The Lantern Fest – Reno and Other Places

August 31, 2015

LanternFestThis Lantern Fest sounds interesting to explore more. I learned that one will be held just outside Reno at the Fernley 95A Speedway
(1965 Highway 95A) on Saturday, October 17th. There are also others planned elsewhere in the US.

More information about the group is here:


At The Lantern Fest, thousands of revelers join together armed with lanterns for one unforgettable spectacle. There will be music, dancing, s’mores and, when the time is just right, we will light the sky with our highest hopes, deepest regrets, and fondest dreams.

These lanterns are 100% biodegradable. Not to mention after each release we have professional “Lantern Chasers” that will make those armored truck driving meteorologists look like your local news’ weatherman. These lantern experts collect 90% of the lanterns after the event.

Historically lanterns were used to symbolize good fortune, request favorable weather, or to celebrate the life of a loved one, just to name a few. But here in 2015, we don’t care if you are turning over a new leaf or just snapping some sweet shots for Instagram.

Families and friends can dance to the music, roast marshmallows, munch on snacks provided by local vendors, and of course, watch the lanterns float away in an unforgettable release.

Each registrant will receive their own lantern as well as some other goodies.

Safety and Conservation are very important!

See video: here

More questions are answered here.

The Lantern Fest organizers partner with a charity for every event. For our Reno event, we are excited to be partnering with The Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada (DSNNN).

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Lyrid Fireball and Sonic Booms Over the Sierras

April 24, 2012

Indian Country Today had a nice article on the Lyrid Fireball over the Sierra Nevada. Darn! We missed it! Seems like the main burnout spot was along the western side of the Sierras about midway between Sacramento and Fresno. The Watchers had this article, too!

Reno Gazette Journal:
Small Pieces Found
Mini-van Size
Sound Signal from Meteorite

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LED Snowboarding! Awesome Video!

March 17, 2012

Check out this snowboarder on!! He takes his light with him!

LED-Clad Snowboarder Makes Night Riding Ghostly Cool

Be sure to watch the video at the end of the article by Alexander Davies! Enjoy!

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Sun Spots, Solar Flares, Aurora Borealis and …

March 11, 2012

Have those of you in the ‘northern’ states tried to see any aurora borealis from the sun flares (specifically Sunspot AR1429) happening lately? Northern Lights were spotted in the United States as far south as the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon, Wyoming, Illinois, Montana, and Kansas. Goddard Space Weather Lab is sharing some very interesting interactive information on What’s up in Space?? There are photos there from each of the states mentioned. The Oregon one is from Beaverton, Cyndi!

‘What ifs’ for solar flares are discussed in the National Geographic News.

For ‘solar’ music and super photos, check out AuroraBorealisPage. The main page is here and it is well worth your time to checkout the totally awesome photos and videos available. Several webcams are here. Awesome video if you have a Facebook account is at ArticLightPhoto which I ‘liked’ separately for its awesome display!

Ole Salomonsen also has the video and more beautiful aurora borealis photos posted on Flicker here where there are also many more contributors to the Northern Lights group. LoneStarNorth posted recent Minnesota Northern Light photos there as well.

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Autumn Colors – Trees, Grasses and Snowy Mountains

November 6, 2011

Our favorite road between Los Angeles and Reno is 395. We never tire of the beauty. White-out blizzard conditions we’ll attempt to bypass but the dazzling white snowy landscapes are so beautiful afterwards! This last October we experienced beautiful colors! Most of all I love the first section of the road between Bridgeport and Mono Lake (Conway Summit) that I’m sharing with you – especially in the Fall. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do!

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Do Not Fear Cataract Surgery! It’s Amazing!

January 30, 2011

I haven’t spent much time on the computer this month so I’m sorry if you missed my somewhat constant updates. I went without my contact lenses in my eyes for the month of January in preparation for cataract surgery on my left eye. I am so near-sighted and I just can’t see as well with my glasses – even though they are bifocals! Close up work was nearly impossible because I couldn’t fit my reading glasses on my nose on top of the regular ones! No, it is not a pretty picture! 🙂

The surgery went well on the 19th. I was amazed to be able to read the clock on the other side of the recovery room as they wheeled me in from the very short (10-15 minute) surgery! Lots of eye drops of three different medicines has been the focus of this last week – along with experimenting with my new sight ability. On the road trip to Reno the next day, I found that during the day with sunglasses, I did just fine without correction for my right eye. Of course, I didn’t even try to read in the car or to catch up with any computer work. I just watched the scenery go by with new eyes – okay – really, eye! As dusk came, I removed my sunglasses. The hard part came with total night darkness. My ‘new’ eye was seeing absolutely fantastically but my ‘bad’ eye was throwing shadows and secondary fuzzy light spots to the left of all the good lights I was seeing. Putting on my dark glasses helped a little bit.

Some people say the colors are more intense after the cataracts are removed. For me it seemed different. I experimented before the surgery with comparing colors while covering one of my eyes and the colors seemed the same for both eyes. The magic for me has been the sharpness that has returned. I can actually see the texture of the clay roofing tiles on the house across the way when before the surgery I just saw the different shades of color. That probably has more to do with the ReStor® multifocal lens that Dr. Martinez inserted in place of my removed one. I can see! I can see!

My dilemma has been what to do with my uncorrected right eye – I wanted to get it used to the contact again ASAP so I could see sharper and so I wouldn’t have glare – but then I still couldn’t see up close. If I leave the contact out I can read up close with my right eye and use the left one for distance. However, I think my brain is confused because I did have correction to see closer with my left eye, not my right! I can go without the lens during the day but it helps tremendously for night-time vision and dealing with lights. In the office I have to put in the lens because of the glow of the florescent lighting. Without it my eyes tire quickly and I can’t read. So far I like the results of putting in the right contact lens better than being uncorrected. Then I use my reading glasses for both eyes. Dr. Martinez will be able to tweak the left eye with LASIK later after the eye heals from the cataract surgery to get the close vision better. The right eye has a cataract right smack dab in the middle of its lens so eventually it will have cataract surgery, too, and then I will have super eyesight!

It has been pretty awesome to wake up in the middle of the night and be able to read the digital clock across the room and to actually see small items in the low light shining in from the window. I’ve worn glasses or contacts for my bad eyesight since I was seven so this is a big deal for me!

I will get back to normal writing here soon. Please be patient with me right now. Thanks!!

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