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Denver SantaCon 2016

Denver SantaCon 2016

Denver SantaCon 2016
~ Begin Union Station to Black Shirt brewery via Rail to Thirsty Lion to La Boheme to Wazee Supper Club, Denver, Colorado
https://www.facebook.com/events/1284973781560458/1337087499682419/ ~

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Denver SantaCon 2016 ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=29647) – New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken December 23, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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Tortolita canyon trail #54 and Nogal Trail 48

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Nogal Trail #48 to Tortolita Canyon Trail #54
* Sierra Blanca, Ruidoso, New Mexico, USA *

On November 2013 we went for a hike along Nogal Canyon Trail #48 to the peak overlooking the Valley of Fire on the Tortolita Canyon Trail #54 to spread the ashes of our family. If you’d like to read the Chronicles of that adventure, go here: . Tortolita Canyon Trail #54 is 9 miles long and begins off of Forest Road 400 through Private Land ending at the Crest Trail (T25). Its a popular trail for horseback riding and hiking. It’s a light hike. Midway along this trail it meets the 1 1/2 mile long Nogal Trail that rises gradually 600 feet in elevation. The trails’ highest point is 9,000 feet above sea level and is a very pleasant hike, moderately-used, with a gentle gradual incline at the base of Nogal Peak. The Nogal trail ends at Tortolita Trail and starts at the downfall shamble of a abandoned gold mine (which was flooded when we visited). Tortolita Trail follows the steep west faced slope of Nogal Peak towards the head of Nogal canyon, climbing above Dry Gulch and extending to the old trailhead in Nogal Canyon. It is not well used or maintained, thereby sometimes hard to follow. At this intersection, appears to be an archaeological site labelled PH 1 (or could represent Post Hole 1 atop the peak) just off center of the intersection of these two trails. It appears to be that of an old mine as rock piles abound and a deep cut in the peak looks mined.

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New York Faerie Festival 2013

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New York Faerie Festival 2013
* http://www.nyfaeriefest.com/ * Ouaquaga, New York *

Each summer towards the end of June a special portal opens to the Faerie Realm in the farmlands of New york state just east of Binghamton on a very magical nature sanctuary dedicated to the Fae. We decided this year to venture forth to this magical event. On our 2013 visit we came to enjoy the fantasy lands from June 28th until June 30th as the portal remained open. We were first to pass over the slippery muds from the rainstorms that dotted the event. Meeting goblins, mermaids, trolls, and orcs definitely sparked the imagination as we hiked along the paths to the stone circle, bathed on the mermaid beach, crossed the troll bridge, met the tooth fairy, and admired various altars. Frolicking with the Faerie queen, pixies, and elves … dancing to the amazing music of a plethera of talent on its stages. It was family fun for all ages. The merchant village had great artists and craftsmen, food stuffs, and goodies, and amazing faerie chai teas. Time in the realm, albeit wet, was wonderful as the festival was added to one of my current favorites. Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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Charleston Therapeutic Massage

Charleston Therapeutic Massage

* 310 Broad St, Ste 8, Charleston, SC 29401 * (843) 723-7005 * charleston-massage.com *

Very relaxing and healing experience as I found a massage therapy centre to fit exactly what I needed. As a fellow massage therapist, its often hard to find someone who can perfectly release your aches and pains, finding the right “sync” within your muscle structure, and provide the relaxation once needs after a cross-country trip from Burning Man in Nevada as I was about to fly off and move to Dublin, Ireland. I had quite a full muscles pulled that summer doing lots of building for the Irish Core Effigy at the Burn, and this pitstop in my travels has destined me to return to Charleston in the near future for many more healing sessions. Reiki, massage, and relaxation all-in-one. I’m even considering utilizing their weight loss and fitness program services in the near future. I couldn’t rate any other massage therapist better than Bill at Charleston Therapeutic Massage. If you’re in Charleston, don’t miss this hotspot for total relaxation and healing. Rating: 5 stars out of 5 ~ Leaf McGowan. Visited October 2011. [rating:5]

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Tree Leaves’ Vardo: The 1984 Pace Arrow (2005-Present)

1986-2007
It was in 2005 that my boss saw snow collecting above me and Liz’s tents while doing field work at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site as we weren’t about to stay in the “hanta house” infested ranch house most of the field crew was staying in. At least with a tent, we could control what entered. As my boss originally owned this wonderful caravan, he was primarily working back up in Colorado Springs and never using it. On occasion he’d let field crew sleep in it while working down in the field to get some space away from others. He’d use it on occasion when down in the field. Then one cold winter day, he offered to sell it to me. I bought it and it then became my “field headquarters” while doing Archaeology down at Pinon.

2007-2010

Years later, after the army stripped away the Directorate of Environmental Compliance and Management and moved the archaeologists into the Directorate of Public Works, many changes lay ahead for lodging opportunities for the archaeologists and wildlife officers taking care of the resources at Pinon. The field houses were deemed “un-inhabitable” and the field crews were no longer allowed to stay overnight on the training grounds. Therefore it came time for me to move my RV from Red Rocks ranch. Rain storms and flooding we had to fight when moving the RV that weekend we went down. But once on the dry interstate highway, it was smooth sailing from Trinidad to Colorado Springs. This Archaeological bunkhouse was now to change definition … it became the festival headquarters for The Tree Leaves Oracle and Folk Fellowship, Pirate Relief, and Technogypsie Productions. It has about 60,000 miles and hasn’t been used by us much as it gets between 8-10 mpg. told it only gets 6 mpg if towing a car. We’ve taken it from Trinidad to Colorado Springs, From Colorado Springs to Denver, to Rocky Mountain National Park, and on a few outings.

2011-Present

As Pirate Relief, Tree Leaves, and Technogypsie Productions went abroad exploring the globe from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Australia … The Vardo became a storage unit for the faeries, art, wares of the companies while abroad still located in Colorado.

Potentially Available for Sale

Since most of our world explorations are taking place outside of Colorado and mainly consist of international locations, we are contemplating selling this piece of our history and memory. Those interested should contact technogypsie (at) gmail . com with an offer. Serious enquiries only. It can be viewed First week of September 2012.

Known problems:
It has a small fuel leak in the rubber seal where the fuel line connects into the gas tank (above it). A mechanic friend once temporarily fixed this (without dropping the tank) for a case of beer. That fix lasted 6 months. He did say, it was temporary fix, and to properly fix it, the gas tank would need to be drained to drop the tank to properly fix. Of course, it has over $100 worth of fuel in its 1/2 full tank, so have been waiting til the tank worked its way down naturally to fix. Supposedly an easy self-fix for those mechanically inclined. Otherwise mechanics have quoted approximately $200 to fix.

The water pipes (shower/faucets) had hard water once running through them which caused leak(s) somewhere in the water lines. Not sure what it would involve to fix that. Since we’ve owned it, we haven’t used the water as hadn’t really the call for it.

Battery might need to be replaced. Since its been in storage for over a year, there is a good chance the battery is dead (though it has been disconnected when put in storage).

Specifications:

Master bedroom in back with a pull out privacy screen (Queen bed) with cabinets and storage. Side bathroom with toilet and sink, medicine cabinet, and under sink cabinet and drawer. Across from bathroom is a shower stall. Next to shower is a clothing cabinet and storage drawers above central heat/furnace. Kitchenette has microwave above hood range gas stove with 4 burners, and a oven. Storage cabinet and 3 drawers underneath the sink. Half size (5 cuft?) mini fridge across from kitchenette. Living room has two chairs with table that can be packed up for more floor room. Across from table/chairs is a fold out sofa couch that can turn to a bed to sleep 2. Fold-out bunk above driver/passenger seat that sleeps 2 kids. Total sleeps: (6) = 4 adults and 2 children comfortably. Central air conditioning in roof unit/ controls in ceiling interface. Generator on outside, with awning over door that folds out. Storage cabinets on outside of RV. Ladder to go to top of RV on back.

