Veteran’s Day at Marie Kerr Park in Palmdale

It was simple and touching. I think at times that most of us were teary eyed….. I know I was.

Darryl Juel and Reid Grayson were older brothers of two guys I played junior high basketball with in Scobey, Montana 52 years ago…….

Even though I was not in country in Vietnam, this was for all of us who served in the era.

The AV Vietnam Moving Memorial Wall is a fully volunteer organization. They along with Vets 4 Vets in Palmdale and Lancaster are the driving forces behind this.DSC_0003

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This dear lady lost a son in Iraq in 2004. She gave me the one pin. Tears were shed.
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Darryl R. Juel
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Frank J. Costantini Jr.
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Reid E. Grayson

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Out and about(Canadian Inflection)

Went to do a few things…. Gas in the Civic, Cigars and some things from Rite Aid.

The Trusty Nikon needed to be used ya know. Today is a mix of smoke and dust as the wind is up a bit here in the Southeast Kern County Desert at Casa de Sharon y Glenn.

Oh, it was 104 degrees……. Hot and the air feels heavy, if you know what I mean.

Yep, I admit freely that I do love this desert. When I was with Herzog on the GPS Ballast Trains, the home office always knew that I would go to the desert.

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There has been some interesting things concerning the illegal marijuana growing operations in Cal City lately. However, some folks are upset at the two unsolved murders that occurred here. It is a dichotomy of a different sort.

#desertwanderings

Desert Wanderings, aka, A run to Ridgecrest and the Upper Mojave and gratuitous Plane Pr0n.

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The Fremont Valley and Indian Wells Valley have been getting smoke from the Ferguson and other fires on the other side of the Sierra Nevada Range.

It was also extremely windy coming back south to Cal City on the 14. I have some pics on my phone that I will post later.

I also had to get pics of the static aircraft at NAWS China Lake.

Trains and Clouds

I hauled the Trusty Nikon with me on the way to work on Thursday afternoon.  I had seen a large buildup to the East from Cal City. I even managed to catch an intermodal train rolling East through Edwards heading to it’s crew change in Barstow. Apologies for the vehicular traffic on the 58. It is one of the few major East to West routes through the Sierra Nevada Range at Tehachapi.

All were taken with the 55-200 lens in auto.

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Desert Wanderings: 5 May 2018

No Cinco de Mayo for me……..

I did the usual pop run to Mojave this afternoon. I have more important things like the Stanley Cup Playoffs…….

I did take the Trusty Nikon with me…..

Included is a picture of Missus ORPO’s new car that she won at the last home game of the Bakersfield Condors.

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I think these may be ex-United airframes.

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Missus OPRO’s new Chevy Spark

#desertwanderings  #mojavespaceport  #boneyard

Monday run to Lancaster…..

Pictures ensued…..

I had to take a release form to my VA doc from my dentist. It seems he is worried about the mixing of medications used for doing the dental work that I need and the ones the VA has me on. Another fun process………..argh……… The dentist also thinks it is a good idea to wait until the urinary issues to be resolved before I have teeth pulled and some oral surgery……

I have to admit that this stuff is getting old….. If it ain’t one thing, its another.

Seeing as the Trusty Nikon was in the car, I decided to grab a few pics on the way home. The H-60 was a pleasant surprise. It was shooting touch and goes at Mojave and I got lucky enough to get a few shots of it. The day is windy and we are under a wind advisory beginning at 1600 PDT…. The wind blows in the desert….. Big surprise isn’t it!

So here they all are!

Click them to enlarge and please enjoy!

ORPO Sends.

China Lake Air Show

It was a small show. I was impressed by the way it was run though. The Blue Angels were there for their first show on the road. I have seen them so many times that I spend my time wandering through the static displays.

The Brits and Dutch had their Test F-35s under the canopies on the line.

BTW, I have disabled person plates on my vehicles and I parked about six spaces from the entry control point for ADA and VIP folks.

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As a Pilot sees the World

A friend of mine in Upstate New York emailed these pictures to me late yesterday. The views are incredible in some of the. My favorite is of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Athens
Athens
Barcelona
Barcelona
Bern, Switzerland
Bern
Capetown
Capetown
Central Park, NYC
Central Park NYC
Chicago
Chicago
Dubai
Dubai
Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Giza Pyramids, Egypt
Giza Pyramids, Egypt
Male, Maldives
Male, Maldives
Mangroves, New Caledonia
Mangroves in New Caledonia
Maze at Longleat, England
Maze at Longleat, England
Meskendir Valley, Turkey
Meskendir Valley, Turkey
Mexico City
Mexico City, DF
Moscow
Moscow
Namib Desert, Namibia
Namib Desert,, Namibia
Niagara Falls NY
Niagara Falls, NY
Paris
Paris
Shanghai
Shanghai
Tulip Fields, Netherlands
Tulip Fields, The Netherlands
Vancouver BC
Vancouver, BC
Venice
Venice

I have been to Barcelona three times while deployed aboard Independence. I have been through JFK at New York as a kid. I have been to Chicago on the ballast trains and Vancouver several times when I was at NAS Whidbey, Island WA.

Sunrise in the Antelope Valley

I had to take Missus ORPO to LAX to fly to Syracuse, NY to surprise Son Number 1 on his Fortieth Birthday. I was up at 0100 and we were on the road at 0200. I pulled up in front of American Airlines in about 0350 and I was headed home by 0415. I stopped for breakfast at Denney’s in Santa Claria for breakfast and Stater Bros in Mojave where I picked up a new IPA from Sierra Nevada.

Coming down the hill to Palmdale is a scenic pull out and the sky in the East was getting light so I decided to break out the Nikon.

Some are good and some are not. I am still trying to get it figured out.

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New Pictures of Snow!

The Tehachapi had a nice amount of snow on the East Slope. I had the Nikon and at the turn off from CA 58 to California City Boulevard is a bare lot. I actually stood in the bed of The Titan to get these.

It was slowly warming up from a low of 21 degrees at Edwards AFB…..The sky looks great on mornings like this.

I hope everyone enjoys these……………………………….

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