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Discussion: Its the little young lady from Pasadeeeenaaa!!

in: Ruhis; Ruhis > 2016-01-03

Jan 24, 2016 5:01 PM # 
If you se'er on the street don't try to choose her,
You might drive a goer but you'll never lose her!

She's gonna get a ticket now sooner or laaaterrr,
'cause she can't keep her foot off the accelerrrraaaaaterrr.

OOOeeeeeee, oooooEEEEEOOOOOO, ooooo

Were you the terror of Colorado Boulevard? Funny this is almost exactly a loop I ran while I was out there a few years ago. Hit the gate at the Huntington, turned left and hugged the fence along the east side - even went right through Lacy Park! I kept getting turned around trying to find my way back up the hill. I was staying at the Ramada there on Colorado, and walked down Del Mar to campus each day. The meeting was at the Spitzer Science Center (right next to the Cahil Center for Astronomy), which you ran past.

Well, did you have a good time? You picked a relatively wet time to go given the El Ninio. I hope you found some sunshine. We got our first snowfall of the season yesterday - 66cm in 24 hrs, which is more than our annual average. Looks like I'll be spending the afternoon digging :) Will try to sneak in some snowshoeing too.
Jan 27, 2016 2:45 PM # 
I have to say there's something special about California. I didn't mind the rain, not everyone gets to experience a proper Californian rain. ;) I liked Pasadena a lot (it's small enough :) ). San Francisco and the bay area were kinda homey too (without the risk of an earthquake that area would be almost perfect). LA was a bit too big and overwhelming.

Overall, people were nice and helpful, food was good, views were amazing and entertainment grand. But there were also some disturbing things that reminded me of the "general political situation in the US". I think I should visit the east coast next. I've heard it's more "European".

There would be so many stories and questions...but anyway, thanks for all the tips! Mt Wilson and the crepes were amazing! :)
Jan 27, 2016 9:40 PM # 
Glad you had a good time! Yes, its a big place - there's alot to see in-between the coasts as well. If you make it to Baltimore you're always welcome to stay, even if you just need an overnight stop or jumping-off point to other places. I have lots of room so bring a crowd. Baltimore is nothing special, although I like to say "its close to D.C. and a little bit cheaper" :) According to the Onion, the Wall Street Journal has just named Baltimore as the number-one city in the U.S. for quality of pigeon life. Donuts for all!

If you're looking for an excuse, there's a total solar eclipse on Aug 21, 2017 which will cross the whole continent. I have yet to see one myself, so I'm planning to make the best of it. Will probably drive out to Wyoming, but haven't decided yet. It would be cool to backpack into some wilderness area, but then you're at the mercy of the weather, so I'll probably aim to be mobile. Stanley, ID is also tempting, but there are only two 2-lane roads out of that lovely valley. If the weather closes in, everybody and his brother will be trying to get out. Tennessee is a closer option, but humid and sticky in Aug (also more population).

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