[AZ-Observing] Re: Fun at Vekol

  • From: "Jon Christensen" <jonc97@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2006 22:52:14 -0700

I didn't bring my 'regular' camera on that trip.  I wish I had.  I would 
have definitely shot some photos.


Jon

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jack Jones" <Telescoper@xxxxxxx>
To: <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, December 01, 2006 1:37 PM
Subject: [AZ-Observing] Re: Fun at Vekol


Being a photographer, good thing you didn't instinctively reach for a 
camera,
or it may have been misinterpreted...

Jack

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jon Christensen" <jonc97@xxxxxxx>
To: <AZ-Observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <evac@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, November 24, 2006 10:00 AM
Subject: [AZ-Observing] Fun at Vekol


I went to Vekol Wednesday night to harvest some photons.  Turned out to be a
good night for it.
So I'm heading home in the morning at about 10:00 a.m. driving up Vekol road
when I hear a noise.  Sounds like somebody's trying to pass me in one of 
those
four wheelers.  But I can't see any four wheelers around me.  Then I look up
and it turns out to be one of those big military style helicopters flying
right above me.  Probably the same 'copter that buzzed the Vekol star party 
in
October.  I keep driving when I realize this thing's keeping up with me. 
Then
the 'copter spins around so it's facing me and lands on the road in front of
me in an immense cloud of dust.  I think it's a good idea to stop at that
point.

Three guys with automatic weapons jump out dressed in full combat camouflage
and helmets and they fan out before they start walking towards me.  Of 
course
I know they're patrolling the border but it is an interesting sight when you
know they're coming to visit YOU.

After a few words about what I was up to they headed back to that big
helicopter and took off.  One guy had a lot of questions about what I was
doing but I got the impression it was more curiosity than interrogation.

I would rather be visited by these guys then one of the bad guys.


Jon Christensen


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