Our Adventures

Welcome to the adventures of Larry and Connie Farquhar.

Started Summer Jobs in Colorado

Started Summer Jobs in Colorado

Connie and I have started our summer jobs in the White River National Forest in Colorado. This is our 10th year working with CLM Services. It's a great company to work for. Larry's an "Operations Manager" again and Connie is his "Administrative Assistant". We'll be here for about 5-6 months. We're staying in Heaton Bay Campground located on Lake Dillon, near Dillon and Frisco, CO.

The lake is starting to melt, but you can see it is frozen in therse photos. Here's a short video showing our winter wonderland views:

 

 

   
   
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Boondocking at the Trona Pinnacles

Boondocking at the Trona Pinnacles

After leaving Seal Beach, CA, Connie and I headed to the Mojave desert for some peace and quiet away from the Los Angeles traffic. We had 2 weeks before we needed to be in the Sequoia National Forest for a manager's meeting for this summer's seasonal work. We had heard about boondocking (dry-camping) at the Trona Pinnacles on BLM managed land. So we decided to check it out. Located about 20 miles from Ridgecrest, CA, the Trona Pinnacles are a "Natural National Landmark". It's about a 5-mile drive on a dirt, bumpy, wash-board road to get to the Pinnacles. Although we could only drive 15mph (max) on this road in the RV, it was worth the drive. A wonderful, quiet area for some quality down time (like we need down time - our entire lifestyle is down time).

However it may appear to you, a visit to the Trona Pinnacles will be a journey into one of the most unusual geologic wonders in the California Desert. This unique landscape consists of more than 500 tufa (calcium carbonate) pinnacles rising from the bed of the Searles Dry Lake basin. These tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet, were formed underwater 10,000 to 100,000 years ago when Searles Lake formed a link in an interconnected chain of Pleistocene lakes stretching from Mono Lake to Death Valley.

In the seven days we stayed at the pinnacles, we only saw about a dozen campers. None stayed near us and they only stayed a day or two. The weather was great and the nights were dark and clear full of stars. I took this time to fly my drone every day, experimenting with new features and settings. Here's the results of a few of these expirements:    (click the "Continue Reading" button below to see the entire article.)

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Spending the month in Seal Beach, CA

Spending the month in Seal Beach, CA

Connie and I have been spending the past few weeks at the Naval Weapons Station in Seal Beach, CA. The Navy has a great RV Park on base. This has become our annual stop in March for a couple reasons: 1) We get to visit with Connie's parents and brother, and 2) we spend a lot of time working on software that we produce annualy for a client. We enjoy Southern California (we both grew up here), but get tired of the extreme traffic very fast. Luckily, we're busy working at home most of the time and don't need to drive distances. We'll be in Seal Beach CA until the beginning of April.

But it's not all work an no play. Soon afer we arrived here, we got an email inviting us to attend a taping of the "America's Got Talent" TV show for the new season. We spent the afternoon in Pasadena, CA watching the taping of oneof the first episodes. We don'tknow when this episode will air on TV, so we may end up watching all of them until we see ourselves in the audience. If you see an episode where there's a contestant is a "psychic" that could tell the future reading people's "butts", that's the episode we attended. I had a chance to be on stage with my butt hanging out of a box for the show, but I declined. Smart move. We've also been visiting Connie's family and will do so again for Easter Sunday.

Part of our annual trip here involves having dinner with freinds we met at a campground 10 years ago. We were working in the campground and they were camping. Imagine we still stay in touch!

The other day, Connie went with her mother to a fund-raising fashion show. I took this time to go fly my sUAS (drone). Due to many airports in the area, most of this area is classified as a "no fly zone" by the FAA. However, there's a small strip along the Pacici coast that is far enough away from airports to allow flying. So up tot he Palos Verdes Pennisula I headed. It took me almost an hour to build up courage to fly my sUAS out over the ocean. There was a slight breeze, but I sure didn't want to end up in the bottom of the sea! Once I got flying, there was no more fear. The 3DR Solo flew fanastic without any issues. I got in about 45 minutes of flying, which ended up being edited down to less than 3 minutes. I'm still learning how to edit videos. I know I have alng ways to go, but this video is another step in the right direction.

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My Entry into the 3DR Solo Video Competition

My Entry into the 3DR Solo Video Competition

The 3DR Solo Owners Group on Facebook usually hosts a monthly video competition of videos taken with the 3DR Solo. Back in June 2015, I won first prize for a photograph I entered into the 3DR Iris Photo competition.

My entry into this month's video competition added a little humor about a upcoming fictitous feature to be added to the application (Solo App) used to fly the 3DR drone. Here's the video I entered testing this "new" feature, called the "Time Travel" Smart Shot:

The video was taken near Borrego Springs, CA.

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The Dragon at Borrego Springs, CA.

The Dragon at Borrego Springs, CA.

A quick flyby of the Dragon at Borrego Springs, CA.

Artist Ricardo Breceda has created numerous metal sculptures and placed many of them around Borrego Springs, CA. This is only a quick, short view of a large dragon crossing the road.

Filmed using my 3D Robotics Solo.

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