Open Source @ Yosemite

Post Java One a group of us from the open source group decided to spend the weekend in the car and head to Yosemite. This included Simon and members of his extended staff from Brazil, Germany, Menlo Park and the state of Texas (does this count as a separate country) and oh yes, Juggy. Now, most people would wonder why I would consider a weekend with my coworkers and a stuffed finch, but after Java One any chance to get off the grid was welcome! So on Friday we trundled off to rejoin at the Wowona hotel and step back in time to the 1800s when there was no TV, no phone, no internet, no in-suite bathrooms. I was a bit worried about the Wawona as we had shared baths, no electronics to keep the kids entertained and it was run by the park service (expections were set very low). The hotel was a great experience and I would stay there again - off the grid was nice so the kids had to worry about catching frogs in the front pond, the bathrooms were just fine, the beds nice and food was good. The service, however, was not good, but this was a National Park so I guess it was as expected. Next time I go I'd make reservations for every meal in advance as they aren't so good at accomodating large numbers of people in the dining room.

Juggy the Java Finch shared a room with Bruno and followed us everywhere so we photographed him (her? it?) at all the classic spots in the park - overlooking the falls, half dome, El Capitan (photo above), admiring a wayward skink - great fun. In fact we became Juggy's posse and followed him (her, it?) around the park for an entire day of fun. I"ll update this post when the videos are online.

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