Santa Cruz Xmas boat parade

Becky and I had a lovely time viewing the annual boat parade from the west side of the harbor.  People on the boats and on shore enjoyed the good weather.  I think my favorite was the Peter Pan themed pirate ship being followed by the crocodile.Peter Pan

Total Eclipse of the Sun

Drove up to Prairie City Oregon for the solar eclipse of 2017.  About 1400 miles round trip but worth it.  Shared the experience with about 250 people, a few of whom watched some of the event through my telescope.  Here’s a shot taken with my old Celestron C90.
As you’ve probably heard, a picture doesn’t do the experience justice; it’s pretty thrilling to see live.  And we were all grateful for very clear skies!