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Month: December 2015

Parents visit – part III: Sedona

Parents visit – part III: Sedona

After Desert View succumbed to darkness we headed south to Sedona. There too the stars eluded me another night. On Friday morning we headed under overcast skies to Cathedral Rocks. Sam and I hiked all the way up to the “saddle” point and back. Then we headed to Bell Rock, where our vertical ascent was stopped by rainfall. Knowing that the rain would only last an hour or so we refueled and headed to Devil’s Bridge. The hike to the…

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Parents visit – part II: Grand Canyon

Parents visit – part II: Grand Canyon

On Monday morning we flew to Phoenix and picked up a rental to drive to the Grand Canyon, arriving long after dark. ┬áSam and I went to Mather Point for star photography, but unfortunately the sky was cloudy. The canyon, which spread before us, was completely black and invisible. We knew it was out there, but couldn’t see it. The moon was absent and the stars so disguised by clouds that even a five minute exposure on my full-frame camera…

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Parents visit – Part 1

Parents visit – Part 1

On December 3rd, my parents flew in for a visit. The next morning we dropped off Sam at work and borrowed her car. We went to a church that mom wanted to see for its stained glass windows, then the Wende Museum, the cemetery next door, then I dropped them off at the Grammy Museum (parking was impossible thanks to Jimmy Kimmel filming a band outside). Afterward, we picked Sam up and headed home to watch the first of the…

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