We’re planning a trip to France, and we’ve known for a while that our last name looks and sounds almost exactly like the French insult, con/conne (variously translated as stupid idiot, jerk, asshole, bitch, bastard, etc.). So…I guess we’re going to fake the pronunciation of our name so it doesn’t sound quite so much like “stupid idiot”.
P.S. This whole name thing reminds me of the old Nicolas Cage SNL skit, Baby Names.
A few weeks ago, my wife and I took a hike from the Santa Fe Ski Basin up to Nambe Lake. It’s a moderate hike until the last-third, which is quite vertical — hiking up alongside one of the headwater streams of the Rio Nambe to Nambe Lake.
A view from the trail: Santa Fe Baldy
It was our first time to make the hike, and we didn’t realize quite what we were getting ourselves into — it’s a six mile hike with an elevation gain of 1,150 ft. We had to push to make it to the lake and back in 3.5 hours, because we had a standing reservation at Ten Thousand Waves:
Even with the post-hike soak, our legs were sore for days afterward. I would make the hike again, but I’d set aside 4-5 hours for the hike plus extra for walking around and enjoying the small lake.
Yesterday, a hawk (after googling, I think it might be a Merlin) was nice enough to pose outside my bedroom window. I grabbed my zoom lens and took a photo through the window screen (my wife pointed out the hawk seems to be standing on one leg):
Then I crept outside and took another before it flew away:
One of our cottonwood trees is coating the back lot with its cottony seeds: