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9 Jan 2005

Time to clean the boots!

Renton, Washington

In January 2005 I finally got around to cleaning my dusty hiking boots and gaiters, which had been coated with sandstone dust the previous summer while hiking in Moab, Utah. The boots sit upon a yard waste container, which is emptied weekly by Waste Management, Inc. It holds leaves, branches, etc. In this scene it acted as a work table.

The fuzziness of the image is not my fault: I focused the camera carefully (as always!). A magnetic bubble rolled through Renton while this picture was taken, causing the otherwise sharp image to become out-of-focus. It also changed my pleasing smile to this stupid expression.

Ralph Tripod didnít notice the stupid expression because he was concentrating on holding my camera steady. The magnetic bubble did not affect him in any way.


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1moremile04-Jan-2007 23:14
Looks like you're having a sidewalk sale.
Dave Beedon22-Sep-2006 18:13
Dan, the expression "Don't ask, don't tell" applies to many aspects of life.
Guest 22-Sep-2006 08:58
Philospohy...and you share it with women...does your wife know?
Dave Beedon10-Aug-2006 19:23
Lee, thanks for the compliment.
Steve, "two-tone" is a concept for automobile paint jobs, not hiking boots. Please do not expect me to be a rugged individualist---it's too much work. And lest people think I am a groundhog, I hereby state for the record that I often give up my camping space to women who share my philospohy of "getting back to nature." (Of course, there is no need to tell my wife that.)
Guest 10-Aug-2006 17:06
I really like the two-tone effect. You should have contacted me before you did this. I would have advised you to leave the boots alone, they'd remind you of your trip and inspire you to act like a rugged individualist. You could have returned to your slumber for another six months, like a groundhog.
Lee G16-Jun-2006 21:58
Looks like the Dipsy Dumster is full! Great trip reports!! Every time I check your galleries out I get a case of road trip fever.....
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