In the years before internet access we had a family reunion at a campground near Santa Cruz which I enjoyed. So when my Aunt asked for suggestions of where to hold one this year I suggested the same campground.
We had a great turnout and a very enjoyable weekend. My Aunt went above and beyond organizing activities to keep everyone entertained, and the weather was perfect. ( a very pleasant escape from the heat in Bakersfield which is currently around 110f)
It was wonderful that my cousin and her family made it all the way down from Seattle in their camper and of course my brothers family made it so I got to spend some time with my nephews and niece.
The new android version of the game we developed in software engineering is in Beta testing, get it in the google play store:
Upstream at Google Play
This spring as the valley first showed signs of the coming hot days of summer we decided to head up into the foothills to enjoy the cool mountain air and see how the wildflowers were doing.
Sure enough, there were plenty of things in bloom to see almost everywhere we stopped.
And even when there wasn’t the beautiful green grass and trees made for some nice scenery.
On the way back I spotted this little guy while taking pictures of yet more flowers.
Jerusalem cricket (subfamily Stenopelmatinae), aka sand cricket
Then even though we were in the Prius and not on my bike we stopped of at the saddle sore saloon for some refreshment before heading home.
While I’ve been keeping busy with school work there’s still been time for my new hobby; Ingress. For those of you who haven’t run into Ingress its a game from Niantic, the makers of Pokemon go. It’s actually been around for several years and the location data is what they used to create the pokestops and gyms. I started playing last year and it was Christmas eve when several of us gathered together to create a massive Christmas star over the city of Bakersfield that I really got into the game. Something about being able to play as a team was very appealing. Since then I’ve been playing regularly and have even joined in some out of town trips to Anaheim (there’s a lot of portals there).
It’s a fun hobby and I look forward to playing for some time to come.
It turned out the reason we didn’t have reservations in Henderson for the trip home from Ely was because I had booked a non-refundable night for the following weekend, So what the heck it’s only 700 miles or so round-trip so I loaded the bike and off I went.
My first obstacle was as I neared Baker a huge dust storm hit. These are pretty impressive in a car, on a bike not really something I’d recommend experiencing. The pictures don’t really do it justice since I hid my camera away to protect it during the worst of it.
I made it through though and stopped in Baker to wash off some of the dust and check out Alien jerky.
I also stopped by a large solar collector field that had an unearthly glow as the focused sun beams shone through the dust still in the air.
I arrived in Henderson Nevada to find Dinosaurs had taken over the town!
I made it safely to my hotel though (T-Rex didn’t get me) and checked in and went and got some dinner before heading out to see the Vegas strip. I decided to take a ride on the new “High Roller” Ferris wheel. you start out by stepping into one of these.
Before long you are climbing into the sky, they have screens that remind you how high.
and the view once you’re up there is wonderful…
I walked along the strip a bit then cruised it a couple of times on the bike before the crowded traffic got to me and it was time to call it a night. So I headed back to the hotel in Henderson.