The Adventures of Stephanie

the golden gate bridge and san francisco adventures

March 5, 2012
Another week of craziness!

Eric likes to make himself the target of our pranks by forgetting to lock his room - twice!  We decided to take it upon ourselves to rearrange his room for him.  I think he has learned his lesson finally!

Yesterday we went to San Francisco to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge.  Before and after this, we biked all around the city and parks as well.  In doing so, I can honestly say that there is no exaggeration that San Francisco is full of hills.  It is sure pleasant to have your brakes on for 3 straight blocks but when you have to go the other direction, a much much bigger challenge.  I think I can say though that I only had to get off my bike and walk it up once, and I most definitely wasn't the only one.  I also now understand the importance of having the ability to change gears on your bike; it makes life a lot easier.

Here's a little more detail on our path:

We first got to the train station and I forgot that it was Sunday so there was the farmer's market.  I wanted to get some fruit to take with but thought better of it because we only had 10 minutes and I did not want to be having to run to get on the train (again).  There was a nice guy on the train that was visiting his daughter.  He supplied us with paper to play a game (similar to dots or tic tac toe) and suggested some places to eat and see in San Fran.

Once we got to the city we first ate lunch and had some delicious pizza.  As we then began our biking, we found the area of the city where, I'm nearly 100% sure, the opening of Full House was filmed.  Megan and I decided to pretend that we were having the picnic like the Tanners.




This describes our group quite well.

We then got to Golden Gate Park, which, to my understanding, is larger than Central Park.  They were having a Lindee Hop class for free!






After getting through the park, we headed up the west coast until getting to the bridge.  We saw the Cliff House and the Sutro Baths.  We decided to check that out more at a later date.  Getting up the hill of a coast, we had to cut through some paths.  This was major off-roading on these paths and I had carried my bike up stairs two times already during the day.  I'm pretty sure this was meant for walkers.  Our legs were definitely starting to feel the pain from the long bike ride.


 
We finally got to the bridge.  It was really neat.  



 
We biked on the bay side of the bridge so (though difficult to see in this picture, we could see Alcatraz)
 
Getting across it, we headed into a very quaint and charming city called Sausalito. 

  

From Sausalito we took the ferry back to San Francisco.  We then headed back to the train station to return to Mountain View and hurried to bed after the 23+ mile (see map below) mega-hilly bike ride.

View of San Francisco from the ferry
 

 

and the pranks have begun...

February 27, 2012
This last week has been just as crazy as the first.  Besides having the flat tire, it was very adventurous.

For our weekly meeting, we toured the NAS (NASA Advanced Supercomputing) Division.

I thought that I'd get to talk to Charlie Bolden again but instead only got to sit behind him.  I know that Eric and Megan think that I'm a bit crazy, but hey I'm a NASA fan and was determined.  Eric had lots of fun pretending he was going to be the speaker.

 

Nonetheless, it was a good talk about the FY 2013...

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thursdays are spanish day

February 23, 2012
Chief Bill came in the office today and posted signs on the doors that say:
 
Día de habla española
el jueves es día habla sólo español.
No entre a menos que Ud. habla español.
(Me alegro de que no soy Eric y Austin)
Esta es un orrder de la gestión.

This is very funny, and very unfortunate for the two guys who do not speak Spanish.  It has a few grammatical errors but awesome none the less.

Flat tires are also very unfortunate.  My tire is not only flat, but basically burst, therefore it is no...
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Don't fall off your bike!

February 21, 2012

My second week at Ames has been awesome.  For a recap, I passed the N.E.W.B.I. test!  Yahoo!  It was only followed by a fake N.E.W.B.I. test that everyone not taking the test thought was pretty funny to scare us with, given the fact that I don't think anyone without a Ph.D. in everything there is to know about helicopters could pass.

For Valentine's day, a group of us went out to dinner at Outback Steakhouse.  It was very nice!

This Valentine's day I also became an aunt and godmother ...


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happy valentine's day!

February 15, 2012
Hope you all had a great Valentine's Day!  Early in the morning, I received a very special Valentine - Finn, my nephew!  I'm now a very proud Aunt and Godmother.  I couldn't be more excited!  Congrats to my sister and Al!

Shirley, who works in the office across the hall from us and has been extremely helpful to us as interns, brought us some cupcakes and cookies.  I then was summoned to take the N.E.W.B.I. test.  Completely ridiculous.  The interns who have most recently taken the test are the...
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I'm back to blogging!

February 12, 2012
I'm back to blogging!

A week ago today I arrived at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California for a spring semester internship through the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (love them!).  Thus far, I have been loving every minute!

My participation in this internship came unanticipated but is turning out to be awesome (it is NASA of course).  I am interning in the Aeromechanics branch working on helicopters, particularly blackhawks.  I'll be sure to fill more in on my specific projec...
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the international astronautical congress

October 13, 2011
This post may be a bit overdue, but I wanted to be sure to be able to include everything!

Here's a final movie made capturing some of the week's events.  I also posted this on the "stuff for you" page.

During one of the plenary events, "Human Space Flight: Fifty Years in Orbit", Cady Coleman's phone rang and it was none other than Mike Fossum, who is currently on the ISS.  He took a question from the audience too.  That is exciting.  You can watch the whole plenary here.  

This week also conclud...
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SPACE RULES!

October 5, 2011
Thus far, the IAC has been far more exciting than I could have ever imagined.  I'm super tired but absolutely loving every minute of it so far and have no complaints.  I am just overwhelmed with the quality of the program and people in attendance.  Once I have some time to actually sit down and write about the whole week, I'm sure that I will have a lengthy entry sometime next week, but for now I just want to recap a little bit!

Lori Garver (NASA Deputy Administrator), me and Charlie Bolden (N...

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space space space

September 30, 2011
Check out this cool video that Carthage made about our Microgravity Team's involvement in the SEED (Systems Engineering Educational Discovery) Program.  It's so cool!  I always find myself not being able to do anything but smile with so much excitement about the program and how awesome it is. 
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hello cape town! (and stroopwafels!)

September 29, 2011
Please excuse my lack of blogging for the last week.  My final days in Paris have been beyond hectic getting ready to leave for Cape Town and prepare for the IAC.  Nonetheless, I left Tuesday morning and arrived in Cape Town Wednesday morning.  Fun fact - by the end of next Sunday, since May 21, 2011, I'll have flown about 1.3 times around the Earth... I think I should get some sky miles for that!

Anyhow, let me just say that Cape Town is AWESOME.  It's a beautiful country geographically and f...
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