This is the second post about our visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. The first post is HERE.

The day was January 2, 2019, and as is my wont, I spent more time concentrating on snapping photos and shooting a few videos than getting the names of the denizens I saw. For that matter, while I snapped a few display signages, for various reasons, they often weren’t in order. The reasons were thus: 1) I thought it wouldn’t be four years between the time I shot the photos and when I would share them, so I figured I would remember which signage went with which display, and 2) due to the number of people milling about, it was more expedient to snap photos of signages and displays when the opportunity presented itself.

As mentioned before, the above link has a lot of information about the place, the exhibits, and lots of photos. Photos that are better than mine, so, if interested, that might be the better plan of action . . . or you can proceed with reading what I have to say about it and looking at the photos and videos I took.

“What the heck is that?”

My best guess is that it’s a rusty steel drum made up to represent an underwater scene. I took that shot near the end of our visit to the Long Beach aquarium. I’m telling you that as a way to let readers know that these photos are not in order, and the title gives away the plan to spread the photos from that visit into multiple posts.

January 2, 2019, was the day we planned to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, which is the actual name of the place (click on the name to visit their homepage).

That link has a lot of information about the place, the exhibits, and lots of photos. Photos that are better than mine, so, if interested, that might be the better plan of action . . . or you can proceed with reading what I have to say about it and looking at the photos and videos I took.

So, we’re now into the New Year (2019). We stayed in Long Beach until January 6th, when we sailed on the Coral Princess for our Ocean-to-Ocean cruise with passage through the Panama Canal.

On two of those days, we visited the Aquarium and the Queen Mary, but those photos merit their own posts. Maybe even multiple posts. For the remainder of the days, we wandered the waterfront, snapping photos.

This, then, is a visual tour of what caught my interest enough to merit me snapping a photo. Mind you, I have a facile shutter finger . . . I tend to snap far more photos than is probably good for me. Well, I enjoy it, so maybe it is good for me.

One other reason I use the P900 is that it was easier to take hand-held movies with the P900 than my then camera, the D7000 .

December 30, 2018, was the first full day in Long Beach, CA. We were staying at the Hyatt Regency, conveniently located central to a number of attractions and walkways next to the Pacific Ocean.

All photos in this post are from THIS SmugMug Gallery, and all were taken with the Nikon P900. That means you’ll see things like this . . .

A semi-zoomed image (the Queen Mary, in this case)
. . . and an ultra-zoom of the ship berthed next to it.

It’s what I like to do with that camera . . . prove to myself that the zoom function is still worth the compromises one makes when deciding on this camera.

Those shots were from about 2,000 feet away, give or take a couple of hundred feet.

The advantage of such a long zoom is that you can see the old girl could use some sprucing up (something I confirmed when we went to see it). It’s obvious in these next photos.

At the end of 2018, we left Hawaiʻi. We moved there in June 2016, with plants to stay for five to ten years (or longer), but various things prompted a move back after only two-and-a-half years.

When I say the end of 2018, I literally mean the end of 2018 . . . we left the Big Island late on the 28th, and the 29th found us in Long Beach, CA.

As is my wont, I don’t typically announce trips ahead of time, so the first hint came via a passing comment in Post No. 260 of my Project 313 effort (the post explaining the project is HERE).

Here’s the thing with that move . . . the original plan was to be gone from The Big Island for three months (something to do with the lease in the condo we were renting), and we had decided it was cheaper to send the car back to the mainland as opposed to renting one for three months. But that meant we had three weeks before the car would arrive on the mainland. So we booked back-to-back cruises covering those weeks.

Then, we got a call from Princess Cruises, asking if we would mind swapping the first cruise for a cruise at a later time (that first cruise included New Year’s Eve, and they overbooked). And that’s how we ended up in Long Beach for a whole week before going on our scheduled Panama cruise.

Why am I explaining all this?

It’s been a while, so if anyone needs a refresher, Parts 1, 2, and 3 are HERE, HERE, and HERE. BUT . . . since it’s a rare reader indeed who follows links, a quick recap:

  1. Original plan: Chicago, north through Wisconsin, across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, down to the Lower Peninsula, through Indiana, and home.
  2. Modification 1: North to the Lower Peninsula, up to the Upper Peninsula, back down to visit friends, down through Indiana, and home.
  3. Modification 2: 1,909 miles from home to as far North as Whitefish Point in the U. P. and back home in 102 hours.

This post, then, is about September 19th, 2022.

Them who read the previous posts know today’s travels start Traverse City. It would end nearly 385 miles later in Michigan City, which, oddly enough, is in Indiana.

We’d originally planned a stopover at the Air Zoo, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, but with most of the trip already modified beyond recognition, we decided to get home as fast as possible. The 20th of September would see us getting home in the early afternoon, thus — as the title says — completing the 1,909 mile trip in 102 hours.

For some reason, some of the photos are loading slowly, and I don’t know if that’s WP or SmugMug’s fault, but if I mention something and you don’t see it, try refreshing the screen. Like, for instance, the following map.

September 19, 2022 driving route

That’s the route, and what follows are the photos . . . by the way, as before, some of the gallery’s photos appear to be duplicates because after snapping a photo with the D7500, I often would bring out the Note 20 and capture the same scene.

It’s been a while, so if anyone needs a refresher, Parts 1 and 2 are HERE and HERE. BUT . . . since it’s a rare reader indeed who follows links, a quick recap:

  1. Original plan: Chicago, north through Wisconsin, across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, down to the Lower Peninsula, through Indiana, and home.
  2. Modification 1: North to the Lower Peninsula, up to the Upper Peninsula, back down to visit friends, down through Indiana, and home.
  3. Modification 2: 1,909 miles from home to as far North as Whitefish Point in the U. P. and back home in 102 hours.

