May 16, 2012
Blog We flew from Grand Forks to Reno where we spent the night before driving across to Redding, Ca where we will webcast from. Here are the mountains outside of Reno.
May 17, 2012
Blog We ventured downtown to a pancake feed to sell some solar glasses. Apparently, the local outlets didn't stock up well enough and people were searching us out for our glasses (they heard rumors someone was still selling them). Honestly, I felt like a drug dealer selling crack (selling a product people can't get enough of, both of our pockets FULL of money, you know - the sort of thing all professors experience).
Blog Blog Today was day 1 of testing. We ran into a problem with the network and we don't yet know if it is a problem locally or at UND. We hope that loading the VPN on the locate computer (laptop) will solve the problem, but we will not be able to test this until tomorrow. In the meantine, while shopping for a network card, I took pictures of mount Shasta (left) and mount Lassan (right); which are both volcanos.
May 18, 2012
We fixed the network issue and did some more testing to verify the fix. It worked.
Blog Blog Once we got the network test finished we did a little shopping for another solar filter to use with a camera. From there we headed up north a bit to Mount Shasta. We found a good place to take a panoramic picture, but we were not alone!
Blog Blog We then wandered into town (and sold a few more solar glasses) and learned of a road that went up Mount Shasta. So off we went. We had to stop at the 7000 foot level (Bunny Flats - about half-way up the mountain) as the road is closed due to heavy snow. The left image is the view looking west. The right image is Tim and I playing in the snow (in shorts and short sleeved shirts - Toto, I don't think we're in North Dakota anymore!).
Blog Blog Once we got back into Redding we did a little shopping (food and water) for the big day. On the way back to the hotel we took a wrong turn, but it did allow us to stop by the Sundial Bridge and park. It really is a sundial and is laid out to accurately tell the time for June 21.
Blog Our last chore for the day was to relax in the hot tub. Like all dealers do after a hard day of selling solar glasses :)
May 20, 2012
The big day. Stay tunded.
Blog Blog The weather held up well and we had a good sized crowd at Shasta College. See the webcast page for eclipse pictures.
May 21, 2012
Blog On the way back to Reno, we stopped by the Hat Creek Radio Observatory (aka Allen Telescope Array) operated by the SETI Institute and the Radio Astronomy Laboratory.
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