Its a 1984 Pace Arrow, 27-30′, and is most similar to these various RV’s (1984 Fleetwood Coachmen Pace Arrow): 1986 Fleetwood Pace Arrow, 1986 Coachmen, 1986 Pace Arrow for sale, 1986 Pace Arrow for Sale (Austin), and 1986 Pace Arrow Valuation: Nada Guide (to the best we can remember afar what it has).

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The Chronicles of Sir Thomas Rhymer Oisin Leaf » 04.28.11: Tracing Captain Cook’s Footsteps

 

Travels Down Under:
Following Captain Cook’s Footsteps …

 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

* Brisbane, Queensland, Australia *

 

 

Early to rise, Sir Thomas Leaf arose after a semi-restful night’s sleep on an air mattress in his Couchsurfing host’s home in Brisbane’s Artsy West End. It was a nice day and a good morning for his walk to work. A brief snack of his host’s gift of Tim Tams and a stuffed pastry from a stand along his journey as he took on a 30 minute commute to volunteer as a tour guide for the HMB Endeavour while in Brisbane. He enjoyed people-watching and the artistic scenery as he made his way across Victoria bridge and through …. [continued link below …]

 

The Chronicles of Sir Thomas Rhymer Oisin Leaf » 04.28.11: Tracing Captain Cook’s Footsteps.

The latest installment of The Chronicles … now at its new site!

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Tuggeranong Homestead


Tuggeranong Homestead

* Tuggeranong, Canberra,
Australia Capital Territory, Australia * http://www.tuggeranonghomestead.com.au/ *

My last day in Tuggeranong just outside of Canberra, before packing up for the plane to Brisbane, we ventured down the street to get a peek at the Tuggeranong Homestead. Unfortunately, due to being Easter weekend, I didn’t get a chance to visit this heritage property of the Australian Capital Territory. My host tells me its interesting. It is an extensive, heritage-listed rural property that is commonly used for events, concerts, outings, weddings, and conferences. It is set in the Australian bush with a country-side ambiance for the events held there. It featueres a full commercial kitchen, homestead rooms, outbuildings, outdoor spaces, and catering. The first landowners of Tuggeranong was Peter Murdoch, the aide-de-camp of Thomas Brisbane, who was given 2,000 acres in 1827. After he left, John McLaren from Glasgow settled this land in 1828 calling it “Janevale” as a cattle station managed by William Wright. The property was sold in 1835 to Thomas Macquoid, Sheriff of the Supreme Court. After his death, it was sold to Andrew Cunningham of Lanyon, also from Scotland in 1845 wherre he raised sheep. After his death in 1887, it was passed on to his sons James and Andrew Jackson Cunningham. The first homestead on this land was known as the “Waniassa House”, originally built by the Macquoids from 1836 to 1841. At this time, it consisted of 5 rooms. James Cunningham expanded and re-built the homestead in 1908 where it carried the name of “Tuggeranong Homestead” and is the current building that exists today. Through history it was expanded on upwards 23 rooms, a underground cellar, acetylene gas, electric bells throughout the buildings, hot and cold water running through. It became a center for social and sporting activities in the area. After Andrew Cunningham’s death in 1913, the family relocated to Lanyon, and the property was taken over by the Commonwealth Government to be used as a military arsenal. After this, it was abandoned in 1919, later to be taken over by the staff of war historian Charles Bean who used the property in the research for his books of the Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918. It was then leased and farmed by Timothy McCormack from 1927-1976. Much of the original property was taken over by Canberra suburbs, but the homestead and site today took 65 acres under preservation.


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4.26.11: The Vegemite Experience

Travels Down Under:
The Vegemite Experience

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
* Hanging in Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia *

A later start to the day, Sir Bluey brought out the vegemite for Sir Leaf to try for his very first time. Spread on with butter, it was not agreeable to his stomach. “Actually quite horrible” he thought. “Funny how the Brits and the Australians like these yeast extracts … and they make fun of us and our peanut butter ….” he pondered. As it was still Easter break, not much going on … the adventuring duo decided to take it easy today. Resting up and organizing was on Sir Leaf’s mind as he would soon be embarking on his adventure to Brisbane to learn 18th century sailing. They did decide however to attempt to walk down to the Tuggeranong Homestead. It was a nice peaceful walk down the street with some views of fall foliage, exotic birds in Australia, and atypical neighborhood in Canberra. The Homestead unfortunately was closed. That evening, quiet relaxation and winding down from a fabulous adventure was had.

[ Chronicles: The Endeavour ]

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Chrome: Transit Bar, Canberra, Australia

Chrome Goth Night
* Transit Bar * http://www.gothclublist.com/details/chrome.html * 7 AKUNA ST *
Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia * P 02 6162 0899 * http://transitbar.com.au/ * ?

Eager for some darksome and divine music, I hunted out what could lie beneath the underground of Australia’s capital city … Canberra. A Google search provided promising tales of “Chrome” but came to realize upon arriving it’s night at the “Holy Grail” had vanished without a trace. Knowing that echoes of chatter that it was still located near the corners of Akuna and Bunda streets, we discovered it moved down the street to the infamous underground club … the Transit Bar, located underneath the Canberra YHA. From 9 pm until 5 am, Canberra’s only goth night raises the dead with their EBM, Industrial and dark elektro tunes with some goth on monday nights (instead of the previous saturdays). Video projections, laser lights, and good music was had. Oddly though, the bar was still quite normal with their casually dressed local bar patrons, but up towards the stage in the dance floor were alitter with some finely costumed gothy and cyber dressed dancers. Coming from North America and Germany goth clubs where everyone usually dresses up in their finest black garments, it was a little difficult getting used to the mix of color and normality into this cache of a music club treasure grove one is used to finding when searching for it in most cities. Oddly though, the music was not so industrial and gothic, but more darksome Burning Man raver music. Enjoyed none-the-less and eye candy galore, me and my host had a splendid time. Realizing the night has setup shop in this new location from their fabled old locale, not 100% sure if the night is still happening at the transit bar … could be completely “transit”-ional. Rating: 2.3 stars out of 5. ~ Leaf McGowan, April 25, 2011.

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04.25.11: Chronicles: Koalas and Cybergoths

Travels Down Under:
Koalas and Cyber-goths

Monday, April 25, 2011
* Area around Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia *

A later start to the day, Sir Bluey heated up the last of the kangaroo meat for lunch. This time the adventuring duo spiced it up with a peanut satay sauce which Sir Thomas Leaf thought tasted amazing. Sir Thomas Leaf also gifted Sir Bluey with some Pirate Relief stickers for his car after finding them while organizing his gear as he would soon be heading off for the high seas. Sir Bluey Bee proudly displayed them on his car as they were soon off to Gibraltar Falls. As the delvers headed down the path towards the cliffs leading to the waterfall, Sir Bluey expressed strongly to Sir Leaf not to wander off the trail out of fear he might slip and fall on the rocks. For once (perhaps in his lifetime) Sir Leaf listened. But Sir Bluey Bee did not to his own advice and a slip, slide, tumble, roll, and splash … Sir Bluey was on his ass. Luckily he was fine. But they both laughed. Quickly distracted from the humor as they were in awe of Gibraltar Falls. Scenic panoramas and beautiful tumbling waters falling down the rocks. After wandering around the falls, the explorers headed off to the Tidbinbilla Nature reserve in search of kangaroos, eucalyptus trees, wallabees, quolls, and koalas. Wandering through the park provided much viewing of kangaroos and wallabies, and even a koala. Admiring the flora and fauna, Sir Thomas Leaf photographed and notated all the different species he spied. He even actually saw a Platypus, but unfortunately it went underwater before he could take a photograph. That evening, Sir Bluey Bee and Sir Thomas Leaf donned their darkest dress and headed downtown Canberra for the Chrome Goth Night at the Underground Bar underneath the Canberra YHA. Cyber-goth pleased, the two comrades had a blast at the night as they shared ciders and flirts with the fair maidens … a late night and a good sleep welcomed them in the wee hours of the morn.


