Farewell, Shuttle Program

July 13th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve been having the worst luck with travelling this past month. I landed in Orlando around one in the morning after experiencing a three hour delay in LaGuardia. Before that, when travelling to Boston with my brother, train decided pass out and it took about three hours to started up again. And before that, I had to sleep in the Atlanta airport when going home!

Anyway, after Shane and Chi picked me up from the airport, we went straight to Titusville and found an awesome place to chill out. I left my camera battery charger in Houston, but found a neighbor who graciously let me borrow his charger for a few hours.

Shuttles are Scared of the Dark

Dawn is Breaking Through Clouds Coverage is Promising Cloud Coverage is Weary A Hint of Blue Sky Sun is Trying to Push Through

A Few Seconds After Launch
Now You See Me

Here are some references to the Shuttle program found online…

Space Arithmetic: Mercury + Gemini + Apollo = 10 years. Shuttle = 30 years.Neil deGrasse Tyson

xkcd on the Orbiter

Bye Bye Space Program

Adventures in Boston

July 13th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ben was in town and Marie was in Boston, so what’s the most obvious thing to do? Meet up! Ben and I went to Boston via Amtrak – first time on a train in the states! At the last minute, Joseph and Yuwi decided to join us. Something sucky about Boston is that everything literally closes around 1:30 AM. They wouldn’t even let us in to grab drinks! What a joke.

Anyway, I’m tired of typing. Enjoy the pictures!

Changing Font Does Not Replace Punctuation Yeah, There's a Plane A Magical Disappointment Rickety Bridge Yes, More Food! Twin Bloody Marys Not Just a Boiled Crab Mac and Cheese!

The Trio

This is How She Rides a Bike Taste the Fucking Rainbow No, That's not a Penis A BOOKSTORE! Figuring Out What To Do Sweet Little Car See Y'all Later, Ladies Bandits Took Our Engine Our Flawless Train to Boston I'm Buying This New Lens...for my Phone Kaching Kaching - Shut up Delicious Juicy Dumplings!

Visiting Houston Again

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Getting back home was quite a challenge:

  • Huge random rain storm arrived around 3-3:30 PM
  • My original flight delayed be two hours
  • Got an earlier flight to catch my connection in Atlanta
  • CANCELLED my original flight, whew
  • Missed the connecting flight because the flight attendants from AirTran closed the flight on us – even though they were still boarding
  • Got a confirmed flight for 5:30 PM Saturday
  • Called reservations at 6:00 AM and confirmed a 10:30 AM flight

My Lovely Atlanta Dinner Good Night, Atlanta My Bed for the Night

I can’t believe that my dad and my uncle haven’t seen each other for over thirty years! I’m really glad my dad met up with my uncle again and as my mom said, they’re like little kids. My uncle is quite a character and I can definitely see the quirkiness on my dad’s side of the family. We didn’t a lot of time to catch up, but we all did enjoy some good Houston-made pho at Pho Danh!

Bowl #1: Pho Bowl #2: Bun Bo Hue

Indian Lake Camping

July 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Curious about how to go off and do this on your own? Check it out on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website.

Day 1 – May 20, 2011


First Look at Indian Lake 

Smile of a Great Man
We first arrived to the lake when an overcast started to get even more gloomy. After unpacking our gear on the boat, Yuwi and Joseph made their way over to cancel two of the three campgrounds we reserved. Just a few minutes after they left, it began to rain, but the owner, Rich, of the marina called me over to huddle inside their shop. He offered me some wine and we started chatting. I soon found out he was in the Navy and stationed in Taipei and Vietnam. After a my first cup, Joseph and Yuwi found themselves back to the shop and Rich invited all of us to more wine.

Good Night, Day 1
Soon after that, TomF and Ellen drove up to the shop to enjoy more stories and drinks. It was getting really dark and he was really insistent on having us stay the night in his cottage – for free! The rain picked up quite a bit at it was way too dark to navigate our way to the island.

