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Sat Nov 19 00:00:00 MST 2011 - 19Nov2011 - Matt's Iron Ring Ceremony

Congratulations, Matt!

The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer is the ceremony where Iron Rings are given to graduating engineers who choose to obligate themselves to the highest professionalism and humility of their profession. It is a symbol that reflects the moral, ethical and professional commitment made by the engineer who wears the ring. The ceremonies are private affairs with no publicity. Invitations to attend are extended to local engineering alumni and professional engineers by those who are scheduled to participate.

Just as the ritual is symbolic, so is the ring itself. The ring represents an engineer's personal obligation to work for the betterment of society. The ritual suggests that engineer's rings should be returned to their Camp upon retirement or death. The fact that this rarely happens is not important. What is important is that engineers who wear the ring know what it represents and remember their commitment. While some families choose to retain the ring in memory of a deceased engineer, this should be discouraged. It is important that an engineer's ring not be worn by non-engineers or retained simply as a keepsake. It is a symbol of the engineer's obligation to society and, as such, should not be trivialized.


Tue Nov 15 00:00:00 MST 2011 - 2011Nov - Arizona-Nevada-California GetAway - 3

Touring the California Beach Cities on a Convertible

Locations: Newport Beach, Fashion Island Mall, Balboa Island, Marina del Rey, Santa Monica, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Malibu Beach, Santa Barbara, San Buenaventura, Camarillo, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Redondo Beach

On our way back to Las Vegas from Arizona, we returned back our rental car (we just had the most basic car) for a possible replacement because the steering was shaking. Instead, they gave us an upgraded one for free, and a convertible even for the rest of the duration! What a blessing! And what a timing it was -- the sun was out, the air was warm. Ahh, Cali here we come!

LOCATIONS: California Beach cities, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon (Arizona), Antelope Canyon (Arizona) 

Mon Nov 14 00:00:00 MST 2011 - 2011Nov - Arizona-Nevada-California GetAway - 1

Locations: Las Vegas, Lake Med (NV), Hoover Dam (NV), Flagstaff (AZ)

We thought of extending our Calgary summer one more week. A trip to warm Arizona and see the Grand Canyon would be a good idea, we thought.

We started our trip from Las Vegas and then a sidetrip to Lake Med and Hoover Dam. We've visited this area already in the past but thought of getting into the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge (O'Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge) instead to get a different perspective. At 840 feet above the Colorado river, the bridge gives an astonishing view of the dam below.

As we were getting close to the Grand Canyon area, it started snowing and by the time we got to our hotel, the snow was as thick as a big dump in Canada! What a surprise!

The following day we drove towards the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and found out it has not snowed out yet. The first must-to-see we visited was the Antelope Canyon near Page, about 2 hours drive from Flagstaff.

LOCATIONS: California Beach cities, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon (Arizona), Antelope Canyon (Arizona)

Sun Nov 13 00:00:00 MST 2011 - 2011Nov - Arizona-Nevada-California GetAway - 2

While at the Grand Canyon area, a visit to the Antelope Canyon is a must.

The Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and the most-photographed slot canyon in the Southwest America. Located on Navajo land near Page, AZ, it offers two photogenic canyon sections, referred commonly to as Upper Canyon (The Crack) and Lower Canyon (The Corkscrew).

It was already 2PM when we got there, so we just took our time at the Upper Canyon. Lighting inside the canyon was tricky for cameras. Unfortunately I did not know about this: light beams peak through the canyon best between March and October. On winter, light is a little muted. Although I prefer the winter visit for there is less crowd, the next chance around again will be a visit during summer.

The following day we decided to shorten our stay for it snowed more overnight and extended further towards the Canyons. Instead, we headed back to Las Vegas and then to California.

LOCATIONS: California Beach cities, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon (Arizona), Antelope Canyon (Arizona)
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