A Travellerspoint blog

Australia

Fourth of July, Atlanta, Galveston, Denver

A little SPE stuff scattered in some mainly personal time.

Even the SPE President takes some personal time and around the 4th of July (the US Independence Day celebration) I get my family together and we have a great time. Then I take off to Atlanta to buy a condo...sort of as an investment but since I have a son who will be in grad school there for 4-5 years I have a more or less guaranteed renter. I take my two oldest grandsons on a grandpa-grandson day at Schlitterbahn in Galveston. Then it is back to SPE duties as I go to Denver.
Screenshot..16_10_37_47.png

In Denver I have dinner with the SPE section leaders and then speak to an enthusiastic group at the Section breakfast. I meet with some local members and then my wife and I have an afternoon and the weekend so we do a little touring. On Saturday we go to Central City for the opera (Tosca). The CC opera house was where I saw my very first opera as a teenager (Carmen) so I am looking forward to the return. I still use the CC opera house tickets in brass that I have had since 1970 for my keychain.

On Sunday after church we meet with some family members for a not quite impromptu family reunion. Monday it is off to Colorado Springs for the SPE Distributed Fiber-Optic Sensing for Well, Reservoir and Facilities Management Workshop. Quite a mouthful but it is one of our most successful workshops. I was the keynote speaker last year and had the same privilege again this year. I always appreciate that vote of confidence. On the second night of the workshop I drove back into Denver and caught a Rockies baseball game. We also had time before our flight home to go to the Denver LDS temple.

Pictures

large_2016-07-08_19_30_34.jpg
We were able to see my wife's cousin in Atlanta.
large_2016-07-13_16_56_28.jpg
I cooked loads of food. Brisket, ribs, sausage, etc. Here is a fraction of the chicken.
large_2016-07-15_12_56_40.jpg
The Denver Art Museum had this Alan Houser piece I really liked.

Other Blogs

You can of course read about my barbecue at This site
My Baker Hughes reservoir blog is here.
My (old) blog detailing my 18 months in Hong Kong is here,

Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 4,175 miles. SPE travel to date 369,825 miles.

Countries to date (my counting rule is basically that I spent the night there with some sort of SPE content...not just went through the airport like New Zealand or Panama): 37
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
France
Germany
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Ireland
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Spain
Switzerland
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month = 1 Operas to date = 49

Posted by fracmeister 15:12 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

October 2014 Around the world and then some, Part I

A very long trip, becoming President-Elect of SPE, first stop Adelaide


View March 2015 & October 2014 on fracmeister's travel map.

The following blog entry describes a long trip. "Around the World" tickets are cost effective but a little complicated. This trip is both an around the world trip combined with a massive "around the Caspian" trip thrown in. Once again it combines some work for my employer along with a lot of travel with the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Buckle up!

large_copy84.jpg
Snapshot

Do you normally know where you will be going and when before you take off on your trips? As this one begins, it is certain I will go to several cities in Kazakhstan mid-way through the trip but details are not yet arranged.

The trip begins October 8 from IAH to SFO and then off on a very long flight--- from SFO to Auckland, New Zealand. After the four hour trip to SFO it is more than 13 hours to Auckland. Then another 5 hours to Adelaide. More than 10,000 miles and the flights which began October 8 at 4:12 PM end up, on time in Adelaide at 10:20 AM on October 10. Where did October 9 go?

Adelaide

Adelaide hosts the 2014 Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (APOGCE). The current SPE President, past-President and President-elect are committed so the opportunity falls to me as 2016 SPE President (not yet President-elect) to give the welcome remarks to the YP workshop, a presentation at a Young Professionals (YP) workshop, remarks at the opening session of the conference, speaking in the executive plenary session, making regional awards presentations and many other awards, welcome remarks at the "Education and teacher's Day" meeting and a talk with other teachers, presenting awards at the SPE Regional Student Paper Contest and meeting with regional SPE leaders to review the SPE Strategic plan. Some more talksThe amazing help from SPE staff that make it possible to arrange this and keep everything straight. More about that later.

Adelaide is a vibrant and dynamic city. The University of Adelaide is very open with varies architecture. The parks and walkways along the river are colorful. There is a great "buzz" around the city.
DSC00012.jpgDSC00005.jpgDSC00003.jpgDSC00006.jpgDSC00007.jpg

The Art Museum doesn't make a point of putting all the art of one particular style, time or place in specific areas. These three are all right by each other.
DSC00016.jpg
DSC00015.jpgDSC00013.jpg

Kangaroo Island

Arriving early provides the opportunity to have a "day off" and one of the best day trips from Adelaide is to Australia's third largest island, Kangaroo Island.

large_DSC00025.jpg
The Heath Goanna --- he is a local hero. When people tried to introduce rabbits to the island, the goanna dispatched them all before they could make too large an impact.

large_DSC00039.jpg
Sea lions at Seal Bay. These are amazing animals.
large_DSC00078.jpg
The koalas were just hanging around in the trees. Way up in the trees.
large_DSC00093.jpglarge_DSC00098.jpglarge_DSC00110.jpglarge_DSC00121.jpg
"Remarkable rocks" --- these rocks are perched atop a large granitic weathered sculptures. Sure, they look cool but they also have some large inclusions.

large_DSC00135.jpglarge_DSC00155.jpg
Not far from the Remarkable Rocks is Admirals Arch and a lot of seals.

large_DSC00147.jpglarge_DSC00158.jpg
The Cape du Couedic lighthouse.

large_kang-group-0006829.jpg

OK, this isn't my picture. We also saw kangaroos but none of my pictures turned out.

No operas in Adelaide these days. The flight to New Zealand takes a long time and those movies on the little screen aren't that interesting. What do you do on long flights? On this one I listened to the James Levine, Metropolitan Opera performance of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro while reading the libretto--listening in French and reading the French and English together is quite engaging compared to just listening.

The current plan:
IAH-SFO/SFO-AKL/AKL-ADL (done)
ADL-SIN
SIN-AMS
train to FRA
FRA-TSE
TSE-GUW
GUW-SCO
SCO-ALA/ALA-DXB
car to Abu Dhabi
AUH-AMS
AMS-IAH

Posted by fracmeister 23:26 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

(Entries 1 - 2 of 2) Page [1]