Saturday, December 22, 2012

Here Comes the Sheriff - Day 348

I hate it when the sheriff's helicopter starts circling our neighborhood!
Yes, those are rain clouds!

December 13

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Sky at Sunset - Day 341

Taken to the east at sunset probably somewhere over Utah.

December 6

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Winter Flight - Day 340

Never did get a really good look at this bird. Initially I thought it was an osprey but looking at the photo, it may be a juvenile bald eagle.

December 5

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

National Geographic Live - Day 333

This presentation was about the blue holes of the Bahamas.

November 28

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Titan Missile Museum & San Xavier Mission - Day 328

...or how we spent Black Friday.

The Titan Missile Museum is south of Tucson in Green Valley, AZ. One of 18 Titan Missiles in the Tucson area pointed at the former Soviet Union during the cold war and one of 54 in the country, it's the only one left - non functioning, of course.

Our tour included the underground facility and the control room where the action would have occurred had there ever been an incident requiring a launch. Thankfully that never happened! Before the presentation began, a volunteer was requested. Yours truly immediately jumped on the opportunity. Yep, I really wanted to "push the button."

The demonstration was basically an enactment of the steps taken and what would have happened had the call to launch come in. As we went through the procedure, the lights lit up, the bells and whistles all went off. And then it was done. As our tour guide said, "In about 30 minutes, Moscow will be a hole in the ground."

By the way, this was the first combat position women were allowed to hold in the military. I'm feeling very powerful these days!

The warhead would have fit inside this re-entry vehicle which sat atop the missile. It was about the size of a hot water header and weighed about 8500 pounds.

On our way home, we stopped at the San Xavier Mission for a brief visit and a "picnic" lunch of... you guessed it, turkey sandwiches!

So that's it. No crazy Black Friday crowds for the Goodrums this year!

November 23

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