Monday, June 25, 2007

Afk, But Not Forgotten

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I spent the weekend in Yosemite. And oddly enough, I made some discoveries related to the game. The first one I saw was related to Westfall. Upon leaving the park, I saw a ranger station sign for Westfall. It just made me chuckle since, according to Richard P. Ditton and Donald E. McHenry:
Westfall Ranger Station in Sierra National Forest is operated by the Forest Service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Its main purpose is fire and insect control and timber improvement. A laboratory of the U. S. Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine is also located here to study effects and control, of forest insects. The suppression of forest fires in this area of well over one million acres is a cooperative project between the State of California, the U. S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service. The station was originally Miami Ranger Station but was changed about 1940 to Westfall in honor of one of the first forest ranger in this area.
The other discovery was about the Fen Dwellers/Creepers/Lords. Unbeknownst to me the word "Fen" isn't made up. According to Random House a fen is "low land covered wholly or partially with water; boggy land; a marsh." Well, it makes sense that these guys are found in the Wetlands, and that they are actually found in the water. The fen in Yosemite was actually quite interesting. There's a layer of peat that has developed due to the slow moving water. It's also a great source of nutrients for plants, which provides a support for numerous insects, which feeds a lot of birds in the area. Overall, a really relaxing place in Yosemite with none of the Fen Lords to disturb your peace. :)

In my absence, our guild was in full force, downing Attumen, Moroes, The Maiden of Virtue, and the Oz Opera event. They tried the Curator a few times, but were unsuccessful. Tonight we'll try him again. Hopefully we can get somebody their T4 gloves.

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