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Moonrise Panorama Fossil Trail, Badlands National Park

By , August 19, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I’ve been wanting to get some pictures of the Milky Way Galaxy and our trip to the Badlands was the perfect opportunity for dark skies except for one thing — my vacation time fell into a full moon week, drat!  Nevertheless, on our last night in South Dakota while meandering to our little cabin at the Cedar Pass Lodge, Carolyn urged that we just stop and shoot the night sky before the moon came up.  So the boys pulled out the bedding underneath the stars and gazed as I setup shop with 30 second exposures across the horizon to compile into this panorama. The southern band of the Milky Way is  visible to the right and towards the far left is the big dipper.  This was by far one of the most exciting and memorable shots that I’ve taken so far.

Sunflower Sunset in South Dakota

By , August 14, 2011 at 7:10 am

As we were driving yesterday evening through the farmlands of South Dakota just west of the rolling hills of the Missouri river banks we were enveloped by field after field of yellow sunflowers staring at as we ventured towards the setting sun.  We pulled over and trod towards the sunflowers, braving the mosquitos to capture one of the most simple yet picturesque places that I have been.  Here are a few of the shots that I composited on my laptop.  Click the images for their full sizes.

Sunflower Sunset – Tokina 11-16mm at 11mm f2.8 bracketed +/- 2 stop HDR composite, tripod mounted

Sunflower Fields - Canon 75-300mm single shot cropped

Moonrise - Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 single shot uncropped, handheld

RoadTrip: 19 Days, 2 Countries, 13 States, 3714 Miles, 1 Happy Family!

By , June 15, 2011 at 12:20 am

Celebrating the last unofficial vacation time of Dan’s life, we embarked immediately after graduation on a whirlwind road trip of 2 Countries (1. United States, 2. Canada), 13 States & Provinces (1. Minnesota, 2. Wisconsin, 3. Illinois, 4. Indiana, 5. Michigan, 6. Ontario, 7. Quebec, 8. Vermont, 9. New Hampshire, 10. Massachusetts, 11. New York, 12. Pennsylvania, 13. Ohio), 3714 miles per the trip odometer, and one happy vacation!  Here is a fun interactive map of our activities in a quick summary, and below are our daily adventures with full photo galleries (dare we say 3,676?) to compliment.  Click on any collage or daily title to be linked to the full day’s gallery or see the index at the very bottom of the post.  Enjoy our travels!

View Roadtrip 2011 in a larger map

Day 01 – Rochester to Ann Arbor
Day 1 consisted of a total 13 hour drive from Rochester through Chicago (pit stop in Chinatown for lunch), then onward through Ann Arbor for the night’s rest in Canton, Michigan.  A pretty unremarkable day other than some serious driving.  We put the longest day directly up front though and the boys survived with a little Wendy’s night cap.

