So another family member got married. It’s been a good year for family get together s and this time not only did my Cousins daughter get married but one of my other cousins got to officiate at the ceremony!
An interesting touch, I had not seen at a wedding recption before was a gaming company was hired to allow people to play casino games and everyone was given bills with the bride and grooms pictures on them to ‘gamble’.
Everyone had a great time, and it was really good to see all the family together again so soon. Even the newest member, Grayson though I believe he slept through most of the ceremony.
Following the Apricot Festival we loaded up two trucks with pyrotechnic supplies and this time headed east to Silver lake, Baker and the grand finale was the large show at Edwards AFB. Here’s the video of silver lakes.
After Silver lakes we set up at Baker which was a pain in the 115 degree heat and I didn’t get any pictures because then we were off to Edwards to start setting up for the big show.
It was an impressive show. The 8″ mortars launched from steel casings went 1000′ into the air and we could feel the blast from their concussion. Here’s another video:
I was lucky enough to get hired to help out with the Pyrotechnics for this years Apricot Fiesta in Patterson. It was a good sized show which took a little work to set up but since it was electronically fired I was able to take a few pictures while the show was going on.
Assembling and then wiring all this up in the hot sun was the hard part!
Then came the fun part…
Luckily the firemen helped load everything back into the truck so we weren’t there all night.
Following my stay in Cairns I flew to Sydney and arrived at the airport at the same time as several others from the Chillagoe trip. Barbel who had also decided to fly to the Congress from Cairns and I wound up taking the same train to Penrith where the congress was being held. Fortunately I had read up about Opal cards before arriving in Australia and knew we would need one of these to take the train. These cards turned out to be very handy as they could be used not only for travel on trains but on the ferries and buses in the area. The train trip to Penrith was fairly simple we only had to change trains once. Arriving in Penrith we were surprised to see an old style steam train rush into the station. We both turned to each other and exclaimed ‘The Hogwarts train?” Sadly I didn’t get a photo of it as I was encumbered with my luggage at the time. I returned to the station on another occasion when they were running and old electric train and got some pictures though it was not nearly as impressive.
The station at Penrith was undergoing some remodeling and we exited on the wrong side which delayed our getting a taxi for awhile but eventually we realized our mistake and once we got to the other side of the station we quickly found a taxi which dropped us off at our respective hotels. I was staying at a hotel that was a ten or fifteen minute walk from the conference center but it didn’t take me long to figure out the bus system which made the trip just a few minutes long.
Luckily the hotel had pretty good sound proofing since I was greeted daily by the sound of dozens of lorikeets, parrots and cockatoos that lived in the trees out front. I stopped to take a few pictures most mornings on my way to the congress.
The congress itself was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the talks and presentations. I did miss the 3D stuff that had been shown at the prior ICS’s I attended and hope that future ones will have more displays along those lines. I was also a little disappointed that the photo salon was a continually playing slide show which made it a little difficult to focus on a particular image and decide which would make a good candidate for a particular category for the cavers choice award. The obstacle course was particularly imaginative and the sump simulation provided for some good entertainment.
It was a great week and I really enjoyed myself. Especially the field trips on wednesday but I’ll write about that in another post.