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The first part of our visit to California included 3 days with our son Joe and his girlfriend Tina.  We spent the time doing touristy things like the redwood forest, the Golden Gate bridge and more.  It was wonderful! 
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Kathy and I pose near a large redwood tree
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Joe and Tina do likewise
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A small grove of trees forming a bit of a shelter
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The day before our actual visit to the Golden Gate bridge we got this pix of it in the distance.
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Joe hams it up on one of the "big guns" near an old military installation
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Very strange arrangement of trees and exposed roots
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Sunset makes for some interesting subjects and effects.  Here Kathy poses for a picture.
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Capturing the sun set in Joe's glasses
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A Bird of Paradise.  Simply beautiful!
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Wind gusts to 50+MPH and driving rain met us on our walk across the Golden Gate bridge!
After our visit with Joe and Tina, it was time to begin working with the scouts.  These next few photo's are at Ben's house where we spent the afternoon working on our rockets and getting them ready for the launch tomorrow!
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There were a lot of dad's present, helping their kids with the build of the Thing-a-ma-Jig
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Apply a little glue here...
After getting all the models built, we retired for the day in anticipation of our launch!
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This is the wiring set up for the mass launch of 200 rockets planed for later in the day.  Should be spectacular!
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Looking from the ends of the leads back towards the hub
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While the wiring is being set up, we begin to assemble the pads
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We were blessed with a rainbow out over the water.  Cool!
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This shot shows the 3 launch areas roped off, the closest being the one for the 200 mass launch
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Here we work to assemble 4 launch racks, each able to handle 50 rockets.
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The assemblies were simple enough and went together very quickly.  Great design!
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A grid of PVC pipe with 5 rows and 10 pads in each row
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Final check of the wiring hub
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Very unusual, wind blown tree at Pacifica beach.
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With the pads assembled we begin to insert 200 launch rods!
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You do NOT want to be falling onto this monstrosity!
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Houston, we have a problem... LOL
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Well, heck guys, let's get it right!
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Kathy holds up the flag for Cub Scout Pack 153, San Carlos, CA
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There were small launch racks and individual pads in each roped off area.
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Nice shot of a drag race.  We did this many times to the delight of all!
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A Mean Machine takes to the air
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One of several Frick-n-Frak models amazes the crowd
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Nice shot of all of the Scouts and their families, enjoying the launch
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One of several video rockets that were launched.  They seemed to be having a problem getting any useful video though.  I am not sure of the final result.
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One of hundreds of rockets flown this fine day!
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This young lady delighted me with her beautiful Praetor model.  I wonder if she knew that she was dressed in matching colors!  Also, that young boy on the left became my "Launch Officer" for the day and helped me out with every rocket I flew.  THANK YOU!
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With a finger pointing at the Launch Officer, we have a video rocket away!
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One of several launches of my Decaffeinator with the parasite glider attached.  We lost the glider on the last flight...
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Preparing the 200 rockets on the launch racks.  What a hoot! (we have a video at the end of this album, check it out)
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Like a beach porcupine, we have a forest of rockets here
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The Thing-a-ma-Jig's make a good showing/
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It was getting difficult squeezing in there to get clips hooked up
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Another view showing 2 of the 4 racks, each with 50 rockets
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Close up showing the wide array of different models represented here.
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Right after the launch I captured this photo of a BOAT LOAD of rockets returning to earth!  It was simply amazing to watch 200 models screaming into the air at the same time.
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As you can see, some of the models didn't ignite.  A post-mortem discovered that many of these didn't even have the clips attached!
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After the fact, it was a job of matching up the rocket with the owner.  Whew!
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Here I am packing chutes and streamers to help make it easier to retrieve the models
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Here we have the launch of the Decim8 proto type (about 2 weeks before its announcement), to the delight of all
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Ben's Richter Recker screams on a triplet of D12 motors.
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We had a lot of flights and very few lost rockets.  It was a good day!
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Even the A.C.M.E. Spitfire joined in the fun
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Kathy enjoyed the afternoon, loosing herself in a good book
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I thought this was a very creative way to carry a lot of rockets to the field.
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Thing-a-ma-Jig away!
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A Hydra-7 gets good ignition on all 7 motors!
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Followed by the Decaffeinator!
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The sun gets low as the launch draws to a close
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Still enough time for another Deuce's Wild launch!
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Dusk launches are always so COOL!
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Some beautiful sunset pictures
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One more
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Last launch of the day was an Interceptor.
Short video of the mass launch of 200 rockets!

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