Desert SW Roadtrip — Day 6 & 7

Bumming around Albuquerque

After settling into our casita, we spent the two days exploring the greater Albuquerque area. Since this was the nuclear road trip, naturally we had to visit the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History.

At the entrance to the Nuclear Museum — Rim-2 Terrier surface-to-air missiles

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Desert SW Roadtrip — Day 5

Holbrook, AZ to Albuquerque, NM — 272 miles



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When we awoke in our cozy cone that morning, a quick look out the tiny, singular window revealed a pair of rabbits hopping around looking for something to eat amidst the imported red lava rock. The girls were all to happy to see this and they oooh’d and ahhh’d and clamored for position until the last rabbit hopped out of view.

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Big Sur Camping with the Playgroup

When we learned we were having twins, we joined the Gemini Crickets parents of multiples club to commiserate learn about handling multiple screaming infants at the same time. Playgroups form with like-aged kids, and it turns out, our playgroup does an annual camping trip to Big Sur. All total, 7 families descended upon the small Riverside Campground, bringing with us 14 kids worth of chaos; that’s 6 sets of 4-year-old twins!

Home for the weekend.

Nikon D600, ISO 200, ƒ/2.8, 1/50sec, 29mm focal L., map

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The open road: 2010 summer trip — Epilogue

Epilogue

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Home sweet home

Nikon D70, ISO 800, ƒ/3.5, 1.6sec, 18mm focal L.

Miles on the odometer: 6964
Fill-ups: 45 — [...]

The open road: 2010 summer trip day 22

Day 22: Boise, ID to San Jose, CA — 701 miles

It was a chill week in Weiser/Boise staying at my folks and my sisters. Mostly bumming around, playing with the kids and relaxing. But, all good things must come to an end as I’ve yet to find a motorcycle adventuring gig that’d pay well enough to feed a family of five, or, even just myself, for that matter.



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The plan was to loosely caravan with the family in the car. What this really means is that I’ll see them when they arrive at our next stop. What can I say, my wife knows how it goes…

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The open road: 2010 summer trip day 15

Day 15: Helena, MT to Weiser, ID — ~445 miles

After two weeks on the road, it was finally time to rejoin with the family and see the kiddos whom I was missing so dearly. Valerie had driven from San Jose to my parents the day before in order to meet us when we arrived today.



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Heading west on US-12, the forests had been ravaged by beetle kill. One “good” fire will clean up the mess and enable new growth to start the forest cycle over again.

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The open road: 2010 summer trip day 14

Day 14: Murdo, SD to Helena, MT — 689 miles

The second day of heading home was going to be another day of making miles, but, we’d finally break away from the interstate for many of those miles, making for a much happier day for me.



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Welcome to a rainy morning

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/5.6, 1/160sec, 31mm focal L. @79 MPH, ~63mi from prev photo, map

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The open road: 2010 summer trip day 13

Day 13: Beaver Dam, WI to Murdo, SD — 664 miles

Our 2 days at the big air show were over and the time had come to point the wheel toward the west so as to make our way back home. There be kids to play with, wives to kiss, and birthdays to attend to upon our arrival back at my folks’ in Idaho, so it was to be a fast burn on the super slab across the Midwest; not exactly the highlight of the trip, but, the Midwest never is.



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The dawn start heading out of Beaver Dam.

Nikon D70, ISO 400, ƒ/4.5, 1/400sec, 18mm focal L. @51 MPH, map

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The open road: 2010 summer trip day 11 & 12

Day 11-12: EAA Airventure, or, the trip’s official “destination”.

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For those that have never been to Airventure, held in Oshkosh, WI, it’s truly a spectacle that warrants a visit even for non-aviation enthusiasts. Anything and everything about general aviation and aircraft construction is there, with a non-stop air show going on in the background. It’s too much to see everything in 2 days, but, that’s the time we had. The following is a brief taste of what I found interesting over the course of 2 days.

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The open road: 2010 summer trip day 9 & 10

Day 9-10: Bumming around Memphis, TN, and then off to Beaver Dam, WI — 722 Miles

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The date was July 24th, a Saturday. The big air show (remember, this trip has a real destination!) started in 2 days on the following Monday. With 700+ miles to cover, we figured it’d be doable in 1 day, even though it’d be a little bit of a stretch. That gave us a free day to bum around Memphis and see the sights.

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