I recently returned from a 10-day trip to Hawaii, using Hawaiian Airlines. Late, late Thursday, as we headed for Phoenix, we passengers were told that there were tremendous storms taking place in the Phoenix area, and we may have to divert to Las Vegas. My seatmate, eager to get back to her family, said, "What'll we do in Las Vegas?" We all watched the incredible lightning display ahead. It increased as we approached Phoenix. After one more possibility of heading for Vegas, the pilot announced we were going to land in Phoenix. It was certainly one of the more exciting adventures in my life. Kudos to the flight crew. Expert handling in a challenging situation, with the skies lighting up Phoenix almost as if it were daytime. After some pretty scary activity, we landed, and almost immediately rolled to a stop, because ground crews needed to clear the runway of storm debris. Our aircraft was then towed to the gate. This morning's Arizona Republic, under the title, "Valley mopping up," says that there were more than 1,500 lightning strikes recorded IN ONE HOUR Thursday night. Almost 80,000 Valley homes lost power as wind gusts up to 100 mph hit the area, and about 300 trees were down near Sky Harbor International Airport. This was a monsoon storm to remember. I thank God for the pilot and crew of Hawaiian Airlines. We had one savvy driver!
Archives for August 2008
What a sad day, yet one that wasn't unexpected. My dear little granddog, Shimmy, died today. Little Shimmy had finished all his assignments, and it was time to go. He was simply worn out. Kerrie's mother, Dr. Nancy Kerr, took him in years ago in Tempe, Arizona. Shimmy stayed with her until her death, and then stayed with Dr. Lee Meyerson, Kerrie's stepfather, until his death. Then Shimmy began his adventures in Simpson Land. He stayed with them in Phoenix, Flagstaff, and finally Monroe, Washington. It was very important for him to be part of the Simpson tribe. And he was that. No matter that he couldn't see much or hear much or understand much, he always knew he belonged.
Due out in 2010: a GPS device embedded in a camera that automatically marks the latitude and longitude of every image. This is being worked on by General Imaging, says Conde Nast Portfolio, August 2008. In the meantime, here are a couple more photos take in the mountains above Kona, Hawaii: Red Hibiscus and a group of White Plumeria blossoms. This morning we drove into Kona, and while we were parked, I spotted some luscious yellow hibiscus. I headed for them, and it began raining. And raining. It wouldn't stop. I got a thorough drenching, but it was fun. I mean, what's a vacation for but to have adventures?
An early morning trek down the Vorfeld driveway at Holualoa gave me some great shots of hydrangea and pineapple. I spiced up the pineapple shot. Watch out: sometimes I'm dangerous with software at hand!