Weekend Diversion: Road Trip time!

"Voyagers discover that the world can never be larger than the person that is in the world; but it is impossible to foresee this, it is impossible to be warned."
-James A. Baldwin

Sometimes, good things happen. And sometimes, you need to get out there, however down you're feeling, and make them happen. For me, a little bit of pump-up music always helps with that. While I'll usually pick something like Guns n' Roses, I like introducing you to music you may not know (or may have missed), so here's Long Way Down by the Goo Goo Dolls, a minor hit from when I was a teenager.

Long Way Down
Two momentous things happened in my life this past week: my last day of teaching until the new school year starts (I still have papers and exams to grade), and the winter weather in Portland, OR finally gave way to warmth, sunshine and a blue sky!

Everyone has their own ways of relaxing and taking a vacation, and for me, there's nothing better than taking a road trip hundreds (or thousands) of miles away, feeling the Sun warm you with the radio blasting and the windows down, headed someplace gorgeous and exciting.

For the coming weekend, I'm headed to the Sierra Mountains in California, into the Plumas National Forest.

What for? There's a huge music festival, the High Sierra Music Festival!

And as you can guess, I'm pumped about this. I think it's important to take some time out of your normal life to enjoy this world and the wonderful things it has to offer. It's why I try to write something not astronomy or physics-related once a week; it's a huge priority in my life, and I hope you are all finding ways to enjoy yourself as well.

And don't worry, there's no hiatus coming here. I'll be with you this summer, telling you about the wonders of space, the Universe, and everything else we talk about here, to the best of my knowledge. In the meantime, hope you're enjoying your weekend!

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