[Moblog] 2nd Shot
[Moblog] Closest to the Pin
Third hole at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Eisenhower Golf Club (Blue Course), playing a mid-day round with my fraternity brother (and Sophie's godfather) Tony. Tony is darn near a scratch golfer, with monster 300-yd-plus drives, and a whole lot of patience to deal with my triple-digit scores!
Of course, this is a morning camp - so we were able to catch an opening day showing of TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen. Great fun!
[Moblog] Fossil Fields
Fathers Day hike at the Florissant Fossil Fields National Monument. J-man is standing by the "Scudder Pit", showing the rich sedimentary layers that formed some 34 million years ago when the Guffey Volcano Fields (once dominating the skyline, even dwarfing the Pikes Peak Massif) erupted à la Mount St. Helens-style and covered Lake Florissant with ash.
This region used to be home to giant redwoods; today all that's left are their petrified stumps.
[Moblog] Panning for Gold
legendary road trip five years ago....
Not a good place to be ....
[Moblog] Pride Rock
[Moblog] Meerkat Morning
[Moblog] Sunrise over Cheyenne Mtn
Beautiful morning -- despite the torrential downpour last night. Doppler showed lots of yellow and red over south Colorado Springs.....
Lessons learned? Hard rain on a tent sounds a lot like sleeping inside a drum during a Kiss concert, and your rain-fly will never work as advertised if there's the slightest hint of wind.
[Moblog] Zoo Loft
[Moblog] FOB Giraffe
After the giraffes, guinea fowl, turkey vultures and zebras were sent to their indoor pens this evening, our Scouts formed a working party to clean the yard. Many rakes, shovels, and two wheelbarrows worth of "#2" later, and the yard was ready for campin'!
[Moblog] Rainbow over the Baobab Tree
[Moblog] Zoo Camping
We'll be camping out in the Giraffe Yard, and look forward to seeing the animals after dark.
Happy Kamehameha Day! Kamehameha the Great, often called the Napoleon of the Pacific, unified the islands of Hawai'i shortly after a haole named Cook "discovered" this tropical paradise.
Kamehameha (born as Pai'ea on the leeward side of the Big Island) became the ali'i nui of all eight islands in the early 19th century, conquering all of the islands (except Kaua'i and Ni'ihau) by force -- including forcing many of Kalanikupule's (the ali'i of O'ahu) off the Pali cliffs. The more-distant islands of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau were won through negotiation rather than battle.
Today is a public holiday in the state of Hawai'i, with a floral parade from the 'Iolani Palace to the edge of Kapi'olani Park near Diamondhead, an evening draping ceremony with long strands of lei draped over the King's statue, and a Hoʻolauleʻa -- a super-sized lu'au.
Aloha nui loa, Kamehameha!
D-Day + 65 Years
The beginning of the end of World War II started 65 years ago. As President Obama said earlier today at OMAHA Beach on the Normandy shore, "At an hour of maximum danger, amid the bleakest of circumstances, men who thought themselves ordinary found it within themselves to do the extraordinary ..."
D-Day was the consequence of not only extraordinary acts by ordinary men, but also by the brilliant subterfuge of its planners. Some have called Fortitude South "the greatest deception of all time", allowing the Allied forces to secure a foothold on the Continent despite their numerical inferiority.
While Google chose to solely honor Tetris on their site today (an anniversary I have also acknowledged on this blog), it is far more important to respect the profound sacrifice of so many Allied forces who gave their "last full measure of devotion" in defeating the Axis.
25 Years of Tetris
Today is the 25th anniversary of Alexei Pajitnov's release of his addictively dynamic puzzle, Tetris. Many, many hours of my time were consumed with this game -- and not without reward. In 1988, I took 2nd place in the Pepsi Tetris Challenge in San Francisco (hosted just down the road from the Soviet consulate on Green Street, featuring the Soviet Chargé d'Affaires as the guest of honor with ample supplies of Stolichnaya vodka). Since the winner that day was under the legal drinking age, and I wasn't, I attribute my loss in the finals to the Stoli.... :-)
* Predictable *
Our first month in southeast Virginia, we lost power three times -- and, four years later, experienced our first hurricane (ISABEL, a Cat-1 that showed me the awesome power of a cyclone).
Then in east Tennessee we saw the confluence of Great Plains thunderstorms and subtropical depressions with the occasional winter ice storm.
But nothing as been as crazy as this past six months in Colorado Springs. Wide swings in temperatures at all seasons, routine gale-force winds, and now a microburst storm cell just outside my office window.... (This photo was from a stoplight just off post on my way home.)