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Nightmare Night 2016 - Nightmare Moon
This year's pumpkin was a speed pumpkin, at least for me.  Starting with an untouched pumpkin, I scooped the thing out and carved it up in an hour and ten minutes.  I didn't have a lot of time to make something complex, as trick or treat started at 6, and I got home from work at 5:10, so this is the result.  The surfaces could have been made smoother if I'd had more time, otherwise I think it worked out well.  Hope y'all like it.
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Super Mario World Map
I went to the Renaissance Festival last year and there was a guy selling various black-and-white maps there, so I picked this one up.  More recently I decided to color it in with colored pencil.  Almost all of the line work is not mine, but I added my own in some places to correct errors (the map has a fair number of them, whoever drew this originally was probably in a hurry) and to enhance what was there.  For example, the lines running down from the face of Star Road (the fact that the name put on the map was wrong still annoys me) and the shapes above SPECIAL are not part of the original.  My scanner's not big enough to handle this thing, so I stitched multiple scans together in Gimp.  Eventually I'll frame this thing and put it up on my wall : ) .

Unfortunately I do not know who the original artist is, so I can't properly credit them, but whoever they were they made a nice outline map for filling in.
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CheeseInTheDark

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I like to do stuff. Mostly I like to make stuff, but I also like to do stuff. So yeah, this is a page and all that.

Be excellent to each other, and party on dudes!

:iconapplebloomspinplz: Also this, this is the best thing.
So, back to Yellowstone.  Originally, we were going to come to Yellowstone the night before and camp, leaving the whole next day to look at things.  As it worked out though, we didn't get to Yellowstone until about three o'clock in the afternoon, so we had to take the hurry-up-and-look tour of the park.  Normally, at every previous park, we'd show up there, grab a map, and have some time to plan out our trails for the day beforehand.  This time we got to the park gate, got the map, and had to lay out our plans for the remainder of the day while we were driving into the park, so we had to decide what to look at pretty quickly also.

In the end, we went around the central loop in the park to see Gibbon Falls, Yellowstone Canyon, the lake, and finally Old Faithful and the surrounding area.

In the meantime, I got some pictures while we were driving into the park.

Oregon Trail 10-1 by CheeseInTheDark
There were huge areas with short trees like this, I think due to the 1988 wildfires.  I think there may have also been some more large fires after that in the mid-nineties.  It's funny how densely packed they are when they're still small, a lot of them will die simply because certain trees gain some sort of edge over their neighbors and there's not enough room or resources for all of them.

Oregon Trail 10-2 by CheeseInTheDark

The first place we stopped was Gibbon Falls.  It was right off the side of the road, so it didn't take much time to find a good view of it.

Oregon Trail 10-3 by CheeseInTheDark

Moving on down the road, we stopped at the Artist's Paintpots next.  It was about half of a mile to the loop around the paintpots, so we made our way along the path at a brisk walk through the short pines.  As we got closer to the loop, we started seeing these colorful little rivulets running through the dirt, and these tiny bubbling or steaming holes in the ground.  I'd read about Yellowstone before and how it had geysers and hotsprings, but I didn't realize just how little the ground covered the stuff going on underneath until I got there.  In some places, there were large areas where the ground was only very thin - walking off the plank path wasn't a good idea.

Another weird thing is that not all the hydrothermal features are consistent in how they work.  Some of them make bubbles, some of them steam, some them are fountains, some of them are just springs where water rises to the surface, some of them are mostly water, and still more of them are mostly mud.

One thing they all did well is smell bad.  Sulphur tends to eminate from the ground here along with the water, and it stinks something awful when you get a good whiff of it.

Oregon Trail 10-4 by CheeseInTheDark
This is a good view of most of the area enclosed by the loop.  Looking over everything, my dad said that from his trips a long time ago, he remembered it being it more active.  We were wondering if maybe more went on after heavy rains, but either way it was cool to hear him talk about changes in the park over time.  It's always funny to think that what seem like permanent things in nature are changing all the time.

Oregon Trail 10-5 by CheeseInTheDark
View from the top of the loop.

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This thing sat there and made bubbles.  Bubbles!

Oregon Trail 10-7 by CheeseInTheDark
Ees so tiny!  These little guys were ubiquitous.

Oregon Trail 10-8 by CheeseInTheDark
This thing was hilarious.  It just keeps shooting blobs of mud out of itself, building up mounds of the stuff.

The paintpots were cool, and they gave me a good idea of how this place worked.  Somewhere under me was magma, which was heating up water, which was also somewhere under me, all of which was probably not that far away if I could walk to it.  All of that was underground, and I could see the end result of some of what was going on down there at the surface.  Cool stuff.

