Daily Archives: August 6, 2012

Mars Science Lander in the Clean Room of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Posted by on August 6, 2012

Mars Science Lander in the Clean Room of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Mars Science Lander in the Clean Room of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

In 2009 I had the chance to visit the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. I was able to take a photo of part of the Mars Science Lander which was in the clean room at the time. It is the object wrapped in plastic in the lower part of the photo.

Monday Travel Update – Heading to Book Passage Edition

Posted by on August 6, 2012

I’ve gotten quite a bit done during the last two weeks here in Wisconsin. I made a big dent in my photo editing, launched a new version of the website and updated a bunch of my gear including my primary bag. I’m actually moving to a duffle bag with wheels as my primary checked bag. The reason is really simple: it provides more volume and weighs less than what I was using. I’ve also purchased some packing cubes and I’ll be using those for the first time. I hope they can bring some order to my packing life. After a few weeks entropy usually sets in on my bag and it becomes total chaos.

I’m heading to San Francsico on Tuesday to attend the Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference in Corte Madera, CA. This is probably the best conference in the world for learning travel writing and photography. The staff is an all-star lineup of travel writing legends. If you are interested in a career as a travel writer, this is probably one of the best places to learn the craft.

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