From Pluto, a Dwarf Planet: formally known as a planet in our Solar System

Recently on a hot afternoon, Barry and I were surprised to find ourselves near Pluto.

Barry and Renee near Pluto

Mike, my brother, was our guide

We made our way from the Sun to Mercury, Venus,  Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and finally Pluto.  (A mnemonic to help remember the planet order used to be: Mvery excellent mother just served unine pizzas.

However in 2006, scientists reclassified Pluto as a dwarf planet, the second largest of over 40. Now the mnemonic can be-  Mvery excellent mother just served unoodles).

Our Solar System, as found in Gainesville

Yes, it’s true: litter is swirling around the Earth–and the other planets.

Pick up that litter!! Don't let it end up in space.

You might wonder if we found evidence of life out there in our Solar System.

We found plant life and a squashed armadillo

Our guide to our Solar System was Mike, my brother.  Usually, he can be found in Gainesville, Florida, at UFL.  Now he’s thinking of writing The Hitch-Hiker’s  Guide to Our Solar System; a similar book has done very well.

The sun

Traveling such places has kept us  far from computer access.  As we make our way from the rock and ice mass of Pluto to go  back home, we are thinking of you.

Making our way back home

We hope all is well with you on Earth.

Aloha, Renee and Barry


About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

2 responses to “From Pluto, a Dwarf Planet: formally known as a planet in our Solar System”

  1. Patricia Rouse says :

    No one comments but me???
    I think you have lost your noodles and must rush back home directly to rebalance yourselves from the excess travel agenda. I am so excited about seeing both of you again, seeing if you are still intact after your year plus months of new people new places and a trip back and forth across the US visiting family. Yikes! Thank you again for another great photo journal, Renee, something out of nothing in the magic of your brain. Pat

    • reneeriley says :

      Hi Pat: We agree with you about the need to rebalance–and take care of our apartment etc. So we will be at home on Maui tomorrow :)) See you soon. I’m eager to catch up with you. Aloha, Renee

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