DragonCon – Thurs/Friday!

And, at last, DragonCon! We started out the trip with the 10th Doctor on our flight. I literally almost bumped into him and recognized the fabric first. I looked up and he looked at my t-shirt (Doctors crossing Abbey Road) and I said “Nice suit” at the same time as he said “Nice shirt”. It was very funny. And then … Continue Reading →

Goddard Dinosaur Tracks

2/3/18 – edited to add – here’s an update on the tracks, it’s even more significant than we knew at the time! https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinos-and-early-mammals-romped-nasas-doorstep-180968023/ As you may recall, they found a nodosaurus track at Goddard a few weeks ago: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/features/2012/nodosaur.html http://www.universetoday.com/97007/multiple-dinosaur-tracks-confirmed-at-nasa-center/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/dinosaur-age-meet-the-space-age/2012/08/17/76c176f4-e89a-11e1-8487-64e4b2a79ba8_story.html The Washington Post article made us all really curious about where it was. Especially because they were kind of … Continue Reading →

Buttefly #3

I only got one shot of this one!

Photo post (Willow, American Girl, flowers, work stuff, etc)

Can you tell I’m trying to catch up on photos tonight? Here’s what I’ve been up to in July and August (except Poland which I already blogged about!) We finally got some rain, so my dahlias finally started blooming well.

Buttefly #2

This was the 2nd butterfly that let me photograph it this summer. It didn’t stick around quite as long as the other one.


These pics are from back in July, but I’m only now getting around to posting them. We had a very cooperative butterfly land on the dahlias and I took a whole slew of pics.

Krakow, Day 8, part 3 – Wieliczka Salt Mine

After our morning in Krakow and 2 hour lunch, we headed off on buses to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which is just outside of Krakow. It was built in the 13th century and table salt came from it as late as 2007. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wieliczka_Salt_Mine We started our trip into the mine by descending some 378 steps. :-/ Fortunately the railings were … Continue Reading →

Krakow, Day 8, part 2 – Market Square

When last I left off on my travelogue, we were leaving Wawel Hill and heading to the Market square. (You can just make out the two girls in regency dresses I was referring to, in front of the tour people.) This is where Pope John Paul II lived well before he was Pope: Fun street musicians:

Krakow, Day 8, part 1 – Wawel Hill

After Doug’s conference ended, we took a day trip (organized by the conference) to Krakow. I would have loved to have had more time. And to have been on our own so we could explore more. As it was, we saw very little. But at least it was a taste. At 6am (SO early) we headed over to the train … Continue Reading →

Warsaw, Day 7, Wilanow Palace, Part 2

Back outside the Wilanow Palace:

Warsaw, Day 7, Wilanow Palace, part 1

Wilanow Palace (pronounced, roughly, Vilanov) is in the south part of Warsaw. It’s a Baraoque 17th century palace and is perhaps most famous for being built and used by the King Jan Sobieski. You’ll also be happy to know it survived WWII. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilan%C3%B3w_Palace http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_III_Sobieski http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Casimire_Louise_de_la_Grange_d%27Arquien His wife, Maria, was a lady who had been a lady-in-waiting to a previous queen. … Continue Reading →

Warsaw, Day 6 – Zelazowa Wola, Chopin’s birthplace

On Thursday, we headed out to the Polish countryside to Zelazowa Wola, the estate where Chopin was born. His father lived in a smallish house there, and he was a French tutor. They were only there for a year more or less before they moved to Warsaw, though they remained friends with the estate owners. Chopin would walk the grounds … Continue Reading →