Trip to Orange County and Lunar Eclipse
Oct 26-28, 2004

Immediately after my PhD Oral Preliminary, I took a few days off to visit my friend Pranav (then working at Orange County, California, in an internship). The main purpose of the trip was to watch the total lunar eclipse on the night of the 27th.

These are some pictures from the plane, on my way to the Golden State (Oct 26).

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The morning of the 27th, we went to Disneyland. Our day started with the good omen of a beautiful rainbow. Once in Disneyland, we had to make good use of our time, since it was rather limited. We tried to take all the exciting rides. And, of course, we had to have a picture taken with Mickey Mouse...

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During the day, we had cloudy skies. It seemed that we would not get a chance to see the eclipse. Fortunately, on our way back to Pranav's place, the sky cleared up enough for us to see that the eclipse had begun. I didn't carry a tripod with me, but still tried to take a picture during the total phase of the eclipse. This is the best shot, somewhat blurry, but still recognizable...


The next morning (Oct 28), on my way to the airport, I went to the beach (Laguna Beach, if I remember correctly). Some of these pictures were taken from the bus, hence the reflections.

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And, finally, I took the plane to get back to Oregon. More interesting pictures from the airplane, closing with a serene sunset...

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In all regards, a very memorable trip.

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