Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Meteor Crater, Arizona


Today I visited the Meteor Crater in Northern Arizona, just East of Flagstaff. This is the site where a meteor struck earth at about 26,000 miles per hour. Since this happened about 50,000 years ago, no people were yet living in the area. The meteor left a crater about 700 feet deep and over 4,000 feet across. It has only been recently that scientists could verify that the crater was caused by a meteor and not a volcanic eruption.
In the top photo, I am sitting next to the largest fragment of the meteor recovered at the site. In the bottom photo, I am at the bottom of the crater near the location U.S. astronauts trained before landing on the moon.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

HITS Horse Facility

Yesterday I went to HITS, the Hunter/Jumper horse facility in Thermal, CA. (Thermal is near Indio, Palm Springs, etc.)

There were many participants from across the U.S. as well as a few from other nations. It was fun watching the various competitions.

I also got to meet many nice people, but the most interesting was a family from the Kansas City area. During the conversation, cousin Jim mentioned having been a teacher in Los Alamos, NM, and the people said they knew someone living in Witchita, KS, whose father was an educator in Los Alamoss. They called her and we found out the lady is the daughter of Ed Spence, the man who was responsible for hiring Jim in 1971. It truly is a small world.

I plan to be in the area for another week and then will head to Camp Verde, AZ. After about 10 days there, I will go to Chandler for the FMCA Internatinal Convention and back north to Cottonwood for three weeks. I plan to be in Colorado around the middle of April.

Warmest regards, Gus

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Florissant Fossil Beds

Last week I visited the Florissant Fossil Beds, near Florissant, Colorado. In this picture I am looking at an old Redwood tree stump, The National Monument does a great job of documenting the 34 million years of geologic history of the area. It wasn't until 1969 that the government stepped in to preserve the area after about 100 years' loss of artifacts and fossils.

Warmest regards, Gus

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gus and Betty in the Corn Field

Betty and I found a different Field of Dreams. Instead of the baseball diamond in Dyersville, IA, we had fun in a corn field in Kellogg, Iowa this morning. After leaving Northeast Ohio on Monday, we are in Council Bluffs, IA and heading to Colorado Springs.
So far we have had some rain, but avoided the bad weather in some areas.
Warmest regards, Gus

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY

Today I visited the George Eastman Home and Museum in Rochester, NY. George's mother lived with him in the house until she died in 1907. George Eastman died in 1932 of a self-inflicted gunshot to the heart. The musem has many photos and currrently has an exhibit featuring the 100th anniversary of the National Park System. 
Warmest regards, Gus

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hudson Cruise

Here is the boat I "drove" on the Hudson River today.

Gus

Hudson cruises

Today I was on a cruise boat on the Hudson River. We left from Hudson, New York, and had a great trip on the river for several hours. I think I did a good job while "driving" the boat.
If you are in the area, check out

Many of the passengers on the boat are attending the Tri-Chapter Rally at Brook n Wood Resort in Elizabille, NY.

Best wishes,
Gus