Monday, April 30, 2007

Visiting the tourtoises of Suxi and Ric.

There was a day of sun in Grenoble, so lets forget a bit about fixing the bike and work...

We could not resist to our wild instinct. We had to try to tame the terrific animals of the jungle park...

it is written on the red panel hung over the water: "Danger, ne pas marcher sur la glace" ... for sure we won't on a 29 th april... It is better not disturb the turtles and huge fishes in there ;)

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Randonnée to the Cascade de L'oursiere - Uriage (Suxi-Ric-Trevor-Rachel-Max)

the "traversée" of the little rivers went quite easily

The third river was actually a glacier and crossing it was a bit more tough...

The second Glacier was a bit more difficult, i went first because i have this gene of the "kamikazomaxupilamissime". I though just after : "waw i was lucky it did not collapse!" Actually the part of the ice i sat on to jump was an extension of ice of 1.5 m without support on the ground on the bottom. When this edge will break, it will be better that nobody is below! the others did not want to try the same path after i warned them. so they chose to pass above the danger zone. But we forgot a bit Rachel... (oups Sorry!) Ric. went back to break parts of the dangerous edge to facilitate the passage.

Ric. is going down contrary to the apparences ! ;)

the cascade the afternoon ;)

the indications given by the GPS are quite funny... we knew at that stage we had climbed 300m (start at 1100m.. second cascade at 1400 +/-50m)

left: altitude and position; on the right, GPS says: you are in the snow.... (no roads, a bit lost the machine...)

WAW the cascade is very impressive!

i tried to come closed to the water to test the existence of a temperature gradient close to the cascade. it does!

i saw some rainbows in different positions around the bottom of the cascade where water projections are so fine... i could not resist to picturise it :) yes yes look well there is a rainbow ;)

A bit further i found the most unexpected and nicest place possible to find in such a raugh mountain! Like Suxi says, it gives the mood to start running and jumping all over like the childrens we still are :)


We found beautiful white flowers all spread almost everywhere on gound. Why in this ocean of white are there some that revolt and are violet?

We wanted to reac the lakes.. but half the way our legs decided it was not for today... at this stage, the GPS said we did 8.2 km (but wether or not it is by bird flight or not, i am not sure.)

on the way back i took some pictures of the paths to the cascades... it did not look that hard while climbing!

For those that do not know what phototropism is, here is a striking example. Small, the trees were put on the ground due to an event. It grew up then following the light (trees grow by its apex) the bent of all the trees in that area was pointing to the highest slope gradient. the best hypothesis is that the trees were aligned by an avalanche while small. One could also think about "repatation" or "fauchage" but the ground is rocks differential ground slidings on the different layers allowed.

They will become little frogs..

i will not forget :)

On the way back we tested the GPS to go home... funny thing is my GPS maps do not implement the restrictions due to one way streets also in Grenoble...

Monday, April 16, 2007

friday 13th or Monday 16th?

it seems the last few days are a bit hard for a lot of peoples around me:

- I phoned home after work and my mother forgot to turn off the water in the kitchen so water got out of the sink!!! Swimming pool in the house

- My sister had an interview in brussels and there was a savage train stike.
but earlier that day my father had a meeting to check his eyes in the hospital and could not drive because of the medication he received to dilate the eye diaphragm. So he could not get my sister home earlyenaugh .... since she has always a very positive attitude, she went shopping! hehe

- A good friend got sick the same afternoon...

- Another good friend got her bike stolen in the city of grenoble a few days ago.

- finally a terrible news came from the US the same day.

i would feel like a suvivor if destiny had not fallen a couple of times on my head :-/

Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Uppermost Totally Absolutely Craziest Joke to the future brother in law...

Once upon a time there was a guy that received a new car and was very enthousiastic. The friend just proposed me to make a short ride with its brand new car to show how great it is....
During the ride, i noticed a little speed excess ... but i said not too much about it on the moment ;) ...

With the complicity of my old comparse, i found on the web a blank copy of a french "contravention pour exces de vitesse". I filled in all the parts carefully and removed all looking like from "french administration" I just added in the bottom of the document something like: "if you really believe this document is true, then it means you deserve it!"
5 days after the little journey in the car, i put the enveloppe with carefully printed adress in the mailbox. The same evening, we receive a phone call from his girlfriend asking if by any chance we did not make a was hard but my comparse kept very serious on that phone call. 5 min later, she called again because they still doubted about the origin of the document. The best moment was when we heard from the background:" there is something written in little in the bottom of the page! " and they read it... we just collapsed laughing for 10 min!!!!

"but don't tell it to Mamma..." ;)

Some views from the sky of the house where i grew up

Finally i managed to do something with the mini camera bound to the little plane. It worked again, so the last views from the sky (october) were not only an "accident" :)

The house in the center of the pictures and the garden behind with the 5 big trees (hehe they look so tiny from these views!) and the Magnolia in the front that is with its flowers :)
The little dark stick in the parking... it is me... hehe

The main road to join the house ;) (our house is just a bit on the right on the hidden part of the picture) and the house of the neighbours.

Since every story on this blog has a bit of a strange side, i ll just show what happened to the plane on the second flight of the day : the 3rd big crash of that model ! UPS! I did not understand all what happened but i suspect an electromagnetic "Top" making the radiocontroller blind for a few seconds. (some others claim that i would be a bad pilot... but that is another story ;)
The pieces are all stuck together again... that is the magic of glu.

to be fixed until the following... Crash!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


From the OST of Dreamgirls: Listen from Beyonce
a very good friend of mine likes this song a lot
here are the beautiful lyrics :)

Listen to the song here in my heart
a melody I start but can't complete

Listen to the sound from deep within
Its only beginning to find release

Ohh the time has come for my dreams to be heard
They will not be pushed aside and turned
Into your own, all 'cause you won't listen

I am alone at a crossroads
I'm not at home in my own home
And I've tried and tried
To say whats on my mind
You should have known
Now I'm done believing you
You don't know what I'm feeling
I'm more than what
You've made of me
I followed the voice, you gave to me
But now I've gotta find my own
You should have listened

There was someone here inside
Someone I thought had died
So long ago
Oh I'm screaming out
And my dreams will be heard
They will not be pushed Aside or turned
Into your own
All 'cause you won't listen

I am alone at a crossroads
I'm not at home in my own home
And I've tried and tried
To say whats on my mind
You should have known
Now I'm done believing you
You don't know what I'm feeling
I'm more than what
You've made of me
I followed the voice, you gave to me
But now I've gotta find my own
You should have listened

I don't know where I belong
But I'll be moving on
If you don't, if you won't

Listen to the song here in my heart
A melody I start, but I will complete

Now I am done believing you
You don't know not what I am feeling
I'm more than what you've made of me
I followed the voice you think you gave to me

But now I got to find my own - my own