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04.23.11: Chronicles: Exploring Canberra Downtown

Travels Down Under:
Exploring Canberra Downtown

Saturday, April 23, 2011
* Canberra to Australia Capital Territory, Australia *

Sir Bluey blessed Sir Thomas with a jam session with his amazing musical talents. Then the bard took Sir Thomas Leaf on a tour around the governmental district of Canberra, as well as around the heart of the city center. The fall foliage was in abundant colors as the turn of fall into winter came about. They drove by the National Gallery of Art, down the mall, and up to the Red Hill lookout overlooking the city. Afterwards, Sir Bluey dropped Sir Thomas Leaf at the Canberra YHA where he checked in to start out a night of partying. A swim and sauna down below, and unpacking of bags up in the room, Sir Thomas Leaf wandered down the city center to explore the sights. Much was closed for a Saturday. But it was just after Easter weekend. He then went to explore the Canberra Museum and Gallery to view over much modern art. A delicious lunch was had at the Asian Cafe. On to the Nolan Collection at the Canberra Modern Art Gallery to see the latest of his art. Sir Thomas then went on to view the Sculptures of Michael Le Grand. He learned about the Cotter and the watering of the City of Gardens. That evening he partook of a soft shelled crab dinner with sweet potato fries at the Fish Shack. After which he caught up on Hollywood’s most modern version of Ragnarok, by watching “Thor” in 3d. After an amazing movie, he was off to check out the nightlife at Club 32, and was bored. Hopping to the Phoenix for a drink, and then off to see the band the Holidays at the Underground bar underneath the Canberra YHA. Good indie music, but fatigue took him on, and off he went to sleep.


Sculpture by Michael Le Grand

[ Chronicles: Market at the Phoenix ]

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04.22.11: Chronicles: Resting in Canberra

Travels Down Under:
Return to Canberra

Friday, April 22, 2011
* Canberra to Australia Capital Territory, Australia *

Awake in Canberra, our Sapphire Coast travelers are back at their home base. Sir Thomas investigated the intriguing plastic un-tearable Australian money. The duo set out for a day of exploring downtown and for Sir Thomas Leaf to cash in on his winning of the dead kangaroo bet with Sir Bluey Bee. Sir Bluey took Sir Thomas downtown to show him where he worked … an immaculate building in the heart of downtown, very cutting edge. A nice walk downtown to some of Sir Bluey’s favorite haunts, with an intent to stop at PJ O Reilly’s … which was closed so they moved on to the Phoenix for some cider drinking. It was there they discovered on Sunday would be a vendor’s market where Sir Thomas could face paint and/or do tarot. They also looked into the happenings at Bar 32 for going-ons, but it was dead, so the travelers headed back to Sir Bluey’s estate for some more cider and passing out.


Sir Bluey lost the bet …

[ Chronicles: Canberra Nightlife ]

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Chronicles 4/21

Travels Down Under:
Narooma to Batesman Bay and Beyond, Counting Dead Kangaroo

Thursday, April 21, 2011
* Narooma to Batesman Bay, New South Wales, Australia *

Breakfast at the Narooma YHA, Sir Thomas Leaf sadly said goodbye to his new German friend as he and Sir Bluey Bee set off for last bit of wanderings around Narooma, sadly saying goodbye to his piece of Australian paradise. Sir Bluey took Sir Thomas a wandering to view some more geological formations on the beaches as they headed up towards Batesman Bay. En route, Sir Bluey took Sir Thomas to a beach for a swim while he went a wandering for some last chances at fishing, again to no avail. They then bartered a bet for a cider as Sir Bluey claimed they would see dozens of dead kangaroos and wombats along the roadside, to which Sir Thomas challenged they wouldn’t see 5 from Batesman Bay to Canberra … and lo and behold, they only saw 3. They did check out them, and was glad to find out that road crews would check the fresh kills for babies in the pouch. Those checked would be spray painted with a large red “X”. They originally were going to meet up with couch surfer “Jungle Jane” but missed the connection as they were passing through Batesman Bay. Instead, they went down to the city park, fed the seagulls fries and had their last fish n’ chips at the Bay Marlin before heading inland. En route, Sir Bluey showed Sir Thomas one of his favorite forests … and before dark, they returned to Canberra.

[ Chronicles: Back to Canberra ]

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04.20.11: Chronicles: Relaxing in Narooma


Fonzie’s grave?

Travels Down Under:
Relaxing in Narooma …

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
* Narooma, New South Wales, Australia *

Sir Bluey and Sir Thomas Leaf awoke in the restful Narooma YHA and started planning out their day after breakfast and tea. They also decided to stay an extra night in Narooma, which pleased Sir Thomas Leaf ecstatically since he already fell in love with Narooma. Swimming was on Sir Thomas Leaf’s mind, and fishing was on Sir Bluey Bee’s … so off they went to explore the beach for the day. Parking up by the Narooma Cemetery, the adventurers wandered down the forest path along the back picket fence, down onto the beach, where they found soft warm sand, a warm winter’s day, and chilly crystal clear water. Sir Bluey began to fish, and Sir Thomas began to swim, with Sir Bluey constantly warning him about sharks. Intriguing underwater photos as Sir Thomas tried out his underwater camera bag for the very first time. After a good day on the beach, the duo went to do some clamming using a tool that the YHA manager’s lent them, but again, to no avail. No catches. While Sir Bluey was clamming away, Sir Thomas went back to Taylor’s for a dozen oysters to feast on. Afterwards, the two headed over to Bar Beach, and while Sir Bluey fished, Sir Thomas went to see the Seals, sting rays, manta rays, and other sea life for a photo shoot down by the docks after which Sir Thomas entered the cold waters once again for a swim. Sir Bluey finally caught a small fish which they fried up that night for dinner. That evening, Sir Thomas met a nice German who he had long conversations with through the night until the communal room was closed. A good night was had by all.

[ Chronicles: Off to Batesman Bay & The Dead Kangaroo Count ]

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04.19.11: Chronicles: The Road to Narooma


A wombat in the trail

Travels Down Under:
From Bittangee Bay to Narooma …

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
* Bittangee Bay to Narooma, New South Wales, Australia *

The exhausted travelers slowly awoke this morning to a quiet morning, minus the patter of a jumping wallaby outside. Sir Thomas Leaf crawled out of his tent to find Sir Bluey Bee had struggled with his tent last night and had a beautifully engineered makeshift tent job using the tree branches he was under as a center pole. Sir Bluey however was not to be found. Sir Thomas then wandered down to the shore and spied him fishing off the rocks down below – so Sir Leaf had a brilliant plan to sneak up on him and roar like the Bittangee Bay beast to give Sir Bluey a good morning rustle … climbing down the rocks in sandals was not the most fantastic idea however as he slid and stumbled down the cliff side. But Sir Bluey hadn’t noticed him, so his plan was still in effect. Tossing a few rocks nearby and growling from a bush, Sir Bluey’s response was a big “WTF?” No fish was caught, but he did catch himself a Bittangee Beast! A good morning crawl along the cliff side/bay side rocks, the two adventurers explored the water side up to the Bittangee Bay Storage Ruins greeted by historic graffiti sprawling of “Nimble John” on its side. As Sir Bluey continued to try to catch fish, Sir Thomas wandered up the trail for a hike, and pondered hiking to the lighthouse. Unfortunately it was much farther than he realized, so just as he was about to turn around, he came upon a stream bank with a big giant roundish teddy bear staring at him. He froze in his tracks, as did this Wombat who wasn’t sure if he had sensed Sir Leaf. Sir Thomas took a few steps towards him, to which the wombat picked up, and after realizing blindly there was a being in front of him, he shot off waddling at high speeds down the trail, stopping frequently to listen if Sir Thomas was following. After chasing the wombat for a bit, Sir Thomas Leaf returned back to camp and caught back up with Sir Bluey, had breakfast and broke down camp, engaging into a long discussion with the camp steward about Aborigine “Secret business”, the “Bittangee Beast”, “camping areas”, and various other travel suggestions for the delvers route along the east coast of Australia.

