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David Sun
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This will be my last post on Google Plus. Its been a few weeks since Google announced that G+ will be shutting down next year.

I had been thinking of continuing posting as I believe I have a few friends and family who still use it. Its not too much trouble for me as I just copy and paste what I write in Facebook. But G+ has always had weird technical issues, most annoying to me is that periodically G+ seems to post extremely low resolution photos from the Android app. Its just some bug. I'm sure someone at Google would have been aware of it and fixed it if any of them actually used the product. It hasn't happened in awhile but now that it seems to be happening frequently again, I'm done.

Frankly, I think Google Plus has been dead ever since Google's ridiculous initial rollout of the network where they only allowed access by invite. The whole point of a social network is to have as many people as possible on it. Instead, they ensured that for the majority of people, there was no one to share to. It was dead before it even began. And trying to force people to use it by linking it to other Google properties like YouTube just made people hate the product even more.

Unfortunately, Google seems to be in love with rolling out science projects. G+ is one big one that probably should have been killed long ago. There's lots of other things, like Inbox. And how many different ways of messaging do we need on Android?

Google does make great things. But I think their product strategy, assuming they even have a strategy other than throwing stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks, just makes no sense.

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Near Waikiki is a easy to get to viewpoint atop an extinct cinder cone. The views of Waikiki from this place are spectacular!

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We spent some time at Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Parking watching the elk. It is the end of the elk rut - their mating season. We saw two large bull elk, each with their own group of females. They were pretty far apart but at some point, they moved closer together. It seemed like perhaps the two bulls would come into conflict. They checked each other out at close range but ultimately decided not to fight. Not much else happened. It was rather cold so we didn't spend much more time watching them.

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We ended today's hike down by Bear Lake. The lake's surface was mostly calm, liquid water. The reflections were nice although due to the snow it was not as clear as it would be on a sunny day.
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We continued along the trail after passing by Dream Lake. The hike up has a few steep sections that are a little slippery when snow covered. Luckily, no ice was present.

I was surprised when we reached Emerald Lake - it was calm! Every time I have been to this location, it has been extremely windy. Today, there was almost no wind at all! Also surprising was that the lake surface was not frozen like the lower altitude lakes along the trail. Unfortunately, we could barely make out the peaks that surround the lake. They normally tower over the far side of the lake but today there were barely visible in the snow.

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After Nymph Lake, we headed onward to Dream Lake. The weather was pretty consistent - cold and snowing with very little wind. The trail was still in good condition as we headed further upwards. We got a good look at Nymph Lake from above along the way. Normally, there are mountains on the horizon but today, with the snow, all we could see was the lake and the surrounding trees, as if it was a little lake atop a little mountain.

We continued until we reached Dream Lake. The surface of Dream Lake was also frozen. Normally, there is also a great mountain view beyond the lake but today you could barely see the opposite side!

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Upon arriving at Rocky Mountain National Park in the morning during the first snowstorm of the season, we drove directly to the Bear Lake Trailhead and started hiking to Nymph Lake. It was about 16°F when we started. Luckily, it wasn't windy at all. There was about a foot of fresh powder on the ground as we hiked. Traction was good, even without employing microspikes like we normally would in this kind of weather.

We quickly reached Nymph Lake. The lake's surface was frozen, though I wouldn't try walking on it this early in the season. Other than the beautiful snow covered trees around the lake, not much else was visible.

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Good evening Baltimore and HMS Monmouth! Just a little bit of red tint to the sky as the sun sets on a cloudy evening at Under Armour World Headquarters, Tide Point, Baltimore where the HMS Monmouth is docked for Baltimore's Fleet Week.
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It was overcast skies and a reasonable temperature today for the air show component of Baltimore's Fleet Week. The air show took place over the water just south of Fort McHenry.

We arrived just before Geico's air show team began flying vintage WWII trainer aircraft. Sadly, the show did not include the Geico gecko parachuting out of an aircraft. Suggestion for a future show?

That was followed by a low and slow flyover by a C-17 out of Dover.

An A-10 then graced the skies, making multiple passes and performing some quick turns.

After the A-10, a Canadian Forces CF-18 took over, passing overhead multiple times both fast and slow.

Next, a single engine aircraft demonstrated some acrobatic maneuvers above the water.

The final act was supposed to be the Thunderbirds. Unfortunately, there were low ceilings at the time. One of the F-16s flew overhead to check out the weather to determine if there was adequate visibility and if the clouds were high enough. They needed a minimum ceiling of 2000 feet and 5 miles visibility. Unfortunately, the clouds were too low so the show was called off.

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It started to rain as we approached Independence Pass at an elevation of 12095 feet. We went for a quick walk to the scenic overlooks next to the parking area. Excellent views all around of the landscape above and below!
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