“My vicinity affords many good walks; and though for so many years I have walked almost every day, and sometimes for several days together, I have not yet exhausted them” (Henry David Thoreau, Walking).
Part of my summer challenge of “building my own damn house” has been to find local places of beauty to appreciate. I cannot tell you how surprised I was to find what seemed like an out-of-the-way hiking path smack dab in the middle of the city of Rochester! I knew that the Zoo was in the city, but the amount of land and hiking trails within Seneca Park was a shock.
The AllTrails app on my phone has been great for finding nuggets of treasure that I didn’t know were there so that I may better appreciate my own “house” or Upstate New York.
Last summer my challenge took me out of state and to both oceans. This summer I am concentrating on things closer to home. As Thoreau stated that there are many places to walk in our own vicinity, I am looking around Upstate NY for places to do my walking.
Another app that I like on my phone is MapMyWalk. With it, I can track the places I visit, and it will provide me with more information than I ever thought I could know about my hike! It also allows me to send a post right to my blog:
Those white things on the ground are broken sea shells…and they were all over this part of the trail. It is quite a distance up from the river, as you can see through the trees, and I wondered how they all got up here. Perhaps seagulls had their own version of a clam bake!
I am thankful that I happened to be looking down at the point I came by this Fairy’s house.
Well, I WAS in the huge zombie apocalypse scene in The Final Night and Day, but I only made it into one frame! But I know that I was there! And when we were all in line for “make-up” (being squirted with super-soakers filled with red-dyed water), I was once of the folks yelling, “More blood!!” And I am not even a horror fan… I get all squeamish.
But I am very grateful to director Adam Steigert of Deftone Pictures Studios for giving me the opportunity!
However, in Ombis AlienInvasion (click poster for more info, including cast), I even got a bit speaking part!! Woo hoo! AND a whole scene all to myself as I awakened from the dead, prepared to attack! Three and a half hours in make-up, designed by students of the Tom Savini FX School (Living Dead films, anyone?), and I was ready for my close up! (Click the picture for a link to Tom Savini’s site) The ONLY picture I have is the one of the beginning process…I was forbidden to have a pic in full make-up until after the film is released.
It was a great experience, and I loved being covered in slime! I’d do it again in a heartbeat!
PLEASE Adam, can I get a picture in make-up after May 18th?? I am dying here! 😦
May 18th cannot come fast enough for me! I already have my tickets for me and my kids and a special friend, so yippy skippy, bring on the popcorn! Premiering at the historic Hamburg Palace Theatre, Ombis is sure to be a treat to all involved!!
Oh, yeah… I also threw my hat into the extras pool for the new Spiderman movie that is going to be filmed here in Rochester! 😛 Here’s hoping! I wonder if my aerial arts “skills” might be called upon…. (forefinger to chin, pondering)