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Papai In Memoriam
Papai In Memoriam
08/04/19

Aussie Parents' VisitAussie Parents' Visit
05/15/19

Balcony GardenBalcony Garden
05/05/19

A New Car!A New Car!
04/24/19

San Francisco San Francisco
02/10/19

Iceland Five-OIceland Five-O
01/26/19

Twin CitiesTwin Cities
10/12/18

Oktoberfest 2018Oktoberfest 2018
10/07/18

TerceiraTerceira
09/11/18

Ferry to TerceiraFerry to Terceira
09/10/18

São JorgeSão Jorge
09/07/18

PicoPico
09/05/18

FaialFaial
09/03/18

São MiguelSão Miguel
08/29/18

Wander Lucio's Visit - 2018Wander Lucio's Visit - 2018
07/03/18

Summer 2018Summer 2018
06/30/18

Brunch Harbor SailBrunch Harbor Sail
06/17/18

Deutschland 2018 (Karl)Deutschland 2018 (Karl)
03/29/18

Iceland 2018 (Karl)Iceland 2018 (Karl)
03/20/18

Brasil 2018 (Fernanda)Brasil 2018 (Fernanda)
03/17/18

Karl's Singing BirthdayKarl's Singing Birthday
01/26/18

MiamiMiami
01/19/18

GørillGørill
01/01/18

New Bathroom II!New Bathroom II!
10/24/17

ChicagoChicago
10/13/17

Oktoberfest XIOktoberfest XI
10/08/17

ApocalipseApocalipse
08/22/17

Oregon!Oregon!
08/16/17

Madison, CTMadison, CT
07/10/17

Diane's Wedding, observedDiane's Wedding, observed
06/11/17

Brasil 2017 (Fernanda)Brasil 2017 (Fernanda)
03/24/17

Christmas 2016Christmas 2016
12/24/16

New Bathroom!New Bathroom!
11/01/16

Staycation in BrooklynStaycation in Brooklyn
10/15/16

Oktoberfest XOktoberfest X
10/09/16

VermontVermont
09/18/16

Brasil 2016Brasil 2016
08/10/16

Italy 2016 (Karl)Italy 2016 (Karl)
07/27/16

Berlin 2016Berlin 2016
06/11/16

NashvilleNashville
01/21/16

Germany, 2015Germany, 2015
11/26/15

IcelandIceland
11/20/15

Cape CodCape Cod
10/18/15

Oktoberfest 2015Oktoberfest 2015
09/27/15

Lunar Eclipse - "Blood Moon"Lunar Eclipse - "Blood Moon"
09/27/15

Summer 2015Summer 2015
07/18/15

HawkHawk
07/17/15

BerlinBerlin
04/01/15

The Faroe IslandsThe Faroe Islands
03/20/15

CopenhagenCopenhagen
03/19/15

Christmas at the New Place (2014)Christmas at the New Place (2014)
12/24/14

Danube River Cruise (Karl)Danube River Cruise (Karl)
11/18/14

Wilmington & Western Railroad, 2014Wilmington & Western Railroad, 2014
11/02/14

The BerkshiresThe Berkshires
10/18/14

Oktoberfest 2014 - Executive HouseOktoberfest 2014 - Executive House
10/05/14

2014 Brasil - World Cup2014 Brasil - World Cup
06/24/14

Longwood Gardens - thank you RuthAnn!Longwood Gardens - thank you RuthAnn!
04/26/14

California, 2014California, 2014
02/19/14

Thanksgiving 2013Thanksgiving 2013
11/28/13

Berlin, Tante Wiebke (Karl)Berlin, Tante Wiebke (Karl)
11/24/13

Iceland, 2013 (Karl)Iceland, 2013 (Karl)
11/20/13

Through the Looking Glass with Karl in EuropeThrough the Looking Glass with Karl in Europe
11/18/13