The duo then got into Sir Bluey’s carriage, headed back down the bumpy road, with a turn-around getting a bit lost, and stumbling into the Green Cape Light House. They wandered up to the lighthouse, impressed with it being powered by solar energy, took a few shots of it, then wandered down to the water for some scenic shots of the thrashing waves against the rocks. The wanderers got back into their carriage and rolled on off to Merimbula for a gander downtown. They past through the South East Forests National Park alongside numerous termite mounds in the park on the roadside. Driving along the South Coast of New South Wales, the adventurers soon came upon the awe-inspiring Narooma. Sir Thomas Leaf simply fell in love with the place. He stated that if he ever moved to Australia, this is where he’d live. After checking into the YHA, the travelers went down for a walk on the beach – finding one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Sir Thomas was instantly transformed into a relaxed, de-stressed, floating leaf that just blew in from the Princes Highway. Exploring the seascape, the tidal pools, rustic beach structures of driftwood, shell collecting, and wading into the waters (while being warned about sharks from Sir Bluey) …. he was in paradise! While Sir Thomas went a wandering … Sir Bluey tried to catch some dinner. No luck, they wandered back into the village of Narooma, and settled for some Fish n’ Chips at Taylors before retiring to the Narooma YHA.

[ Chronicles: Relaxing in Narooma ]

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04.18.11: Chronicles: Up the East Coast of Australia


A flat tire will not stand in our way …
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Travels Down Under:
Flats, Pelicans, and Lakes Entrance

Monday, April 18, 2011
* Melbourne to Cann River, Victoria, Australia *

Bidding sweet farewells to Sciencequeen, the raving mad adventurers – Sir Thomas Leaf Rhymer Oisin McGowan and Sir Bluey Bee of Canberra headed off to the wild blue yonder … and as they were exiting Melbourne, distracted by the roadside art, struck a flip pity-floppity sound coming from the rear tire … “A flat” caused a delay to the explorers of the Eastern Coast of Australia. Sir Bluey came to the rescue by pulling out a spare from his carriage and quickly re-assembled the cart. They then broke for lunch at an Aldi en route with a planned picnic at Willow Park. Lunch was a bit rushed as the delvers were attacked by monster mosquitoes and were soon back on the road to the east coast of Australia in search of a good camping space for the night and perhaps a good place to fish. A rest area similar to the horrorful one from the slasher flick “Rest Stop” un-nerved Sir Thomas as he quickly relieved himself and shuddered at the “needle” disposal box in the restroom. Sir Bluey was already chatting up a mate who was brewing him coffee in an RV nearby while Sir Thomas just had horrorful flashbacks of the film and the RV with the twisted children. “Enough of Hollywood on the brain” Sir Thomas pondered, as the duo were soon back on the road to lighter panoramas … soon enough they were driving along the coast to Lakes Entrance where they pulled in at the first sight of water to be greeted by a giant flock of pelicans and ocean wildlife in an inlet and docks. Sir Bluey was gifted some crab bait from some mates on the dock. They then went up along the coast to Cann River, followed a treacherous dirt road with gullies and potholes, and at the brink of dark, hoping not to run into the bushman beast that Sir Thomas told Sir Bluey many frightening tales of along their dark drive into the coastal woodlands where he is rumored to be found. They found the campground, set up camp, and while Sir Thomas Leaf was making curry, was invaded upon by numerous Opossums. A hike to the outhouse and many Wallabees and Kangaroos were surprised and spied in the dark. After setting up tent and camp, fending off possums from the food, Sir Thomas wandered for a view of the ethereal coastline and called it a night and off to bed.

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Chronicles: 04/14/11: The Snowy Mountains to Albury

Travels Down Under:
The Men of the Snowy Mountains

Thursday, April 14, 2011
* Lake Jindabyne to Albury, New South Wales, Australia *

Awake in the Snowy Mountains, Sir Thomas Leaf and Sir Bluey Bee crawled out of their bunk beds at the Snowy Mountains Backpackers hostel in Lake Jindabyne ready to hike
Mount Kosciusko. They were warned though from their Czech friends that it would be a tough feat due to weather. The duo however still persisted and ventured out. That morning, Sir Thomas Leaf began to absorb his understanding of the complexities and simplicities of Australian Currency as he photographed examples of the coins and plastic bills that don’t tear … fascinated with its design. Sir Thomas Leaf cooked breakfast that morning, surprising Sir Bluey Bee and introducing him to his very first “Egg in the Nest”. Onwards the adventurers drove off to the Snowy Mountains, past the Distillery, past Bimblegumbie, fascinated with the Emu and Wombat crossing signs, and on into Kosciusko National Park and into Thredbo. Sir Thomas never thought he’d be in a ski resort of Australia! It was a small town and very busy bustling with people. Instead of climbing to the top of the Mountain, and due to scheduling to get to Albury in time to check into the hostel, they settled on “Merrits Nature Track”, a lower elevation hiking trail going through the sub-alpine Eucalyptus forest in the hills along the bobsledding tubes. Beautiful rivers, waterfalls, faerie glens, and moments of Sir Bluey’s silliness … on through the Birralee Bush Camp, underneath the Kosciusko Express chair lift … before they knew it were back to the car and on the road again towards Albury. They pit stopped along the way at Leather barrel Creek Camping and Picnic area where they indulged in a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich lunch with tea and a chance for last minute fishing in the Snowy Mountains. No catches unfortunately. Back on the road to Albury, through the Western Fall of the Main Range, and on into the state of Victoria. They drove through Carryong which had a kids playground in the center of the town with a pirate ship. Sir Leaf restricted himself from leaping out of the car to play and practice climbing the masts. Passing through a beautiful reservoir that was flooded out with trees popping above the center of Lake Hume or Mitta Mitta River called for a photo taking moment. Driving past adverts for soda pop and candy being so expensive (example: Sale of 3 Coca Colas for $8), yet proclaiming such a cheap price tag in their minds, perplexed Sir Thomas Leaf until Sir Bluey explained the sugar tax that Australia has. Totally made sense at that point when realizing sugar does impact the National Health care. Our somber explorers reached Albury and after driving around in circles for 20 minutes, finally found The Albury YHA which was disguised in a Caravan Park. They checked in and met some nice Australian ladies who were in town for a conference. Sir Thomas cooked up Pad Thai (best he could with limited Thai ingredients he could find on the road trip) for Sir Bluey Bee as they rested and caught up with the world. The duo was not impressed with this YHA even though the YHA usually has high standards on what can be called a YHA. Up to their mildew smelling room and off to sleep for a big day of adventure tomorrow on to Melbourne.

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Chronicles: Great Walkabout: 4/13/11 – Lake Jindabyne & The Snowy Mountains

Travels Down Under:
Adventures to Lake Jindabyne and the Snowy Mountains

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
* Canberra, Australian Capital Territory to Lake Jindabyne, New South Wales, Australia *

