Blowing the Alpine Horn, Grindelwald Switzerland

I had to look this up, as I have especially fond memories of the mountains in Switzerland. Grindelwald is the valley near the Eiger mountain. I spent much more time in Zermatt and was mistakenly remembering the Gornergrat. I don’t remember ever seeing an Alpine Horn in the early 1990s.

Blowing the Alpine Horn, Grindelwald, Switzerland

Blowing the Alpine Horn, Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindlewald, one of the most beautiful of the high Alpine valleys, is about twelve miles long and four miles broad. It owes its celebrity as a resort for travelers to two great glaciers, branches, or arms, as it were, of the immense ocean of ice which covers the Bernese Oberland. The village of Grindelwald consists of a number of widely scattered cottages with about 3,500 inhabitants. There is probably no more popular tourist headquarters in Switzerland than Grindelwald. Not only does it lodge summer guests, but it enjoys a carefully planned winter campaign, which it really deserves. As the traveler approaches the village, spread out over the quiet valley, the surrounding mountains are often heard to echo and resound with the long drawn notes of the Alpine horn, blown by some enterprising yodler who comes into view as we round a curve in the mountainous ascent, and who now with great assurance demands a fee for his voluntary entertainment.

AMA Membership and BestBuy

An interesting thing I found in the drone aisle in BestBuy was a card to join the Academy of Model Aeronautics.


I’ve been a member since I got involved with drones. I had to become a member to join the rc flying club I frequent. It’s good to see that it’s being easy to recognize in consumer stores, as opposed to the complete hobby level word of mouth that I’ve seen in the past.

Best Buy and DJI Accessories

I don’t shop too much locally for technology, because it always seems that what I want is not available locally. Yesterday I was wandering around killing time and went into the local Best Buy.  Instead of just looking at the normal things I might go for in a best buy, I looked around to see what was new. They now have an aisle dedicated to drones. There were complete drones from DJI, Yuneec, and several other manufacturers. More interesting to me was that they carried accessories for those drones as well.  I knew that they sold drones on-line, it just never occurred to me to look at them in person in the store.

I bought a Mavic Pro directly from DJI soon after they were released. I got the Fly-More package that entails several items including spare propellers. I’ve not needed to replace a propeller in my first 7 hours of flight time but it’s nice to know that propellers are available locally. DJI charges slightly less, $9.00, but they charge for shipping, and you have to wait for the item to arrive.

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Irrigating an Orange Grove, California

I don’t think about California for orange production after years of Florida marketing while I was growing up. According to United States Department of Agriculture Florida produces almost twice as many oranges as California, but California still produces a very large number.

Irrigating an Orange Grove, California

Irrigating an Orange Grove, California

Irrigating an Orange Grove.

Southern California already supplies the American Market with nearly 80 per cent of the entire orange demand and promises within a very few years to not only increase this percentage but to extend its markets throughout the entire civilized world.

A few years ago the surface of this great natural park was a wretched waste of cacti and sage brush, the haunt of the tarantula and rattlesnake. Warmth, equable climate, sunshine, absence of frost and generous soil, this section had naturally, but insufficient water. The average rainfall is slight and is confined to a few days in the winter months. The mountains gather up the rains as they fall and send them downward in rushing torrents to the vast reservoirs which are now constructed to hold the excess water in check. From the reservoirs the water is piped down the valleys to the fruit ranches. At the entrance of every ranch is a meter which measures the quantity used. The payment for rental is placed at a certain rate per inch which means as much water as will run through a hole one inch square in one hour. The pipes are opened several times a year and the water allowed to flow between the rows of fruit trees in little rivulets. Moisture and strength is thus given to the roots making fruit growing possible in a region which would otherwise be a desolate waste.

Even now in southern California are vast areas baking in the sun and barren except for cacti, and water is only needed to make them teem with fruitfulness.