Happy #internationalcatday to all of you from Sonny! As he’s traveled all around the US and part of Canada, his international cat credentials are pretty solid. 😻🇺🇸🇨🇦This was him out for a stroll at the gorgeous campground we stayed in at Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Two and a half years ago, right after our visit to Kennedy Space Center on our road trip, I interviewed Ann Montgomery, lead crew systems engineer on the Apollo 11 mission. Ann worked with the astronauts to test all the loose equipment they would take to the moon. I pitched the idea of a profile of Ann to several editors. They all said no, because the Hidden Figures movie had just come out, so they’d “already covered women at NASA”. I pointed out that Ann worked on different missions at a different time in a different job and a different space center. I also suggested that perhaps there was room in the world for more than one article about brilliant women at NASA. 😬 They still said no. Yesterday, @smithsonianmagazine published my Q&A with Ann as part of its #Apollo50 coverage. Link in bio.☝️Aside from 2000 words detailing Ann’s incredible memories of what it was like working on Apollo 11, there are also some pretty special photos, including Ann with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin testing all the equipment for the lunar descent module. I guess the moral of this very long story is that when you are rejected for years and told your ideas are shit, you should keep at it. 😂 It’s also inspired me to finish the book I am writing about our travels, even though I’m terrified I will invest all this time, effort and energy in something people will never read. Long story short: the effort is always worth it. 💪🚀🚀🚀
The last couple of weeks have been manic weeks, so we’ve hardly posted anything here recently. 😬However, we’d like to report that a) We are, in fact, still alive and b) Sonny has given us yet another stern talking to about missing #caturday last week. 🙀
One last photo from Oregon! This was taken on Cape Meares and I wish I had been better able to capture the sunlight and sea mist filtering through the trees.
On the prowl. #caturday
Some long overdue photos of our trip to beautiful Pacific City beach and Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon coast. Just gorgeous views from the top of the massive dunes, particularly with the sea mist over the sparkling water. Also, I clearly remember alerting someone (I won’t mention any names, but maybe it was Shane) to the fact that he was standing beyond a pretty large warning sign that said DO NOT GO BEYOND THIS POINT. Swipe to the last photo for the evidence. 😬😂
A typical #caturday walk. Me: “Let’s walk across this beautiful green field, Sonny.” Sonny: “Nope.”
A couple of pics of The Beast, our trusty F250, in the wild in Oregon. The first one was taken from Panorama Point overlooking Mount Hood and the second one was in Mount Hood National Forest. We clocked up 30,000 miles while we were on the road and it handled it like a champ. 💪🛣
It’s #caturday. Let’s go!