Airship coming to Moffett
October 23, 2008
Kind of cool – Airship Ventures is bringing their new Zeppelin NT airship to be based at Moffett, and it should be arriving some time this weekend. I really like their size comparison chart, which includes a giant squid! One-hour flights are a bit pricey at ~$500, but what a fun experience it would be! You can follow the progress of the airship on their blog, which features lots of nice low-altitude photos.
Robots and Sci-Fi exhibit @ SFO
October 23, 2008
There’s a great exhibit in the north terminal connector at SFO, featuring the artifacts of the 50s-60s space craze. (SFO Museums has many exhibits of very high quality; I’ve always impressed by them, and I try to take a little extra time to look at them when walking through the airport!) This exhibit brought back many childhood memories…
Home at last (or nearly so)
October 14, 2008
We’re just now coming in through the Golden Gate – home never looked better!
October 11, 2008
Off we go - leaving Port San Luis, heading for San Simeon - about 40
miles up the coast. I'll fill in the last couple of days, spent
waiting out the big winds, after we get underway.
Days 12 and 13
October 8, 2008
We sailed from SB yesterday morning; was sunny & calm & smooth up to
point conception, then a headwind and big steep waves all night.
Trying to get a nap in the forward berth was like an amusement park
ride, I was catching air when we went over the biggest waves! We got
in to Port San Luis at 5 this morning, just beat and in need of rest
and food. It is incredibly warm, no wind. Will and I just got back
from getting fuel; the Coast Guard brought in a sailboat that got
clobbered today - reports are of 40-knot winds through Saturday! So,
(a) our choice to come up last night looks comparatively good, but (b)
now we have to play it day by day and see if there's a break in the
high winds. We'll definitely be here tonight, though.
Coming by Vandenberg air force base (on the coast just south Santa Maria) last night in the dark was interesting - they have numerous space & missile launch complexes all lit up, for miles along an otherwise desolate coast. I had the 10-2am watch, and enjoyed the brilliant stars and bioluminescent bow waves once the half-full moon set.
I woke this morning to find that the yummy organic nectarines I bought fresh in SB, and carefully stowed in the netting slings we use to keep all the produce, were dashed against the wall during the night's adventures and the juice proceeded to drip all over my sleeping bag… Bleah! Seems to have cleaned up nicely though.