Day 2 – May 21, 2011

The morning was majestic. A foggy mist covered the trees off in the distance and the lake was completely still. We decided it was a good time to get packed up and head over to the campsite. As the sleepy heads, TomF and Ellen, stayed back, Yuwi, Joseph and I were off to find our island.
Boats Have Speedometers? Fucking Magestic Ready for a Boat Ride Docked and Ready To Go

About half way, the sun started breaking through the clouds and that started to make the trees look like they were steaming off the moisture. Just for the record, I was the first to step on the island and we had a hell of a time trying to find a place to dock, but finally found a place that we had to row into. We unloaded the gear and Joseph made his was back to get the two lazy bums back in the cottage. Yuwi and I went on a birch bark hunt and roamed around the island for a bit.
I'm on a Boat! The Trees Are Steaming Campsite 21, Home It's Not a Gondola

Dew and spider webs make for a very interesting specimen for pictures. The light pushing through and reflecting off each little droplet looks so awesome. At another campsite, we found a Stargate. I just couldn’t find the dialing panel or enough power to transport all of us to Destiny. By this time, Yuwi had a whole stack of birch bark she found laying around the island.
Hidden Danger Found You, Spider Web Stargate: Indian Lake Her Obsession

Joseph, TomF and Ellen have arrived! Just take a look at the gentleman TomF is – he’s sitting there making sure everything is going well, while Joseph and Ellen are trying to get the boat up on the island, lol. We setup our tents, unpacked our gear and had lunch: hotdogs! As a snack, some us made s’mores, but I opted for some sliced deli meats warmed up on my trademarked FoilPan. For dinner, we upped the game a little and made ridonkulous burgers with bacon, cheese and eggs!
Tom is Such a Gentleman It's Grub Time FoilPan, Trademark Held by ME Breakfast? Lunch? BOTH!

We did some more wandering around the island. There were three campsites on the island and we cancelled two of them. Yes, that means we had the ENTIRE island to ourselves! The rest of the gang went back to the marina for some reason, I forgot, but I stayed back to relax and wander around the island by myself.

The Main Land 

They're on a Date Rocks on Rocks Birch Bark Burns Best Laced with Petals Ready For the Fire Deadwood At the Tip of Our Island It's So Surreal Here

They finally came back and we enjoyed the fire through the night. I even taught TomF and Joseph how to those Sprint commercials were shot, so they decided to play around (my settings: 10 second exposure, f/2.8, ISO 400). Joseph was good, but TomF had a HORRIBLE time figuring out what to do.

“I am the king of the world!” -me

Stay as Still as You Can I Love Fire Peaceful Lake Shane's Handy Axe I See Stars Whoa, That's Campfire Light! Give Me a Light Smile Good Night, Day 2

Day 3 – May 22, 2011

Each time I welcome the morning, I’m stunned to see nature at it’s finest. The overcast enhanced the view since the reflection off the lake made the experience so much more magical.

I Need a Giant Printer 

After some lunch, we packed our gear for a hike. I definitely should have remembered to wear some decent shoes rather than my Converses! The view at the top was really nice to just sit, have our snacks specially made by Ellen! Back at our campsite, some of us slept, some of us wandered the island more. I wish I found Hobbits.
Good Afternoon! On the Way to Hike Really Slippery Rocks Hiking Crew These Shoes Been Through Alot Lunch on a Mountain Wilderness Man Obstacle 3: Balance Beam Campsite 21 Rules Creepy Outhouse Did it Make a Loud Sound? Where Are the Hobbits?

Our last campfire had to be epic, so we used all of our saved up birch and tossed it in at once. It was awesome! Late into the night, the fire got so hot, we got some blue flames!

TeePee Configuration Smoldering Rubber Wrath of Fire Yes, Blue Flames

Day 3 – May 22, 2011

Our last day, sigh…farewell island and campsite 21!
Last Foggy Morning

Good Bye Island Farewell, Campsite 21

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