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Texas is Big.... 
Tuesday, March 7, 2006, 08:17 PM
Long day today, we went to the mexican border, just to see it....

We then got on I-10 for about 200 miles, then I-20 for about 400.... eventful day :)

No fun pictures from today, as it was all just desolate texas...

We are staying in Denton, TX.. but we drove to McKinney to meet a friend of mine living in the area for some dinner at Applebees...

Our drive map is here:

Select "DriveHome4" as the trip portion if it is not already selected...

To St Louis tomorrow... hopefully we'll get there early enough to see some sights!

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A quick Panorama... 
Tuesday, March 7, 2006, 05:48 AM
Just to give you all a feel for what it was like in White Sands... here is a panorama:

Note: 10 mb in size, so it may take a bit to load, and Quicktime is required

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Casa Grande to El Paso... 
Monday, March 6, 2006, 07:14 PM

We woke up bright and early... and when I say bright and early... i mean it:

We headed out east on I-10 towards El Paso... it was quite the long road:

But there were some pretty cool sights along the way:

We arrived at White Sands National Monument around 1:30pm:

White sands is one of the most incredibly places i've seen... Tho roads are completely covered in white sand, and there are dunes of white sand everywhere.. Apparently the Calcite in the water gets left behind when it evaporates, and eventaully forms white sand. Here is a picture of the road we were driving on:

We had some fun playing in the sand for a while with our shoes off:

And some time to take some fun pictures of the scenery and wildlife (well tracks left by wildlife)

Tomorrow we are headed towards Dallas... I think we are on I-20 for about 420 miles.. hopefully there are gas stations along the way :)

Check back tomorrow!

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Joshua Tree National Park 
Sunday, March 5, 2006, 09:31 PM
We woke up around 6:30, breakfast at 7, and we attempted to get on the road by 7:30... After fixing some small techincal difficulties with my in-car electronics (GPS not working), we hit the road...

We drove through downtown LA on rt 10, skipping any stops in hollywood due to the morning delays.. but we still got a drive-by picture of the city:

on the way out of LA on I-10 eastbound, there is a huge windfarm... This was Dad's electricity fix for the day...

We then headed straight for Joshua Tree National Park...

In case you don't know what a Joshua tree looks like, here is an example:

We first headed up to Keys point, which offered some great views from over 5000 feet in elevation:

We then went back down and walked around a bit in the desert/joshua tree forest... it's really hard to determine if it is a forest or a desert, i think it is both...

We then went to a small Oasis in the desert, it was really amazing... One small spring produced all these huge trees... I took 2 pictures to show the contrast between oasis and desert, all i did to take these pics was turn 180 degrees:



We are staying tonight in Casa Grande, AZ... tomorrow we are headed towards El Paso, probably stopping by White Sands on the way...

All pics are available here:

and the vehicle tracking was enabled, so check that out too (link at the top of this page)

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On the way home... 
Saturday, March 4, 2006, 09:30 PM

After a nice pizza dinner last night at Kapp's pizza in mountain view, we woke up early this morning to hit the road. Pete needed a ride to the airport, so he joined us for continental breakfast at Dad's hotel. After dropping him off at the airport, we headed south towards Monterey.. we took a ride down Cannery Row, and had fun taking some pictures at an ocean overlook, here is a picture we took:

After leaving Monterey, we headed south on route 1, seeing all of the beautiful sights along the way... here is a picture of Dad and I just north of Big Sur:

We continued south on rt 1, and encountered a roadside pulloff which was full of people looking at nothing.. or so we thought... we found a California Condor perched just over the edge of the road:

We then headed further south and stopped at a random roadside stop, there were a bunch of people there whale watching of all things. Apparently this time of year is great for whale watching since the whales are migrating... we saw a whole bunch of whale spouts, here is one picture that sort of came out...

About 40 miles south of the whale watching, we came across some Elephant Seals on the beach... these things are huge! -- to put it in perspective, the largest seals were probably a couple of tons in weight...

Then dad was apparently having withdrawl from work, as he snapped these photos as we drove by, i hope they made him feel more at home!

We continued on to a down called Solvang, which is a Danish themed town... it brought me right back to feeling like i was in Denmark... here is a picture of the town:

We found a place called Ostrich Land, where we saw some really ugly Ostritches

We got to Ventura at about 5pm, checked into the hotel and headed out for some dinner... On the way we stopped on the beach to take a few pictures:

We then went to the downtown area, and atea at Andria's Seafood... fish and chips... After dinner we walked around the dock area for a bit, it was really cool looking at night with all the reflections

Tomorrow we head to Phoenix (well just south of Phoenix)... Look for more updates tomorrow!

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Headed Home... 
Friday, March 3, 2006, 03:42 PM
This is my last day here at ebay! -- Dad is coming supposed to arrive in about 40 minutes or so, tomorrow we head out... Here are our stops along the way:

Ventura, CA
Phoenix, AZ
El Paso, TX
Fort Worth, TX
St Louis, MO
Pittsburg, PA

Look for updates on the drive soon!

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Another weekend, some more travel... 
Wednesday, February 15, 2006, 11:22 PM
Saturday i headed to Half Moon Bay and the pacific coast with Matt and Rhyland... we ended up driving on some back roads to get there... we took a 9 mile road to nowhere... here is a picture of this creek-side road:

We took a few pictures of the pacific coast:

We took a small road that probably wasn't a road directly to the edge of a cliff... i was actually a bit worried about the cliff giving way.. here is a shot of us coming back on to route 1 from the cliff:

We then went to San Francisco for a chinese new year dinner... We want to a place called the Cathay House, right on California Ave downtown... great atmopshere at the place! Here is a picture of a lot of the WPI students at the restaraunt:

We then went outside to Market Street to watch the Chinese New Year parade... Lots of people jumping around with dragons and tons of firecrackers.... here is a picture of the parade:

On the way home i took a quick picture of the Bridge the I-80 starts on... I think it is the Oakland Bay Bridge...

Sunday Matt, Rhyland and i woke up really early and headed for Lake Tahoe... We took I-80 all the way up through Donner Pass.. Here are a few pictures of us from Donner Pass:

We stopped for gas in Truckee... at the packed small-town gas station we met a nice fellow who was "filling up his sled"... a real rounder, i bet he had about 5 teeth total... this man was definitely a few fries short of a happy meal!

I snapped this pic at the gas stations:

Lake tahoe was awesome-- a huge lake in the middle of the mountains.... We stopped over into Nevada and gambled a dollar at a casino-- and lost... hopefully not a preview of this coming weekend in Vegas...

Here are a few pics of us at Lake Tahoe:

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