Sunday, October 24, 2010

Don't Cross That Line

Ahhhh, we arrived.

The flowers were still blooming.

We hydrated up.

There's water in that Sherry bottle, I swear.

Then Hit the happy trail. 

Some of the older trails are starting to look awesome.

Fall is definitely here.

No TRC trip would be complete without some mishap.

The pull cord broke.

But Retro Man is used to calamities and came prepared with another chain saw.

 Mmmmm.  That's a pretty big tree that needs to come down.

This video was laying on it's side, but I used VirtualDUB to rotate it.  Not sure how well it will work out, but I tried.

The sound of that tree falling was awesome.  I guess you had to be there.  Being a city slicker and all, I am easily impressed.

We got to one of the neighbors' known boundary markers (not share by us unfortunately), and measured about 100 feet in the general direction of our southeast boundary marker using this.

And while measuring Retro Man almost stepped on this.

Retro Man better stick with engine repair because he can't seem to get a grasp on the point and shoot.

I compared the snake to the diamondback at the end of this post, and I don't think it is the same.  Maybe it is a hog snake like Pure Florida blogged about today.  Or the rat snake we found last year.  What do you think?

Retro Man stood at the presumed southeast boundary marker and used the trusty compass to start our orienteering.

Thankfully we both agreed on the angle we should be shooting with the compass.  This involved finding out the magnetic declination and subtracting it from the direction in the property description.

Here's the property description once you are standing at the South East corner property marker:

Thence North 09 degrees 41 minutes 05 seconds West, 1830.63 feet to a point on the boundary .... blah, blah, blah.

I plotted the points I took in the GPS using Google.  In case you didn't know, just put lat/lon coordinates into Google separated by a comma, and your point will be displayed in Google maps.  The blue marks are the points I took yesterday.

Hmmmmm.  Looks like we're a little off on our calculations and may have blazed a bit of trail on our neighbor's property.

This morning Retro Man and I decided that we shouldn't have to account for magnetic declination, and that the direction listed in the property description is the direction we should be shooting from the corner.  Anybody have thoughts on this?

Our day ended with another 4 mile jaunt through on the neighborhood road.  We always turn around at this cattle farm.

It really is beautiful.  It used to have cows on it, but we haven't seen any in about 6 months.  It's owned by some guy in Orlando and I pray that he isn't going to develop it some day. 

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