Vermont 2013Vermont 2013
11/01/13

Wilmington & Western Railroad Steam Engine Train RideWilmington & Western Railroad Steam Engine Train Ride
10/20/13

Oktoberfest 2013Oktoberfest 2013
10/05/13

Brasil 2013 (Fernanda)Brasil 2013 (Fernanda)
05/25/13

IntrepidIntrepid
05/04/13

Road Trip SouthRoad Trip South
03/24/13

Another German Christmas (2012)Another German Christmas (2012)
12/24/12

Hurricane SandyHurricane Sandy
10/29/12

Oktoberfest in our Apartment 2012Oktoberfest in our Apartment 2012
09/30/12

Air Show, Tough Kennamon, PAAir Show, Tough Kennamon, PA
08/25/12

Greece, Islands, 2012: SifnosGreece, Islands, 2012: Sifnos
07/20/12

AthensAthens
07/19/12

IRF ReunionIRF Reunion
06/23/12

Vermont, 2012Vermont, 2012
04/08/12

Our Tulip BloomsOur Tulip Blooms
03/25/12

Party for Karl's 43rd BirthdayParty for Karl's 43rd Birthday
01/28/12

Christmas 2011 at Mt. SnowChristmas 2011 at Mt. Snow
12/24/11

5th annual Oktoberfest in our Apartment!5th annual Oktoberfest in our Apartment!
10/01/11

Guests, 2011Guests, 2011
09/12/11

Karl's Father in 2011Karl's Father in 2011
09/10/11

Misc. grab-bag, 2011Misc. grab-bag, 2011
08/18/11

Brasil 2011Brasil 2011
07/15/11

Vermont, "Spring" 2011Vermont, "Spring" 2011
04/23/11

Nidhi and Arvind's Bangle CeremonyNidhi and Arvind's Bangle Ceremony
03/27/11

Karl's 42nd Birtday (observed)Karl's 42nd Birtday (observed)
01/29/11

Winter Vacation with Missy and AlexWinter Vacation with Missy and Alex
01/15/11

Brasil 2010Brasil 2010
10/04/10

Oktoberfest 2010, HackensackOktoberfest 2010, Hackensack
09/25/10

Governor's Island, NYCGovernor's Island, NYC
09/19/10

Karl's familyKarl's family
09/12/10

VermontVermont
03/26/10

Skiing Hunter Mt. 2010Skiing Hunter Mt. 2010
02/14/10

Karl celebrates turning 41Karl celebrates turning 41
01/30/10

Babs visitsBabs visits
01/17/10

New Year's EveNew Year's Eve
12/31/09

Halloween/Thanksgiving 2009Halloween/Thanksgiving 2009
11/26/09

Oktoberfest 2009, HackensackOktoberfest 2009, Hackensack
10/03/09

2009 at the pool!2009 at the pool!
08/18/09

Brú na BóinneBrú na Bóinne
08/08/09

GalwayGalway
08/04/09

Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland
07/30/09

DonegalDonegal
07/24/09

Dublin, etc.Dublin, etc.
07/18/09

2009 with the Urano family2009 with the Urano family
05/23/09

Brasil 2009Brasil 2009
04/10/09

Weihnachten, 2008Weihnachten, 2008
12/24/08

Syncsort Xmas Party 2008Syncsort Xmas Party 2008
12/15/08

Family visits: Karl's parents, uncle, and cousinFamily visits: Karl's parents, uncle, and cousin
11/22/08

Vania's VisitVania's Visit
11/15/08

Marden's visitMarden's visit
11/08/08

Autumn hiking, Ramapo, NJAutumn hiking, Ramapo, NJ
10/18/08

Oktoberfest 2008, HackensackOktoberfest 2008, Hackensack
10/04/08

Labor Day Pool PartyLabor Day Pool Party
08/31/08

Philharmonic in the Park (yet again)Philharmonic in the Park (yet again)
06/24/08

