10/15/17: Daily Post

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.

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10/12/17: Daily Post

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.

iss ut 10-12-17

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.

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8/22/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we spent the day on the road, on a return trip from the solar eclipse.  The night before, we only made it as far as Westminster, CO, and so we spent the night at my cousin’s house.

In the morning, we got up and actually visited (we arrived late the night before and everyone was tired).  After chatting for a bit, we all went to lunch at Whole Foods.  After lunch, we said our goodbyes and headed south on I-25, driving the rest of the day to Rio Rancho.

We had a great visit, and the drive was easy and painless as well.  All said and done, the eclipse traffic was the nicest traffic I have ever seen.  In Wyoming, we spent around 10 hours waiting in traffic leaving the eclipse site.  In that time, I heard one car horn and saw zero accidents.  Even though the lines at the rest area were often close to an hour long, everyone chatted and was friendly.

Now, it’s back to our regularly scheduled routine.

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8/21/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I watched the eclipse from rural Wyoming.  I will post about it later this week, when I am not on the road, and have a few minutes to go through my photos.

It was seriously one of the coolest experiences ever.

On the way home, we hit a ton of eclipse traffic.  We left our viewing spot at 1:30 pm, and had not left Wyoming until after dark.  Instead of driving to Rio Rancho, we only made it as far as Westminster, CO.  I crashed at my cousin’s house for the night and am still driving home (I am stopped at a rest area at this moment).

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8/20/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we spent the afternoon driving to Dwyer Junction, WY, in preparation for viewing the solar eclipse.  The drive was not too bad, about ten hours, including a few stops along the way.

We spent the night at a rest area in Dwyer Junction, and slept in the car.

I will post eclipse photos when I return to Rio Rancho and get things straightened out.  We did not make it home today, so I am behind on everything.

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7/30/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we drove from Joplin, MO, to Rio Rancho, NM.  It was a long drive, and I swapped driving with JoAnna in Clines Corners, NM, and she finished the trek.  We made few stops along the way, as we knew this was going to be a long journey.

Other than that, there is not much to say.  We spent twelve hours driving, plus another hour or two at stops along the way.

Today, I head back to work to see what got messed up when left to PhDs.

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7/29/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we drove from Peoria, IL, to Joplin, MO, on a windy path to operate amateur radio equipment from more counties in Illinois and Missouri.

We started out the day by chatting with my friend and former student, Renee, who had been kind enough to let us stay at her house Friday evening.  We had a very nice visit with her, and it was good to catch up.  I think it has been three years or so since I last saw her.

In the afternoon, we drove through Illinois and Missouri along state routes, and saw the scenic rural areas of both of these states.  I operated the amateur radio equipment, and added several new counties to my logbook.

In the evening, we had a nice dinner at the Missouri Hick BBQ in Cuba, MO.  This is an excellent place, and we try to stop whenever we can.  The weather was so pleasant last night that we sat on the upstairs outdoor patio.

After dinner, we drove to Joplin, MO, for the night, and stayed at the EconoLodge.  There was no International Space Station (ISS) pass, unfortunately, but we still had a great trip.

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