Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Alex En Route To The 2015 Caltech / Harvey Mudd Math Competition


Song:  Beautiful Freedom

Composer:  Udi Harpez


Alex entered the Caltech / Harvey Mudd math competition
as a member of the Coral Academy High School Team.

Alex was going with the NNV Math Club...
however, they had missed the filing deadline...
so, as one of Alex's old math teachers from Coral Academy
had asked him if he would like to go with them...
Alex readily accepted.




Actually...
it took closer to 10 hours.

This route included very curvy mountain roads near the end.

On the way back...
I took Hwy 210 to Hwy 5 to Hwy 14 to Hwy 395.

This was a much more relaxing route.



We started out with breakfast at Denny's.

Alex had fish...


and I had steak and eggs and a few sides...
love those carbs  :)


Just a little ways down the road.


We passed Lake Topaz...


and continued on through some very beautiful scenery.

Highway 395 is a very scenic route alongside 
the Eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range.

As I am a mountain man at heart...
I never tire of looking at them...
although, by the time you finish all three articles...
I fear you may  :)

I had taken many hundreds of photos of the mountains on this one trip alone.
Most of them were through my windshield or side window...
and many were of different angles...
but I tried to keep the photos in these articles...to a minimum.




Mono Lake
















As south of Reno has fall colors a little later...
there were still some beautiful colors in the trees.




The weather was beautiful the whole way down...
however, on the way back...
it was a different story.


Part of the trip was though the Mojave Desert.

This was a large wind farm near the desert's Western edge.



After a long and twisty road...
we finally saw some of the city lights of North East Los Angeles County.


We had arrived in Pasadena in time to eat Supper.



We ate here, at Sushi Stop.

For anyone who loves sushi...
STOP...don't eat here.

They used European horse radish which was colored green.

They used no Nori...
just a Southeast Asian rice...tortilla (for lack of a better term)...
and the soup base for the Udon...
was way too salty.

The sushi was mediocre at best.

In California...
it is difficult to find any all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants
(this was priced per order of 2 pieces).

They are everywhere in Reno...
and the quality is very good.









On top of this...
parking was $12.00 at a public lot nearby.

Parking is free almost everywhere throughout Reno.


Anyway...
we went back to our hotel...
and got some sleep.

Early the next morning was the math competition at Caltech.

The next article will cover the second day...
the day at Caltech...
and the competition.





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