Washington DC from the air…

I flew into Reagan Washington National Airport and changed planes for the second leg of my flight to Providence Rhode Island. Taking off from the airport gave me this cool view. Above are the Washington Monument and the National Mall lined by the Smithsonian National Museum with the United States Capitol Building at the far end. The White House is just off of the Ellipse on the left side of the image. You can’t see the Lincoln Memorial or the Reflecting Pool.   Click to enlarge.

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Anticipation

On the return of my trip to Atlanta over the weekend, my gas tank was getting pretty low so I decided to stop at the first place I came upon which happened to be some rinky-dink station in the middle of nowhere so I pulled in.  The display on the first two pumps couldn’t be read partially because they were in direct sunlight and even using my body to block the sun I could not read the instructions on the screen.  They say the third time is a charm, or something like that, so I pulled over to a pump that was shaded and the screen was viewable. Finally!  I put my credit card in, selected credit vs. debit and entered my zip code.  Walla! it worked!  I was told to remove the nozzle and select the grade of gas I wanted.  I did and the video above shows how the pump dispensed the gasoline into my car.  

I pulled the pump out. Restarted it and could not get it to work any faster.  I stopped it at $1.60 which seemed to take a very long time to get that much.  Had I stayed there to complete my fill-up, I’d probably still be there.

I mosied on down the highway and found a more friendly gas pump at the next station.

 

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Big Peach Pit Stop Update #2 – Dinner

Dinner at Hooters with me (Jonco), Richard, DJ, Gary, and the ever so lovely Arianne.  We enjoyed 2+ hours eating and talking and catching up. Thanks to Richard for picking up the tab for dinner.  A great bunch of people that are very comfortable to be around.  

DJ heads on down to Florida to see his 96-year-old mom who still lives on her own and I’ll be heading back to St. Louis Sunday morning. This truly was a pit stop for DJ while just a nice diversion from my daily routine.

I feel really grateful that these people and the ones we were with earlier all got to know each other through Bits & Pieces. I truly appreciate the people I’ve met here and at the BABBQs in St. Louis and our gathering in Las Vegas as well as the people I’ve met on my travels.  There are still quite a few people I look forward to meeting in person.

 

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Big Peach Pit Stop Update #1 – Lunch

Lunch group from L to R:  Lilly and Mike (Chef-Bor-R-Doom), me (Jonco), Keith (Keith), Richard (Rick), Barry (Infidel) and last but not least, Don (DJ).  Click to enlarge.

A big thanks to Barry for covering our lunch tab.  Following a nice long lunch and good conversation with some nice folks DJ and I were treated to a ride in Mike and Lilly’s Model 3 Tesla.  Pics by DJ.  Click to enlarge.

 
   
It is really an interesting ride with its ultra-quiet engineless engine and autopilot mode.  It has a 310-mile range on a full charge and there are charging stations popping up all over the country.  The super-charging stations take about 45 minutes to charge and it costs between $5 and $9 to use. They can also charge it overnight at their home.   DJ and I were very impressed.  We’re thinking about splitting the cost on one.  We each would get it every other day. Some details might still need to be worked out.
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Big Peach Pit Stop this weekend

The Big Peach Pit Stop in Atlanta Georgia will be tomorrow, Saturday, October 20, 2018.  The plan is to meet for lunch at 11 am at Ted’s Montanna Grill located near the Mall of Georgia at the Marketplace at Mill Creek.

Then tomorrow night we’ll meet at the Hooters at the Mall of Georgia at 6 pm.  Anyone who wants to join us at either of those events is welcome.  It would help if you reply to this so we have an idea of how many might show up for either gathering.

What we’re doing between those events has not yet been determined.

DJ and I will be arriving separately on Friday evening. Our hotel is located near the Mall of Georgia. 

 

 

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B&P’s Big Peach Pit Stop

We’re planning a gathering or two in Atlanta Georgia on Saturday, October 20, 2018.  That’s one week from this Saturday.  We’re planning to get together for lunch at a place to be decided soon and gather that evening at the Hooters located at the Mall of Georgia at 6:00 pm for food and drinks. Warning: Tall tales may be told.

I’ve stopped there and met several Georgians in my travels to Florida. A couple of them came all the way to St. Louis for one of our BABBQ’s a while back. DJ is planning his trip to visit his mom to coincide with the gathering. I’ll be flying into Atlanta late Friday evening and will fly home Sunday. DJ and I are staying at the same hotel (different rooms) and it’s about 10 minutes from the Mall of GA.

Plans between the lunch and dinner have not been decided yet.

You’re all invited to join us for either or both (lunch and dinner) if you’re in the area or want to travel there as I will. It’d be nice to get an idea of how many might attend, so let us know if you think you can make it and to which event.

 

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Alaska – Glaciers, Haines and Skagway

More pics… many are from Glacier Bay but also a couple from Haines and Skagway.  A couple of the pics show calving, where bits of the glacier break off and fall into the sea. The eagle was seen at the America Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines. I’m shown eating a Klondike Doughboy and a shaved ice. The big hammer is at the Hammer Museum which has 2,127 different types of hammers on display (not counting the one out front). They have another 5,000 in storage.  

Click images to enlarge.

   

This evening we set sail to Juneau Alaska, our stop for tomorrow.

 

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