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Cedar, Leelanau County, Michigan (near Traverse City), United States
I am a 76 year old (born 7/4/1937) retired Public Radio Engineer from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Happily married to the love of my life, Teddy (nee Teddy Schlueter). Teddy is a retired Medical Records Clerk from Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah, Wisconsin. Two children, Michael and Lon. Lon passed away in 1994. Michael is married to his wonderful wife, Toni and lives in Appleton, Wisconsin. For photos click on link below or visit our photo site http://www.flickr.com/photos/igboo NOTE: Click on photos for full-size images.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Road Trip (part 2)

...After returning to Chloride we decided that we still had time to drive on up to the Hoover (aka Boulder) Dam about 50-60 miles NW of Chloride. It took us much longer time to get there than we originally thought as traffic across the Dam was bumper to bumper...stop and go... beginning about two to three miles from the dam. However it was a nice day and we didn't mind; we just munched on dry roasted peanuts and inched along with the other tourists.
On reaching the dam we drove on across to the Nevada side; set our clocks back one hour to Nevada time and then turned around and drove back across to the Arizona side and set our clocks ahead to Arizona time. ;-)
There are several parking areas for dam visitors on the Arizona side so we then pulled into the closest one to the dam and crossed the dam once more...this time on foot. The only thing that I didn't like was having to set my watch two more times again. If I had to do over I just don't think I'd bother...come to think of it I don't think Teddy did it at all; it was just me.
At any rate I snapped this picture of the dam on all its glory. It is actually six photos cleverly stitched togather into a long panaroma. (click on the picture for a full size version) If you look closely you can see the high water line on both the dam and on the rock face across Lake Mead. I didn't actually measure it myself but was told that the lake level is about 100 feet below that line.
On the way back to Havasu City along I-40 we pulled off onto the shoulder and took a pict. of this strange "golfball" home which we had spotted on the way up that morning.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Road Trip (part 1)

A couple of weeks ago Teddy & I took a "day trip" to visit the old mining town of Chloride, AZ. John Antonetti, a friend and fellow snowbird here in the park, had visited there reciently with his Jeep and told us about the Chloride Murals and we wanted to see for ourselves.

At the far edge of the town a dirt road leads out into the desert toward the mountainous regions to the east. at first the road is not too bad...



...but it soon degenerates to the point that it would be an insult to real roads to call it a road.




Undaunted, we drop the truck into 4W drive and push on. Since we were only able to travel at about 5 mph, Teddy decided to walk following the truck.


We decided to pass up the opportunity to acquire this piece of prime Arizona real estate. (click on pict(s) for full size image)





And, sure enough, encouraged by ocassional lettering painted on large rocks we finally arrived at the area of the mural paintings



Here and there, scattered all around were huge boulders and various smaller rocks painted with whimsical bright colored designs. Why someone would lug paint and equipment out here to paint rocks is anybody's guess but there are strange things in Arizona which may be related to the summer heat. ;-)





















At any rate, even though the "road" continued on, this is as far as we were willing to go as the trail ahead looked too foreboding.

...To be continued...

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Nite Lites

Teddy bought two of these solar powered LED flowers at Wal-Mart and set them out by our trailer.

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This is what they look like at night.

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Parker Dam

While on a day trip, a couple of weeks ago, Teddy & I visited the Parker Dam.The Parker Dam is what creates Lake Havasu.




The road across the dam is quite narrow and commercial trucks, RVs etc. are prohibited from crossing it. They have barriers set up on the approach and our PU barely fit between them. I don't think a dually could make it without scraping. We didn't know this before but the Parker Dam is the world's deepest dam, with most of its 320 feet height extending 235 feet below the riverbed.

Here you can see four of the five spillways that control the lake level.








Looking upstream at the beginning of Lake Havasu.





Downstream the Colorado River continues on carrying water to the big aquducts that feed Southern California to the West and Phoenix to the East.


Adjacent to the Dam is the Power station which houses four turbine driven generators producing 30,000 KiloVolt Amps each.

This big yellow crane travels on tracks to control these lift gates that feed the turbines.


Notice how the crane dwarfs our truck parked next to it.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

New Satellite Dish

On Monday February 25, we pulled the Cardinal up to Camping World in Henderson, Nevada to have a new Winegard® TRAV’LER™ Slimline Ka/Ku Multi-Satellite dish installed on the roof. We have always had our DirecTV satellite service since we began full-timing but had to use a portable dish because we are also HD. There were rooftop units available but none were able to receive multi-satellites at once which is necessary for HD.
This is our old three satellite dish set up here in Arizona. It was always a hassle to set up and aim and then take down and store whenever we traveled. When traveling we never set it up if we were just stopping for a short time as it wasn't worth the effort.

But now I just hit a button and it rises from it's stowed position and automatically finds and locks onto up to five satellites at once. So now we will have satellite service even when stopping overnight at a Wal-Mart parking lot.

It has been rock steady and working well. Teddy and I are "Happy Campers".

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

RC Airplanes


One of the guys here in the park (Jerry Brown from Bronson, Michigan) is a RC airplane hobbyist. The local RC club have built a mini airport complete with paved runways etc. They can be out there flying almost any day when there isn’t too much wind. The other day they had an air show and I went out to watch them fly. The planes are built to various scale ratios to the real plane that they are patterned after. Jerry’s is scaled to 35% and has an 8 1/2 foot wingspan and has a 10 hp motor.
Jerry's Plane

It is not a hobby for the faint of heart as they can cost up to $40,000 so a crash can be quite costly. In addition to the prop driven models there were some jet engine models. Jerry said that this jet was probably worth about $10,000. It uses regular “JP4” fuel, develops about 35 lbs of thrust and can go up to 200 mph.

The guy with the jets was from out of town and must have deep pockets indeed, as this is the trailer that he hauls his planes around with. He was an excellent flyer and put on quite a show.




The flyers can do amazing acrobatics with them.




Because you have no reference of distance against the sky, you could easily mistake them for real planes; especially the jets which were almost impossible to photograph as they go so fast.

There were some of these less expensive battery powered "electrics". The strange thing about them is that they make no sound and seem to just float in the air.