues guitarist in October 2014.
Since then, he’s turned twenty-four, did seven showcases during SXSW, and opened for Los Lobos, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Wynonna Judd and Blues Traveler— all in just the first half of 2015. And in 2014, when RevoltTV asked guitarist Gary Clark Jr. who to watch under the age of 30, he cited Hamish first. "
Matt and Mike Gervais
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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks @ the Black Cat
Eyes Over Puget Sound June 2016
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The view from the air of our June 27, 2016 Eyes Over Puget Sound marine monitoring flight.
Read details of water conditions in this month’s Eyes Over Puget Sound report: www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/eap/mar_wat/eops/EOPS_2016_06_27.pdf
Eyes Over Puget Sound combines high-resolution photo observations with satellite images, ferry data from travel between Seattle and Victoria BC, and measurements from our moored instruments. We use a seaplane to travel between our monitoring stations because they are so far apart. Once a month, we take photos of Puget Sound water conditions and turn those out, along with data from our stations, in the monthly Eyes Over Puget Sound report.
Learn more and see other issues on our website: www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/eap/mar_wat/surface.html
Photo by: Christopher Krembs
Washington Department of Ecology
Washington County Day of Action
Event on 2016-09-24 09:00:00
Help Make America Great Again by getting involved with your local neighborhood team and GOP. Our efforts will help us turn PA RED in November. This day will be devoted to using our new door to door technology (different than what you had previously used) and talking to voters. Your efforts will make the difference here in Pennsylvania. Top volunteer of the month will win a chance to meet Donald Trump!
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