On the way
26 miles to Catalina Island - do you know the song? Take the cat from Long Beach to Avalon
The casino - not a real one, but uses the real Italian meaning of 'gathering place'
Caltech graduation - our trip's purpose - hot, happy occasion - finally a hoodie after 9 yrs!
Pasadena Jet Propulsion Lab, near Caltech - Mars Curiosity rover - 1 tonne size of a car
Clean room - in bunny suits - assembling the 2020 successor to Curiosity - Curiosity on steroids. Many years ago in Florida, we'd seen the same meticulous scene assembling the International space station.
3hrs to Texas, just USD180 for your boots
Many wonderful museums
Galveston tall ship "Elissa" - volunteers tarring ropes with half a dozen oil drilling rigs in the background.
Behind the scenes for 7 hrs at the Johnson Space Center
Apollo series Saturn V
Astronaut chrysalis - just out of the neutral buoyancy pool (whole replica of the Space Station underwater for practicing on)
Bat colony - at dusk quarter of a million bats go out to dine over the bayou....