Archive for March, 2013
Today’s destination was the Needles (southeastern) District of Canyonlands. It’s much different from the northern section, offering a perspective from the canyon floor featuring red sandstone spires and vast expanses of desert grub lands. We had a quiet road side lunch of Spanish cheeses, pita bread and fresh berries. Photos of our visit to Needles region (16).
We had not made reservations anywhere for Easter dinner. We took our chances and tried the Desert Bistro in Moab. We were rewarded with a truly scrumptious meal.
After breakfast at the Lodge we spent the morning hitting the parts of Arches that we didn’t get to yesterday afternoon, especially Delicate Arch, Sand Dune Arch and the Double Arches where I spent a lot of time taking photos and watching a pair or ravens cavorting on the peaks of nearby monoliths. Then we made the short drive to the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands. This north region of the park has splendid vistas of the Colorado and Green Rivers some 2,000 feet below the canyon rim. The views are very different than those in the Grand Canyon because here the canyon is much wider and you can see for many miles. The bewildering twisty path of the rivers is somehow mesmerizing and the bright sunshine and puffy clouds provided great light and shadows. The day ended with another stunning sunset viewed from the Red Cliffs Lodge dining room.
We drove from Richfield, UT to the Moab area and spent the afternoon exploring Arches National Park. Our day ended with this lovely sunset seen from the patio of our room at the Red Cliffs Inn.
Yesterday afternoon I decided to celebrate the coming of Spring and played a quick eighteen holes at Mt. Si while Trisha hosted the monthly ladies book club meeting. It was quite nice although a few little rain showers were visible along the slopes of Rattlesnake Mountain. A light rain began just as I walked off the last green. By the time we went to bed there was a light covering of snow and this morning we have this, our first snow since December 19:
However…. less than ten hours later I’m walking off the ninth green at Mt. Si after another 18 holes of golf. What a great place.
I’ve been struggling with consistency all winter, since October or so really. I played three consecutive days this weekend and it felt like things might be coming together again. Friday, I shot 92 at Bellevue where, as usual, the greens befuddled me and I had 38 putts. Saturday at Mt. Si I had an easy 80 followed by an 83 on Sunday. As much as the golf, I enjoyed the mild weather and this interesting sight of a goose perched on a big tree branch near the 11th green at Mt. Si.
Good Grief! The EU has fined Microsoft $730 million for failure to give users the option to select a Web browser other than Internet Explorer. And Microsoft admits they did it. “Yep. We screwed up. A technical oversight.”
When are heads going to roll in Redmond?
- A decade of flat stock price in the biggest bull market in history.
- More than a decade without a truly new product.
- Complete failure in the smart phone and tablet products.
- Over $3 billion in fines paid to the EU.
- Billions squandered is useless acquisitions.
What other company in the world with this kind of litany of failures still has the same CEO?
- EU fines Microsoft over web browser (bbc.co.uk)