Early to rise, Sir Thomas Leaf and Sir Bluey Bee gathered together a wakeful state as they prepared tea, breakfast, and organization for their journey across the Snowy Mountains on to Melbourne and the Eastern coast of Australia. Packing up their adventure gear into Sir Bluey’s white carriage, the duo began their quest. Tight space and luggage for the camping gear and equipment, they were soon off on their explorations of Australia. Sir Bluey’s dog knew something was up into action, so eagerly barked and attempted to escape from the Bluey Bee homestead. On through the Tuggernanong and out of Canberra they were “on the road” again. A long road awaited as they headed off to Lake Jindabyne driving along the roadways into the middle of nowhere, dodging kangaroos and wallaby’s, breathing in the sweet menthol smell of eucalyptus, and exploring the countryside. Sir Thomas Leaf thought much of the countryside reminded him of Oregon, Colorado, and other areas of the United States – minus the trees, the flora, the fauna, and Australia’s unique critters. Not to mention the Kilometer signs and that Australian’s drive on the opposite side of the road that he’s used to. Sir Thomas Leaf was also quite shocked that gasoline in Australia was about $6+/gallon (ca. $1.52/liter). On through the town of Cooma for a pit stop so the duo could purchase a fishing license, stock up on groceries, and make Peanut Butter n’ Jelly sandwiches for lunch. Sir Thomas Leaf and Sir Bluey Bee got to know each other very well through their travels across the countryside. Sir Bluey Bee gifted Sir Thomas Leaf a box of “Tim Tams“, an exquisite Australia biscuit (Cookies). Sir Thomas Leaf loved them so much that he couldn’t put them down. After a quick visit to the information center and learning that the only primitive camping allowed seemed to be in designated areas in National Parks (none on the side of the road, in the forests, or on the beaches) and there was 95% of the time a charge of $10 or more per person per camping site made camping a not so viable or cost effective solution to economic road tripping. As they were heading towards Lake Jindabyne they passed by unique metal art sculpture of a ball that had a fence around it. Apparently was for the Lake Festival and part of the Lake Light Sculptures. Entering Berridale, the adventures knew they were now in the Snowy Mountains. Lots of Kangaroo Crossing signs along the roadside as they ventured forward. Then late afternoon, lo’ and behold, they embraced the beauty that is Lake Jindabyne. Entering into the community of Jindabyne, the search was out for the Snowy Mountains Backpackers where the delvers would be lodging for the night. The hostel was pretty empty, just a group from Sydney who were internationals from Poland and Czechoslovakia. They adventuring pair got to have their own room and choice of bunks with a room and a balcony with a barbeque. This was Sir Bluey Bee’s first hosteling experience that Sir Thomas Leaf believed he enjoyed so much he would be utilizing them in the near future greatly. A fabulous community room, dining room, and entertainment room beheld them. The adventurers then got together their fishing gear and headed out to the lake for some fishing – no catches nor nibbles, but were entertained by a crippled brave gull who came and sat next to them. They fed it some of the worms and bait taking time for a photo-session with the bird as well. After fishing, with no catches other than photos of a bird, they returned back to the hostel to cook up some left-over pasta from the previous night and to imbibe into some Brundeburg Rum (Australian). They quickly made friends with their Slavic comrades who were sharing the hostel with them. The adventurers did venture out to find a pub with some cute “sheilas” (as Sir Bluey would put it) but to no avail they returned for a nightcap and a long night’s rest for their expedition through the Snowy Mountains tomorrow.

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04.24.11: Chronicles: Flea Markets & Botanical Gardens

Travels Down Under:
Flea Markets and Botanical Gardens

Sunday, April 24, 2011
* Canberra to Australia Capital Territory, Australia *

Sir Thomas awoke early and headed down for a bite at the Bytes Cafe having a deliciously sweet blackberry and banana pancakes in the Canberra YHA. A brief Skype with his friend Lady Victoria back in the Etats-Unis, shortly thereafter Sir Bluey was waving and honking down below with a chariot awaiting Sir Thomas. Sir Thomas and Sir Bluey then headed over to the Phoenix Flea Market in downtown Canberra. Unfortunately, there were no other vendors for the market and hunches were being thrown around it was because of the bus strike and/or Easter Sunday. Nevertheless, Sir Bluey and Sir Thomas Leaf set up a face-painting table and waited for patrons. The bartender and Sir Bluey got painted up. Lady Mikki joined us soon after, they all grabbed some Indian cuisine to go, and hung out in the Phoenix hoping some others would arrive. Very few. Lady Mikki bestowed the knights with chocolate bunnies that they were very thankful for. After Lady Mikki left, Sir Bluey drove Sir Thomas Leaf to the Australian National Botanical Gardens. Sir Thomas of course was in bliss as he is an avid botanist and photographed every plant he could. Brief encounters with kangaroos and numerous species of various Eucalyptus he made quite a few additions to his compendium he’s creating. That evening, Sir Bluey made the duo some leftover kangaroo as a culinary feast. A good night’s rest was had by all.


Body painting at the Phoenix

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04.08.11-04.10.11: Chronicles: Travels Down Under; Brisbane

Travels Down Under:
Journey to Brisbane

April 8-10, 2011
* The City of Fallen Angels, The Nacirema Empire – Brisbane, Queensland, Down Under *

Friday-Sunday, 8th-10th April 2011 * Over the Pacific Ocean

Sir Thomas Leaf officially began his walkabout Down Under to the bush of Australia towards midnight on Friday, April 8th. The Security at Air Temple of L.A.X. wasn’t too difficult. Sir Thomas Leaf thought as he passed through the scanners. Once again he was pleased that he escaped the full body scanner which he has not had to undergo since its release last year (even though he’s done over 8 flights worldwide since them). He’s sure his time will come. Sir Thomas Leaf doesn’t know what to think of the new invasive technology that allows the screeners to see his private parts. LAX was extremely congested and Sir Thomas couldn’t find a place to sit down, even on the floor, to plug in his laptop power. Instead he sat in the waiting chairs and drained his laptop down to about 7% power before boarding the flight. Sir Thomas was a little concerned with Qantas air dragon doing a carry-on luggage weight check – but it was really more the agents making it look like they were going to weigh everyone’s luggage so Sir Thomas’ frantic re-distribution of weight between his satchel and Osprey was pointless. On board the plane, lots of delays with take off as a missing passenger had not checked in yet and getting everything in order for the journey was timely. Custom cards were distributed as well as a comfort kit containing eye patches for sleep, mini toothbrush/ toothpaste (smallest Sir Thomas has ever seen), and headphones for the on board inflight entertainment iQ. Finally the flight was off into the dark skies of midnight flying up and over “The City of Fallen Angels“. Supper was shortly served after high in the skies of Tomato, Bocconcini and Cucumber Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrete; Seared Mahi Mahi with a honey glaze sauce, steamed rice and greens, key lime pie, cheese and biscuits, tea, water, and a hot chocolate. It was quite tasty Sir Thomas Leaf thought. Sir Thomas watched “True Grit” and promptly passed out afterwards. Sometime in the wee hours of the morning he awoke and was given a snack bag with a water bottle, two chocolates, potato stix, and a cappacino biscuit. Also A Rum and Coke, apple, water, and tea throughout the morning as he was on a 26 hour journey to Australia. He watched “Tron”, “the Tourist”, and “The Afterlife”. Breakfast was served of Orange Juice, cantalope, pineapple, raisin muffin, yoghurt, scrambled eggs on toasted muffin with sausage, mushrooms, and sauteed spinach, with tea and water. By 6:30 AM, Australian time, a day and a half later (calandrically) they touched down at the Brisbane International Air Dragon Court.


“Brisbane has Balls”

Sunday, 10th April 2011 * Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Upon arrival, Sir Thomas processed down the customs hall to go through customs. He accidentally filled out his declaration card in pencil, and was sent back out of line to complete it in ink. Passing through the customs agent was quiet and not very social. As he walked to baggage claim, another agent grabbed him and looked over his card and asked “Not doing any archeology here?” to which Sir Thomas Leaf stated “no.” and was then let on his way. Bags arrived fine and through another customs portal of drug-sniffing dogs, was soon out to the airport entrance. Bungy cording his bags together as a single backpack, and on to the “Travellex” Money Exchange to convert $278 American Dollars to $236 Australian Dollars, with no commission taken since he had an Hostelling International membership card. Then on to the AirTrain, with a pre-purchased round ticket he bought online, he was off to Roma Street in downtown Brisbane. A exhausting walk up the High Roma Street to all of the hostels that were in line with one another, top of the hill was “Brisbane City Hostelling International”. At 9:30 am, it was too early to check in yet, so the hostel clerk gave him a boomerang to the luggage storage room to drop off his bags and a card to go use the “Beach” – the top floor community lounge, television room, and swimming pool. Hot young women scantily clad sunbathing by poolside, Sir Thomas Leaf wished he had his swimsuit but felt too ‘old’ and overweight to brave the pool. Instead he found a table, connected online, and caught up with photo uploading and couchsurfing arrangements. Then he checked in his laptop for secure storage and wandered out to downtown Brisbane for lunch and to get bearings for his maritime assignments with the HMB Endeavor. After a scenic walk downtown, he hit the Queen street shopping mall, and down to the Eagle Street Pier where the Endeavor should be docked in a few weeks. He Found a little craft market to peruse and a Thai vendor serving up Shrimp Pad Thai, Chicken Satay, and a soda for 12 AUD. Tasty. He ordered “Thai Hot” but it was more like American Thai “mild”. Wandering back to the hostel, he checked in, settled into his bunk bed, had a nice shower, caught up with photo uploads and blogs only to find him pass out by 4:30 pm and not awakening again until 2 am.

