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Great Circle Routes: PDX – AMS

Great circle routes fascinate me; they’re so unintuitive plotted on the two-dimensional maps we normally see. Heather flew from Portland, Ore. to Amsterdam last week, so I thought I’d map her flight. She flew over Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nunavut Territory, Greenland, Iceland, and Scotland (assuming the flight was straight, probably not a safe… Continue reading Great Circle Routes: PDX – AMS

And remember, it takes more muscles to frown than …

And remember, it takes more muscles to frown than to smile, even if the jokes aren’t that funny. Bob, the PDX shuttle bus driver Bob drives a shuttle bus between the Portland airport terminal and its economy blue lot. At least, that’s what he’s paid to do. Bob obviously views his role as so much… Continue reading And remember, it takes more muscles to frown than …

Weekend in Mendocino

View Larger Map We traveled to Mendocino, California, to attend a brother’s wedding. We had a wonderful time meeting new people, getting up to date with family and “old” friends, and touring the countryside. Once again, Heather celebrated her birthday away from home. Happy birthday, Heather! By the way, driving from Mendocino to Portland is… Continue reading Weekend in Mendocino

Pink for Liz Colligan

Many blogs participate in Pink for October to raise awareness of breast cancer. This October, blogan.net is honoring a very special individual, Liz Colligan: If you don’t know Liz, you should. She’s an amazing woman with a love of life, smart, caring, funny, and a dear friend (one of my many gifts from cancer). At… Continue reading Pink for Liz Colligan

Book and Blog: Gluten-Free Girl

On the way home from guitar group last night, I stopped at Starbucks and Barnes & Noble. Very little compares to the relaxation of wandering through a bookstore with a hot drink in hand. I’ve been told that I need to visit the library more and book stores less, but I wasn’t particularly planning on… Continue reading Book and Blog: Gluten-Free Girl

Aerial Views

Sometimes when I travel, I keep my camera close at hand. Here’s a couple of shots (though dirty, fogged up Q400 windows). I took the picture of Crater Lake yesterday on my flight down to Sacramento and the picture of Portland on the way back.

The map room

Oh, wow! A blog about maps. The Map Room is now on my list of links and RSS reader. Update: For my faithful readers (you know who you are), here are a few links gleaned from The Map Room: 1895 Atlas Atlas of the Netherlands Portland, Ore. self-updating freeway speed map Dutch EU Referendum Results… Continue reading The map room