Sunday, May 20, 2012

New Friends and Picasa

Catherine Tracy has been teaching Picasa to her computer group at Sun City Hilton Head for several years.  She’s also been a member of Geeks on Tour and active on our Picasa Forum.  We’ve gotten to know her because of PIcasa and we discussed a Geeks on Tour presentation for her computer group sometime in the Fall, but when she heard we’d be traveling thru her area in May, Catherine arranged for a small group presentation this week.   We loved that she came up with a specific topic: Making a Banner Picture with Picasa. Here’s Catherine introducing us:

Catherine introducing us at Sun City Hilton Head Picasa seminar
Catherine introducing us at Sun City Hilton Head Picasa seminar

For a last minute event, they got a pretty good turnout!

Had a good crowd for our spur-of-the-moment seminar at Sun City Hilton Head
Had a good crowd for our spur-of-the-moment seminar at Sun City Hilton Head

After the presentation, we got a tour around Sun City.  Their computer club has over 2,000 members!  So, even on annual dues of only $10, they are able to afford a completely equipped computer classroom.  12 workstations, each with one monitor/keyboard/mouse – but two computers!  One PC and one Mac.  A simple switch goes back and forth between the two.  Plus – they have 8 iPads for students in the iOS classes!  Amazing.

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I thought the computer club’s classroom would be down the hall from our presentation room in the clubhouse but, no!  It was a drive – and on the way, we passed nature trails, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, and people bicycling everywhere.  They’re not kidding when they say it’s an ‘Active’ community!

They also have an RV club.  And, we’re staying in the community RV park.  Actually, it’s a storage lot for residents with RVs – but they have a few full hookup sites for visitors like us.  Very convenient.

After the seminar and the tour, Catherine took us to Hilton Head Island.  I’ve never been there, and Jim remembers it from many years ago, when he crewed on yachts captained by his Dad, and docked at the Harbour Town Marina on Hilton Head island.  I took advantage of the pretty scenery to use my old camera and my new lens from Glenn.

Jim remembers a time when he and his Dad ran yachts from NJ to FL and docked here at Harbour Town Marina in Hilton Head
Jim remembers a time when he and his Dad ran yachts from NJ to FL and docked here at Harbour Town Marina in Hilton Head
View from atop the lighthouse
View from atop the lighthouse
Hilton Head Lighthouse
Hilton Head Lighthouse

And, in the evening, Catherine and her husband, Brent took us sightseeing in Bluffton, and then to dinner.  What a wonderful day with new friends – all because of Picasa – and RVing. 

Catherine and Brent took us sightseeing around Bluffton and Hilton Head
Catherine and Brent took us sightseeing around Bluffton and Hilton Head

 

Church of the Cross
Church of the Cross

1 comment:

The Tracys said...

Your photography skills are matching your verbal skills. The prictures are great and Sun City owes you a debt for the great plug.