It was about 5 PM by the time we got to our next destination, the Yellowstone Grand Canyon.  Fortunately, what with it being the middle of June, the sun wouldn't be going down for quite some time.  There was no hiking here, instead we pulled off at parking lots and went to see the different views of the canyon and the falls in it.

Oregon Trail 10-9 by CheeseInTheDark
This is the Upper Falls.

Yellowstone Grand Canyon Lower Falls by CheeseInTheDark
Next to this thing, the Upper Falls looks pretty small!

Here we have some more pictures of the canyon downstream.

Oregon Trail 10-10 by CheeseInTheDark

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Yellowstone Canyon by CheeseInTheDark
As far downstream as we could go.

The last place we stopped in this area was nearer to the Upper Falls.

Oregon Trail 10-13 by CheeseInTheDark
Still not a fantastic photo, but it was certainly better than the first one I got.

After that, we drove a little further south, and made a brief stop at the Sulphur Cauldron to take a quick look at the stuff there.  There was a tiny part of the parking lot that was closed because a bubbling spring had come up through the pavement there!

Oregon Trail 10-14 by CheeseInTheDark
I think this was called the Dragon's Cave, which got its name from the steam that the cave continously belched out.  The sulphur smell here was particulary strong.

Oregon Trail 10-15 by CheeseInTheDark
A mudpot nearby.

Finally, we started driving toward Yellowstone Lake and our campsite.  We would stop there and check in first before continuing on to see Old Faithful.

My dad was really excited to show me the lodge there.  I had no idea what to expect.  We went into one of the buildings, and it was pretty cool inside.  There was a gift shop, places to buy food, a dining area, and a place where we got some excellent milkshakes.  My dad kept saying it wasn't the place he remembered though, so he asked around for where the "lodge" was.  Apparently, we were in the lodge.  Eventually he found out that what he was looking for was the Old Faithful Inn, and they pointed us in the right direction.  From a distance, it was just a tall triangular building with some flags on it.  It didn't look that interesting from where I was standing, pretty cool perhaps, but nothing completely amazing.

We decided to go look at it.  On the way out, we saw the times listed for when Old Faithful was supposed to go off.  If I remember correctly, it was supposed to erupt around 8:10, give or take 10 minutes.  It was 7:40 then, so we had a while to look at the inn.

So we walk over to the inn, and I noted that the front of the building looked much more impressive up close.  Whoever designed it had certainly done a good job.  So then, I walked inside.  The outside had been impressive.  The inside of the lobby, on the other hand, filled me with awe.  It was incredible.  I'd seen a lot of "mountain lodge" style buildings before, and I always really liked them, but after seeing this one, those all looked like cheap knock-offs.  This thing is a real piece of art.  There were multiple stories of balconies around the center of the lobby, and above those were stairs to catwalks and crows nests above the whole thing.  All of the wood in the place was unfinished lumber - literally branches of trees and tree trunks that were nailed in place almost as they were found.  The only thing they'd done to them was strip the bark and cut them to size.  There was a huge stone chimney in one corner housing a large fireplace also.  It was an amazing place, and we spent a lot of time just looking around in it.

I have pictures of the inn, but I'm not going to post them here.  They don't do it justice, and it's better if you've never seen pictures of it before going in anyway.

Oregon Trail 10-15 by CheeseInTheDark
Finally wandering back outside, we made our way to a good place to look at Old Faithful.

Oregon Trail 10-16 by CheeseInTheDark
After standing around for a while, we got to see it erupt!  From where we were standing, we mostly saw steam, but it kept erupting for a good minute or so, and the water reached fairly high in the air.

Nearby, there were a lot of other geysers and pools to go look at.  For our last adventure of the day, we went to go look at those.

Oregon Trail 10-16 by CheeseInTheDark

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Bubbling Water by CheeseInTheDark

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We didn't get to see any of the other geysers go off, but that whole area was interesting to look at.  It was 9 PM when we left and headed back to the campsite.  Unfortunately, this meant we had to pitch our tent in darkness and try to cook dinner.

We also tried to put my sister's lantern back in working order.  We'd actually managed to find a replacement pump earlier, but our attempt ended in a dismal failure.  Dinner however, was good.  At this point, I don't remember what that dinner was, but, I do remember it being tasty.

When it came time to go to bed, we did not sleep well.  We had to believe that there were a bunch of moles that had lived under our campsite, because the ground was terribly bumpy.  Definitely not the most comfortable place to sleep.

