Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Catskills with Matt & Karen (and Marco pics)

A trip to the Catskills cabin with Matt & Karen. Pictures that Matt took follow the pictures I took.

Pictures from the back deck, site of deliciously delicious BBQ'd ribs-BBQing. Why didn't I take any from the front of the house? Good question. Here's a link to the professionally done shots taken on our trip this winter.

pan right slightly. house construction blocks all but a small windowish view of the raging river.

pan right again, the dirt gravel road. Can I mention that one other car drove up and down this road the entire weekend we were there?

In the kitchen prepping for food, prepping for photos.

one of many failed shots of fire from hours of fire watching. funny enough, right after this photo, the fire spelled out the word "sassafrass".

A better photo of phire. ha. ha.

And so begins what will become a 10,000 part series of photos of people I know pictured in front of ribs I have eaten. Photo #1: Esra (eating ribs!) in front of ribs I have eaten.

Matt with ribs I have eaten.

Karen is honored to be picture # 3 in the "ribs I have eaten" series.

Experiments in auto-timer and brightness/contrast manipulation. ("keep experimenting, genius")

Matt preps ice cream to go with roasted peaches and ice cream.

Matt on the mike??? Noooo. Matt on the ice cream scoop.

Sleepy girls. sleepily passing out. perchance to .. sleep.

Blury McOneArm snaps another winner. of Matt preparing to snap real winners.

Did a hobo take this picture? NOPE! I did! Does my mastery of one armed photography know no bounds? Nope. wait... I mean 'yes'.. it knows no bounds.

Hmmm... no hiding hobos. damn.

We found the trains (and an old guy who talked about 'em) .. we found no museums, though.

Esra cleans up after killing a hobo. Karen contemplates killing the hobo's sleeping hobo friend.


Cabin in daylight. Being that we were either eating or sleeping or relaxing, we didn't see much of the outside of the cabin.

Ahh, the roaring, raging, rumbling river. Rumbling? yes, rumbling. the river got into a knife fight with another river 200 yards downstream.

I can watch rivers and fires for Daaaayyyys.

The view from the front porch.

Pre-gorging. Corn with cilantro, tomato, scalions - sweet potatos - ribs, ribs, more ribs - an amazing slaw in the back there. not pictured: the best scallops I've ever had.

Gee, I'M Sorry... did Matt and I take a buncha pictures of your girls sleeping???? That's so odd. Not sure how those got in there .. and then posted here.

Karen at the car. one-of-thousands Catskill peaks behind. Greenery everywhere. Bears? No bears.

At the Catskills Railroad Museum. ..that wasn't a museum. but was still cool.

train tracks + humans = need to tightrope-walk

And more. Karen is stuck talkin' to "old railroad dude".

Matt conjures the spirit of Robert Johnson. minus all that Southern suffering stuff that gets in the way of a good vacation.

Ok, make that fire, rivers and train tracks that I could look at for days.

Our Presidential whistlestop tour passes through the Catskills. either that or I have a gun at Esra's back.

Karen succumbs to the irresistable demands of our human tightroping genes.

Allllll aboaaaaaaard.......... but please, no smoking.

Aliens and little girls with pigtails ride for free.

And Karen. Karen rides for free too. wait, Karen is the conductor... ok thennnn... umm... hmm.. wait.. lemme think about this...
forget it, no one rides for free, this is too confusing.

there's an obvious caboose / Matt's butt (caboose) joke here but I'll leave it to you to make it.

Matt gets to live out his Mussolini fantasy. or Mussolini's statue fantasy.

Carved wooden crap (this one's a magical gnome!) guard Catskill establishments throughout the valley. This one guards the World's Largest Kalidescope which... somehow we didn't take a picture of so... internet photo theft to the rescue!! ahem.. I mean... borrowing... yes.. borrowing.

Go here for more pictures and lots of info on the World's Largest Kalidescope.


And now... Also... In addition to all the above wonderfulness... here's a bunch of pictures Marco took while he was here in early April. click on the button marked "VIEW PICTURES" (duh) and.. Click on the pictures themselves to view the larger version of same..

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