Henry I spent a frosty few hours chilling in Barstow, CA, during our long journey home. Though the Western America Railroad Museum & historic Harvey House were closed due to the New Year’s holiday, we had a free hand to scramble all around the engines and check out the old equipment. Check out our gallery plus this hands-on tour from Hen:
And here’s a little drone footage from Dad-O, set to Johnny Cash:
Lastly, here’s an interactive 360º shot from overhead:
Finn & our neighbor Henry D. continue to evolve their video production skills, as demonstrated in their latest masked misadventure. For any possibly bewildered grandparents out there, at least it’s an inadvertent tour of the new deck. 😌
The guys and I are just back from an overnight visit to the USS Hornet, a highly decorated World War II-era carrier we last visited some 7 years ago (photos). This time around we spent the night with our Cub Scout pack & several hundred other scouts & parents from around the area. On the whole we had a ball touring the ship, grabbing chow on board (“The cookie was exceptional!” reports Hen), and bunking among pals. Check out our gallery.
I also had a little fun flying my drone over the Hornet & her adjacent Navy ships:
And here’s an interactive 360º panorama from overhead:
New year, old school: we kicked off 2019 by dropping by the Calico Ghost Town just outside Barstow, CA, during our long journey home. Hen was naturally drawn to the narrow-gauge railroad, while Margot & Finn checked out old shops (sorry, “shoppes”) and sundries. Here’s a gallery and a quick tour of our visit:
You know how it’s said that “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” can stop postal workers? We felt a bit similar on this trip: not a busted van nor blowing snow nor hours of monotonous desert highways could keep us from the Grand Canyon—and on Sunday we finally made it!
As you can see in our gallery, we took in the awesome, billion-year-old sights over the course of nearly seven miles of walking. We were blessed with a gloriously clear & fairly warm day, and fortunately neither daredevil Hen nor Irish-despondent Dad took a plunge into the canyon. Hen was also more than thrilled to spend a bunch of time up close & personal with the cars of the famous Grand Canyon Railway. Afterwards we pit stopped at an air museum & then finished the day on the neon-lit streets of historic Route 66 in Williams, AZ.
And here you can see some of what we experienced while walking around the canyon & later the train:
Happy New Year, everyone! Our fam is presently chilling (in every sense) in Flagstaff, AZ, thanks to a winter snowstorm rolling in. Although some of what we’d like to see (including the Lowell Observatory, where Pluto was discovered) is closed due to snow & the holiday, we were able to mosey around downtown, chat with some friendly ND alums, and then catch the New Year’s Eve “Pinecone Drop”! I’m posting a quick gallery before we begin our long trip back west, down from the mountains & into warmer climes.