Fernanda's Parents Come to VisitFernanda's Parents Come to Visit
06/02/08

Memorial Day Weekend in CT with MissyMemorial Day Weekend in CT with Missy
05/26/08

Fernanda's Birthday Party, 2008Fernanda's Birthday Party, 2008
05/17/08

Katja comes to visit!Katja comes to visit!
04/20/08

Spring 2008Spring 2008
04/12/08

Nikhil's Karaoke Birthday Bar PartyNikhil's Karaoke Birthday Bar Party
04/05/08

Cross-country Skiing in New EnglandCross-country Skiing in New England
02/09/08

Karl's Birthday Party 2008Karl's Birthday Party 2008
01/26/08

Xmas 2007Xmas 2007
12/24/07

Syncsort Xmas 2007Syncsort Xmas 2007
12/08/07

Oktoberfest in our ApartmentOktoberfest in our Apartment
10/06/07

Crash!Crash!
09/15/07

Nebraska, IowaNebraska, Iowa
09/13/07

Wyoming, Nebraska, Blow-outWyoming, Nebraska, Blow-out
09/12/07

Nevada, Utah, WyomingNevada, Utah, Wyoming
09/11/07

California, NevadaCalifornia, Nevada
09/10/07

San FranciscoSan Francisco
09/09/07

San Francisco, Sausalito, Mill Valley, TiberonSan Francisco, Sausalito, Mill Valley, Tiberon
09/08/07

San FranciscoSan Francisco
09/07/07

Yosemite to San FranciscoYosemite to San Francisco
09/06/07

YosemiteYosemite
09/05/07

Sequoia, Kings Canyon National ParksSequoia, Kings Canyon National Parks
09/04/07

Nevada, Death Valley, CaliforniaNevada, Death Valley, California
09/03/07

Arizona, NevadaArizona, Nevada
09/02/07

ArizonaArizona
09/01/07

Grand CanyonGrand Canyon
08/31/07

Utah, Grand CanyonUtah, Grand Canyon
08/30/07

CanyonlandsCanyonlands
08/29/07

Arches National ParkArches National Park
08/28/07

UtahUtah
08/27/07

Wyoming, Idaho, UtahWyoming, Idaho, Utah
08/26/07

Yellowstone, Grand TetonsYellowstone, Grand Tetons
08/25/07

YellowstoneYellowstone
08/24/07

Wyoming, Montana, YellowstoneWyoming, Montana, Yellowstone
08/23/07

South Dakota, WyomingSouth Dakota, Wyoming
08/22/07

South DakotaSouth Dakota
08/21/07

Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South DakotaIllinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota
08/20/07

Ohio to ChicagoOhio to Chicago
08/19/07

Pennsylvania to OhioPennsylvania to Ohio
08/18/07

5th Brazilian Film Festival, NY5th Brazilian Film Festival, NY
08/08/07

Fernanda's Birthday Party 2007Fernanda's Birthday Party 2007
05/19/07

ParisParis
03/31/07

AmsterdamAmsterdam
03/30/07

VolendamVolendam
03/29/07

AntwerpAntwerp
03/28/07

VernonVernon
03/26/07

Château GaillardChâteau Gaillard
03/26/07

Château de VersaillesChâteau de Versailles
03/25/07

Ski Trip 2007 -- Mount SnowSki Trip 2007 -- Mount Snow
02/17/07

Karl's Birthday PartyKarl's Birthday Party
01/27/07

WeihnachtsfeierWeihnachtsfeier
12/24/06

Syncsort Xmas Party 2006Syncsort Xmas Party 2006
12/09/06

New Car!New Car!
11/28/06

Random New YorkRandom New York
11/05/06

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkAt the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
10/24/06

