Every year a lot of houses go on ski trips. This year, Avery went to Mammoth Mountain, which is a comfy six hour drive from school. Here are some shots from ski trip.
I’d been close to Mammoth Mountain before for geology trips. Driving north towards Mammoth, the Sierra Nevada Mountains stand tall on the left and the White Mountains up ahead. Each mountain connects to the others. The peaks have somehow held onto the curves and edges that glaciers long-melted had carved. Every so often, there’s a stripe of lighter rock that runs horizontally through the entire range. How this sill came to be serves as a curious point of discussion for the hour spent rolling between these two ranges.
The road to Mammoth is just lovely blue sky and mountains. This was taken at a gas stop.
Ski lifts are one of the best thinking spots, but these panorama ones were all the better to see with (:
They say two years ago, the snow was almost up to the signs :D
The view from the bottom!
It was my first time walking on a frozen lake! O:
I was super worried I’d end up a popsicle like Amy from Little Women, but no one fell in. Whew!
Ski trip was a refreshing, icy blast (; I didn’t expect California to offer such cold, slippery environments, but finding that has been part of the joy of going to school far away from what I’m used to–that is, rodeos and boots and Spursday Thursday.
After a year spent in “soft-lockdown” at home in Atlanta, and as Caltech students prepared to finally return to campus, I was aboard an eight hour flight towards Edinburgh, Scotland. Since my junior year plans were interrupted by the virus who shall not be named, I’m spending my first term of senior year studying abroad through the Caltech - Edinburgh University International Exchange program. I’ve only been here just over a week yet have been exposed to so many new people, perspectives, foods, and classes.
When the announcement was first made that fall term was going to be online, I started talking to friends and looking for places to live. We were debating locations around the country: California, Florida, New York, etc.. there were plenty of options. Then it suddenly hit me, what is stopping us from going to Hawaii, covid numbers were better and a two week quarentine would ensure that numbers stayed down… I proposed this to my friend and we agreed it would be an amazing experience, but we didn’t want to get out hopes up. A month or so later we still haven’t decided where to live, Hawaii seemed too far and too difficult to plan. But we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We spent some time looking into plane tickets, places to stay, etc… and it actually didn’t seem so impossible after all. A couple weeks later and we were arriving here on the big island!
I visited Amsterdam for a brief two and a half days during my vacation. There were a few landmarks and neighborhoods I wanted to checkout, but did not plan the visit in detail. As such, when it came down to destinations with ticketed entries, I had to skip most of them, since they did not have day-of tickets left for sale. Fortunately, I was able to walk around most of the city and it was generally a good time.