Wednesday, September 30, 2015

ASPRS UAV Conference in Reno

Conrad and I just got back from our first conference since we started with Cardno in July.  This one was in Reno and was sponsored by the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) which I have been a member of for several years and through which I got my Professional certifications a year ago.  Being newcomers to the UAV commercial industry it was really great to hear all the talks and see the live UAS flying demonstration.  Although I really enjoyed the both the conference and hanging out with my buddy Conrad, the city of Reno itself had clearly taken a drastic downturn since I visited Matt there in 2005.  Read on....

Saturday, September 26, 2015

BBQ at Layne & Robs

This evening we all got together at Layne and Rob's for a nice BBQ Tully, Jess, Colin and Amanda, and Doug and Amanda all drove up for the visit to see Rob who has been going through some health issues.  Even though the QSI lawsuit was still in full swing against us it was great to see everyone and the food of course was delicious!  Ruby really hit if off with Leo as well which was super cute!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Timbers vs. Red Bulls and Visiting Mac & Eleanor

After a fun weekend in Corvallis with friends Emily, Conrad and I hit up the Timbers vs. Red Bulls game on Sunday afternoon.  Eleanor Hodak and her husband James were also at the game but in different seats so we met them for a quick drink at the Spirit of 77 after and then got talked into biking over to Mac Barr and Sarah's place to watch the Seahawk's game and meet his children whom I'd never met.  It had been years since Mac and Eleanor left Corvallis and it was really great to see them again.  Jed was also at Mac's hanging out for the game.  We ordered some pizzas and wings and caught up with each other for a while before Sat night's drinking caught up with my stomach and we headed home for the night!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Jen's 30th Birthday Party

On Saturday morning we headed down to Corvallis to hit up the Beaver Tailgate with Doug and others.  Although we didn't have tickets for the game it was always good to see Shiloh and others at the tailgate and of course there would be a delicious BBQ meat of some type for us to eat!  I'm writing this several months later so I can't remember if the Beavers lost or won that game..

Later that night Danielle and Scott threw a party for Jen's 30th birthday complete with cake and balloons.  Pretty much all of our Corvallis friends showed up and Jen had a wonderful time.  Colin of course brought over a bunch or marinated salmon that Tim had caught as well for some late night BBQ action as he is known for!  Great party, and the video of BD dancing I got is simply priceless.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Warm Lake Via South Tieton River - Goat Rocks

We hadn’t been to Goat Rocks in quite some time so Emily and I decided to grab McNeill and try a new way into the mountains to check out Conrad Basin and perhaps even run up Mount Curtis Gilbert, the highpoint, if we had time.  We didn’t want to take too much time off of work with Africa coming up so it had to be a quick overnight.  Well, what I had planned as an easy loop overnight turned into quite the journey… read on…

Monday, September 7, 2015

Ice Lake Wallowas

This Labor Day weekend Emily and I decided to head out to the Wallowas in Eastern Oregon.  A year ago I had done an amazing loop hike with Anna and Nate but Emily couldn’t go because she couldn’t get the time off for that longer hike.  This time we chose a shorter out and back hike up to Ice Lake and convinced Conrad and Jason W. to meet us up there.  The trip turned out to be one of the most beautiful I’d been on in a long time and was a great introduction for Emily to the “Alps of Oregon”.  Read on….