S: Our Beach, Desert and Mountains Tour, 2011
FC: Our Beach, Desert and Mountains Tour of October 2011 | Santa Barbara, CA Lancaster, CA Great Falls, MT
1: "A Great Adventure is About to Begin" Our Beach, Desert and Mountains Tour of 2011 October 11-12 Santa Barbara, CA October 13-15 Lancaster, CA October 15-18 Great Falls, MT
2: LIFE IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION. Landed at LAX at 9:30, then headed for Santa Barbara. | 101
3: On State Street and along the waterfront in Santa Barbara.
5: IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MEMORIES | Stearns Wharf
6: State Street Farmers Market Tuesday, October 11
7: Agave Inn on State Street.. Stayed Tuesday night into Wednesday late afternoon. Cozy!
10: Mission Santa Barbara Wednesday, October 12 | State Street - Downtown
11: Mission Santa Barbara was the 10th of the California missions to be established by the Spanish Franciscans. Padre Junipero Serra planned to establish the Mission but died in 1784. Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuen succeeded Serra and founded the Mission in 1786. The original purpose of the Mission was the Christianization of the Chumash Indians, 4,000 of whom are buried on the grounds. In 1834, the Mexican government placed the Chumash under civil jurisdiction which lead to the deterioration of the buildings and culture. The Mission was returned to the Franciscans in 1839. President Lincoln returned the Mission to the Catholic Church in 1865.
13: The courtyard of the Mission
15: Eric signed our names in the Mission church guest book.
18: Lunch at Puccini's on State Street | In and out of several stores on State Street, including Brighton The Territory Ahead and The Italian Pottery Outlet.
20: Left Room 23 at the Agave Inn around 5:30 on Wednesday so we could be in Lancaster for Eric's morning conference call with NASA.
23: Stop for dinner at Outback Steakhouse at Stevenson Ranch, off Route 5. Arrive in Lancaster Wednesday night around 9:00.
24: Thursday and Friday, Eric met with executives at NASA at the NASA Dryden Center. Pictured above: F-8 Crusader fly-by-wire demonstrator Heavily modified F-8 Crusader that was the Supercritical Wing Demonstrator NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier getting a new engine (for a trip to NYC next year?) Below: The Bell X-1E on display in front of NASA Dryden Headquarters The F-35, the next manned fighter Aviator Chuck Yeager
25: Kathy' stayed in at the Holiday Inn Express with a stomach bug on Thursday & Friday. | Friday night, we attended the Flight Test Historical Foundation Gathering of the Eagles 2011 - Salute to the Space Shuttle at the Poppy Pavilion at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds | Eric with Christian Gelzer, Dryden Center Chief Historian | Eric with two American Society of Aviation Artists
26: Eric sharing a laugh with aviator Joe Engle, who flew the Enterprise during the test phase and also flew the Columbia into space. | Shuttle workers signed two large autograph boards at the back of the room.
27: Lt. Uhuru of Star Trek, Nichelle Nichols
28: Landscape on the drive from Lancaster to LAX on Saturday morning.
29: We flew from LAX to Denver, then took another flight up to Great Falls.
30: Landed in Great Falls 10:00 Saturday night, then got our Hertz rental car and headed to the StayBridge Inn for the night.
31: Beautiful suite with a kitchen. | Sink was right next to the bed, the most comfy of the three hotels. | Spacious riverside courtyard and great breakfast area | StayBridge Inn
32: Reunion with Grace, Lorraine and Eric | Lorraine and Grace making "ox box" cake
33: Out to eat at MacKenzie River Pizza Co.
34: Sibling rivalry .. Lorraine and Eric jokingly count how many times they appear in the photos.
35: Around Great Falls
36: Met Grace, Lorraine & Eric for breakfast at Daisy's Deli on Monday morning before they headed back to Issaquah. | Eye-shaped frost on the car window.
37: Went to Malmstrom AFB to shop at the BX, then checked out their outside aircraft and a brief visit to the Malmstrom Museum.
38: Check out a huge consignment shop full of saddles, chaps, bridles and antiques.
39: Grace's friend Susan stopped by to meet us on Monday night .. Then we went out for dinner at Macaroni Grill.
41: Visited Grace, to say good-bye, then a quick visit to the Charles Russell Museum to see his art and the Andy Warhol exhibit, then to the airport for our flights home.
42: Flight from Great Falls through Denver again, then home. | A great trip! Looking forward to the next one!