Yesterday, we had our last day at the Moab Gem and Mineral show. It was a cold night and led into a cold day, and a slow end to the show. Sundays are typically slow at these events, especially in Utah.
During the downtime at the show, I was able to do some work for my UpWork contract, as well as deal with a bunch of emails that had been piling up over the weekend.
We had a nice drive home. It was chilly, but we had some good discussions, and then I had a good nap for the last hour or so of the trip.
Yesterday, we had another day at the show in Moab, UT. I started out the day by helping set up, then walking to the Moab Seventh Day Adventist church, about two miles away.
The church was nice and the people were quite friendly. They invited me to stay for potluck, which I did. I ended up chatting with all of the children, especially one of the girls, who was interested in all aspects of science.
In the afternoon, I helped at the show some more, and then we set up camp again at the KOA. It was considerably colder yesterday as compared to Friday, so we ducked into the van a little earlier at night. I read a chapter in Atlas Shrugged and did a little editing of a book that I wrote a few years ago.
Yesterday, we spent the day traveling to Moab, UT, for the rock and mineral show this weekend.
Along the way, we stopped and watched the International Space Station (ISS) pass over the Utah sky. As a side note, I will probably need to add an ISS page, just because I am amassing too many photos of the ISS over different states.
We are camping out in the van at a KOA just south of Moab. There isn’t much to say about it, other than that it has been a fun trip so far, and I am looking forward to the next few days. Moab is beautiful, though it will be cold at night.
On Sunday, JoAnna and I drove to Magdalena and explored the Graphic Mine.
We met the caretaker and land owner to buy passes for the site, and then drove up the windy, rocky road towards the mine site. I was able to get my truck up there, in spite of the deep ruts, large rocks and so on. Eventually, we reached an area that was too rough for a vehicle, so we hiked the last 200 yards or so to the dump piles.
We began working the piles, finding all sorts of neat rocks. We found lots of hematite, malachite, and the lead-zinc ore mineral that was originally mined there. I found a few pieces of barite and a nice quartz sample.
Around sunset, we drove back down the hill and stopped at the Nitt mine. There was tons and tons of pyrite here, as well as lots of old industrial equipment. I will post more about this mine site on the Industrial Archeology blog.
Yesterday, I started out by attending Sabbath School and Church at the Rio Rancho SDA Church. It was a big deal, as it was the last day for a guest pastor from Jamaica, so we wished him farewell.
In the afternoon, we met up with one of Joey’s friends and they played on some trampolines for a while.
In the evening, we had dinner at Annapurna’s and then went to see the Kipsies at Solid Grounds Coffee House. The Kipsies are one of my favorite acts to play at this place. They are a bluegrass band that plays all sorts of neat songs, including a bluegrass version of Annabelle Lee by Edgar Allen Poe.
Yesterday, I tutored at Albuquerque High in the morning. We spent almost an hour working on a calculus problem where we are filling a conical tank at a given volumetric flow rate, and want to know the rate of change in the height of the tank. It is a real, practical problem. We went around and around, and then got to the part where we can relate radius to height and substitute that before taking the derivative. This means we didn’t have to know the rate of change for the radius before solving the problem. Then, it was pedestrian. It was a good exercise!
In the afternoon, I met with the STEM folks for Albuquerque Public Schools and talked amateur radio with them. There are some neat things on the horizon there, so we will see where that leads.
I also did a Varsity Tutoring session with a new student. We talked about PSAT, geometry and violin, as she plays violin.
In the evening, we picked up my car from the train station and chatted and listened to music. I also finished reading Chapter 6 in Atlas Shrugged, while I set up my (new again) phone.
Yesterday, I spent the morning at the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church. I was able to attend the Sabbath School and the church service, which is always fun.
In the afternoon, we went and attended a friend’s birthday/retirement party. It was a great time, with two live bands, tons of good food and a crazy storm.
Speaking of a crazy storm, I watched a storm form from my house, just before we left for the party. I was looking southwest into the precipitation core and thought, “hmm… that storm has some nice structure…” Little did I know that this storm produced a tornado 25 miles from my house! I’m the worst storm chaser ever.
In the evening, we watched another band at the Solid Grounds Coffee House. I went out for a walk at the intermission and ended up getting rained and (BB-pea-sized) hailed on. My clothes are still soaked.