Checklist for the Next Eclipse

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  1. Buy a better camera.
  2. Buy a better tripod.
  3. Wear socks.

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Hunkering Down for Winter

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So. Winter. I didn’t know it started in October. I had planned to be on the road until a couple weeks before Christmas, but when the weather started turning bad while I was hanging in Canada, I panicked a little bit. So I decided to start my wintering in Southern California a little early.

I thought I would be smart and take a route that approximated Route 66, taking me well south of the snow. Ha! I stopped for the night in the middle of Missouri, only to get a dusting of snow on my way out in the morning. And then I stopped for the night in Flagstaff, Arizona. And the snow found me. In Arizona! That’s my car under 4 inches of it up there.

So now I’m in Southern California for a while. The rest of the continent can have winter. I had my share in Arizona.

But then I start to think about the natural disasters or near disasters that occurred in the places I’ve been either shortly before or after I was there. There was the earthquake and then hurricane in the Northeast, a snowstorm in Zion & Bryce, a bigger snowstorm in Denver, and a huge snowstorm in New England, the earthquake in the East Bay, earthquake in Oklahoma.

If I were a superstitious person, I’d be thinking twice about staying in one place for any period of time.

So even though I won’t be traveling for the next few months, I’m so far behind in writing about what I’ve done already, so that should keep me busy for a while.

A Utah Teaser

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I know I am waaaay behind in this blog thing, but I have been busy. So to whet your appetite, here’s what I’ve been doing for the last week.

As with all my photos, you can click to embiggen.

I promise I will get some blog entries done soon. I’m still working on Lake Tahoe and I haven’t even mentioned how awesome Nevada was.

Fire in the Sierra Nevada

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So I was taking a leisurely pre-lunch hike around Spooner Lake (near Lake Tahoe) when all of a sudden I see this.

Yes, that’s a fire fighting helicopter swooping in to scoop water out of the lake.

I don’t know where the fire was, but the fact that I could smell smoke while walking next to the nearest water source made me a bit nervous.

After the fourth dip they didn’t come back, and the smell of smoke was soon gone, so I assume the fire was small and quickly extinguished.

I’ll have more (and better) pictures in a regular blog post.

Let’s get this show on the road!

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Well, the first month of my road trip has barely qualified as such. I pretty much planted myself in Southern California for four weeks and then in the Bay Area for a week. Today I head east, to end up eventually in DC, NY, and New England. When? Who knows?! I don’t even know where I’ll be sleeping tonight!