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Watching Space Shuttle Discovery Launch from Jetty Park

 Watching Space Shuttle Discovery Launch from Jetty Park

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The launch for Space Shuttle Discovery was scrubbed and rescheduled for Thursday night. If Thursday shouldn’t work, Friday night is on hold for the last launch opportunity until October.

I’ve always wanted to watch a shuttle launch at night. I saw a daytime launch back in 2007 and was impressed (see the photo above). But a night time launch… everyone says those are even better. Space Shuttle Discovery’s planned launch is significant because this is the last scheduled night launch ever. The shuttle program is quickly nearing an end.

Photographing Chicago at Night

 Photographing Chicago at Night

Upon leaving the¬†Shedd Aquarium Jazz Night I walked to Grant Park to capture the sights of the city with my camera. One of the best times to take photographs is at dusk. The reason for this is that sunlight is not as harsh at dusk (and also at dawn), as it is during the middle of the day. Shooting at dusk enables the photographer to capture moments like this…

Jazzin’ at the Shedd Aquarium

So began my adventure at Jazzin’ at the Shedd at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.¬†Aquariums are great, I have one in my home. Whenever I’m traveling and the city has an aquarium, I try my hardest to stop by and visit it. I can’t pinpoint when this fascination began. It might have been the summer I worked at the New England Aquarium in Boston, or the snorkeling trips I took on family vacations in the Caribbean. Whatever the reason, aquariums are cool. How could they be any better? Add a little Jazz music.

 Jazzin at the Shedd Aquarium

Walking on the Willis Tower Skydeck Ledge

 Walking on the Willis Tower Skydeck Ledge

That expression pretty much describes what my experience was like walking on the Willis Tower Skydeck Ledge. Scary, nerve-racking, precarious and fun was my introduction to the tallest observation deck in Chicago.

Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower, is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere; 110 stories tall. On the 103rd floor there is an observation deck called the Skydeck. The Skydeck provides a great view of the City of Chicago, but with one added surprise. Unlike every other observation deck I have been to, the Skydeck has a unique element, The Ledge.

Captivated by Miami Beach

 Captivated by Miami Beach

It’s the last Friday before the first day of school for students in Orange County, FL today. This officially marks the end of summer as they know it. Sure on the astronomical calendar summer still has another month, but according to the school calendar summer is done. In honor of the the back-to-school season I thought I would pay tribute to the summer destination of all carefree students: the Beach.

One of my favorite Florida Beaches is Miami Beach. It has a captivating energy that once you have been there, you’ll want to return again and again and again. Perhaps it’s the stunning Art Deco Architecture.

A Visit to the Mont Saint Michel, France

 A Visit to the Mont Saint Michel, France

Sometimes when I am reading through books, magazines or websites there are places in the world that I see and I say, “I would love to go there, but I’ll never make it”. The Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, France was one of those places. Why was it so difficult? Simply because it is far from Paris and removed from the normal tourist route. In order to visit the Abbey travelers must board a train to nowhere. Arriving in a little town called Pontorson, they must board a city bus to the Mont Saint Michel. The logistics of timing it all turn off many. With a risky spirit and some luck, Brian and I took the chance for a once in a lifetime moment.

An Evening at Pacific Park in Santa Monica, California

 An Evening at Pacific Park in Santa Monica, California

There are many ways to travel on an adventure. You could travel with friends, a loved one, on your own and with family. When I was in graduate school I decided to further my education career and apply to doctoral programs across the United States. One of these schools happened to be in California so I took a trip with my dad to visit the campus.

I’ve traveled frequently with both my mom and dad together, but not as often with just one family member. While our trip was mainly business, it was really nice spending quality time – just he and I. We had ourselves a free evening one night and went down to Santa Monica for dinner.

Climbing to the Top of Notre Dame Cathedral

 Climbing to the Top of Notre Dame Cathedral

A few years back I broke one of my cardinal rules of traveling. Since most trips are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, I believe that it is worth saving the few extra dollars ahead of time to indulge while you are on your vacation. Skip dining out Friday night, cook something instead and put that $40 into your vacation savings account (you do have a vacation savings account, right?)

Adventures at SeaWorld Orlando

 Adventures at SeaWorld Orlando

That’s Manta, the newest coaster at SeaWorld Orlando. It also happened to be our first stop Saturday night on an adventure at the aquatic-themed theme park here in Central Florida. Unlike most traditional coasters where riders are in a seated position, Manta rotates riders so that they are lying face down, as if they were flying – or gliding – through the water like a Manta Ray. It was terrifyingly awesome. Through the inversions, twists and descents, there was nothing beneath me to catch me should I fall. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience here in Orlando. Check it out!

A Visit to Pike Place Market: Seattle, Washington

 A Visit to Pike Place Market: Seattle, Washington

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That was what you saw on Sunday, and I think it may have confused some of you. But if you look at it in context, it reads in full:

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It’s August which means that summer is drawing to a near. August also happens to be a wonderful time to visit Seattle. The weather is beautiful, the temperature perfect and the city sights are worth a few days of exploring. Such was the case last August on a trip I took to Seattle. No trip to Seattle is complete without visiting the famous Pike Place Market.