India/Nepal Photo Album

Posted by on March 5th, 2014

In January, 2014, we spent two weeks touring India and Nepal. In addition to the traditional tourist sites like the Taj Mahal in Agra, we visited several other cities in India and several locations in and around Kathmandu, Nepal. The photo album is posted for your perusal.

I am experimenting with a different “skin” for my photo albums. If you right click on the link and tell your browser to open it in a new window, then maximize the window, images will be displayed larger on your monitor.  The “play” icon in the upper right will run the album as a slide show, 4-second interval.  (You may change that if you wish)  Also, when navigating manually through the larger images, the right/left arrow keys on you keyboard will move to the next/previous image in the album.

First Presbyterian Church Organ Installation

Posted by on November 1st, 2013

A new pipe organ, Opus 3898, built by Casavant Freres in Canada, is being installed at First Presbyterian Church.  The physical installation is complete and the final voicing and tuning will begin the first week of November.  I have compiled a photo album of the installation.  The instrument replaces a 1957 Wicks organ that was installed when the Sanctuary was built.  That organ has been donated to the Cathedral in Apia, Samoa and should be installed and ready there sometime in the spring of 2014.

The Casavant organ has 4,357 pipes and is installed in the existing pipe chambers in the Chancel, with two antiphonal chests and pipes installed on the rear wall of the Sanctuary.  The initial use of the organ in worship will occur on Christmas Eve of this year.

British Isles Cruise Photo Album

Posted by on September 20th, 2013

The photo album from our British Isles cruise is now online for your viewing pleasure.

Fifty/Fifty…Success on Borah, Weather on Kings

Posted by on September 10th, 2013

My 2013 highpointing trip took me to Borah Peak, Idaho and Kings Peak, Utah, both for the third time.  Borah is one of the toughest climbs among the 50 state highpoints but we succeeded in getting past the aptly-named Chicken-Out Ridge and on up to the summit.  Contrariwise, the weather didn’t cooperate with our plans for Kings Peak a few days later.  Fortunately, Kings is up a beautiful valley and a pleasant hike to the base camp near Dollar Lake so having to return for a better weather window isn’t too bad.  For more details, please read my illustrated trip report.

three guyanas tour

Posted by on February 5th, 2012

Over Christmas/New Year’s, we flew to Georgetown, Guyana and from there toured Suriname and French Guiana.  Those three countries finish off South America for Marcia and me (Nathan still needs Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay, sorry, kid).  Our country totals are now Marcia, 144; Nathan, 107 and myself, 128.

Photo album from the trip is online.

aegean/adriatic cruise photo album

Posted by on November 22nd, 2011

This October, we flew to Athens and boarded a ship for a cruise of the Aegean and Adriatic Seas. Six new countries, six new pins in the map.

The photo album is on line.

australia, cruise, tasmania

Posted by on January 3rd, 2011

Over Nathan’s Christmas break, we flew to Sydney, Australia, for a cruise up to Vanuatu and New Caledonia. After returning to Sydney, we flew down to Hobart, Tasmania for a couple of days before coming back to Sydney once again for the New Year’s celebrations. For Nathan, Australia marked his seventh continent and one hundredth country (per the Travelers Century Club list).

The photo album is online.

istanbul/odessa/kiev photo album

Posted by on October 19th, 2010

We spent a few days in Istanbul, then flew to Odessa.  The tour included Yalta and then a cruise up the Dnieper River to Kiev. Photo album is online.  Very interesting trip, a lot of history especially in Yalta, where Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin met in 1945.

Mole Wars

Posted by on May 14th, 2010

While it’s nice to have some open ground behind our yard, that means we have a quasi-infinite supply of moles that move in from the trees and grass behind us and start tunneling in our yard. Various baits and traps never seemed to work very well until I found the “Easy Set” Mole Eliminator trap. This scissors-style trap seems to work much better than the old-fashioned “bed of nails” traps.

So far this spring, six moles down but there are lots more where those came from, so it’s a continuing process. Trap one, another one moves in. At least I have them (mostly) pushed back to the edge of the yard where they don’t do too much damage before they are “eliminated.”

Model Rocket Videos

Posted by on April 13th, 2010

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to start documenting some of the model rockets I’ve been working on the past few years.  First effort along those lines are a couple of video clips shot from a rocket using one of Creative Labs’ “Vado” flash video cameras.  About the size of a cellphone, these will record up to an hour of video.

Last week, I took the video rocket over to MICDS where the athletic fields make for a nice large open area. We launched the rocket twice, once as a single stage, once with a booster stage under it. Videos from both launches plus a launch still of the two-stage setup are on this page. The files are large, 11 meg and 35 meg, respectively, so expect quite a bit of download time.