Wander Lucio & ChristyWander Lucio & Christy
10/20/06

Oktoberfest at Bear MountainOktoberfest at Bear Mountain
10/08/06

New EnglandNew England
09/30/06

Barbeque with John and PetyaBarbeque with John and Petya
09/03/06

Sabira's Birthday PartySabira's Birthday Party
08/12/06

Allegra's Birthday PartyAllegra's Birthday Party
07/30/06

Opera in the ParkOpera in the Park
07/18/06

At the BeachAt the Beach
07/16/06

Ante Syncsort Group DinnerAnte Syncsort Group Dinner
07/14/06

Word Cup, USAWord Cup, USA
07/09/06

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, once moreBrooklyn Botanical Gardens, once more
07/08/06

Brasil 2006, Ceará: Fortaleza, JericoacoaraBrasil 2006, Ceará: Fortaleza, Jericoacoara
06/17/06

Brasil 2006, Belo HorizonteBrasil 2006, Belo Horizonte
06/10/06

Karl's & ParentsKarl's & Parents
06/04/06

Happy Birthday Pool Party!Happy Birthday Pool Party!
05/19/06

Cherry Blossom Festival, Brooklyn Botanical GardensCherry Blossom Festival, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
04/29/06

Planting a GardenPlanting a Garden
04/09/06

Fixing Up the CarFixing Up the Car
04/09/06

At the Ballet with AFSAt the Ballet with AFS
04/06/06

AlanaAlana
04/02/06

Various Times at Sean & Cecilia'sVarious Times at Sean & Cecilia's
03/05/06

Skiing, 2006 - Hunter MountainSkiing, 2006 - Hunter Mountain
02/18/06

Karl's Birthday (observed (by some))Karl's Birthday (observed (by some))
01/25/06

Bente's VisitBente's Visit
01/10/06

Xmas Party 2005Xmas Party 2005
12/12/05

Ballooning in Lancaster, PABallooning in Lancaster, PA
11/05/05

Segovia, SpainSegovia, Spain
10/14/05

Toledo, SpainToledo, Spain
10/13/05

Madrid, SpainMadrid, Spain
10/12/05

Sevilla, SpainSevilla, Spain
10/10/05

Évora, Tavira, and the Road to Spain...Évora, Tavira, and the Road to Spain...
10/06/05

Porto, PortugalPorto, Portugal
10/04/05

Eclipse -- Bragança, PortugalEclipse -- Bragança, Portugal
10/03/05

Coimbra and Conimbriga, PortugalCoimbra and Conimbriga, Portugal
10/01/05

Nazaré and Obidos, PortugalNazaré and Obidos, Portugal
09/28/05

Lisboa and Sintra, PortugalLisboa and Sintra, Portugal
09/24/05

Wander Lucio and Christy's VisitWander Lucio and Christy's Visit
09/18/05

Dinner at Sean and Cecilia'sDinner at Sean and Cecilia's
08/13/05

At the BeachAt the Beach
08/06/05

Pool MindersPool Minders
07/30/05

From Ivy's Beach to Ivy's PartyFrom Ivy's Beach to Ivy's Party
07/23/05

Opera in the Park for Allegra's BirthdayOpera in the Park for Allegra's Birthday
07/19/05

Five Year Anniversary CruiseFive Year Anniversary Cruise
07/17/05

Social ButterfliesSocial Butterflies
07/16/05

Social PicturesSocial Pictures
07/14/05

Central Park Summer StageCentral Park Summer Stage
07/09/05

4th of July, 20054th of July, 2005
07/04/05

A Day on the RiverA Day on the River
06/25/05

An Opera in the ParkAn Opera in the Park
06/14/05

Memorial Day, 2005Memorial Day, 2005
05/30/05

Scooting in NJ Liberty State ParkScooting in NJ Liberty State Park
05/29/05

Scooting to <i>Ashes & Snow</i>Scooting to Ashes & Snow
05/28/05

Fernanda's Birthday Party, 2005Fernanda's Birthday Party, 2005
05/20/05

Juliana & CristianoJuliana & Cristiano
05/15/05

Nidhi & Arvind's Wedding (observed)Nidhi & Arvind's Wedding (observed)
05/07/05

Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival), Brooklyn Botanic GardenSakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival), Brooklyn Botanic Garden
04/30/05