Day 2 marked arrival in Toronto, Canada through Michigan.  We stopped by Fairview Mall and sampled some Fries Supreme from Taco Bell, then met up with mom who was with friends.  We Met up additionally with some old friends from decades ago over dinner at Dragon Pearl and turned in for the night in Pickering, Ontario.
Day 3 started out with a brief visit of Dan’s childhood home and elementary school, then the rest of the day was spent at two iconic tourist traps, the CN Tower which used to be the tallest free-standing structure in the world (now dwarfed by the Burg Kalifa) and Casa Loma which Dan had never visited in all his time spent in Toronto.  The kids enjoyed the ride on the Toronto subway trains which we took all around town.
Day 4 was a day at the Ontario Science Center spending it playing with exhibits, toys, and demonstrations that Dan grew up with.  Quite a lot has changed, but the place never ceases to impress.  A bite of Canada’s Harvey’s hamburgers finished off the day.
Day 5 was a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum, another old haunt of Dan’s childhood summer vacations as it was just a few blocks away from mom’s work downtown.  The boys like Daddy loved the Bat Cave.
Day 6 with the weather finally clear again was a day outdoors at the Toronto Zoo.  So large that we spent the whole day there and still only was able to walk through only 3/5th’s of the entire park.  A camel ride for the boys, and some ethnic Korean food for the adults topped off a busy day.
Day 7 heading out of Toronto to Ottawa we stopped by Bluffer’s Park, or “Scarborough Bluff’s” right on the shores of Lake Ontario.  The boys enjoyed the water while we struggled to capture some family shots that didn’t really work out.  The rest of the day was spent getting to the nation’s capitol and mix n’ matching between sushi, Pizza Pizza, and McDonald’s for dinner.
Day 8 Ottawa the nation’s capitol and home to Canada’s Parliament Buildings which we walked around and went up the tall clock tower.  We only a short drive to our next destination, Montreal, we decided to go across to Quebec’s Gatineu Park to check out the “beaches” on the lakes.  The woods and beach was sure beautiful, but what the pictures don’t show are the 1,000 flies that seemed to be hatching (and biting) everyone the moment we opened the doors and stepped out.  Needless to say we stayed very briefly and high tailed it out towards Montreal from the Davey-dubbed “Stinky Fly Beach,” which was  the subject of his nightmares in days to come.
Day 9 Arriving in Montreal last night in time to catch a brief sunset, and a late dinner at the overpriced St Hubert’s chicken, we decided to view the more scenic parts of Montreal today as we drove to Mont Royal Park and Cemetery and stumbled right into a raccoon that seemed to be rather acclimated to humans.  He came right on over asking for food and we obliged, but not before snapping some incredible shots of said creature asking for more granola bars.  Turkish food rounded off the night as we sampled a brief glimpse of Montreal’s culinary scene.
Day 10 we left Canada and drove through beautiful Vermont and New Hampshire.  Sometime during the drive we were passing through Franconia Notch State Park on I-93 when we decided to pit-stop and catch a cable car up Cannon Mountain for a scenic view all around.  It was a refreshing detour compared to the Massachusetts tornado storm system we would later go through before we finally arrived in Gloucester to meet up with the Tappen Family (Dan’s sister) and spent the next three nights with the cousins.
Day 11 A fun day in the fun on Gloucester’s beaches.  Uncle Dan being the awesome uncle that he was salvaged the day by digging for 5 hours with the boys and nephews a giant hole in the beach to shelter everyone from the wind swept sand or “sandstorms” as the kiddos would call it.  It made this windy day tolerable as the sandstorms otherwise would cut sand into your legs and make the little ones cry.  Enjoyed $6.99 / lb steamed lobster and fresh sushi for dinner.
Day 12 was a spur of the moment evening decision the night prior to sight see Gloucester and a quick Tripadvisor query turned up the main event for Gloucester: Whale Watching.  Having never been, we took the whole crew for a 4 hour tour with Cape Ann Whale Watching and sure enough within the hour we had spotted a fin whale and then followed a humpback whale around for a while (even got some video of that available soon in our video galleries).  Lunch was at the famous Woodman’s seafood restaurant, and then evening was a beautiful low-tide sunset at which time the ever cool Uncle Dan created a giant sand maze to the amazement of the kids (and a run through video of that available soon), but ultimately the day was topped off with gorgeous conditions for a unattended beach chair Chan Family portrait that has been rare to come by and as seen at the top of this post.  Perfect picture to capture one of the most perfect days.
Day 13 We left in the early afternoon for a day of driving back towards Niagara Falls with a night pitstop in the other Rochester (NY).  Not without our last goodbyes to the beach tough.  We found some washed up horseshoe crab shells (one of which impaled me later in the car), and said our goodbyes to the Tappens and also Nai Nai / Po Po (Grandma Chan) who had accompanied us since Toronto but would fly back later through Boston.
Day 14 Splurging for some nice digs, we stopped for two nights in the Fallsview Hilton on the Canada side of Niagara Falls but not until we first made our way through the Niagara Aquarium, the Discovery Center, the Maid of the Mist and Observation Tower and saw most of the American side of things.
Day 15 Moved up 3 times higher to the 46th floor for the night and had an even better view of the falls.  Enjoyed the day relaxing without travels and toured around the Canadian Horseshoe falls during the evening.
Day 16 Swung back to Cave of the Winds to stand right under American Falls on our morning exit from Niagara Falls towards great-grandparents Stevens house.  The rest of the day was a long commute to Dayton, Ohio.
Day 17 A day with the great grandparents and the Stevens side of the family and also a visit to the National Museum of the United States Air Force to see some impressive aircraft and also grandpa’s F-4 Phantom jet that he flew throughout Vietnam in 120 missions (pictured below).  We were surprised also to see the B-29 Bockscar bomber that dropped Fat Man on Nagasaki on display there.  Certainly a lot of history within the museum.
Day 18 Said our goodbyes to the great grandparents and drove from Dayton, Ohio to Chicago, Illinois early enough to catch the night showing of Medieval Times.  The boys loved it and got spoiled with wooden swords.  Our yellow knight was the one who won the tournament and defeated the mean knight so the boys were double thrilled.
Day 19 Finally the road home.  We were going to stop by Wisconsin Dells again for a night, but with school out for the summer they were booked pretty full and in full summer price gouging so we skipped through there and arrived a day earlier than previously anticipated (but don’t tell the boys that).  After 3,714 miles on this trip we were excited for Minnesota to welcome us back home and we are glad to be back after one long, fun, and memorable vacation!

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Mayo Medical School Class of 2011: Dan Chan, M.D.

By , May 23, 2011 at 2:01 am

It’s official!  On May 21, 2011 Mayo Medical School held its commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2011, Mayo’s 39th graduating class and with that I received my doctorate of medicine officially tacking the M.D. to my title.  My mother and sister came in attendance and of course Carolyn and the boys came out in full force to show their support.  Thank you to my extended family and friends  and especially to Carolyn for your love and support throughout the years.  Enjoy some of the photos from graduation!

