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Posted on 07 April 2015

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I flew into Nashville and drove about 2 hours east to Knoxville. Would have been a hop in a plane for me but I thought it would be fun to drive. The mountains between the two cities are beautiful. I was just in time to see purple blossoms lining the road pretty much the entire way. Tennessee if very green. What looks like lawn the entire way and amazing little country homes. The cities are not shabby either. Tennessee has some amazing cities and of course is the home to country music. I wish I had the time to visit Smokey Mountain National Park but that will have to wait. Continue Reading

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Anchorage, Alaska

Posted on 02 April 2015

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It has always been on my bucket list to visit Alaska but seemed unattainable until much later in life. My new  job however provided a perfect opportunity to visit. I spent 4 days in Anchorage, The largest city in Alaska with a population about about 300k people. I then spent a final day driving South around Turnagain Arm and the Kenai Peninsula.  I must say this majestic land easily captured my heart. This time of year is called “Break up” and it technically is the off season. For me that is a great time to visit. Break up refers to the ice around the bay breaking up and leading to open water for the warmer months. The mountains seemed to stretch on forever on the flight up and I spent 2 hours gazing down at humongous ragged peaks and massive glaciers. It was soo cool to see. Landing at the airport you fly over an island filled with wind turbines and the bay. The Chugach mountains skirt the city and standing over 13,000 feet tall they are amazing considering that Anchorage is just above sea level. From Elderberry park near downtown you can see Mt. McKinley or Denali as the older guys around the office called it. The weather was a balmy 45 degrees and people were all out in shorts and t shirts. I had excellent food while there. Seafood in particular but there wasn’t a bad meal to be had. In particular I enjoyed Simon and Seaforts and Humpy’s downtown. Nowhere is too far in the city and while I was there traffic was very light making it easy to get around. I really wished for my 4×4 while there as I was itching to explore.  There are very few roads in Alaska but they are long. Juneau, the capitol city of Alaska doesn’t even have a road you can use to reach the city. Boat or plane are your only choices. The sunsets were intense and long lasting. In the winter days can be short with only 5 hours of daylight and in summer almost 19 hours of sun with more of a dusk feeling rather than night for the other 5  hours. Barrow in the North gets 83 straight days of full sun in the summer. Alaskan people are very friendly and hardy. Happy to talk and share stories of the land they love.

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MOAB, Utah

Posted on 23 March 2015

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My favorite freaking place.

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Los Angeles, California

Posted on 16 March 2015

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The city of Angles. LA is monstrous.  When I think of LA, it brings to mind congestion and population. Yes LA does have a lot of people but the city feels fantastic and if you know what you are doing and where you are going the city can be a real treat. If you don’t you learn quickly as the city will gobble you up and spit you out quickly. There is such an allure of Glam and fame down in the LA area that it makes it really fun to be there. You already know the streets by name and most of the destinations. You have lived them through the Television and movies for the last 50 years. The city is humongous and it is impossible to categorize because it really isn’t any one thing. LA is a true melting pot of society. Despite millions of people and some of the worst congestion in the world, the city actually still flows fairly smoothly. Most people are friendly and the weather is as perfect as you can get. There is a little of everything there. From beaches to mountains to Hollywood to manufacturing. The city has it all. While I was there I did a little work, took a walk on Venice beach, ate lunch next to 4 people that I recognized from TV but didn’t know their names or exactly what I have seen them in, saw a Bugatti in a drive through, and ate dinner in Beverly Hills. The simple fact that a Porsche has all the bragging rights of a Hyundai in most other citys speaks volumes. There is a lot of talent and creativity in LA and that brings money, so many arrive looking for fame and fortune. For me I just wanted to set up some servers and enjoy the warm weather for a couple of days.

I have seen this so many times at the Burbank airport and finally got a good picture. Thought of it as entertaining since in my naiveté I have no idea how you fly a 737 quietly.

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Toronto, Canada

Posted on 13 March 2015

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Apparently Canada is my spot the last few weeks. I spent a few days in Montreal 2 weeks earlier and now Toronto. Canada has really impressed me. I have enjoyed my time there. Toronto feels a lot like a smaller version of New York but with a nicer demeanor.

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Road Trip to our new House

Posted on 09 March 2015

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We packed up our shiz and hit the road.  Mother nature decided she liked us in California and fought us tooth and nail the entire way. Started out with a storm over Donner pass that closed the road and kept us an extra 2 nights in Grass Valley. Nothing like mentally preparing to leave only to get stuck in the old place for 2 extra nights. We had already turned in our keys so we holed up in a couple of local hotels and waited out the storm. Nevada was typically a boring and uneventful drive and we rolled into Utah and stayed with Sadie’s sister. We had big plans to spend a couple of days in Utah visiting friends but those plans were quickly altered to account for the weather. The rental truck is about as agile as an elephant on a high wire in the snow.

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Montreal, Quebec Canada

Posted on 14 February 2015

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I spent 7 days and 6 nights in the frozen North. Nothing like Montreal in February.  Yes it was as cold as I have ever experienced for an extended period of time. Out of 7 days only 1 day got above 0 degrees Fahrenheit. The coldest day was -9 for the high and the wind chill that night was -34 degrees below zero. I was installing at a major broadcaster with another tech from my company. One night we decided it was silly to call a taxi to drive us 4 blocks to the restaurant but me ears paid for it.

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Denver, CO

Posted on 09 February 2015

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It was time to go on a house hunting trip. My company is relocating me to the Denver area. Puts me within a couple hour flight of almost anywhere in the country and is a major hub for 2 airlines. The fun part about this trip was that the family got to come too. This was not technically the girls first flight but it was the first one they both remember. Lola was 3 and B not even 1 when we went to Florida. They were both so excited to fly. I found if funny but the turbulence over the Rockies was the only part they really enjoyed about the flight. The rest was just boring.

Sadie had done a ton of research and we drove around every area of the city and finally settled on Brighton. Just North of Denver and easy access to the airport. Denver is famous for horrid traffic and we wanted to stay out of that if we could so Brighton made the grade as home. Just a few weeks till we officially move now.

 

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Phoenix Arizona

Posted on 26 January 2015

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Nothing like traveling someplace nice and warm during January. I actually had to turn on the AC in the rental car during the day. Phoenix is a beautiful city this time of year. Phoenix gets to feel like Spring for 9 months before summer when it turns into a furnace for 3 months. People always talk about how hot it gets in Phoenix but in reality it is incredibly pleasant for most of the year which doesn’t apply to a lot of places. My brother in law who consequently lives there said that when it is hot in Phoenix he wouldn’t know because he lives in 70 degree AC during that period. I would say that is pretty standard for most people who live in areas that get this hot but their good fortune is that it is only that hot for a short time and then the weather is amazing the rest of the year.

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Ogden Utah

Posted on 19 January 2015

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My peeps in Utah are going to think Utah is a regular stop for me. At this point it could be but generally the television broadcast industry doesn’t have a strong presence in the state. Thus far out 3 of 4 trips since being hired as a full time Field Engineer have been to Utah. Normally this isn’t the case. Had to do a set up for a Military installation in the general area. It was a great trip that included gourmet hot dogs, driving in a small but intense snowstorm (It has been about 3 years since my last snow driving experience), and a fairly intense security screening process to access my work site. It was a very quick but successful trip.

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