I had to be in Luray, VA early so I left in the dark. Along the way on Sunday morning I saw this scene in the eastern pre-dawn sky and snapped this iPhone picture:
Heading up in line from the horizon: the Moon, Venus, and Jupiter.
As for the chainsaw certification class, I really think it was worthwhile. I'm just a self-taught ordinary chain saw use, who like many of us over the years had developed some unsafe practices and shortcuts. Working one-on-one with an experienced trainer was good to enable me to change a few things on the safety side, and to enhance my skills.
Plus another class requirement was first aid/CPR/AED training (after all, you're using a machine that can literally kill you). In my private life, I will feel safer now being around the kids and older family members, in case of health emergency.
Oh, and the link to Ultrarunning? Next time you go barreling down a trail, give some thought to the fact that somebody probably goes there on a regular basis to keep that trail clear of weeds and downed trees. I ran trails for years--and continue to do so--before I came to the point in my life when my situation permitted me to carve out the time to work as a maintainer.
Now I get to carry another heavy piece of gear!