USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier

Brian and I went on one last adventure over Thanksgiving weekend that I thought I’d share. His house is walking distance to the now-defunct Alameda Naval Air Station. Since it closed, many of the buildings and spaces that were on base have been repurposed, but there are still some interesting things to see. One of them is the USS Hornet Museum.

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Getting to Svalbard: 9/11 Memorial and Longyearbyen

My trip to Svalbard starting very early. As if typical for me, I opted to stay up packing, cleaning, and organizing before I left for the airport. The taxi arrived at 3:45 am and we went on to pick up two friends who were also going on the trip before heading to the airport.

Our flight left Austin at 6 am which put us in Newark around mid morning. We had an 8-hour layover, so most of the group (about 20) decided to head into Manhattan to pass the time instead of being cooped up in the airport.

The train ride to Penn Station really took me back to my Philly days, train conductor and all. I had been a LONG time since I was in NYC, much less near the touristy bits like Times Square. The place was buzzing with late-summer tourists. The group I was with opted for lunch at a nearby pub we stumbled upon followed by a trip to the World Trade Center Memorial.


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