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A family visit

This weekend, my family visited our new house for the first time since we moved here. My brother and sister-in-law and their 5-week-old girl arrived Friday afternoon. Before they got here, I put up some Autumn decorations.

Autumn Decor

I got the corn stalk bunches from a nearby house that was selling them, but the pumpkins and mums just came from stores. Still, they look pretty nice. Martha Stewart ain't got nothin' on me.

We drove up to Hanover in the evening to meet my parents and younger brother (who is now taller than me, and I'm 5'11"!) for the Dartmouth College homecoming bonfire. Every year they have this bonfire and a parade of alumni and local marching bands, and some speeches and songs from the college chorus. When I was little, the bonfire structures were easily fifty or sixty feet tall, and the flames were so hot that the crowd would generally be standing at the very edge of the quad. Since the Texas A&M bonfire accident in 1999, though, the bonfires have been much smaller, and the crowds can get up pretty close.

This is us. I'm second from the left, wearing my Jayne hat. Also, I bought 300 bendable luminescent bracelets a week or so ago, so we all have a few of them attached to ourselves. There are many more left, which will provide many, many hours of illuminated nighttime fun in the future.

Group shot at the bonfire

The Dartmouth alma mater is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, including the lines They have the still North in their hearts / The hill winds in their veins / And the granite of New Hampshire / In their muscles and their brains!

Whenever we visit the campus for the bonfire, there are a couple of campus sights to see. This year, Rollins Chapel is being renovated so we couldn't go inside to look at the neat postmodern "Noah's Ark" sculpture. However, the science building was open, so we could get in to see their example of Foucault's Pendulum.

Foucault's Pendulum

I read the novel by Umberto Eco earlier this year and now when I see a pendulum it makes me think of Templars and Rosicrucians and stuff for a bit. But only for a bit.

Then yesterday (Saturday) we spent the day just hanging around home with everyone, enjoying the nice weather and each other's company, and we hiked up French's Ledges, the little mountain behind our house, and took in the view. I think I'll post photos of that another time. It's an easy hike with a great payoff, though, and even though peak leaf season is over here, the mountains and valleys still look beautiful from up there.

Today we are going to drive down to Concord and explore, just to see what we can see.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 16th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
yay fun and pretty things!
i love science museums.
Oct. 17th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
Technically it is just a science building, not a museum. But it has a pendulum and a giant slowly rotating globe, so it is like a museum.
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