Brasil, 2005Brasil, 2005
04/18/05

About TownAbout Town
03/01/05

At HomeAt Home
02/28/05

The Gates in Central ParkThe Gates in Central Park
02/13/05

Winter, 2005Winter, 2005
01/23/05

A New YearA New Year
01/01/05

Christmas 2004Christmas 2004
12/25/04

Syncsort Xmas Party 2004Syncsort Xmas Party 2004
12/21/04

More randomMore random
12/20/04

Buraco nightBuraco night
12/19/04

Thanksgiving 2004Thanksgiving 2004
11/25/04

ZZ
10/31/04

AFS NYC Zoo tripAFS NYC Zoo trip
10/30/04

Pumkin Pickin'Pumkin Pickin'
10/23/04

Old Short HillsOld Short Hills
10/03/04

Whirling dervishesWhirling dervishes
09/24/04

Random Fall 2004Random Fall 2004
09/22/04

Saroj's birthdaySaroj's birthday
09/20/04

Pool Party!Pool Party!
08/22/04

Allegra's PartyAllegra's Party
07/17/04

FamilyFamily
07/15/04

GuestsGuests
07/11/04

Summer 2004 Misc IISummer 2004 Misc II
07/01/04

Beach 2004Beach 2004
07/01/04

Opera in Central ParkOpera in Central Park
06/16/04

Summer 2004 MiscSummer 2004 Misc
06/01/04

Brasil 2004, the restBrasil 2004, the rest
05/31/04

Brasil 2004, part 3Brasil 2004, part 3
05/29/04

Brasil 2004, continuedBrasil 2004, continued
05/20/04

Fernanda's Birthday, ObservedFernanda's Birthday, Observed
05/15/04

Brasil, 2004Brasil, 2004
05/14/04

Highlights of HoliHighlights of Holi
03/12/04

Holi - Full SetHoli - Full Set
03/09/04

New KitchenNew Kitchen
02/09/04

Xmas 2003Xmas 2003
12/24/03

Wanessa's WisitWanessa's Wisit
12/16/03

DiwaliDiwali
10/24/03

RandomRandom
10/04/03

Misc Dinners, Parties, 2002, 2003Misc Dinners, Parties, 2002, 2003
09/16/03

Fernanda's Very Old Family PhotosFernanda's Very Old Family Photos
09/04/03

Cristiano's VisitCristiano's Visit
07/15/03

Fernanda's Birthday PartyFernanda's Birthday Party
05/18/03

Europe 2003Europe 2003
04/25/03

Oz 1998Oz 1998
08/01/98


Road Trip, Day 16

Driving through the Desert
Driving through the Desert
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Arizona, Nevada


For all my bad-mouthing of Prescott yesterday, we spent a pleasant morning in it, and it seemed nice. We didn't leave town till after noon. We drove downtown to find a payphone and wifi, and decided to visit the fair going on in the town square. I did my email in front of the library again, even though I knew the wifi from the library requires a library card, but the library was a place to park, since there was no parking to be had at the town square, and also one bench has an outlet right by it. Fernanda bought some stuff at the fair. We regrouped and wandered a bit to find an open wifi (none near the library were working at the moment.) We walked into this nice courtyard in the Spanish style of this building with a bunch of commercial businesses in it, it had a nice bench, and a full open high speed wifi connection. My computer battery is old and decrepit. It worked long enough for me to send what I had to send, then I hibernated the computer, and when we thought we should Google map our route for the day, the battery claimed it was drained and wouldn't restart. Typical. So we decided to just wing it, not worry about the exact timings and stuff. We knew more or less where we were going.