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04.05.11-04.8.11: Chronicles: Walk-A-Bout: Last days to Los Angeles

Leaving the Lab & Military Science:
Last Days and on to the City of Fallen Angels

April 5 – 8, 2011
* The Springs Where the Red Silt in the River flows from the Rocky Mountains – The City of Fallen Angels, of the Nacirema Empire *

Tuesday, 5th April 2011 * The Springs Where the Red Silt in the River flows from the Rocky Mountains

Awakening with the crack of dawn, Sir Thomas Leaf drove back to work for another long day. Very glad that his “Isis Adventure Thru Time” vardo was working fine as he volted from Old City to the Military Encampment. Another 13 hour day in the lab, finishing up projects, maps, and sites. Late that evening, he changed into his gothy finest to attend the Zodiac Lounge (formerly the Rocket Room) for their new “Goth” night and as a last minute farewell for him to head off Down Under for his walkabout. At 8 pm he left work for the bar … only two others were there when he arrived but soon enough, his good friend Lady Jenni of most recent from the Emerald City joined him for drinks. Drinking and catching up he was quite pleased. Then the Earth guardian Lady Sarah joined, as well as Lady Nanette, Sir Chris and Lady Sheila of the Palmer Clan, Mistress Satori and a handful of others. Good cheers, good drinks all around. As the clock struck midnight, Sir Thomas Leaf was off for sleep as he would be up at the crack of dawn once again.

Wednesday, 6th April 2011 * The Springs where the red silt in the River flows from the Rocky Mountains

The clock was ticking as his departure was soon to come. Sir Thomas Leaf went back to the lab and finished another 12 hour day wrapping up his cartography projects, maps, and working on writing a guide on GIS, Curation, and Data Management. Almost complete he thought. That evening was spent finishing up his final packing, organizing his gear for the adventure of a lifetime. He was soon off Down Under.

Thursday, 7th April 2011 * From the Springs where the Red Silt in the River Flows from the Rocky Mountains to the Mile High City

Up early, he had his gear and belongings packed up from his stay with Captain Relief’s infamous Booty Girl “Absinthe Alli” as he packed them into the “Isis Adventure Thru Time” vardo. On to his last day at work, last day driving on to the base, and last day as a military scientist: archaeologist. Today was Sir Thomas Leaf’s final day in the lab. He felt waves of anxiety, stress, glee, joy, and excitement. The morning was spent wrapping up the Manual – which he “almost” finished, minus chapters on “barcoding” and “accessioning” but realized it would have to do. At lunchtime, his crew took him out to “Little Nepal” for a going away all-u-can-eat Indian lunch buffet. Stuffed to the brim, Sir Thomas was content as he was fared a “Bon Voyage” a final time from Sir Walkenhorst, Lady Kendra, Sir Kacey, Lady Nancielee, Lady Diane, and Lady Linda. That afternoon he turned in his wildland fire protection gear and pack, Satellite radio with charger and clip, Military CAC card, facility keys, vehicle certificate and signed out. A final cleanup and sweep of his office space he was soon into the “Isis Adventure Thru Time” vardo and off to his caravan to drop off some final gear and long term storage. He was soon on the road to the Mile High City – the first long distance trip in it since all the auto repairs as of late. A pitstop in Castle Rock for gas, a energy drink, and an escape from agressive truckers on the Interstate. In the Mile High City, he swung by Lady Absinthe Alli’s folk’s house to borrow their luggage scale to weigh his bags. Then on to a last dinner with Absinthe Alli at Kokoro for Sake, Miso Soup, Seaweed Salad, a Spider Roll, and soybeans. Sweet farewells and she was on the road for the Springs while Sir Thomas Leaf was off to Sir Guy and Rockbear’s house. Good times catching up with Sir Guy and awaiting for Sir Rockbear to coordinate arrangements to drop him off where the air dragons fly. A good shower and sleep as tomorrow the adventurer would be off on his expedition and walkabout.

Friday, 8th April 2011 * The Mile High City to The City of Fallen and Lost Angels, via the air temple LAX.

Early to rise, breakfast from Sir Guy, Sir Thomas quickly packed up his adventure gear to prepare for his journey. Sir Rockbear awoke to assist Sir Thomas and drop him off at the Denver Air Dragon court where he was to board an air dragon for L.A.X Security went smooth, as once again, he was not body scanned though the few ahead of him were. He has yet escaped the body scanner for the last 8 flights he has done around the Nacerima Empire and Europe since they implemented it. It was a very small crowded Air dragon that wasn’t very comfortable. But his Osprey pack and sachel fit fine while checking his large backpack. A few hours later he was touching down in the City of Lost Angels. It was here, after some traffic delays, that his brother the mad Doctor Mangor and Lady Tara picked him up from the airport during his 6 hour layover. The layover got cut short due to traffic congestion and airline delays, but the crew hit the beach for some waves and ocean air, and a stop at the Brazilian Cafe for some delicious cuisine of shrimp and pasta, fried yucca, and flan. Good times catching up, he was soon off to the Airport to board the Air Dragon called Qantas for Brisbane, Down Under.

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Chronicles: 4/1/11-4/3/11 – Leaving Military Science

Leaving the Lab & Military Science:
Last Days and Packing

April 1 – 3, 2011
* The Rocky Mountains, The Nacerima Empire *

Friday, 1st April 2011 * The Springs Where the Red Silt is Brought From the Mountains

Sir Thomas Leaf went back across the boundary of the Royal Army as he met the guards overlooking the boundary and his “Burner” van “Isis Adventure Thru Time.” They gave him the look-over as he handed them his military scientist ID Card and then waved him on in. Sir Thomas Leaf pondered: “Seven More Days … and I won’t be dealing with this any longer.” Of course over the last 6 years in employ as a cartographer and royal curator for the archaeology and protection of the environmental and cultural resources in the lands where the Red silt flows by the River from the Mountains where the armed forces train. It really has only been the last three years in this position that this modern “Vardo” was a vehicle that many would mistaken as a “hippie van”. His fellow archaeologists would often mock him in playful jest about that said “Hippie Van” or as that Sir Thomas Leaf looked like a biker and as pranks would plaster Harley Davidson motorcycle stickers periodically on the Burner Van/Vardo. He reminesced about various comments the gate guards used on him often when reporting to work at the lab on base such as “You just can’t drive this amount of class onto Fort Carson like this every day” (mocked with a smile) or the eye-scrutiny delays when the guard would even after seeing the paperwork match with the ID and vehicle card would still look him over and check the front and back plates with hesitation before waving him on through. Sir Thomas’ favorite incident was one of those types looking him over innocently asking “What do you do for us?” to which Sir Thomas replied “Ever see Indiana Jones?” The guard would respond “Yes” to which Sir Thomas would state “I’m one of those.” and the Guard confusedly would reply “Oh … I didn’t know we had any of those…”

On this date though, our world explorer would be wrapping up cartography projects and attend a farewell gathering held in his honor by his co-workers at the “Biker Bar” downtown known as “Southside Johnnies”. For his lunch break he jolted off for a “All you can eat” Chinese Buffet at the “China Doll” in Colorado Springs with the lab scribe Linda and one of his fellow Explorer’s of the Crown … Kendra. The team had a most fulfilling feast at the buffet. That afternoon, after work, many of the Environmental Science Directorate met together in the back room of Southside Johnnies. As fire fighters, adventurers, scribes, scientists, and warriors gathered together – food and grog was imbibed in a Pirate way as a handful of them were dressed in “Pirate” Maritime garb in honor of Sir Thomas. Drinking and revelry ensued.

