Have you ever dreamed of living south of the border? We have. And we are going to do it! Although we've vacationed in Mexico many times, we only recently visited the Merida area, where we want to live. This blog is about that trip, about our plans and preparations to move, and eventually, about LIVING THERE. We can't wait!
So we are going on a two week road trip through the western USA, starting next week. We are visiting Santa Fe, the southern rim of the Grand Canyon, driving over the Golden Gate Bridge, stopping in Mendocino, staying in a Victorian Inn in Ferndale, CA., visiting friends in Willow Creek, CA, then driving up into Idaho to visit Ketchum where Hemingway spent the last two years of his life, where he killed himself and is buried. From there, well drive through Salt Lake City, and stop to see the lake, then drive over the Royal Gorge Bridge and then down to Taos for a couple days on the way home. That's almost 80 hours of driving with a few days here and there to catch up with ourselves and rest in very cool places.
I had never heard of the Taos hum until an Australia friend asked about it (Thanks Stace Irving), but I guess we'll have to check that out.
I didn't know all my lenses for my new EOS 80D when I went to Mexico, so I played around with them a little tonight to get ready for this road trip. First, I bought some dinosaurs to take some fun pictures with. Can you imagine them at the Grand Canyon? And they are poseable!!!
So I am experimenting with all my lenses and my dinosaurs to know how to use my camera better on this trip. Here are my results:
Regular lens all the way in
Regular lens zoomed all the way out
Regular lens with telephoto in
Regular lens with telephoto zoomed out
Zoom lens all the way zoomed out
Zoom lens all the way in
Regular lens with wide angle zoomed out
Regular lens with wide angle zoomed in
So what do you think? I think we are going to have FUN and come back with awesome photos and videos!!
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Everywhere I go...to get my hair cut, my nails done, or to the doctor, the question is, "Are you ready for Christmas?"
So are YOU ready for Christmas?
Myself, I am struggling with stocking stuffers. So,while I am combing online articles and Amazon for the perfect stocking stuffers, I thought I'd just share what I am finding. I know EVERYONE is doing the same thing!!
I have three boys and a girl (well....men and women) to stuff stocking for this year. First, I always buy Christmas ornaments and try to find something appropriate for that person that year. I bought three of the four online, and here's what I got: This truck ornament is for someone who just bought a new truck (although not red). Link This sailboat toy ornament is for someone who spends much of his summers on his boat (although it isn't a sailboat). Link
And let's just say that the receiver of this flask ornament is hard to buy for.... Link
Then there are the gag gifts. I bought the same thing for all thr…
In the first two blogs we explored some very important topics concerning why you might buy a drone, why would you ever want to get a drone sUAV license, and potential problems you might encounter if you take your drone to Mexico.
Well here we are a week or so later and we have actually purchased our first drone!! As of this writing, it is on a FEDEX truck somewhere in Illinois heading to Tulsa.
So how did we go about deciding which drone to buy?
It is very tempting to make your first drone purchase a very, very inexpensive one - let’s say less than
$150 or so. I went down this path for a while and read the reviews and watched all the videos. The
consensus seemed to be that you were getting what you paid for, and many reviewers had the sad
experience of losing control of their drone on either the first or second flight, and then crashing and burning, with the obvious result that they were both pissed off and felt that they had wasted their money. So how did this happen?
We finally took our first trip to Costco. It opened north of Brisbane shortly after we moved here, almost a year ago. We've always wanted to visit a Costco. Tulsa, Oklahoma, where we're from, doesn't have one, although they are getting one later this year! That Costco coming to Tulsa was one factor that finally got us to the Brisbane store. What we've heard about the crowds and the distance from our home have kept us from visiting before this, but now that we can use our card when we return to Tulsa, the time has come.
Costco wasn't so different from the Sam's Clubs we used to visit, but it was a really fun trip. Almost like a visit back home. We will not renew our Sam's membership when we return. Costco is a much more responsible employer. They pay their employees a living wage and treat them with respect and still make great profits. We feel we need to support a company like that with our dollars.
So here are a few fun observations from our first trip to Co…