Air and Space Museum

May 23rd, 2010

Here in Washington DC as a trailing spouse. Got down to the Mall yesterday and visited a few of my favorites.

The Air and Space Museum [gallery] did not disappoint. In keeping with the times they had a whole new section on unmanned drones (the Predator is much larger than I imagined) and Space Ship One (the first commercial craft that made it to space).

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It’s Official!

May 7th, 2010

Class of 2014

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Bud Schell is 93 Years Young!

May 2nd, 2010

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New York, New York

April 28th, 2010

 

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Easter

April 27th, 2010

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Palm Sunday in Naples

March 28th, 2010

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SOUTH AFRICA (by way of DC)

March 17th, 2010

Note before going to S. Africa: Make sure you have ONE WHOLE PAGE free in your passport, or you’ll wind up spending an extra day getting pages stapled into it, as we did. But we enjoyed our off-season day in DC–walked around the White House and Washington Monument, and visited the Folk Art Museum and the terrific Phillips Collection, a little museum with wonderful stuff, such as the “Boating Party” and interesting Van Gogh and Impressionist paintings. Saw a traveling exhibit of Georgia O’Keefe’s abstracts and some of Stieglitz’s portraits of her–wonderful stuff, but no pix allowed.

At the White House

At the White House

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

Geese & Monument

Geese & Monument

Renoir

Renoir

At Last

At Last

18.5 hours

18.5 hours

Very long journey to get there, but what a place! Table Mt. forms the backdrop for the city, and the beautiful cape sweeps out below. The cloud bank up top is called–what else?–the table cloth. Doug was speaking at Design Indaba, a fascinating international conference, and we were pampered, to say the least. Lots of great food for thought as well as for tasting. One of the highlights was dinner at a local’s house, in our case an industrial designer and architect couple. Amazing food, a mix of countries and professions, and great conversation. We’re missing our Japanese friends in the photo below…

Table Mt. from Hotel Bar

Table Mt. from Hotel Bar

Up We Go

Up We Go

Cape Town-Robben Island off Coast and New Soccer Stadium Below

Cape Town-Robben Island off Coast and New World Cup Stadium at End of Ridge

Blooming Up Top

Blooming Up Top

Another Bloomer

Another Bloomer

Conference Interviews

Conference Interviews

Dinner Party-Partial Group

Dinner Party-Partial Group

Winery Farewell Lunch

Winery Farewell Lunch

Martha Was a Speaker, Too

Martha Was a Speaker, Too

Road on Wildlife Reserve

Road on Wildlife Reserve

Yeah, We Were Roughing It...

Yeah, We Were Roughing It...

Saw a Journey of Giraffe

Saw a Journey of Giraffe

A Crash of Rhinos (7 here)

A Crash of Rhinos (7 here)

Lone Rhino Male

Lone Rhino Male

Springbok...Tasted Good!

Springbok...Tasted Good!

Had a great farewell lunch at a winery and then drove our rental to a wildlife reserve for a VERY short stay (one night and one 4-hour safari)–all we could afford anyway! But we did see animals–hippos, giraffe, rhinos, springbok and other types of “bok.” No white lions or elephants, though….

Penguins Moved Here in 1983

Penguins Moved Here in 1983

Basking

Basking

Before we boarded for home, we took a quick drive down the cape to see the penguins. A perfect send-off. We hope to return soon!

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Skiing this Winter

March 7th, 2010

David Rathe's Family and Mark

David Rathe

Simone and Friends over Carson Valley, Nevada from Heavenly Valley

Simone and Friends over Carson Valley, Nevada from Heavenly Valley

Lake Tahoe from Heavenly Valley

Lake Tahoe from Heavenly Valley

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Still Frozen

February 21st, 2010

Lower Wisconsin River looking west.

Upper Mississippi River looking NW.....

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ARUBA

February 19th, 2010

The Calm Side of the Island

The Calm Side of the Island

Ruth on a Rock

Ruth on a Rock

Had a great trip with Ruth, who was down there for a medical conference. Strange place–one side of the island is packed with high-rise hotels and white powdery beaches, and the other side is empty lava-strewn desert with treacherous waves. About a fifth of the island is a national park. The people were incredibly friendly, and even the tourists were nice! It’s Dutch-owned, and many of the tourists were European. We snorkeled, hiked, and ate great food.

Our Chariot

Our Chariot


North Side of Island

North Side of Island


Wild Waves

Wild Waves


Divi-Divi Tree

Divi-Divi Tree


Small Natural Bridge

Small Natural Bridge

Hotel Denizen

Hotel Denizen


Local Lizard

Local Lizard


Butterfly Farm

Butterfly Farm


It Finally Landed...

It Finally Landed...

500+ Steps to the Top

500+ Steps to the Top

Top of the Haystack at Dawn

Top of the Haystack at Dawn

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