The view from the 31st floor, where I’m in training for the next 2 days. That’s Lake Michigan on the right.
Today I’m posting a picture of my Toyota Prius. This photo was taken on the day that I brought it home from the dealership back in 2005 when it had about 32 miles on it. It’s in for it’s 100,000 mile tune-up today and they found a problem with the engine cooling system. Not a huge deal, but it needs to be fixed right away. That leaves me without my “ride” until tomorrow evening. Anyway, having the Prius “sick” at the “doctor” seemed like a good enough excuse to post a picture of it.
Yesterday’s events included a trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo. I took some great photos of the day, but these two of the bears are some of my favorites. In the first one, we see the bears “playing” with one another. They play rough. The second photo was taken after they had played together for a while and had returned to their individual activities. In the second photo, one of the bears plays with what is left of a frisbee-type thing. I’m not really sure what it is.
Below are two photos from The Decemberists concert in Milwaukee on May, 29, 2009. The show was simply incredible. They performed their new album, The Hazards of Love, in it’s entirety with no breaks. They then took an intermission and came back out to play a selection of hits from their other albums.
The first picture is of the full band playing a selection from The Hazards of Love. The second picture is of the final song of the night, “Sons & Daughters”. Colin Meloy invited members of the audience up on stage to join him for the sing-along chorus. As you can see, he had a few people take him up on the offer.
Walking around the Disney complex this morning, I stumbled upon a turtle trying to cross my path. The second picture is of Felix (I named him) hiding in his shell as I moved a little too close to him to take the picture. The first picture is of Felix feeling safe again and returning to his own walk.
Today’s portion of my drive to Florida included my first visit to Alabama. NASA has a space center in Huntsville, Alabama, so one of the real rockets from the past is on display at the Welcome Center along I-65. It’s an amazing sight and you can see it from miles away in Tennessee. I was excited to get closer to it and even more excited when my father decided to pull into the Welcome Center for a bathroom break.
As we drove past the rocket to get to the parking spaces, I discovered that I didn’t need to be as excited as I was, because I wasn’t going to get to see much of the rocket. The thing is, it’s buried in a big patch of trees so that people don’t get too close to it. Or if there was a way to get close to it, I didn’t find it. Disappointed, I took a picture of the huge metal “tree” poking up out of the mini-forest.
I’m currently on a 3-day “cross-country” drive from Wisconsin to Florida. While I’m not technically traveling alone as there are two vehicles making the trip, I am alone in the car. Well, not totally alone. I took a picture of the passenger seat to show who my companions are.
There’s my water bottle, my iPod, my work cell phone, my backpack, some Cool Ranch Doritos, and a cooler. Except for the iPod, they are all very quiet passengers. That’s probably for the best. I’ve probably been on the road for too long if anything else on the passenger seat starts singing to me.