I’ve only been to Utah one other time in my life. It was during a family vacation. We packed the family van and visited 30 States in 30 days. I’m proud to say that I have seen much of the United States of America and can venture forth into international worlds. Yet despite my travels in my home country, there is much I haven’t seen and done. On my trip to Utah we didn’t actually go to the Great Salt Lake. We went close, but not up to the water. Last week I had the opportunity to tie up these loose ends.
It’s been 2 weeks since Brian and I submitted our Ultimate Thailand Explorers Application Video. Today we surpassed 500 views. Others have over 10,000 views. I’m very curious how something like that can be possible. I have my theory, but not ready to share it just yet. The good news is, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has shared that:
“With audition videos nearing 50,000 views, new applicants are advised to remember that 25 semifinalist teams will be selected by judges based on the quality of their audition videos, not the number of views. Let your creativity, personality, and web-savvy shine through!”
When I arrived at the airport in Eugene, Oregon I asked the lady at the rental car company what’s the one thing I should do/see/eat in Eugene. I ask this question every time I travel to the usual suspects: rental car company, hotel front desk and cab driver. It is surprising how difficult a question it would seem I am asking. Seriously, you work in travel and hospitality. Train your people to be able to answer this question without saying “Gee, I don’t know”. I don’t think I’m asking a lot, am I?
Wow. I can’t believe it. In June when I started this blog my intention was to write down all my travel stories for posterity and share them with the world. Bonus points if I was able to make a few dollars from it and get a sponsorship or two. Now three months into the process and I’ve just submitted an application to the Ultimate Thailand Explorers Contest. It seems very unreal. I’m feeling really good that Brian and I have a chance at making it to the final 25 – and maybe the final 5.
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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.
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…