Then we hit the supermarket to restock on milk, yogurt and gatorade and buy some lunch stuff. All in all, a totally unhurried morning was totally agreeable and probably necessary. We left to drive up scenic route 89 to Ash Fork and join up with the Interstate, heading west. Along the way the map showed a rest area at a town called Drake on 89 where we thought we'd have lunch. It wasn't obviously on 89, and we missed the turn off, so we turned around. Still no obvious rest area with picnic tables, so we drove down toward Drake, the sign saying 2 miles to there. One and a half miles in, the road stops being paved. And still no picnic tables. Or town. Or anything. Half a mile down the unpaved road, there is a railroad crossing, and a bunch of slabbed stone waiting to be loaded on train. It would seem this is Drake. And no rest area! The map had it marked as one with facilities and everything. We drove on a little, but it was clear there was nothing here.

Having wasted all this time, we turned around finally, and drove on to Ash Fork, where we stopped in a little park that had picnic tables. Despite this being the desert, there was this rain cloud directly above us, and it kept pelting us with drops, never quite enough for us to run for cover, but almost. Ash Fork is a tiny little town. We were right next to the water tower, and people kept stopping by to fill their water tanks. Across the street some chickens roamed free.

Ash Fork is on the old historic route 66. We drove through it, but then got on Interstate 40, Fernanda being sick of driving on two laned roads. We drove through some rain. You can see the weather coming from miles away. You can see when a cloud is raining. It's very weird. Especially since this is supposed to be desert!

At Seligman we got off I-40 to drive along one of the last stretches of the old route 66. This is where the Pixar guys came to be inspired for Cars. Seligman was very route 66 touristy, and then -- nothing. Route 66 is a long, empty 2 lane stretch of pretty much nothing. A couple of Burma-shave sign series out of nostalgia, but that's it. If you're ever in the area and feel tempted, don't bother. Do the Seligman stretch, and that's all you need. The rest is 90 miles of nothing. Truxton near the middle seems to have served as one of the models for the town in Cars, but remember, the point of the movie was that the Interstate killed off the towns. There's nothing in Truxton.

From Kingman then we got on 93 to Hoover Dam. Suddenly we were in real desert. The temperature shot up to over 37° C (100° F). Yet there was still rain.

Just before Hoover Dam we stopped at a scenic outlook, and it was brutal in the sun. Around 45° C in the shade (112° F). There were some Navajo jewelry peddlers. How they could stand it, I don't know. There's a security stop before the dam, but we were waved through. Ha! All that semtex in the trunk, and they didn't even think to look! But I didn't bother blowing up the dam, since it was such a disappointment. It seemed a lot smaller and claustrophobic than I had anticipated. The photo, films and stuff I've seen make it seem much more impressive than it really is. The by-pass they are building actually seems more spectacular. Maybe I'm just jaded after seeing the Grand Canyon. Traffic across the dam is very slow. And then we were in Nevada. And they waited nearly 2 miles before the first casino. Unless they have slot machines in the Hoover Dam museum. They probably do...

So now we decided to drive through Las Vegas, since we're here. And wow. It's huge, and just goes on and on. We drove down the Strip, and in the end it was just too much. We didn't even drive all the way to the end. It's like a gaudier Times Square that never ends. I would have liked to watch the fountains in front of the Bellagio, but traffic was horrendous. No immediate hotel deals jumped out at us, so we drove on down the desert. Tomorrow we plan on driving through Death Valley, so we drove towards it, waiting to see what towns we end up in. We ended up in a tiny place called Indian Springs. An OK deal on the motel. Casino right next door, fairly tiny place. We went there for dinner, and now we're back at the room (no wifi).

Tomorrow Death Valley. I hope to see 50° C.

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Road Trip, Day 3
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Europe 2007
03/31/07


Brasil 2006
06/09/06


Our trip to Portugal and Spain
10/31/05


More and more photo sets
09/14/05


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05/29/05


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08/15/98


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