Travel

Off to St. Helens, Oregon via Portland

by carbonboy on March 21, 2017

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The view of Mount St. Helens was awesome, but the sun disappeared under dark clouds before I could get the camera to a good point of view. I had a great early dinner with stakeholders at the historic Higgins eatery in downtown Portland. A very busy day tomorrow and back to LA by sunset. Damn, […]

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Pit Stop at Pappadeux

by carbonboy on October 22, 2016

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Back during my NAVAIR days I often had to travel of Dallas to Bell Helicopter during the darkest period of the V-22 Osprey Program. One more tragic event and Dick Cheney would have canceled the program for the final time. I flew to Bell on behalf of the government to do my small part to […]

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Donner Pass from I-80

by carbonboy on March 29, 2016

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Donner Lake This is the one place that I don’t mind snow in the spring. However it is so deep one can easily sink up to your crotch if the top layer fails to support your weight! The Truckee River Every time I pass through here (summer or winter), I just want to stop and […]

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Meanwhile back in Utah

by carbonboy on March 22, 2016

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Actually I am in Springfield, Ohio (about as boring as one can get), but happily checked in to my Hampton Inn – my last night in a hotel. Pictured is a canyon off of Highway 6 in Utah heading to Grand Junction from a few days ago. This place caught my eye, and I ended […]

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The Summit

by carbonboy on March 21, 2016

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I am in a very unique place at a near perfect time. Anyone care to guess where?

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Eldorado Trail at Deer Creek

by carbonboy on March 16, 2016

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This is the best time of the year to visit Northern California – it is the only time that it is green! I couldn’t help taking a cruise past my old home in El Dorado Hills. It looks the same, but with new home building at a frantic pace, and far fewer FOR SALE signs. […]

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Winter Skies

by carbonboy on November 28, 2015

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Winter has come. It is cold, but the skies are still beautiful! Me alone with the sky! Even an uneventful sunset should not be taken for granted! I am heading west, and they east! Now to sleep peacefully in my hotel. Travel can wait until the morning.

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Boy I miss my pickup truck, and I never had this problem of collecting too much stuff when working overseas. I come to a client’s site with whatever I can carry – via airplane or auto. I expect to stay a few months, but I stay a year. Oddly I have more stuff than when […]

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Back in the Center of Meat Universe

by carbonboy on October 10, 2015

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Still two hours of driving and I can’t wait for the sun to sink away into darkness! It’s amazing when heading west on I-80 – it always seems to be overcast all day, and finally when the eleven hour drive is coming to a close, the sun comes out in full force – and one’s […]

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Let the Migration Begin

by carbonboy on March 27, 2015

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For the Sandhill Cranes, the Platte River is a brief stop-over to refuel on last season’s corn crop. They are named for their preference to gather on the foliage-free sand banks of the river, as it is collectively safer than the dense vegetation along those banks. From what I have read, they hang around for […]

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Frozen

by carbonboy on February 19, 2015

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Last Friday at 4:00 a.m. my home security system alerted me that the temperature in my house was 40° F. My furnace stopped working, and I was 1,500 miles away! With single digit temperatures predicted over the next few days my water pipes could burst – even with the water company shutting off the main […]

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A Taste of India in Blacksburg

by carbonboy on October 27, 2013

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I can’t imagine having a fine meal without an equally fine wine – moderation is best – meaning two glasses are perfect! We got our first dusting of snow here in Blacksburg, and I must say my first impulse was to pack things up and move back to Southern California. Yet this assignment is so […]

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Dreaming Forward

by carbonboy on September 2, 2013

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Gaeta, Italy 2008 – I took too much for granted while in Italy for nine months! It was another lazy weekend that slipped by too fast. I think that I accomplished ten percent of what I had intended, as the heat and humidity did not let up. No matter, as it was all stuff that […]

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Day 4 – Indianapolis to Piney Point

by carbonboy on June 5, 2013

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The DC Beltway after nine hours of driving with one headlight – yes it looked just like this! The last leg of the cross-country drive was incidental, short of a few near death potentials due to idiot drivers – something we go through daily, most often unaware. It was a long drive, but I did not […]

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I had to get the western Illinois to see anything resembling a family farm – everything beforehand seemed to be big Agribusiness! Wyoming is about cattle; Nebraska, corn, wheat and soybeans; western Iowa is like Wisconsin with rolling hills, and I think cute little pigs and sheep. America’s bread basket could feed most of the […]

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Day 2 – Salt Lake City to Kearney, Nebraska

by carbonboy on June 2, 2013

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Big Country – somewhere in Wyoming on I-80, where the road seems endless, or drops off the end of the world! I got to the Hilton Garden Inn in Salt Lake City after everything had closed in terms of eating last night. This is an odd area where all the airport hotels are located, but […]

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Day 1 – Sacramento to Salt Lake City

by carbonboy on June 1, 2013

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Donner Lake – I’d simply not like to drive any further, and just spend the summer here! This is not a road trip, it’s about transporting my vehicle across the country as painlessly as possible. And so far there has been a fair amount of pain! First, I lost a day, or a half day […]

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Stuck in the Fog

by carbonboy on January 20, 2013

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Reagan National 4:29 a.m., January 20, 2013 I discovered that airport security does not open up the terminals at DCA until 4:30 a.m., which means that I could have slept in for another 15 minutes. I was the first one through!  Also that flights that leave at 6:00 a.m. aren’t stuffed to capacity and 1st Class […]

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Home in Sunny Santiago de Querétaro

by carbonboy on November 27, 2012

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Houston at Dusk – Thankfully I only have to Endure the Airport I had one of those rare trips when everything went as planned. I could sleep in on my day of departure. I had ample time to grab some good food in both DC and Houston. I had good seats and interesting seatmates. Upon arrival, […]

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SFO to IAD

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by carbonboy on October 28, 2011

I needed to get home as both my driver’s license and auto registration are about to expire and I don’t want to commit to becoming a Californian quite yet (not that I would mind). Also my house in Piney Point needs to be prepped for the winter. I’m sitting in Terminal 2 at SFO and about to get […]

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