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Dan Chan: Biosketch

By , May 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

So for residency we had to write biosketches of ourselves, and lest it be entirely drab and sleep provoking I decided to throw a pinch of flair.  Copied here for you to enjoy:

Born originally in Canada, I spent the greater part of my early life in Toronto, Canada (Population: 5.6 million) where I was schooled from a young age in mandatory French classes, learned how to tabulate in a sensible metric system where gas and milk were sold by the liter, went tobogganing and wore a tuque in winter time, pledged allegiance each morning to the flag by singing O Canada in both English and French, and nourished myself on a hearty diet of poutine, Tim Hortons, and maple syrup.  Sounds like a perfect childhood eh?  Not so fast.

At the age of twelve I was traumatically uprooted and downsized to Salt Lake City, Utah (Population: 1.1 million) where I spent the greater part of middle school trying to acclimate to funny fractions, decipher American history, and wondered why in the world was I competing in middle school U.S. Constitution bowl in a place where I was still adjusting to the use of monochromatic currency–let alone one dollar bills.

I gradually adapted and by high school I had earned my Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout award, somehow found myself as a delegate at Utah’s Boy’s State, and even aspired to student government in the footsteps of our high school’s famous alumnus: Karl Rove.  Then I found out what Karl Rove did for a living and quickly fled from any political aspirations I may have had and escaped to the antithetical domain of: electrical engineering.

Enter Provo, Utah (Population: 112,000).  You could find me hunkered down in the step down lounge of the Clyde Engineering building at Brigham Young University for the greater part of any waking or non-waking hour as I attempted to wrap my brain around Maxwells equations, decipher Fouriers transformations, fathom the implications of Einsteins theory of relativity, and figure out how in the world a Smith Chart is supposed to help me plot out transmission lines, let alone wonder how Smith drew the thing in the first place.

After my sophomore year, I took a quick time out from engineering for two years and represented my church on a mission to Dallas, Texas speaking Mandarin Chinese, but when I returned to the stifling surroundings of the engineering building entering my junior year I was quickly wondering why in the world designing the next iPod chip was something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and looking at my engineering colleagues questioned: Where are all the girls?

So a long story short, there were no girls to be found in the engineering building, so I found one in the Dance department majoring in ballet.  A year later we were married and I was soon re-calibrating life and aligning myself towards a career in medicine.  Being stubborn, masochistic, or just plain insane, I finished off my electrical engineering degree with a math minor to boot, along with another two years of pre-medicine, rounding off with about seven years worth of academic credit on my transcript.  Quoting the premed guide I picked up one night while studying for my junior year midterms: “On choosing a major: choose any major…except for electrical engineering.”

So here we have it.  Rochester, Minnesota (Population: 106,000), I have officially become one of Aesops Fables, after graduating Mayo Medical School I will have spent four years in what I can only describe as the medical analogue to the Emerald City of the Wizard of Oz, rising out of the nothingness of corn and soybean as one follows the yellow-brick road of US-52 from the last human outpost of Minnesota’s Twin Cities.  Nevertheless our time has been wonderful here as we enjoy the great outdoors camping, boating, hiking, biking, and geocaching.  My ballerina wife Carolyn now keeps her hands full with our three boys, Mikey 5, Davey 3, and Dougie 6 months.  I became a United States Citizen last year but still have no concept of the imperial measurement system, and am happy to report that I have found great satisfaction and happiness within medicine although I’ll admit that I’m still tinkering on computers and electronics, programming the stray app in my off time, dabbling in amateur photography, running a few blogs and websites, designing Lego robots with the boys, and building and shooting off model rockets as weather permits–but hey, “you can’t spell geek without double E right?”

In the end we could not ask for more and we are thrilled to be able to continue our adventures here at Mayo Clinic for the next many years in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.  I look forward to meeting and working with all of you, and congratulate you on making it through my autobiography.


San Diego Trip Photos

By , April 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm
Many pictures from our trip are now up in our Family Photos album.  Navigate above, or hit these links directly.  Enjoy!

Seasons Greetings From the Chan Family!

By , December 25, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Seasons Greetings From the Chan Family!

To you and yours, we wish you all the best in this holiday season and in the upcoming new year!

- Dan & Carolyn, Mikey, Davey, & Dougie Chan.

Christmas Morning 2010

By , December 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Christmas morning with the Chan Family this year!

Google Picasa 3.5 = 11,000 Faces, 4 People, 1 Large Mosaic

By , September 26, 2009 at 6:50 pm

This began as an experiment using Google Picasa 3.5 and its new people recognition feature. In a few hours I was able to identify over 11,000 portraits of our immediate family. Using a free mosaic program called Andrea Mosaic I was able to make this from our 11,000 faces in a matter of minutes. A brief touch up in Photoshop and export to Zoomify gives you this amazingly detailed picture of our family (for the most part — some pictures of Stacey and family pop up at times as Picasa still has a hard time picking siblings apart it seems). Forthcoming – high resolution panoramas of the pictures I’ve taken! You can see it larger here – click on the image below to zoom in!

Happy Birthday Dad

By , September 30, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Happy birthday to the most wonderful man in the world- Daddy! Thanks for being such an amazing father, husband, and best friend. We love you!

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