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10 March, 2009 (23:32) | Hockey, Life In General, Lynn, Music, Volleyball | By: Brian

It is official. I have booked a spring break trip for Lynn and me! You can get an idea of our travels on this map. The general plan:

  • Fly to Las Vegas. Enjoy a night on the town
  • Drive to the Hoover Dam and then to Williams, AZ for a few nights
  • Take a scenic steam engine train ride around the Grand Canyon area
  • Walk, hike, climb and generally take the Grand Canyon at our own pace/interest
  • Possibly get to the Grand Canyon Caverns and/or horseback ride
  • Drive to Phoenix, tour the city, shops and parks, stay the night
  • Fly back to Philly

We leave on March the 28th and get back on Thursday, April 2. I can’t wait to get started on this amazing trip. I have been west of EST just once before, to San Francisco for 5 days, which was amazing. I should get to go to San Francisco again this June for the Java One conference through work.

I’m going to need to do a bit of shopping to prepare for this trip. One thing is to replace the columbia hiking sneaks I’ve been wearing constantly since I went to London 4 years ago. They have served me very well for all of that time, but are now falling apart. Another is a portable GPS device to help with the rental car driving, and the hiking around AZ. I’ve selected the Garmin nuvi 205W and am getting it on a massive discount through an amazon gold box deal. It comes with a car charger, so I’m picking up a carrying case to protect it on the go, and an AC wall charger to plug it in overnight in the hotel room. I hope to come back with some amazing pics for this blog! Lynn will be taking a panoramic digital and an SLR film camera, too.

As for sports, my volleyball season ended last week. We made playoffs but lost our first playoff match two games to one. We had a great season and a lot of fun. I definitely want to practice more with pickup games during the spring and maybe play outdoor in the summer.  The Bearcats won their first playoff series in two games out of three, but we lost our first of three games in the final round tonight, 4-1. I personally had a fantastic defensive game and played really well, but the scoring wasn’t there and a lot of players didn’t attack the way they should have. We play the second of three on Monday.
Lynn and I went to the Delaware Symphony Orchestra again two weekends ago to see a traveling Warner Bros. cartoon program, which was very cool. They played three pieces of music like normal, and also played all of the music, perfectly timed, to four or five Bugs Bunny cartoons. A couple of the pieces I remember watching over and over as a kid on various VHS tapes we had, but a couple were new to me, or ones that I had only seen once or twice. The finale of “What’s Opera, Doc?” is probably the greatest seven minutes of animated film ever made. Chuck Jones was a genius of a director and the music guys they had over there putting these pieces together were incredible.  I know there is an upcoming show featuring Led Zeppelin music, but I don’t know if I can find someone who would see that with me.

This past weekend I helped judge the Delaware Odyssey of the Mind competition, as I do every year. This year I mostly floated between the two sites setup for the structure problem. I helped a lot with setup and then just helped run things smoothly and guarded doors. It went pretty smoothly for me, but was very, very long.

And now a very tired Briley is going to bed!


Comment from lynng
Time March 10, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Horseback riding is a *must* !

And don’t forget about Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay! And the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix! And Route 66!

It’s a shame that we won’t be in Vegas still for “Zumanity;” it looked amazing!

Comment from Brian
Time March 11, 2009 at 10:12 am

Then we’re going riding! Probably one of the days we’re in Williams, maybe before we drive down to Phoenix.

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