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Happy Summer. Is anyone going on any interesting trips this year?

I'm going to Vancouver later in the month and California later in the year. (Plus some smaller trips.)
 
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That sounds fun. I have a day trip to London early next month to visit some old friends from Uni (and maybe a fellow Ranch staff member) and then a couple of weeks after that I'm going to Silverstone Race Circuit for the penultimate venue of the British Touring Car Championship. It's my favourite sport and I'm very excited about it as I've never been to one before instead of just watching it on the telly.

Having just come back from 3 weeks away in Chicago I'm happy to hang out in my own home for a while.
 
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I'm coming to the USA to see the solar eclipse on August 21st. We will be somewhere in Wyoming that day, probably close to the town Casper.
 
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Tim Cooke wrote:. . . Silverstone Race Circuit . . .
I am surprised you haven't been there. My father was into motor racing and took my brother and me to Silverstone a few times for the Grand Prix. It is a fast circuit with sharpish bends, and seen from the air it is obviously an old airfield. We went to Brand's Hatch once while they were filming for the film of that name: Grand Prix, and I think Brand's is a better circuit. Fewer straights and more curves of differing radii. Not quite as fast as Silverstone.
Haven't been to watch motor racing for a very long time. I watched some scary racing round the streets of Penarth once, getting on for forty years ago. Bicycle racing. The scariest thing was how quiet the riders were.
 
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As you know I grew up in Buckingham which isn't far from the circuit and on F1 weekends you could hear the engine noise from our house. Also the helicopters flying to and from London would set our house alarm off.

I went a few times as a kid as my friends dad worked for Rothmans who sponsored a lot of motor racing stuff at the time. Back in the days when tobacco companies were allowed to sponsor sporting events in the UK. Incidentally it's the same friend I'm going with this time. F1 racing is definitely better spectated from the sofa, I had no idea what was going on. I remember the McClaren machines sounded different to the others, and the commentary radios they provided couldn't be tuned to the required broadcast frequency.
 
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Yes, it is very noisy, and they had rough planks to sit on. It was hard to keep up with who was leading, particularly after the leader lapped the back markers. Brand's is nicer, with the curvy track through the trees. As long as nobody drives into a tree
I also remember the traffic up the main road from Towcester. That was pretty dreadful.
 
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Jesper de Jong wrote:I'm coming to the USA to see the solar eclipse on August 21st. We will be somewhere in Wyoming that day, probably close to the town Casper.


that's nice
 
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This isn't a plan, just an idea. Corpus Cristi is just a couple hours from here on the gulf coast in Texas. I would like to see the ocean again. The fishing there is supposed to be awesome
 
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I have no trips in this year.
 
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We just came back from a long week in Crete. It was my first time in Greece, I absolutely loved it. Here's us visiting Knossos, the ruined palace of king Minos, the guy who kept a Minotaur in his labyrinth.

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Stephan van Hulst wrote:We just came back from a long week in Crete. It was my first time in Greece, I absolutely loved it. Here's us visiting Knossos, the ruined palace of king Minos, the guy who kept a Minotaur in his labyrinth.


Greece is pretty cool,  what I found hilarious is that the guy against the minotaur saved himself with a thread, while instead we developer seriously risk to lose ourselves if we use a thread
 
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I think Theseus would have been in trouble as well had he used multiple threads winding in different directions.
 
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Jesper de Jong wrote:I'm coming to the USA to see the solar eclipse on August 21st. We will be somewhere in Wyoming that day, probably close to the town Casper.

I'm back, of course.

We saw the solar eclipse in Wyoming, along a country road in the neighbourhood of the village Glendo. We chose the right spot, because it was a nice, cloudless day and we had a great view of the eclipse. It's hard to explain into words what the experience was.

Our hotel was in Laramie, a few hours away from where we planned to see the eclipse, so we got up early that morning (left the hotel at 5:40 AM) and drove for 3 hours. Fortunately the traffic was not too bad, but when we entered the area where the total eclipse would be visible we saw lots of cars parked at the sides of the road, with people waiting for the eclipse. We found a spot along a country road, there were about 50 other people there.

We waited a few hours and watched the moon go over the sun with our eclipse glasses - from the first bite to totality took about one and a half hour. About 45 to 30 minutes before totality the light started looking strange - it was becoming noticeably darker, as if it was overcast, but there wasn't a cloud in the sky.

A minute before totality we saw the horizon in the east becoming rapidly darker. Just before totality it goes so fast that you can see it happen very quickly, as if there's a sped up sunset that takes 20 seconds. And then there's totality, which was very impressive and awesome. The sky is dark blue, you see stars and planets, and the sun looks like a big black disc with a large halo. It's very strange and impressive. And then, about two and a half minutes later, the sun reappears.

Besides the solar eclipse we saw old wild west villages and we visited Yellowstone National Park, which was also great. In Yellowstone we saw many geysers and hot volcanic springs, and lots of animals (mainly buffalos).
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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