Sunday, December 17, 2017

Maui Madness 1

I thought I'd post some pics from our recent trip to Maui.  They will be out of sequence, in a sense, but that's the way it goes these days.  First up are a bunch of plant pics.  Yep, I assume you know that there are some incredible plant species throughout Hawaii.  I don't have any idea of names, but I enjoyed them anyway.  Most are from the Iao Valley State Park.  Click on 'em to get a bigger view.












And one very colorful rooster, lots of 'em running around freely.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Maui Mailbox


Yep, we're here in Paradise.  And a perfect day today.  Strange having all the Xmas stuff up and around Lahaina, seems strange without cold and snow.  But I'll take it!


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Burning Guy

The Nevada desert hosts a yearly Burning Man festival.  However, the Brits have their own version, celebrated around the world.  It's Burning Guy! (better known as Guy Fawkes Day)


This year I was lucky enough to get invited to a Guy Fawkes celebration (I have a little Brit in me from my grandfather and Prince Edward Island).  Besides the usual massive amounts of booze and great food, we had some work to do.  Thankfully the bonfire was already assembled in an appropriate manner, but we need to stuff the Guy Fawkes effigy and get him mounted on top of the bonfire.  Straw and cute clothes from DI did the effigy trick.  The little cowboy boots were precious...



After eating and drinking and waiting for darkness, it was time...  The fire was lit with fireworks to follow.  What a deal, and the Fire Department was thankfully MIA. (Use full screen for best video viewing)


Thanks to Chantell and Stuart for all their work and for a great celebration.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Dog Meets Robot

My son's dog, Melon, has a new friend.  And the floors are cleaned...


Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Commercial Interruption



One of my favorite things to do when a SoCal opportunity arises, is to visit the Long Beach docks, the Port of Los Angeles.  Unbelievable the level of commerce taking place as container ships are unloaded and zillions of trucks leave to places unknown (actually known, the warehouses east of LA).  Similarly, I like to take a last convertible trip of the Fall over to the West Side of our fair city, all the way to 60th West, between 13th and 21st South.  Simply amazing the number and enormity of the warehouses in that area, and all the train tracks one must cross while cruising the area, and cruising it is, street after street...   And one thing I've noted, that instead of massive concrete rectangular boxes, there is actually some attempt at pleasant design, at least to the entry facades of these buildings. 

So, while certainly not my best photo work, I present some pics I took of the West Side warehouses.  Click on the pics for a larger image.





It's impossible to describe the enormity of some of these buildings in a simple pic, but here's trying...


And, of course, there are millions of trucks that stretch along the loading docks, far into the distance, it seems.  But on to more facades...



Never heard of this cookie company...


And some heavy equipment suppliers conveniently next to each other...



A new one, just finished...  move right in!


And on we go...








Finishing up...





And that's just a small portion of what's out there.  Take a cruise yourself someday (Sundays are best when the traffic load is low), you'll be surprised, and amazed at all the commercial activity, and all the businesses you never heard of.  Fascinating...  Now back to the docks...

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Falling For Fall

Seems like this year the changing of the seasons, the colors of the leaves, is more intense than usual.  I don't know if it was the timing and intensity of late summer, early fall rains, but the trees and bushes are glorious.  A couple pics illustrating this intensity, I'm sure there could be many more.

A great tree in the Aves...



And from our Park City condo window, maybe the last great weekend for leaves...  Note the fresh dusting of snow...



And now for something completely different, the fabulous bread pudding from Terigo on Park City's Main Street...


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Storm Over the Valley

I was impressed by these storm clouds as summer transitioned into fall.  The Wasatch Mountains were turned into the Wasatch Plateau.