Sunday, March 22, 2009

Old Friends

None of my friends are old. But a few of the friendships are venerable.

His parents were in town, and we’ve known each other more than 30 years. I haven’t known Walker quite so long.

They were staying near Bolsa Chica marsh, so we went for a nature stroll Saturday morning.

When I think how long I’ve known Tim, I see spots from the vertiginous altitude. Luckily even back then we believed in safety harnesses.

If I ever knew we had a space shuttle in Southern California, I had forgotten. Sunday we all met again, at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana.

The Discovery building’s most striking feature, easily visible daily to a lot of rush-hour drivers, is a huge cube stood up on one corner and covered on one end with solar-electric panels. This shows the cube from inside.

After flying a 737 simulator for a while, and after walking past a lot of earthquake-shake exhibits, we headed downstairs to the stratum that held dinosaurs.

The lady in red is explaining how it works: We had to go into the dig site to find specific fossils (ginkgo leaves, gastroliths, pleiosaur paddles, tyrannosaur tracks) collected into several different missions. As we found each specimen, we waved an electronic wand at it to “collect” it. Then we checked in at one of several computer screens in the area to get further instructions from a remote researcher.

The area seemed mostly secure. At least we didn’t see any signs that any visitors had been eaten lately. We got our job done without any OSHA disruptions and took a break for lunch.


Andrew Shields said...

Thanks for sharing beautiful photos with beautiful folks in them!

CaliforniaGirl said...

Walker has good taste in sandals.

It looks like it was a fun day.

Kangamoo said...

It seems it would be easy to see if your friend had eaten anyone lately. Just look in his tummy.

How beautiful