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Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:51 am
by garygid
A mini-Gathering this morning (Saturday) in Santa Ana at the
Hometown Buffet on 17th street, just 2 blocks East of I5.

Android app, and the Bluetooth dongle, OpenEVSE cable and
gland fitting, and general comradery in a friendly setting.

Some Android devices, black tape, dongles, and
demo of small touch-screen displays.

One hour and 9 minutes, get moving!!!

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:30 am
by Kataphn
We are at site. Pretty windy. Enter off Marine Way under all freeways. Hoping it opens on time.

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:37 am
by Boomer23
For the Sunday morning Great Park meetup, some of us have decided to pre-meet outside the Park. We're going to meet at 10:30 at the parking lot of Knowlwood's and Denny's near the La Quinta Inn on Sand Canyon just south of the 5 freeway. That way we can group up first and drive in to the Park together so that we can park together.

Those who want to eat breakfast can arrive around 9:30 am and eat at Knowlwoods.

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:10 am
by JasonA
Boomer23 wrote:For the Sunday morning Great Park meetup, some of us have decided to pre-meet outside the Park. We're going to meet at 10:30 at the parking lot of Knowlwood's and Denny's near the La Quinta Inn on Sand Canyon just south of the 5 freeway. That way we can group up first and drive in to the Park together so that we can park together.

Those who want to eat breakfast can arrive around 9:30 am and eat at Knowlwoods.
We plan on being there... but I'll have 3 maybe 4 people in the Leaf.. and it's 67 miles down there... sooooooooo.. :shock:

I might be a bit low on charge... going back up we'll be charging (hopefully) at the Spectrum and then watching an IMAX for a few hrs while we juice up..

See you guys tomorrow!

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 1:38 pm
by garygid
I stopped by Knowlwood's parking lot and it was crammed full,
but it was lunch time. It is located just behind Denny's, South
Sand Canyon Road.

I plan to see you there tomorrow morning.

The entrance to the Solar Decathlon is northeast on Sand Canyon about
a quarter mile, then right on Trabuco, and continue almost a mile
to the point where they collect $5 per car, cash only.

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:36 pm
by Boomer23
I attended this afternoon to get a sense of the layout to help Mrs. Boomer and the rest of our group to plan for tomorrow and future visits. I had a good time. The winds had died down, but it was still hot.

You'll want to plan on being there for about three hours, more if you want to see every house and all of the pavilions and displays. The space is pretty large, and you'll be tired when you're through. bring lots of water and hats, parasols, etc for shade. There are a few golf carts and a pedicab inside the gates, but mostly, you'll be walking.

Learnings:

1) if you enter on Marine Way, you'll be forced to park near the Palm Court, which is where the mini maker fair and a very few other exhibits are located, as well as the carousel and the orange balloon. BUT you'll be a substantial walk from the solar homes and the two main pavilions. The mini maker fair has a 3d printing demo and some interesting ecology demo projects that cycle nutrients through terrestrial and water environments.

Learning: Better to enter at the Trabuco and Sand Canyon entrance. Parking is close to the homes and frequent shuttles circulate in that parking lot.

2) There is a Competitors' Pavilion with booths with displays from each of the home building teams. I stopped there on my way to the solar homes and was able to chat with students in a quiet, shaded setting and I got a better understanding of the homes' themes, technology and purpose. Chatting with energetic young people is always fun.

Learning: if you want to stop at the Competitors' Pavilion before seeing the houses, assuming you enter the event at Trabuco, you'll have to walk past all of the homes to get to the Pavilion. It was a nice way for me to start my visit, but not essential. Your choice.

3) There may or may not be lines to get into the homes. A lot depends on how long each home takes to get through. Some have a very open arrangement and very little presentation from the students, so there are rarely lines for them. Other houses have complex interiors and a defined path through them, so they'll have lines more frequently. There is little to no shade in the waiting lines.

Learning: You can visit the homes in random sequence depending on the line length and your level of interest in each home. Shade will move throughout the day, and lines may get shorter at times. Check out the overall situation and plan accordingly.

4) The Expo Pavilion is the largest and most packed and active. There are displays from the DOE, SCE, UCI, Bosch, Schneider, and a bunch of solar industry and electric bike companies. Worth walking through if you're interested. There are giveaways like carry bags for the brochures that you pick up.

5) There were about five food trucks there and some strolling vendors with ice cream and frozen lemonade. There is also a Great Park Kitchen or some such title that sells various foods, and a shaded eating area. There was abundant free water available.

6) Bosch had a tent set up for their new electric bike technology. You can arrange to test ride several different styles of e-bikes from several bike companies.

7) The Kids' Discovery zone was pretty small and unimpressive. I was hoping that it would be good for my 3 year old granddaughter, but it was more aimed at 2nd or 3rd graders on up to junior high.

8) The Ride/Drive event for alt fuel cars only seemed to have Toyota participating. They do have the RAV4 EV. They may have the PiP, and the rest are hybrids.
There was a booth for the Hydrogen car alliance, but no drive opportunities, I don't think.

9) Plug-in America's table is inside the Expo Pavilion. I think that they are still looking for volunteers to man the table for next Thu-Sun.

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:46 am
by garygid
My girl puppy Heidi (almost 12 years old) is sick,
so I might not be able to join you this morning.

Hopefully, she will be better, and eat something.
Later, Gary

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:30 am
by garygid
Heidi seems to be doing better, she hasn't barfed in
the last 5 hours or so. Now, I need to get her to
drink some water, and then take a little food.

No sooner than I write the above, she vomited again.
She did not want water, but I took her outside and
she managed the two-p's... a good sign.

Now, she took some water, and is resting or
perhaps even sleeping again.

Temperature for today in LA is 91 forcast, with clear skies.
Dropping to 83, 73, 68, and 66 over the next four days.
Possibility of rain on Wed, but otherwise partial clouds.

So, I am going to delay my Solar extravaganza until
Thursday. However, Nancy volunteered to watch
Heidi until 11, so I plan, unless things get worse, to
meet at 9:30 AM at Knowlwood for breakfast.

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:02 am
by JPVLeaf
Gary, sorry your Heidi is not feeling well. I hope she feels better.
Boomer, thanks for the run down and the tips.

We'll be heading over to the park this morning. What time do you plan to leave Knowlwoods?
If we don't make it to the pre-gathering, I'm sure we'll see some of you at the park.

Re: SoCal LEAF Gathering HTB 5 Oct, Great Park 6 Oct

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 2:37 pm
by Boomer23
JPVLeaf wrote:Gary, sorry your Heidi is not feeling well. I hope she feels better.
Boomer, thanks for the run down and the tips.

We'll be heading over to the park this morning. What time do you plan to leave Knowlwoods?
If we don't make it to the pre-gathering, I'm sure we'll see some of you at the park.
Sorry I didn't see your message sooner, JPV. We left Knowlwoods about 10:50 and we were inside the Park about 11:05.

Sorry we missed seeing you. We were going through the homes at random, as the wait lines dictated. Tom, Allen and I were walking together, there was another group with Dori, JasonA and Mrs JasonA and their friend Tom, and Carol was going solo. Carol and I left from the Xpo Pavilion around 1:30 PM, with the rest of the crew still checking out the Pavilion.

I hope you guys had a good time. Any favorite stops for you and the kiddos?