Just over one year ago I closed escrow on my house in Kansas City. The year here has flown by and so much has changed. It's been a wonderful home with room to grow that provides a pleasant, safe, quiet space.
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.
I spent a full week in San Diego, attending an intense computer security training course from the SANS Institute.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday was forecast to be the biggest severe outbreak in several years in this area. I just missed severe hail on the drive in to work but instead was caught in blindingly heavy rain. With the cold pool from the morning storms would keep development a bit further south, Steve and I left around noon to go storm chasing in Kansas, in a spot in the middle of the day 1 outlook moderate area. A PDS tornado watch was issued for parts of Oklahoma and Texas and severe thunderstorm warnings were being issued in Kansas by the time we were in a good spot in southern Kansas. While a number of storms did drop large hail and strong winds, there were few tornadoes, mostly in Oklahoma. We witnessed some spectacular lightning nd the picturesque rolling green hills.