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Friday, June 21, 2013


During Tuesday's Dunham Reservoir hike, and while doing some cross-country ski trail maintenance yesterday, I stepped into a number of goosh-bombs.   Back in the 1980s, during a hike at Fish Creek Pond in the Adirondacks (it was a rainy season much like now),  my daughter Annie, approximately age six at the time, suddenly exclaimed that she had stepped into a "goosh-bomb."  I hereby unveil her appropriately coined word for official entrance into the American lexicon.

Definition of goosh-bomb:
goosh-bomb noun \ˈgsh-ˈbäm\
A rounded and slightly raised segment of earth that provides the false impression of a dry, safe haven for one's foot while avoiding otherwise obvious wet targets.  The foot is consequently sucked into a booby-trap swamp and emerges after breaking the vacuum via considerable force and having one's socks oozing with the muddy native geology.

Today's the first day of summer.  Summer solstice was at 5:04 a.m. this morning.  The summer solstice occurs when the tilt of a planet's semi-axis is most inclined toward the star (sun) that it orbits. Earth's maximum axial tilt toward the sun is 23° 26'. This happens twice each year, at which times the sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the north or the south pole.


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