Pennsylvania and Amish lifestyles

June 24, 2011 Category :Uncategorized Off

Faith and custom in motion along the glorious roads of Lancaster County.

These are just a couple of examples of the sights along the way from Philadelphia to Lancaster.  We saw a large number of Amish buggies along with the sight of an Amish man ploughing a small field with a draught horse and single furrow plough, just as my pioneering Pryor family did on the slopes down to the Hunter River down Oswald Lane, just out of Lochinvar NSW.


Keynote – It’s a long way in life from Wongo Creek to the Rocky Mountain High

June 24, 2011 Category :Uncategorized Off


Read what a couple of people had to say about the presentation here

and here

From the Conference Chair:

Stall, Randy
Technology Integration Specialist at Littleton Public Schools
Roger provided the keynote address at the 2011 TIE Colorado Conference. He was motivational, thought-inspiring, humorous and well received by our 750 attendees who commented that he was the best keynote we have had in many years. I highly recommend Roger.


Copper Mountain: A magical place to connect with other educators.


On the way to the Rockies and a room full of waiting chairs

June 23, 2011 Category :Uncategorized 2

From LA, via Frontier and then westward from Denver, the ‘mile high city’ to an elevation of around 2900 metres at Copper Mountain resort ready to deliver the conference keynote.


LA Adventures

June 23, 2011 Category :Uncategorized Off

After a sleep to attempt to throw off the effects of a long flight, we ventured out on the shuttle to Manhattan Beach, and a taste of the LA beach environment. A visit to a local bar confirmed that there are good, and not so good, beers on offer.

Still, the local market proved a treasure trove of great choice, with the final selection coming down to a recommendation from, of all places, Warners at the Bay, where the salesguy recommended the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

We also confirmed that the proximity to Mexico meant that the local Mexican Restaurant really produced some great food, and we enjoyed the chance to sample some different wares before catching the shuttle back to the hotel and deciding to take a big deep breath and hire a car for the following day to go exploring in LA.

Now for the interesting challenge:  driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road, from a driving position on the ‘wrong’ side of the car.

Thrifty had a special weekend rate available which made it really affordable to hire a car for the day and, armed with the map given to us by Thrifty, we set off to explore LA.

To the South, we discovered the nice areas around Redondo and marvelled at the eucalypts and pepper trees which were so reminiscent of Australia.

We followed the coast road to the South and across Terminal Island to Long Beach, where distant glimpses of the Queen Mary and the marina greeted us.

From there, we got up close and personal with three major Freeways, some of which had up to 8 lanes in either direction. Funnily enough, it worked out well, as it’s simply a case of ensuring that you know which number route you are hoping to join and that you then keep a good watch on the signs.

We managed to cruise into downtown LA and to have fun doing a lap of Hollywood Boulevarde.

After driving by and checking out all of the buskers and the ‘Wall of Fame” one of these serendipitous road choices saw us eventually navigating lots of little narrow roads and ending up with a view of the famous ‘Hollywood’ sign.

Then, more streets, and more song lyrics:  Sunset Boulevarde and ‘the strip,’ out along the Santa Monica Boulevarde and a chance to enjoy the buskers and the beach views as well as having a coffee on the verandah of the Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica where we bumped into Kate Carruthers, one of the social media advocates who is behind the barcamps in Sydney.

Then, with the Beach Boys ringing in memory, we saw where surfers may have once been ‘shooting the pier‘ at Malibu, and then turned back down the coast to cruise by Venice Beach and eventually back to the hotel.

All in all, a great way to see some of the main landmarks in LA and, apart from one or two moments of forgetfulness about the appropriate side of the road, it was a great way to see a lot in a short time.

Back to the hotel, room service and packing ready for our flight to Denver and then a trip up the Rockies for the Colorado Technology in Education Conference.


LA International Airport

June 19, 2011 Category :Uncategorized Off

I can tell already that this trip is going to bring just so many song titles and lyrics together.  As we flew into the California dawn above a soft carpet of cloud, Arlo Guthrie’s “Coming into Los Angeles” kept popping into the subconscious, and even Albert Hammond’s “It never rains in southern California” got a run. A quick look at the map and lots of place names from Ben Lee’s “Catch My Disease” jump off the page.

Time to try to get this post trip tiredness at bay and think about getting out amongst it.  Before that, though, how about a treat from that syrupy time in the seventies which introduced us to such classics as:

LA International Airport. I’m looking at it from our hotel as I type!

Leaving on a jet plane

June 17, 2011 Category :Uncategorized Off

Have now finished work for around three months and look forward to catching up with daughters for dinner in Sydney tonight before flying out for LA in the morning!

And, the morning of 18th June comes around, and we leave a clear winter morning at Botany Bay to farewell Sydney as our V Australia flight takes off and heads North before making a right hand turn and heading North East toward the USA, leaving the coast of Australia astern.



This time next week!

June 18, 2010 Category :Uncategorized 1

This time next week we’ll be in Los Angeles, getting over a long flight and getting ready to fly to Denver and on to the Copper Mountain Resort, at 8500ft in the Rocky Mountains.  This is the location for the Colorado Technology in Education Conference, or TIE

We’ll be flying out of Sydney on V Australia, Saturday morning, 18th June 2011 with LA as our first stop.

It would be great to catch up with other educators while in the USA.  If you’ll be there, or if you find this via Twitter or some other means, please use the View Itinerary link at the right to then Suggest a Meetup