Friday, February 23, 2007

West Coast travel notes

This post is just a sampling of photos we happened to take while traveling to see family and friends. There's not much rhyme or reason to what we "shoot" and what we don't when we're not specifically trying to make memories and share them with family and friends. But I did say I'd throw in some of these here, so here they are:

Skiing with Jolene's dad, Ivan Bauer, at Tahoe. Jolene wanted to take her ski equipment, so I packed my stuff, too. And a good thing it was! We had about the best day of skiing I can remember -- midweek lift lines, great weather, great snow, and great company!

Being in the neighborhood, we dropped in on the annual "Egg Drop" contest at my alma mater, Walla Walla College. The "Egg Drop", sponsored by the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), is one way of drawing the public into the challenges of engineering design. The contest is open to all, with the simple goal of conveying a raw egg from a height to the ground, by force of gravity, without breakage. Prizes are awarded in various categories such as "Closest to Target", "Lightest Packaging", and (my favorite) "Most Heartbreaking Failure".

OK, just so we're clear: Jolene was not serving as the target for the egg drop. (It was snowing, and she was just thirsty.)
Entrants for the egg drop weigh in their creations. Note the sophisticated structural materials in the foreground.

The Egg Drop's answer to Vanna White inspects one recently arrived "package"...

... and recovers the contained egg, proving (as I recall in this case) that the egg survived. (Note the frying pan marking the center of the target area.)

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