EyeClops!

The EyeClops Bionicam is a handheld electronic microsope that we got for me Kyle for Christmas. It has a small screen built in, or you can hook it directly to the TV. You can capture still images or movies on the included USB stick and transfer them to the computer.

Last night we had some fun taking some pictures of various things around the house. Here are a few samples:

Colored text from a book, 100x

Thumbprint, 100x

Carpet, 100x

My shirt, 200x

The back of our couch cushion, 100x

Glitter on a New Year's Eve hat, 100x

Curly ribbon, 100x

Green nylon fabric, 100x

Wood from my desk, 200x

Pink ink on a post-it note, 400x

Band-aid, 100x

Laptop screen, 100x

Laptop screen, 400x

Taking the long way

On the way back home from Springfield, we had beautiful weather and a little extra time, so we decided to take the scenic route. We drove along old route 66 for part of the way, went through towns with names like “Farmer City” and “Cornland” and stayed off the interstate the whole way. It took longer to get home, but it was well worth the extra time.

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At one point, Katra started joking about the old horror movie “Children of the Corn”. Then, literally 2 minutes later, we drove past this sign:

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Wind turbines south of Dwight, IL on Rte. 47

Wind turbines south of Dwight, IL on Rte. 47

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A disassembled wind turbine waiting to be installed. It's hard to see, but that is a very long flatbed trailer it is sitting on.

A disassembled wind turbine waiting to be installed. It's hard to see, but that is a very long flatbed trailer it is sitting on.

Our yard, in stunning 3D!

Well, maybe not, but here’s a 360 degree panorama of our back yard as of June 2009. You will need to have QuickTime installed in order to view this QTVR panorama.

Here also is the full panorama as a single image. Click for a larger version.

Florida, Day 10: Blue Ridge Parkway

On the way home from Asheville, we drove partway along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Unfortunately it was foggy and rainy, but even so, it was spectacular and we still managed to get some pretty decent photos.

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On the way through Cincinnati, we made an obligatory stop at a legendary local restaurant: Skyline Chili. We both had Chili 5 Way, which is spaghetti, chili, red beans, onions and cheddar cheese. Sounds disgusting, but it’s surprisingly good!

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And that is the end of our big trip to Florida!

Florida, Day 9: Savannah

On the 9th day of our trip we stopped in Savannah, GA. Because the weather was not great and we were still exhausted from three days at Disney, we only stayed long enough to have lunch and visit a few shops on River Street before heading on to Asheville.

River Street, Savannah, Georgia

River Street, Savannah, Georgia

An obligatory stop in Savannah is River Street Sweets, purveyor of the finest pralines available anywhere (not to mention fudge, salt water taffy, and dozens of other treats to put you off your diet).

Salt water taffy being made at River Street Sweets

Salt water taffy being made at River Street Sweets

On the way up to Asheville, we stopped at this little shop:

Katra returning with peach cider

Katra returning with peach cider

That night in Asheville we stayed at an incredibly nice suite at The Residences at Biltmore. We let the boys play in the whirlpool tub, then ordered Indian food and had a good night’s sleep.