I had a perfect time in California. Jerry and Erika are fun to hang out with. The mountains of California hold the best of Alaska (wilderness, sparse population, comfortable summer weather) and the best of California (close to conferences, space industry, and rockets). Jerry used to work on the East side of the mountain in Lucerne Valley but has had to move his operation to the house/shop/garage in Running Springs where I was staying. I left there so he and his son can get the shop and garage going and allow time for awarded contracts to come through. I could have stayed but I left Idaho for a two week trip and was gone about 8 so I have returned to my sister’s house in Caldwell, ID and spend more time with her while opportunities develop in California.
I headed down the mountain through Lucerne Valley to Las Vegas on Friday evening July 5th arriving pretty late in Las Vegas to spend the night with my parents. I headed out midmorning towards Idaho with an overnight in Wells and arrived in Caldwell about 5PM on Sunday. It is a bit warmer here, at only 2500 ft (vs 5-6000 in California) but I will adapt quickly. My sister has a gorgeous house amidst a few subdivisions and farms and conveniently to shopping. It was nice here when I left but I still felt removed from the industry and things that I left Alaska for. Now ,I am here, it is nice and I feel close to the new space industry.
The next trip will be to the NewSpace 2013 conference in San Jose at the end of July. I will be here until then for sure.A little ablum, not much here but more than I orginally planned for this post