Distance: 8.22 miles
Average speed: 2.90 mph
Distance: 8.22 miles
Rosa, Peter, and I drove to Bend, Oregon, over the Memorial Day weekend to drink beer and climb volcanoes.
This is what Jan and I did on Monday 20 May, when I took some needed time off from the Salt Mines: We faced down the fearsome lock keepers and sailed S.V. Eleanor into Salt Water. The interactive “slippy” map below shows our route and some points of interest. We started from the mouth of the ship canal at Shilshole Bay and made it almost across Puget Sound before turning back.
The trip started off calmly enough.
Outbound leg, Shilshole to an area about equidistant from Pt. Monroe (Bainbridge Island) in the south and the shores of the Suqumaish Reservation (Kitsap Peninsula) to the north. The geo-captured part (in green) is 3.44 miles with an average speed of 2.43 mph.
On the way back, things started out calm and got calmer — for a while.
Return leg. The geo-captured part (in green) is 3.91 miles with an average speed of 3.81mph.
Then the wind became bizarre.
Strange doings at Lat. 47.714336 Lon. -122.449659. The southerly wind drops to nothing, then restarts as a northerly wind, and I end up going around in a circle in an accidental jibe before realizing what has happened. I really think I should turn this squiggle into an avatar.
The end was fun but slightly alarming.
This part was fast, in a broad reach bouncing along with following seas at an average of 5.8 m.p.h. Noisy GPS data notwithstanding, our top speed appears to have been 13 m.p.h. We covered this distance in 23 minutes, arriving back at Shilsole 15 minutes earlier than expected.
What was that all about?
This is weather station WPOW1 (West Point), plainly visible at the tip of Discovery Park. This weather-beaten location is pretty close to where we were.
NOAA records show how the wind speed suddenly shot up at 5 p.m. The change is highlighted in red. Perhaps we should have paid attention to the plummeting barometric pressure, shown on the green plot.
Meanwhile, NOAA also reported that the wind direction turned around 180 degrees in the space of a few minutes, as we can confirm. The reversal is highlighted in red.
On March 21, Jan and I gave papers at a one-day colloquium at Florida State University in Tallahassee, as posted previously. Here they are:
Jan Bultmann: Discernment
David Robinson: Life Beyond Academe for English Majors and Departments
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[Update: I took the embedded map off of this page because it didn't look very good. Just click the image to see the real map in all its glory.]
Here is a GPS-accurate map of the surveillance cameras currently installed along the Seattle waterfront. So far they are all in West Seattle, but more are promised, especially in downtown.
I have abandoned the proprietary Google API and moved to www.OpenStreetMap.org, a free project with underlying data that can be easily extended by contributors of a geeky bent. This map is enhanced with an additional layer showing the cameras with a readily recognizable icon and pop-up windows containing details.
I’ll be enhancing this map as time allows and as new data comes in.
If somebody knows a direct way to filter OSM content for man_made:surveillance and make the camera icons show up on a map without resorting to a new layer and a local database, please let me know!
Click the image at left or this link — Seattle waterfront surveillance cameras — to view the map.