Gifts were given to Sir Thomas for him to remember his time with the science squad such as a Harley Davidson Biker shirt inscribed with blessings of Bon Voyage Down Under, A framed photo of the Sacred Rock Art from The Hogback he spent many hours at, and a gift card for the Adventurer gear shopping (with which he bought a travel hammock and waterproof gear bags). Sir Thomas was sad to say goodbye but knew the Adventure of a lifetime awaited him. After much debauchery instigated by the Adventurer/Explorer Nancielee, the Explorer Sir Kacey of the Windy Lands escorted Sir Thomas Leaf the Cartography, the Royal Explorer Lady Kendra of the Purgatory, and the Earth Guardian Lady Sarah to a grog merchant down the road for spirits and then on to the Inkqb8tr warehouse for more revelry.

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Chronicles: Sept. 30, 2010: Mangor’s Mad House, Perversion, and Gothy Goodness


Mangor’s Cabinet of Curiousities

Perversion, Luxury:
Downtown and Hollywood Madness

Thursday 30 September 2010
* Los Angeles, California/Hollywood, California, United States of America *

Early to rise at 8 am as Sir Thomas Leaf is used to awaking early, and given the time difference in California from Colorado, he was up at the crack of dawn. So was Lady Tara. Sir Thomas accompanied the Lady on her quest to complete some chores with a pitstop at Starbucks for some chai goodness with a wander-a-bout in Los Felis. Pitstop at 10 am over to Trader Joe’s for some groceries and lunch at Around noon, Lady Stephanie picked up Sir Thomas Leaf and took him to her palace at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. While she finished up her conference call, Sir Thomas Leaf went for a swim and jacuzzi in the mozaic tile and pillared bathing hall. After her conference call, the two went for a sushi lunch at Mitaki down the street and had drinks to catch up. As she was off on the road by 4 pm, Sir Thomas Leaf kissed the fair maiden goodbye she departed for Arizona and he returned to Docteur Mangor’s House of Gothy Madness. Sir Thomas Leaf is definitely a fan of his eccentric brother’s art and collections. By darkness falling, he, Lady Tara, and the mad Docteur dressed in their dark attire and headed off to “Perversion” to meet Lady Mechi, Lady Cimcie, and Lady Ashlee for some dancing. Two rooms of ecstatic dark tunes, watered-down and weak alcoholic beverages, the crew had a fabulous time dancing and partying. As the evening came to an end, the murder of friends parted ways after a wonderful time of revelry. Tomorrow, Sir Thomas Leaf will investigate Social Networking.

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Chronicles: Sept. 29, 2010: Time Travel Through Echoe Park

Time Travelling to Echoe Park:
Time Travel Mart for Supplies


Echoe Park Time Travel Mart

Wednesday, 29 September 2010
* Denver, Colorado, United States of America *

Departing Colorado Springs, Sir Thomas Oisin Leaf headed up to Denver Tuesday night to hangout with his friend Lady Viktoria. They stayed up most the night catching up, with a one hour nap, soon enough Lady Viktoria drove Sir Thomas Leaf to the airport. He arrived at his gate at 4:30 am, wifi and chai until 6 am when he climbed aboard the air dragon “Frontier”. A comfortable flight with a light snooze was had. Sir Thomas Oisin Leaf badly needed to get to L.A. as he was in desperate need to fix the flux capacitor which blew a cell during his last trip through Time with the “Isis Adventures Thru Time” Vardo Van. Early morning flight from Colorado, Sir Thomas Leaf arrived at LAX at the wee hours of the morn. His brother, The Mad Docteur Mangor, picked him up at the airport. With a pitstop at the beach to feel the strength and healing nature of the ocean, before embarking upon the journey into the polluted hell known as the City of Lost Angels. By 9 am, the mischievious brothers were slipping into the Echo Park Time Travel Mart for wares and supplies for upcoming adventures. The first focus was of course the blown cell replacement for Sir Thomas Leaf’s blown Flux capacitor. While in the mart of course, Dinosaur eggs, Robot Milk, and Leeches were on the shopping list. (see photos below) A phone call meetup with Lady Mechi of Lost Angels for some early margaritas with chips and salsa. Back to Mangor’s Madhouse, where Sir Thomas Leaf awaited the arrival of Lady Stephanie who was on an adventurous road trip from Colorado to California. That night, in company of good friends: Lady Stephanie, Sir Thomas Leaf, The Mad Docteur Mangor, Lady Juliette, and Lady Auriana Lynn Borealis went downtown L.A. the the Living Cuisine Warehouse for some very delicious Raw cuisine dinner. A $20 meal with additional fees for smoothies, it was a most excellent experience with good company, community, and music. The crew stayed until midnight before heading back to Mangor’s house of horrors.

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Chronicles: 9/18/10 – Pirates & Mayhem at Brethrencon

A Pirate’s Life in Denver:
Brethren Con 2010


Booty Girl Absinthe Alli, Captain Sir Thomas Leaf, Quartermaster Q

Saturday, 18 September 2010
* Denver, Colorado, United States of America *

Recovered from his trip to Burning Man, with just over 2 weeks of rest and work, The Captain, Sir Thomas Oisin Leaf McGowan was off on yet another tale of adventure. This time he awoke early, packed up his vardo the “Isis Adventure through Time” with merchandise, brochures, and the new draft of the upcoming journal for “Pirate Relief” and “The Tree Leaves’ Oracle” setting sail north for Denver from Colorado Springs. Accompanied by some of his mighty crew, Quartermaster Q and the ship’s booty girl Absinthe Alli, they unloaded the cargo hold with elements of found treasures, faeries, mermaids, and literature. Loading up the ramp to the Denver Airport Marriot in Aurora for “Brethrencon 2010” held by the infamous “Sunken Bones Society“. A mighty meeting as crazy as the Blue Moon can sometimes be, of landlocked “Pirates” living high in the Rockies “mile high” above sea level. Finding the coordinator, Captain Sir Thomas Leaf and his crew displayed their wares amongst the other pirate and buccaneering merchants. A tight space for seating, the crew worked their way behind the booth to greet those interested in Tree Leaves and/or Pirate Relief. Upcoming Adventures and missions were collaborated as new friends were made. Numerous workshops and classes were held, as was a adventure game of Pirates vs. Zombies held by Denver’s Zombie Self-Defense Tactics Group. Absinthe Alli and Captain Leaf held a discussion on Pirate Relief, but alas it was poorly attended. Sir Thomas Leaf discovered a vendor who was carrying hand-crafted faerie stars, exciting him greatly, and therefore purchased a few for upcoming travels. The grub was served and the crew was happy and content as they closed down the booth in preparation for the Buccaneer Ball. Mondragon, Pandora Celtica, DJ Bilgemonkey, and Widow’s Bane rocked the house. It was a successful voyage, as new friends were made, new potential crew-hands inspired, and fun was had. Ideas generated for “Project Gypsy“, “Project Black Pearl“, “Project Pacific Trash Island“, and “Project Sustainability“. Into the wee hours after midnight, the vardo was packed up again and the crew was headed back to Denver and Colorado Springs for rest and recovery.

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Chronicles: 9/6/10 – The Road Home From the Burn

Monday on the Road From The Burn 2010:
Travelling Across the Desert homeward bound to Colorado

Monday, 6 September 2010
* Nevada to Colorado, United States of America *

Early to rise after a good rest and sleep after a crazy night of driving, Sir Thomas Leaf was back on the road taking I-80 east towards Utah. A pitstop at the Casino buffet in Wendover just before crossing into Utah. He also purchased a new power steering belt as it would have been easy to slip the new belt over the pulleys, but one of the pulleys was locked up. The “Isis Adventure through Time” vardo however, steered fine without the belt, so was put on the backburner for another day. Onwards across the Great Salt Lake Desert, he was passing by where his friend Heidi lives, called her for a meetup, but unfortunately she was away on a family outing for Labor Day. Driving into Salt Lake City, Sir Thomas Leaf dropped by Lady Katte’s abode for some Labor Day celebrating and help looking over the engine to see if everything was okay without fixing the belt. Lady Katte pulled out her tools, dug into the engine, and found it would be fine without a fix. Towards evening, Sir Thomas Leaf had to hit the road and was back on the trail through Utah onwards through Wyoming into the darkness of the night. He arrived in Colorado Springs around 3 am. Exhausted, he didn’t even bother unpacking the vardo, but rather just went right to sleep as he would have to awake at 6 am for work that day in the laboratory.