The next day, we got up and skedaddled out of there.

So, Yellowstone, it's awesome.  I've added to my list of future plans to a trip to Yellowstone and just Yellowstone, I could probably spend a week in the inn there (although, boy is it expensive).  It's a big place, and there's plenty to look at.  Despite that, I still got to see a lot of excellent stuff given the amount of time we had to go look at it.  I love all of the hydrothermal stuff in the park, in fact  the coolest thing about the whole area is it's volcanic activity.

It's a geothermal hotspot, and it has been for millions of years.  Driving into the park, we could see that the landscape was mostly old volcanic tuff, cracked up like thick layers of asphalt.  There have been multiple, huge volcanic eruptions in the park, some of them a thousand times more powerful than Mt. Saint Helen's eruption.  You can see the remnants of these eruptions in the ash fields they spewed across the entire continent, as well as the caldera lakes they left behind.  Take Yellowstone Lake, and replace it with a volcano - that's a pretty big volcano.  And of course, the geyers are all a result of the same volcanic activity, as the magma still trapped underground heats the water.  Plumes of steam still rise off of the edge of Yellowstone Lake.  There are a few ways I've decided I wouldn't mind dying, and I've added to my list that, when I'm old, I would be okay with getting to see the next eruption happen if I were actually at the park.  Otherwise, that would be no fun at all.

There are a few more noteworthy things that happened on this trip.  For one, we got to see Mt. Rushmore.  I was originally planning to camp there, but the weather was miserable, so we drove on up to Wall and got a hotel room, which was apparently the home of the famous Wall Drugstore.  This place is insane.  It gained notoriety for offering free ice water in the middle of nowhere a long time ago.  Since then it's turned into some kind of shrine to insane tourist business ventures.  It's quite a strange place, certainly worth a look.

The next day, we got up and decided to make a quick detour through the southern Badlands.  Looks like we'd be adding one more park to the trip.  The Badlands had a lot more grass in them than I was expecting, and my dad said he definitely hadn't remembered them being that green.  I tried to search the internet for information on increases in grass in the area, but I couldn't find anything.  One of the interesting things there was the highly visible erosion of the loose soil - there were old fence posts and drain pipes installed decades ago that had been undermined by two feet or more.

Anyway, here's a slew of pictures from there.

Oregon Trail 10-21 by CheeseInTheDark

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Oregon Trail 10-25 by CheeseInTheDark

After the Badlands, we came back to the freeway and started off east toward my sister's place again.  We played several games of twenty questions (aka coffeepot) on the way.

My sister wasn't actually home, but her husband was.  When we got there, it was dark, and my dad told me to throw something away.  So I went to the side of the house and tossed the thing in the trash can, when I got an idea.  I went around the back of their house and just stood there at the back door.  When my sister's husband came to the back door to let the dog out, he saw me just standing there and he was a bit startled xD.  It was awesome.

Shortly after we got there, we went to sleep.  Tomorrow was the last day of the trip.  For whatever reason, I decided I wanted to drive the entire leg, and then finally, right around dinner time, we were back in Ohio on home dirt.

It was a fantastic trip.  I am so glad I took the advice I was given, moving my start date back was definitely the right thing to do.  There are so many things to look at and so much dirt to walk around on out there, and there's a lot of stuff to learn about it all too.  In the future, I'd like to take a similar trip with Liebatron once he graduates.  In the meantime, I've started my new job, and it's been good.  I will certainly embark on more adventures in the future though.

For all of you who got this far, thanks for reading!  Writing these has been fun.

