Fire Cloud...
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Friday, 7 August 2009

Hike to Death Canyon

Grand Tetons National Park

Yea, Though we walk though the Canyon of Death...we will fear no evil...for we are the meanest, nastiest hikers in the canyon... Well, almost no evil... A Twitter employee used the same user name and password at work as he used on numerous internet sites. All you need, like this poor snook, is one compromised site and a hacker is selling your employers secrets or raiding your bank accounts.

Note to self: clean up usernames and passwords and make each unique. It's going to be easier now that the laptop remembers them all and logs me in with a swipe of my index finger...then print them all out for Mrs. Phred and hide them in a boring paper file. Maybe my 2002 Income Tax file?

So how about that KGB? They shut down Twitter with a denial of service attack because they didn't like what one blogger was saying about the invasion of Georgia. If you're going to shut something down, that might be a mostly harmless target. KGB 1- Twitter 0.

The hike up to Death Canyon was about three miles round trip. It was a nice even upslope of about 1,000 foot gain from 6,200 to 7,200 feet. I dislike hikes where there is a lot of up and down in a climb. Even 100 feet of down adds 200 feet of up to the round trip. We had hail in the afternoon. It was bigger than green peas, but smaller than marbles.

We signed up for a fifth night here. We found the community tennis courts. This mornings scores were 6-0, 6-0 so the sets were short. Mrs. Phred broke out a new can of balls and I couldn't seem to do a thing with them. They all went sailing.

We're heading for the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park down in Colorado on Sunday morning. The last time we were there all the trails were closed because of the late April snow pack.

We'll try to time our arrival in Arkansas for Wednesday, August 26. The state park we want to stay in went to a first-come, first-serve basis after last year's ice storms. They had to refund all their reservations because they were unsure when they would reopen.

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