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Chronicles: Sept. 5, 2010: Sunday at the Burn, Breaking Down Camp and Returning Home

Sunday at the Burn 2010:
Breaking Down Camp and Returning Home


Exodus on Sunday, bumper-to-bumper,
3 hour long, 7 + lanes wide

Sunday, 5 September 2010
* Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada, United States of America *

While still a bit hungover, Sir Thomas Leaf awoke rather early to set out in breaking down camp. He would need to depart Black Rock City in order to be back to work in Colorado on tuesday morning at 7 am. It would be a tight journey as it was. It took him some time to break down his bodypainting station camp and pack up the van. A good percentage of the other attendees were doing much the same thing. He tried to find his brother the eccentric Docteur Mangor, but alas no such luck. Was unable to find most of his friends who were probably sleeping off last night’s partying. Good times were had by all. A long 3 hour bumper to bumper 7-lanes of traffic wide exodus from Black Rock City await for Sir Thomas Leaf just to get out of the city. His rideshare Lady Ellie decided to stay longer at the Burn and catch a ride back with the knightly Sir Guy who offered the fair maiden passage back to Boulder, Colorado. In exchange, Sir Guy sent several bins of his gear back in the “Isis Adventure through Time” vardo Sir Thomas Leaf was driving. Long hot journey across the playa in three hours of traffic – white out conditions and the usual partying from the cars in line as everyone waited to slowly creep out of the city. Finally to pavement, Sir Thomas Leaf headed south through Gerlach, Empire, and onwards through Pyramid Lake Reservation. Finally back on the highway, heading east towards Utah, Sir Thomas Leaf was onwards to his return home. He had caught out of a glimmer of his eye enroute to the Burn a oddly decorated kitchy monument on the side of the road he earmarked to visit on the way home. So off he exited to view the abandoned “Thunder Mountain Indian Monument”. He was a bit creeped out as no one was there and it was just turning dark, having an eerie creepy feeling as he got out of his car and walked the monument grounds thinking how easy it would be for someone to mug him and rob his belongings at such a stop-off in the middle of nowhere, before dark, alone, down a dirt road offset from the highway. Back on the road safe, as darkness fell, Sir Thomas Leaf high-tailed it along the highway, pitstopping for dinner, and back on the road driving to where he started to phase out. Then he heard something pop in the engine. Deciding to exit to investigate to find a gas station at midnight, just as he pulled into the closed station’s parking lot, the headlights he saw following him turned into flashing reds and blues …. a police officer followed him from the Interstate as his tags were 2 days expired (Expired end of August and new stickers were probably awaiting him in his mailbox back in Colorado). The officer ran his i.d. as Sir Thomas Leaf opened up his engine to see what was wrong – power steering belt snapped. Luckily, it only ran his power steering. He was glad the warrant for his delayed payment of a speeding ticket from Burning Man 2009 was cleared, as he wasn’t sure if it was still on file, as it wasn’t. Relieved, he drove onwards to find a rest area to pull over to sleep. Good thing the “Isis Adventure thru Time” Vardo van had a comfortable futon bed in back, he thought.


Thunder Mountain Indian Monument

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Chronicles: 9/4/10: Saturday at the Burn

Saturday at the Burn 2010:
Bodypainting, Dust Storms, Art, Music


Saturday, 4 September 2010
* Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada, United States of America *

Awakening with a bit of a hangover, Sir Thomas Leaf set out to open up the Tree Leaves Body Painting Station before setting out for his day. He wandered over to Dr. Mangor’s camp to catch up with his brother and to take a ride-a-bout on to the playa to visit the various art objects. Sir Thomas Leaf and Dr. Mangor spent some time admiring the amazing “Bliss Dance” sculpture. A triple “WOW” Sir Thomas Leaf had echoing through his mind. Dust storms were pretty heavy most of the afternoon. The dust mask and goggles were definitely a required clothing accessory for the day for the duo of mischief makers. An over-indulge of pyschedelic cream soft serve all-you-can-eat ice cream station satisfied the after effects of the dust and sun. More bodypainting ensued for the day for Sir Thomas Leaf, and a late afternoon/early evening tribute ceremony for the passing of Isaac Bonewits with some fellows druids at the Temple of Flux. The ceremony was quite lovely and a send-off to a great man to the Otherworld. Wine and liquor was the focus of the evening as the motley crew prepared for the night of the Burning of the Man. The Burn was spectacular as was the fire spinning performances and fireworks. Afterwards, the crazy duo headed off to a pirate vessel to dance and party atop the rig’s net-pile. Sir Thomas Leaf was a dancing desert faerie all night long stuck in a never ending loop of elecronic trance music. Good times were had by all.

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Chronicles: Sept. 3, 2010: Friday at the Burn, Bodypainting, Dust Storms, Art, Music

Friday at the Burn 2010:
Bodypainting, Dust Storms, Art, Music


“The Man” – 2010

Friday, 3 September 2010
* Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada, United States of America *

Awakening to the hot sun after a mid-morning glare peering into the Vanwagon vardo, Sir Thomas Leaf stumbled out of the van, off his futon, and into this bodypainting station camp. Pulling out the paints and getting the Body Painting Station ready for its patrons for the day. Dust on the horizon. Lots of wanderers coming in to get painted and painting each other when Leaf was gone. Leaf took a wander-a-bout in search of his brother the mad Docteur Mangor again to no discovery. While he was gone, Dr. Mangor had stopped into camp and left him notes. After a pitstop at the free soft-serve “Psychedelic Ice Cream” camp for some vanilla and chocolate twist, he spent the afternoon painting many beautiful people. As he was finishing bodypainting a lovely Canadian Goddess, the mad doctor arrived. Then it was an afternoon of exploring the playa and cycling around, viewing the amazing art pieces on the playa, visiting camps and getting drunk, dancing to music, and playing well into the evening. Pitstopped in to see the lovely Bonefinder who unfortunately was under the weather so unable to go wander-a-bout with this crazy duo. They searched for Karen at Deathguild who was on her own wander-a-bout. Late night fun with two beautiful princesses from Sweden that was camping within Mangor’s camp, Sir Thomas Leaf and Dr. Mangor went adventuring to an 80’s dance club, a goth night, and several intriguing bars.


Desert Faerie riding into the dust

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Chronicles: Sept. 2, 2010: Thursday at the Burn, Bodypainting, Playa, Thunderdome

Thursday at the Burn 2010: Goddesses, Bodypainting, Playa, & Thunderdome

Thursday, 2 September 2010
* Utah-Nevada, United States of America *

Sir Thomas Leaf awoke and setup the Body Painting Station. Lots of wanderers coming in to get painted and painting each other when Leaf was gone. Leaf took a wander-a-bout in search of his brother the mad Docteur Mangor. No avail. He did find the Canadian Goddesses, whose camp he always enjoys a visit to see his good friends from Canada. Margaritas and Caesars all around, laughter, catching up, and excellent new friends made. Wandering around the playa and exploring the art was the theme of the day. Hot sun, dusty winds, and some revealing omens at the temple. Central camp was thriving and he did find Bonefinder, one of his best of friends from Canada. The floats and art cars were fabulous. An afternoon of bodypainting, as darkness fell, Leaf took a wander over to see his friends at Death Guild. He ran into his close friend, the wonderful Lady Karen of San Francisco for some vino and late night frolick. “Two Man Enter, One Man Leave” bungy battles in the Thunderdome. Much imbibing of alcohol throughout the evening at all the nightclubs and bars. Sir Thomas Leaf passed out near morning’s light.

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