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Nightfall 2014 at Borrego Springs

Hi all! Here we are at Borrego Springs again. Fred, Ron, Jeff and Al came down a day early on Wed. but there was still a thin layer of high cirrus that mucked up the evening. So that night was a bust. Annie got in on Thursday and we all went down to Carmelita's for some good Mexican food. Thursday night was a little better, but Friday was the best so far. It's been really hot during the day - 95 degress and the seeing/guiding doesn't settle dow until about 10:00 PM,  so there's lots of time to wander about checking out everyone else's gear. Some pretty good stuff out there.

Glacier Point - July 2014

 Again, our club's annual trek to Glacier Point was a great success. Friday night we had somewhere around 50-70 people along with some fairly decent weather. The ranger gave us a very nice introduction followed by Bill with his pre-observing presentation. We all stayed out until around midnight. The first night we had: Jeff, Terry and his brother, Seth, Miguel and his wife, Ron, Jeff Young, Bill Seiler and Chris Wandke.

Santa Cruz Sentinal Article

Last spring Bill O'Neil was interviewed by the Sentinal. The article came out the Sunday that we all came back from GSSP. Attached is the article. A fun read with some great exposure for the club. Jeff and Bill did a wonderful job!

GSSP 2014

Just got back from GSSP a couple weeks ago. Once again, it was a fun trip. Although it was quite different from all the other times I've attended. I got there Wed. afternoon just after lunch, and found Walter and John's campsites. (They saved some spots for the rest of us). Not long after getting the tent set up we got the first rain shower of the day. We then had showers off and on through Thursday. Cloudy skies and cold wind was the name of the game. John called this years' gathering the Golden State Shower Party.

Borrego Springs - Nightfall Star Party 2013

Just thought I'd say "Hi" from down here at Borrego Springs (about 1.5 hrs south of Palm Springs). We have a pretty full contingent from SCAC here this year. We've got Jeff and Lynne, Fred, Chris, Walter, Al and myself. The weather down here has been fantastic. Fred, Al and I got here a day early on Wednesday and enjoyed the first night with hardly anyone around. That was nice. For the three nights of the star party the place was pretty full, hotel and RV park. I'm set up with Fred in his drive through slip just about in the center of the RV park with great horizons all around.

TSP Final

Sitting here in my hotel room in Blythe on my way home from TSP. It's 107 degrees here - definitely not used to these kind of temps. The last two days at TSP we got rain in the afternoon and into the evening. The ground really sucks up the water and the rain kept the dust down. All together we only had 3-4 good nights out of seven nights, but the Santa Cruz contingent was great company. Can't speak for the other guys, but I think it was a fantastic trip and I'll definitely try to go back again next year.

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