Glassiar III

 

Tuesday, April 30, 2002

I flew down to Sacramento for a 3 day trip.  First, to visit my cousin Michelle's family and see my aunt and uncle.  But also to meet John Alexander to pick up a STG-61 cipher machine.

The flight down was pretty hard IFR.  I was able to fly non-stop, but I was IMC (in the clouds) pretty solidly from Medford to just N. of Sacramento when ATC finally let me descend.

Michelle had arranged for me to keep my plane in her father-in-law Dennis's hanger.  Dennis also gave me a great ride in his Glassair III.

Unfortunately, I got a little air sick on the Glassair ride (due to turbulence and maneuvering). 

Wednesday, May 1, 2002

Both Frank and I came down with flu-like symptoms the next day.  We went out anyway, and I got to visit my first Frys electronics store (very cool! - I wish we had 'em in Seattle).

Then we went San Francisco, saw my friend Ken (we got to see the latest version of the WorldFlash news ticker), and then met John and his wife Lynn, purchased the machine, and had a great time chatting about crypto machines over dinner.

 


Frank, Steve, Michelle, Charmagne


Trinity Lake (Wyntoon Resort)


Mt Shasta


Mt McCloughlin (from over Medford)


Entering clouds


On Oxygen (at 12,000')


Descending through cloud over Puget Sound

Thursday, May 2, 2002

I was feeling up to flying again after sleeping in late.  It was another beautiful spring day in Sacramento.  My flight was much more clear too.  I had great VFR conditions up to central Oregon, then flew VFR on top the rest of the way home.  Had some IMC and a challenging approach at PAE (my glideslope did not function -but I was able to get below the clouds using the localizer approach only).

I got some great views of the mountain reservoirs/lakes N. of Redding, CA.  They look wonderful from the air, with lots of places to explore by boat.

 


Photos by Rick Washburn

Saturday, May 4, 2002

My flu symptoms hit me hard on Friday.  I'm still not feeling great, but wanted to see the Seattle RoboThon competition today.

The competition is sponsored by the Seattle Robotics Society.  I think it's great to see people excited about building and competing with their robot creations.  It reminds me of the kind of excitement and fun associated with the early computer hobbyists in the late 70's.

I'm resolved to build some robots for next year's competition.  They have 5 distinct events; LineMaze (winner this year and last was an all Mindstorm robot - programmed with NotQuiteC), Min-Sumo (500 g), Sumo (3 kg), Botball (and didn't watch this), and Floor exercise (just show off something).

The coolest robot this year was Ted Griebling's M&M sorter.  This little robot, barely larger than a matchbox, is able to grab m&m's from a pile, detect the m&m color, and place it in a pile according to it's color.

Monday, May 6, 2002

Great rainbow yesterday (in fact, the Seattle Times ran a very similar shot).

Tuesday, May 7, 2002

For someone who's retired - I sure have a lot TO-DO.

Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Great night at the Mariners - we beat Toronto 5 to 4 (in the 10th!)