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Mystic-Lulamoon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016
Happy Birthday! Hope you have a marvelous time today!
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiehappyplz::iconsaysplz:Yay! We're here, everypony!
:iconhappytsplz::iconsaysplz:Phew, that wasn't long. I told you we could easily make it on hoof!
:iconstyle1plz::iconsaysplz:Speak for yourself, Twi, you didn't have to carry this cake! It's heavy, you know!
:iconpinkiebrilliantplz::iconsaysplz:Thank you for helping out, Dashie! I couldn't have settled for anything less, after all!
:iconfluttershy-plz::iconsaysplz:Hi... We're here to... wish you a happy birthday.
:iconpinkiepieplz::iconsaysplz:You said it! Happy birthday!
:iconbrilliantpinkieplz::iconsaysplz:And what better way to say "happy birthday" than with a cake? :iconcakepinkplz:
:iconapple-jackplz::iconsaysplz:Why, with a real Apple family apple pie, of course! :iconapplepieplz:
:iconderpyhappyplz::iconsaysplz:With a muffin! Yay! :iconmlpmuffinplz:
:iconraritysmileplz::iconsaysplz:But these, while pleasant to give, mean little by themselves...
:iconrarityiscuteplz::iconsaysplz:What makes them meaningful are our wishes for you!
:iconpinkiesmile2plz::iconsaysplz:Exactly! And we wish for you to have a perfect birthday and a great year ahead of you!
:iconrainbowdashhappyplz::iconsaysplz:Don't fear any challenges you might face! No matter how bad it may seem, have faith in yourself and keep on being awesome!
:icontwilighthappyplz::iconsaysplz:And while at it, keep a level head and don't lose sight of what's important! Keep the magic of friendship alive in yourself!
:iconapplejackhappyplz::iconsaysplz:Remember your loved ones and friends, an' don't let little things an' worries get you down!
:iconspikethinkingplz::iconsaysplz:We hope that you'll find all you seek and be the best you can be!
:iconrarityjoyplz::iconsaysplz:Don't forget to respect yourself! You're the best at being you, so stay true to what you really are!
:iconflutterpweezeplz::iconsaysplz:And we hope that you'll be at peace with yourself, too... and that the year ahead will be peaceful for you.
:iconpinkiewinkplz::iconsaysplz:And throughout all that, have fun! It isn't fun if you don't have any, after all, and fun it should be!
:iconpinkiepartyplz::iconsaysplz:Just like today! Party on!
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Mystic-Lulamoon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Happy Birthday! Hope you have a marvelous time today!
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiehappyplz::iconsaysplz:Weeee! Today's the day, everypony!
:icontwilightderpplz::iconsaysplz:Pinkie, do we have to teleport in like that every time?
:iconpinkiecuteplz::iconsaysplz:Of course, silly! Else it wouldn't be a proper birthday greeting!
:iconisaypinkieplz::iconsaysplz:Ahem...
:iconpinkiepiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:Happy birthday!
:iconapplejackplz::iconsaysplz:And it wouldn't be a proper birthday if Ah didn't bring y'all an apple pie, baked by yours truly!:iconapplepieplz:
:iconrarityiscuteplz::iconsaysplz:Let us all give you our best wishes on this occasion and wish you a wonderful year!
:iconflutter-shyplz::iconsaysplz:I hope that you will not run into any trouble this year and that everything will be as good as it can possibly be.
:icondashissuperhappyplz::iconsaysplz:Don't forget that you're awesome! And that we're all your friends! Keep on rockin'!
:icontwilightliciousplz::iconsaysplz:Always keep the magic of friendship within you. May it bring you as much joy as it brings us!
:iconadorablespikeplz::iconsaysplz:And don't ever feel like you're useless or unworthy! Only you have what it takes to live your life, so don't let anyone or anything else get you down!
:iconbrilliantpinkieplz::iconsaysplz:And of course, don't forget to have fun while at it! And speaking of fun...
:iconpinkiebrilliantplz::iconsaysplz:It's time to party!:iconpinkiepartyplz:
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiebounce2plz::iconsaysplz:Over here, everypony! My Pinkie sense is telling me they're here!
:icontwilighthappyplz::iconsaysplz:Hi! Pinkie Pie invited us all to her friend's birthday party, and...
:iconpinkiepiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:And that friend is you! Happy birthday!:iconpinkiepartyplz:
:iconapplejackplz::iconsaysplz:Ah've brought an apple pie along for you, sugarcube!:iconapplepieplz:
:iconrarityplz::iconsaysplz:And I, speaking for all of us, wish you all the best in your life and all your endeavours!
:iconfluttershywinkplz::iconsaysplz:I hope that you'll have a wonderful time and that trouble will pass you by.
:iconcutedashsmileplz::iconsaysplz:And no matter what happens, remember that we'll always be your friends. Stay awesome!
:iconponyangelplz::iconsaysplz:May the magic of friendship and all it contains be ever with you.
:iconmlpspikeplz::iconsaysplz:And if you ever feel down, don't forget that that you're the hero of your life's story, and no-one else can be better at it than you!
:iconparty0plz::iconsaysplz:Now come on, you all, it's time to start the party for real!
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CheeseInTheDark Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Woo!  Thank you for this, best birthday post ever.  Mmm, pie, om nom nom...
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TurkeySM Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations! Your "Luna Lantern" deviation has made it into the :iconponies-for-everypony: Featured folder!
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TurkeySM Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome to :iconponies-for-everypony:! Feel free to relax here and enjoy the pony!
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Railphotos Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!
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CheeseInTheDark Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! : )
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