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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7/28/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we started our day at the Rodeway at the north end of Chicago.  We had breakfast with one of JoAnna’s friend from high school.  We ate at Yolk, and I had great chicken and waffles.

Soon after breakfast, we drove around until we found free parking, and then went to the Nature Museum, where this friend worked.  She is a taxidermist there, and trains other taxidermists, so we toured the museum and watched her teaching someone to skin and stuff a blackbird.

The museum was great.  They had a bird and butterfly exhibit, where you walk into an indoor garden full of exotic butterflies.  There was also this flightless bird called a button quail, and they were neat.

In the afternoon, we drove to Peoria to have dinner with one of my former students.  She invited us to stay at her house, so we did that last night.

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7/24/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we finished our drive to Forsyth, IL, starting the day in Fort Scott, KS.  It was a relatively easy drive, with no major hitches.

I made contacts on amateur radio while we drove through Western Missouri.  I trailed off as we got close to I-44, as I have operated from most of those counties, and the traffic got heavier around some road construction.

In the evening, I met up with my group for the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) workshop here in Forsyth, IL.  This event is hosted by ADM, and we will spend the next two and a half days doing plant tours and watching presentations about chemical safety.  I’m looking forward to it!

In the evening, JoAnna and I were able to get outside and photograph the International Space Station (ISS) again, this time over Illinois.

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7/22/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we began a road trip to Illinois.  We started out the day late, but that allowed us time to get to the airport for Joey’s late afternoon flight to visit his father.  As soon as he boarded the plane, we headed east.

We turned northeast on US-54 at Tucumcari and stopped to see this awesome sunset under a (non-severe) thunderstorm.


While we watched this storm and sunset, two hawks landed on a tree nearby.


We continued northeast on US-54, crossing into Texas soon after dark.  Before we drove through Stratford, TX, we stopped to watch the International Space Station (ISS) pass overhead.

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On the other side of Stratford, we stopped once again, only this time, we watched the continuous lightning on the non-severe storms that had formed over the Texas Panhandle.  Most of the lightning was obscured by rain (sheet lightning), but, as you can see, it made for some fantastic photographic opportunities anyway.


We ended our night in Guymon, OK, at the Quality Inn near the north end of town.

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7/21/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day prepping for my upcoming trip.  I ran like four loads of laundry, cleaned the fish tank, cleaned the bathroom and kitchen, and so on, before packing my bags.

We did find out that the Durango leg of our trip was cancelled, so we are driving straight to Illinois instead.

In the evening, I went to the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church and attended another prayer session and study of the Desire of Ages by Ellen G. White.  We are on Chapter 55, and had a lively discussion about the parable of the Good Samaritan.

In the late evening, we saw the International Space Station (ISS) pass overhead, and then we made some chips and dip, and watched Ghostbusters.

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6/18/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day driving from Van Buren, AR, to Rio Rancho, NM.  A few miles into Oklahoma, the Crown Vic just stopped running in the middle of I-40.  The engine just shut off.  I coasted to a stop on the shoulder, popped the hood, and looked for anything leaking or a broken belt, but saw nothing.  After a few minutes, I turned the key and it started again.  We drove to Oklahoma City and stopped at a Firestone that was about to close.  They did an engine code check, and saw that there was a throttle error, but did not have time to run a diagnostic before closing time.  We continued west.

In Amarillo, we stopped for dinner at Red Lobster (to celebrate my birthday!) and then continued west.  As we were way behind schedule, we ended up pulling over and sleeping for a bit before returning home right before sunrise.

Happy Father’s Day to my dad!

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