This post, then, is about September 18th, 2022. Them who read the previous posts know today’s travels start at the Ojibway Hotel in Sault St. Marie (The Soo). It would end nearly 300 miles later in Traverse City, MI. We’d originally planned a stopover at Tahquamenon Falls, but based on the accelerated schedule, we decided to skip Michigan’s largest falls (upper and lower) and its tannins-tainted waters.

For some reason, some of the photos are loading slowly, and I don’t know if that’s WP or SmugMug’s fault, but if I mention something and you don’t see it, try refreshing the screen. Like, for instance, the following map.

That’s the route, and what follows are the photos . . .

When we left sunny Colorado for sunny Hawaiʻi, I was faced with a conundrum. You see, I had many years worth of photos from my pre-digital years. Something like 20+ three-ring-binders, and I don’t mean them wimpy 1-inch binders. Nope; these were multiple 3-inch-binders that originally held the voluminous NASTRAN<<link documentation.

Once loaded with photos sleeved in archival plastic sheets, these binders became hernia-inducing behemoths. The cost of shipping them was prohibitive (as was the prospect of storing and keeping them safe in a tropical climate). Years of photos from varied trips (multiple Florida trips, Arizona Trips, Washington D. C. trips, Hawaiʻi trips, other trips) — in addition to photos snapped around the house and during local (Michigan) trips — all ended up in the garbage . . . but I kept the negatives. Lots and lots of negatives.

I’ll talk a bit more about this photo in a moment . . .

The color photographs version of this post is HERE.<<link

This post is identical except most of the photos have been replaced by monochrome versions. Also, the word “monochrome” has been added where appropriate.

For them who didn’t read the previous monochrome post, I done do this to avoid mixing what are two different ways of presenting photographs. I aim to let each version shine on its own stage. Think of it as a nod to the days before color was invented . . .

This is the second (monochrome) post documenting our September 13, 2017, visit to Juneau, Alaska, a now even longer-delayed continuation of my documentation of our 2017 Alaska Cruise. Current and previous posts relating to this cruise are HERE<<link. The following introduction is the same as that of previous posts so that’s something else you can skip.

One more thing . . . there are fewer monochrome photos than color photos, so the posts are not exactly 1:1 comparable. In part, that’s because some of the color photos are duplicates taken with the Note II and there’s nothing gained by converting them to monochrome, and some of the photos were not all that interesting in Monochrome.

There’s a gallery at the end of each post and a SmugMug gallery HERE<<link. Photos in SmugMug can be viewed full-size. Note that the SmugMug gallery will eventually contain all the photos from Juneau; those from this (monochrome) post (Part 2) and those from previous (monochrome) Juneau posts.

You can click on the photos in the body of this post to see a larger-but-less-than-full-size-version. If there’s a panorama, I’ll link the full-size files but be warned . . . they’re typically huge. Huger than people have ever seen before. Don’t click on those links unless you’re enjoying a biggly Interweb connection. Also, if you have biggly Interweb but you’re reading this on a phone — which is sad; VERY SAD — I wouldn’t bother with the full-size photos because they are HUGE; huger than anyone else’s huge photos. 

This is the second post documenting our September 13, 2017, visit to Juneau, Alaska, a long-delayed continuation of my documentation of our 2017 Alaska Cruise. Current and previous posts relating to this cruise are HERE<<link. The following introduction is the same as that of previous posts so that’s something else you can skip.

There’s a gallery at the end of each post and a SmugMug gallery HERE<<link. Photos in SmugMug can be viewed full-size. Note that the SmugMug gallery will eventually contain all the photos from Juneau; those from this post (Part 1) and those from this Juneau posts.

You can click on the photos in the body of this post to see a larger-but-less-than-full-size-version. If there’s a panorama, I’ll link the full-size files but be warned . . . they’re typically huge. Huger than people have ever seen before. Don’t click on those links unless you’re enjoying a biggly Interweb connection. Also, if you have biggly Interweb but you’re reading this on a phone — which is sad; VERY SAD — I wouldn’t bother with the full-size photos because they are HUGE; huger than anyone else’s huge photos. 

The previous Juneau 2017 post is HERE.<<link

That post has color photos and rather than mix color and monochrome photos, I decided to duplicate the post with the monochrome versions of the photos. Think of it as a nod to the days before color was invented . . .

This is the first (monochrome) post documenting our September 13, 2017, visit to Juneau, Alaska, a now even longer-delayed continuation of my documentation of our 2017 Alaska Cruise. Current and previous posts relating to this cruise are HERE<<link. The following introduction is the same as that of previous posts so that’s something else you can skip.

There’s a gallery at the end of each post and a SmugMug gallery HERE<<link. Photos in SmugMug can be viewed full-size. Note that the SmugMug gallery will eventually contain all the (monochrome) photos from Juneau; those from this (monochrome) post (Part 1) and those from subsequent Juneau posts.

You can click on the photos in the body of this post to see a larger-but-less-than-full-size-version. If there’s a panorama, I’ll link the full-size files but be warned . . . they’re typically huge. Huger than people have ever seen before. Don’t click on those links unless you’re enjoying a biggly Interweb connection. Also, if you have biggly Interweb but you’re reading this on a phone — which is sad; VERY SAD — I wouldn’t bother with the full-size photos because they are HUGE; huger than anyone else’s huge photos. 

Man, it’s a tight race! . . . except for first place and last place.

If you’ve not already done so, you can read the stories and cast your vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge M-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

Here are a few photos reworked and presented as a thank you for your participation . . .

That’s the canyon at Yellowstone.