Roadtrip Roundup

Posted by: on Aug 3, 2010 | No Comments

As before, by the numbers:

  • 4326.4 mi on 140.25 gallons of gas, for an avg 30.84 mpg
  • 18 states (NH MA CT NY NJ PA OH IN IL WI MN SD NE CO UT AZ (briefly, spent no $) NV and finally CA
  • 15 days
  • five moose
  • 400+ buffalo
  • one five foot rattlesnake
  • 287 MIT nerds in Vegas
  • 15,000 foot skydive
  • and two badass new room-mates

Flying back to Boston tonight finish up at the lab, so my west coast residence isn’t quite permanent yet, but I’ll leave my heart (and all my stuff) in Berkeley.

Skydiving

Posted by: on Aug 1, 2010 | No Comments

Jumped out of a perfectly good airplane this morning. My instructor, Leonard, was also a former aero engineering student, so we had a nice relaxing technical talk about the safety systems and the aircraft capabilities on the way up. Before we slid out the door he said: “whatever happens, I’m coming down with you.” True to his word, we landed safely. Checked another item one off the lifelong to-do list.

Assume the position

Assume the position

Going up

Going up

Looking out

Looking out

Heading down

Heading down

Shocking Freefall

Shocking Freefall

A little bit of drool

A little bit of drool

Steering the chute

Steering the chute

Still psyched

Still psyched

Hiking in Zion

Posted by: on Jul 29, 2010 | No Comments

Following my foolish tradition of traveling to the desert every summer, I somehow convinced Ruth to hike 15 miles in the 100 degree heat. Because we only had one sturdy pack, I carried the majority of the weight. By the last mile, I acknowledged the justice of her skepticism. Still, the photos speak for themselves.

Hiking in Zion NP

Hiking in Zion NP

View from our campsite

View from our campsite

Ruth is skeptical of hiking

Ruth is skeptical of hiking

Rattlesnake!

Rattlesnake!

Almost there

Almost there

Dinosaurs and Buffalo

Posted by: on Jul 27, 2010 | No Comments
Utah!

Utah!

Dinosaur NP

Dinosaur NP

Ruth finds a dino bone

Ruth finds a dino bone


Buffalo

Buffalo

Buffaloes

Buffaloes

Practicing Rustling

Practicing Rustling

Rocky Mountain High

Posted by: on Jul 25, 2010 | No Comments

Finally got to the mountains!

Alpine Views

Alpine Views

Continental Divide

Continental Divide

Moose

Moose

Meese

Meese