06. We are off to check out the Starfleet Academy Experience at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.
We drove 4.5 hours to get there but it was 100% worth it. We had a great time at the exhibit. There were a lot of interactive bits and we got to play captain. The exhibit works hard to be both accessible for new/non fans and interesting for more hard core fans which is nice. Also it was just fun to get lost in games with friends. Afterward we made a little mischief at the actual aviation museum (just wait to see my fine video editing there).
I got to test out my suction cup mount for my gopro and only ALMOST lost my gopro. It was user error though so I won’t fault it. I continue to work on this editing thing. I’ll get it right sooner or later until then enjoy my choppy transitions.
Winter in Portugal. It is not a conventional choice but where is the fun in conventional. Arriving two days before Christmas we are met with the familiar lights of the festive season. We exit the Lisbon airport and wind our way the 40 or so minutes through the hilly countryside to Sintra. Praia Grande to be more specific. I am going to spend this holiday relaxing on the coast of Portugal. Why? Well to begin with I have never been and I am eager to explore the narrow and winding roads of this new place, to learn their history, to appreciate their vistas, and of course to eat their fantastic seafood. My stay in Sintra offered me a new appreciation for one of my passions. Most places I go I look forward to the museums and historical sites but I found a new appreciation for the historic in the very contemporary back roads and allies of Sintra.
We are are exploring the Baja. Rebuilt after the devastating earthquake in 1755 the streets, while narrow, follow a familiar grid pattern of a more modern city. The streets are lined with stores and cafes. You can find a range of big brand clothing lines as well as boutiques, wine shops, antiques, and of course tourist shops selling mementos of Portugal. There is an interesting energy as the crowds and vehicles hurry around probably because It is new year’s eve here in Lisbon.
Another early morning and I’m traveling to the port of Maalaea it is the home of the Pacific Whale Foundation and the windiest port in the United States. The mild morning wind is whipping trees to the side and putting the islands massive wind turbines to work. A light breakfast and a couple of motion sickness tablets start the day off on the right foot then we head down to the boat. Our crew; Mike, Callen, & captain Brian were pretty awesome. Very helpful and knowledgeable. This tour is run by the ocean center and us actually a non profit which is pretty cool. I’m getting to swim in the warm waters and I’m saving whales.
When I booked my trip to Hawaii earlier this year I did it with little regard for the calendar specifics. My actual intent was to attend the Maui Comedy Festival which was scheduled for the Oct 30, Nov 1st & 2nd. At the time it seemed a bit odd but I didn’t think on it too much. Upon arriving in Maui, I began hearing tales of a great party. Lahaina hosts a yearly Halloween party and their tag line? The Mardi Gras of the Pacific.