Skew-T Meteorologist in Kansas City

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Smithville, Mo.

Quincy, Omaha, and Kansas City Railroad caboose
Quincy, Omaha, and Kansas City Railroad caboose

The Quincy, Omaha & Kansas City Railroad served Smithville from 1890 until 1939 with passengers and freight. The town maintains a replica caboose from the last train to roll through town.

Smithville Lake trail
Smithville Lake trail

Eisenhower Home

The Eisenhower Presidential Library, museum, and boyhood home is located in Abilene Kansas, two and half hours west of Kansas City.

Eisenhower boyhood home
Eisenhower boyhood home

Dwight Eisenhower's parents purchased the home in 1898 and lived there until their deaths in 1942 and 1946, and Dwight lived in the home until leaving for West Point.

Main room and living room
Main room and living room

Atchison and St. Joseph

AT&SF locomotive in Atchison, Kansas
AT&SF locomotive in Atchison, Kansas

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway was one of the larger railroads in the United States, chartered in 1859. Atchison fought hard to be the eastern terminus of the line constructed on a grant similar to the transcontinental railroad.

County courthouse in St. Joseph, Missorui
County courthouse in St. Joseph, Missorui
St. Joseph Riverfront
St. Joseph Riverfront

St. Joseph, Missouri, founded in 1843, is a former frontier town along the Missouri River and was the starting point of the Pony Express. An interstate freeway viaduct was built along the riverfront in the late 1970s and early 1980s after retailers migrated toward interstate 29 that bypasses downtown to the east. Today it stands as the least used interstate in the Missouri and nearly completely cuts off the city from the river.

Colorado Road Trip

Silverthorne
Silverthorne
Fairplay
Fairplay

South Park is a large, flat basin at 10,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, a very interesting contrast to the Plains. The town of Fairplay, with a population of less than 700, is the largest in the area. The town is also the inspiration for the town of South Park in the show of the same name.

California, Hawaii, and Alaska

Map of air and auto travel from April 30 through May 16 with time zones
Map of air and auto travel from April 30 through May 16 with time zones

Two business trips converged to bring two plus weeks of travel to three states spanning five hours in time zones and 10,000 miles of air travel. Larger version of map.

San Diego Bay from my harborfront hotel room
San Diego Bay from my harborfront hotel room

I spent a full week in San Diego, attending an intense computer security training course from the SANS Institute.

Cannoli from Napizza in Little Italy, San Diego
Cannoli from Napizza in Little Italy, San Diego
Lover's Point in Pacific Grove
Lover's Point in Pacific Grove

After a week in Southern California I had the weekend off between destinations and spent it driving up the coast to the Bay Area with a couple of stops along the way. The timing worked out to make it back to my parent's house for Mother's Day.

Clouds along the mountains in Oahu
Clouds along the mountains in Oahu

Leaving SFO I went to Honolulu for a couple of days of meetings. The trade winds were more present than in my previous visit, making the warm island weather more tolerable.

Control tower at Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Control tower at Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Denali
Denali

We took a red eye direct flight to Anchorage before a couple of days of jet lagged meetings. It was great to back in Alaska again. The state was undergoing it's first spring heat wave driving temperatures up in to the low 80s around the Alaska Range. Sunlit hours were long, with sunset a late 10:30 pm or so.

Alaska Tofu at Kinsley's in Anchorage
Alaska Tofu at Kinsley's in Anchorage
Sun still up at 10:30 pm in Anchorage
Sun still up at 10:30 pm in Anchorage
Turnagain Arm south of Anchorage
Turnagain Arm south of Anchorage
Wood Bison at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Wood Bison at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

The flight back was a red eye as well, through O'Hare. The trip was a whirlwind bouncing between locations with no time to lose jet lag.