Archive for the ‘Trips’ Category


Sunday, April 19th, 2015

We recently spent Spring Break visiting Washington, D.C. One of our ‘must-see’ locations whenever we go is the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. For anyone who doesn’t know, this is an extension to the Smithosonian’s National Air and Space Museum near Dulles Airport. It contains anything and everything that they just can’t squeeze into the facility on The National Mall.

We’ve been several times, and there are many many pictures of past trips (2004, 2007, and 2011).

The particular highlight for me on this trip was that the space shuttle Enterprise, previously sited at the museum, has been replaced with the shuttle Discovery. This was special to me, because the space shuttle, more than any other vehicle, was the spacecraft that symbolized space flight as I grew up. The heyday of the Apollo program was over before I could walk, but the Space Transportation System… this would bring us bus-service to the stars. As we know, STS never quite turned out to be the low-cost, airline to orbit it was purported to be, but that won’t change it’s place in my mind. So to stand (literally) in the shadow of a vehicle that traveled 149 million miles and spent a year in space… this had emotional impact. The Enterprise was interesting to look at but with wear evident on the hull, tiles that had clearly been replaced, scorch marks and stains on the nozzles… now this was a , real spaceship.

Here are some highlights of the pictures I took.

A Fall Morning Walk

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

I took the day off today to enjoy the warm fall weather while it lasts. Some samples of what I saw.

Disney trip!

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Some of you probably knew that we went to Disney last October. Now there’s evidence in the 2013 Disney gallery.

Fishing weekend

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Went fishing with my Dad this weekend at Raquette Lake. All week the weather said it was supposed to start raining Saturday afternoon and keep it up all day Sunday. From that perspective, the weekend was better than planned. The rain held off on Saturday until we were back on shore happily waiting for our dinner order to arrive.

On the other hand, we only managed to catch four fish. Two of which were so tiny they “threatened to swamp the boat”. The other two were 13 and 15″ small mouth bass that were legal, but on their own wouldn’t have amounted to much. We didn’t get skunked either day, so that’s something.

In any case, it was nice to spend time with my Dad and enjoy the beautiful fall colors of the Adirondacks. Even if Sunday morning was a bit misty and cold, it was still beautiful when the sun broke through.

London 2012

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Since the Olympic Committee thought it would be all crazy fun to go to London, we decided we’d get the jump on the rush. Really though, my employer decided to send me for a few business meetings, and we took advantage of the fact to take some vacation. We spent six days in the city of Big Ben, royalty, “Mind the Gap” and pub fare.

Here’s a sample of the things we saw and the pictures we took.

Day 1:
Walk about in central London starting with a ride on the London Eye.

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Day 2:
Tower of London, the Tower Bridge and more downtown.

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Day 3:
British Museum

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Day 4:
Imperial War Museum, and a visit with the Russell family[1]

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Day 5:
Chris gets some work done. K visits the National Gallery. We meet up in the evening for dinner at the Savoy Grill.

Day 6:
Chris gets some more work done. K visits the Victoria and Albert Museum, where we met up in the early afternoon. Later that night Chris hits the city for some night shots.

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Day 7:
Quick walk around, train to Heathrow and home.

  1. For those who knew me when, Carey took the picture of the band in the previous post. That’s a copy made by taking an image of the (gasp!) actual printed photograph with the original on it. []

Photo dump pending…

Monday, March 26th, 2012

So it’s been nearly three months since I posted anything. Rather than even pretend that you haven’t been dutifully informed on our goings on from K’s continuously active Facebook page, I’ll just move on. Facebook killed the blogging star… or something like that.

As I finally complete the processing of many hundreds of pics taken during our recent trip to London, I leave you only this one.

If you know me well enough to recognize anyone else in this picture, than you probably know me well enough to know why this might be relevant to our trip.

More to come soon. Really.

Ski Maine!

Friday, January 6th, 2012

A bit of a slow night tonight after a full day of skiing is allowing me to post some quick edits on the trip so far. More, as always, in the gallery.

The skiers for the week (minus the photographer), (R and Mom D are enjoying some quality condo time):

N’s riding the lift with the big kids:

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Big man on the mountain:

Light Pillars at Sunday River

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Enjoying our ski trip to Sunday River in Maine. Some fresh snowfall today added to the surface provided by copious snow-guns. This evening the snow changed to a fine crystal ‘mist’ which created these light pillars above the night skiers.

Washington Part 2 (finally)

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Before driving back to Syracuse from our weekend in DC we stopped in at a mecca of aerospace technology. We’ve visited several times before in 2004 and 2007. We’ll definitely be scheduling another trip in the future after STS Discovery is added to the exhibits.

The hanger is somewhat dim even on a bright day like the one we had, so the shots are a bit rough, but a tripod is a non-starter with a 4-year old pulling your leash.

Here are some highlights to send you mind soaring:

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Many more, as always, in the gallery.

Washington Part 1

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

As most of you know, and the rest are about to find out, we took a trip to Washington DC a few weekends ago. The primary motivation for the trip was the ordination of my cousin William Schierer. It was an impressive ceremony held at the cathedral in Arlington, VA. From my background in somewhat less involved religious functions it was both interesting to see and somewhat amazing. I’m particularly impressed that the officiants and the ordinands weren’t coughing and sputtering around the altar since apparently more incense is better at events such as this one. Perhaps there’s a class in shallow breathing at the seminary.
In any case, it is with true respect that we all congratulate the Reverend William Schierer.[1]


  1. I understand that Reverend Father may be the more correct written salutation, but that somehow won’t quite fit in my head. A few intentionally silly examples from the reception: “The Father’s father was my father’s brother.” Or the oft repeated “Father Cousin” and “Father Uncle”. []