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Labor Day Weekend 2017

Wildfire smoke on GOES-16 geocolor imagery (prelim non-operational)
Wildfire smoke on GOES-16 geocolor imagery (prelim non-operational)

Wildfires out west spread smoke across the western and central US. Luckily it was aloft this far east so it mostly darkened the sky with an eerie orange glow, rather than the sometimes unbreathable air I experienced at times living in Fairbanks.

Skies Monday afternoon (left) and Tuesday afternoon (right)
Skies Monday afternoon (left) and Tuesday afternoon (right)
Smoke seen clearing out Tuesday morning
Smoke seen clearing out Tuesday morning
Buffalo at Genesee Park in Colorado
Buffalo at Genesee Park in Colorado

Difficult to see in this photo are two buffalo in Denver's Genesee Park. The city created the park for tourism in 1914, right around the time of the lowest population count, preserving one of the 'wildest' herds remaining.

Mocha ready to hit the road
Mocha ready to hit the road
Archway Monument in Nebraska
Archway Monument in Nebraska

The drive across Nebraska on Interstate 80 is generally uninspiring. The traffic might be less than that of 70 in eastern Kansas, but many more trucks take the northern route which can lead to occasional bottlenecks. The Archway Monument, a large covered bridge spanning the freeway is an interesting sight, especially if one is not expecting it.

Birthday Weekend in Berkeley

Takeoff over northern Kansas City
Takeoff over northern Kansas City
Nice views at vegetarian Greens Restaurant
Nice views at vegetarian Greens Restaurant
Visiting my middle school, which has seen significant changes
Visiting my middle school, which has seen significant changes
My old apartment building in San Francisco
My old apartment building in San Francisco
Third Eye Blind at the Greek Theater
Third Eye Blind at the Greek Theater

Alaska 2017

Fish at the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward
Fish at the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward
Puffins at the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward
Puffins at the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward
Rental car along Turnagain Arm
Rental car along Turnagain Arm
Nice views along the highway through the Seward Penninsula
Nice views along the highway through the Seward Penninsula
Lake Hood, the busiest seaplane base in the world, just behind the hotel
Lake Hood, the busiest seaplane base in the world, just behind the hotel
Debugging at the NOAA Arctic Testbed
Debugging at the NOAA Arctic Testbed
Nice drive along the Matanuska River outside Anchorage
Nice drive along the Matanuska River outside Anchorage

Zürich

Grossmunster on the Limat
Grossmunster on the Limat
Croquettes at Cafe Odeon
Croquettes at Cafe Odeon

The stylish Cafe Odeon opened in 1911 and was quickly a destination for big names of the era, like Albert Einstein, Benito Mussolini, and Vladamir Lenin. The weather was warm through most of the trip and especially so in the Swiss Plateau thus cool drinks were very welcome while the general lack of climate control in town was not.

Tofu salad at Pot au Vert
Tofu salad at Pot au Vert
Old town Zürich
Old town Zürich

Crossing the Alps

Train to Arosa running through Chur city streets
Train to Arosa running through Chur city streets
Waiting for sheep to cross the highway
Waiting for sheep to cross the highway
Oberalp Pass between Disentis and Andermatt
Oberalp Pass between Disentis and Andermatt