Monday, September 24, 2012

Where Is Fall (Weather)?


Saturday may have been the "official" first day of Fall, but Fall weather has yet to make an appearance.  It was in the high 90s on Saturday ~ I am so ready  for cooler weather!

It was a little humid with high clouds all day, which made for a gorgeous sunset.  My oldest nephew had a soccer game that evening (which was also my "little" brother's birthday), so we all met at the soccer field and watched the game.  It was a nice evening with some wonderful views of our beautiful little valley.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The End of an Era

 Friday marked the end of an era.  Space Shuttle Endeavour took her last ride, piggyback on  a Boeing 747, accompanied by two fighter jets, on a tour of some of California's iconic landmarks, giving all of us who live in one of those areas a "once" chance (not a once-in-a-lifetime chance even) of witnessing this historic event.
Around 9:30, we drove down a few miles to be closer to JPL and decided that a parking lot by the local Trader Joe's would be a good place to watch and wait.  There were a few people already there, but soon others came and there was quite a crowd gathered.  One lady had a transistor radio and kept us all updated on Endeavour's status.  Four high school-aged girls walked by and asked her what "that" was that she was holding ~ they had never seen one before!  We all chuckled and remarked how old we all must be!
Around noon time, anticipation was at a peak, as we knew Endeavor had just made its passby of Universal Studios and Downtown Los Angeles and was on its way to JPL.  Then, off in the distance to the southeast, I spotted it and yelled out, "Here she comes!"  It was thrilling to see and it ended up that we had picked a great spot, as Endeavour came straight towards us and right over our heads before making a turn and heading back down for her final approached to LAX.  It was quite thrilling to say the least and I feel very fortunate to have been able to have seen this historic event, the end of an era.