AWS Road Trip

14 User Groups, 5500 Miles, One Evangelist

Day 15 - Las Vegas to Santa Barbara

We woke up early, packed, filled our water bottles, and said goodbye to the LVH, setting our course for Santa Barbara with a possible stop in Los Angeles, time permitting.

Here’s our departure video:

The drive was smooth, and early threats of heavy traffic proved to be unfounded.

Welcome to California

Shortly after crossing the Nevada / California border we saw a large, reflective metal surface in the distance:

Ivanpah Solar Facility

This turned out to be the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility. I should have taken the closest exit and gotten a better picture, but we were eager to reach our destination.

We were making good time, and made a quick stop on the UCLA campus. My daughter Grace will be studying there this coming Fall so I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of this beautiful campus.

Carmen at UCLA

At the recommendation of my son Andy, we had some unique and delicious Persian ice cream before getting back on the road:

Persian Ice Cream

We drove high up in to the hills above Santa Barbara to the home of my AWS colleague Miles Ward. Miles and his wife hosted a “Cloud Party” and we met a number of folks from RightScale, Eucalyptus, and AppScale. The party was a lot of fun, despite a bit of falling ash from a wildfire a couple of miles away:

Miles Party

Carmen and I spent the night in Miles’ guest room and woke to clear skies and tweeting birds!