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It's been an exhausting couple of weeks.

Things I've learnt:
  • Driving in mud is nasty, driving on ice is scary - driving on icy mud is tantamount to insanity, even with 4WD.

  • Driving on icy mud with a 1,000 foot drop to one side of a single track dirt road with 17 hairpins up a mountain miraculously improves your driving skills.

  • It is possible to take a dying company and come up with one big idea that completely changes the way the world thinks of its brand.

  • 3-D printing-as-a-service is one of the coolest and neatest ideas around.

  • Good GPS makes driving in a blizzard an awful lot easier.

  • 6F at 6PM is bloody cold.

  • The Arizona and Utah deserts are spectacularly beautiful in the snow.

  • A US National Park annual pass is a wonderful thing.

  • It is possible to spend nearly a week in Vegas and not see a single bride.

  • Bad colds and CES do not mix well, but hefty doses of bio-active smoothies and cold drugs do help.

  • GPS locator beacons are now so affordable everyone who goes into the great outdoors should have one.

  • Good design is everywhere.

  • Robots are still cool - educational robots are even cooler.

  • The silence of the snows above a deep canyon is a perfect stillness that leaves you in awe of the world around you.

  • Ravens are the kea of the American Southwest - smart and teamworkers.

  • The state of Utah has some of the maddest road engineers in the world.

  • Coal Creek Canyon is out there somewhere.

  • It is possible to get a great steak in the middle of nowhere on a Sunday night.

  • Zion has some the most amazing icicles I have ever seen.

  • If you're going to be caught in a blizzard, Bryce is one of the prettiest places to watch the snow.

  • Tin churches in the high desert make me think of U2.

  • Bono's mullet from the 1980s was really quite something.

  • Frogs are not a good conference give away.

  • You can clean the sensor of a DSLR easily.

  • The same rap song in every corridor and lift in a hotel can be rather annoying.

  • California is surprisingly wide.

  • You can get a decent curry in the USA.

  • 9600 ft is a long way up for a road.

  • 70F at sea level is really rather pleasant for January.

Normal service will be resumed shortly - once I've actually taken all the photos off my cameras.

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saffronrose
Jan. 13th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Frogs, she asked? Live? Beanbag, keyring fob?
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bellinghman
Jan. 13th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
My sister down near Orlando reckons she knows a place.
bellinghman
Jan. 13th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
You can clean the sensor of a DSLR easily

I demur from this opinion, having tried it without success.

[...] rap [...] can be rather annoying.

On the other hand, with that I'll agree.

BTW, I was rather bemused while reading 'Fopdoodle and Salmagundi' to find your surname therein.
sbisson
Jan. 20th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
I picked up a rather useful cleaning kit from the Lenspen folk. The trick is an illuminated 6x loupe...
sbisson
Jan. 20th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
"BTW, I was rather bemused while reading 'Fopdoodle and Salmagundi' to find your surname therein."

Oh?

What did it say? Apart from being a Norman-French corruption of Buisson?

(I've kept it quiet that I'm a Bush for the last 8 years!)
bellinghman
Jan. 20th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
BISSON
adj. Blind

A somewhat interesting definition considering your user icon.
therealdrhyde
Jan. 14th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
Am I a weirdo for really enjoying driving in mud and ice? Wouldn't want to do it in heavy traffic, mind!
natf
Jan. 16th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
GPS locator beacons are now so affordable everyone who goes into the great outdoors should have one.

Hmmmmm - how affordable? I know me going for a walk alone in the nearby woods is not really "the great outdoors" but, if I had a fall and was unable to call out from my mobile fro some reason, it would be nice to know that hubby, mum, etc. could find me...
sbisson
Jan. 20th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
I'm going to be writing about it soon, but the SPOT hardware is about $100 with a $100 per year subscription.

(It also makes a useful geotagging tool!)
natf
Jan. 22nd, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Eek! Too expensive for me...
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