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Alaska, the final portion – August, 2012

January 20th, 2018 by

Winter continues. Levi has been sick for the last several days, which, well, winter, I guess? Oh well. Anyway! Where were we? We’d gotten to Alaska, gone on a spectacular kayak camping trip for a few days, and have now found ourselves back in Seward…

We took a train with windows!

We spent some time there

Alaska, The Kayaking Portion – August 2012

January 14th, 2018 by

Well then! Winter here, several years in the future. The snow all melted in a quick 2.5 day burst of 55 degree weather, but last night dumped another foot back – at least all the ice melted out of the gutters. Small things.

But I left off in Alaska, where we had arrived down in Seward, and were about to set off on the kayaking portion of our trip…

Kayaking in a very big outdoors


Alaaaaaaaaaaaaska – the intro, August 2012

January 6th, 2018 by

In an effort to pare like a million photo post into 200k, 600k, and 200k photos posts, I’m going to break this one up. Section herein the first details everything up to the kayak trip…

In which we head to Alaska and there was landscape

And lo, our journey begins

Mammoth and Yosemite, June 2012

December 25th, 2017 by

Hey I had a baby! …18 mpnths ago. There are lots of photos of that elsewhere. Some five and a half years ago, however, I drove up with Nathan and his parents towards the mountains. Man, I miss the California mountains. This was one of our last few trips before moving to New York.

In which we doddle around the Sierra

What did we see??

Joshua Tree – Christmas Day, December 2011

August 25th, 2015 by

How…did I not post this? Ok, so, we’re coming into the end of summer, work’s being all a thing, and hey, it’s time to get photos, blog, and everything in order, right? Right? Yeah, I buy it. So! I went looking for the next post, and I saw this title in the drafts, and realized it had never been posted so now it is horribly out of order, and I shudder with shame. Please absolve me. I realize that I likely didn’t write this up because, well, I have never had much written up for it. Long and short of it, I went out to JTree for a day, Christmas Day as a matter of fact, met up with some Caltech folk, climbed one rock, failed to climb another rock, and ate some Chinese food. All in all, an acceptable day I would say.

Joshua Tree just doesn’t look real, does it?

Shall we take a look? Let’s look at winter rocks in the desert. Just photos ; no text

Flagstaff, Arizona – January 2012

May 31st, 2015 by

I keep promising myself I’ll get at least a post a month, and then the end of the month rolls around, and I feel pressured..hey, at least it keeps me going. I realize I’m now most of 3.5 years behind (let’s call it “throwback thursday” forever, not that I post on Thursdays, or any given day), but the last year or two has really had very little that will be postable, so I still swear I’ll catch up someday…

Anyway, winter turned to spring turned to almost freaking summer instantly, and then today dropped 40 degrees. Thanks, weather. It’s still terrifyingly green around here. I guess we get green, or white, with a brief splash of fall color, and little more. No big things happening, no big things coming up, though I *will* be going backpacking in California in August – hooray! That said, in January 2012, Nathan and I went out to Arizona for a few days…

But which way should we *go* ??

Flagstaff and Grand Canyon, January 2012

Tucson – December 2011

April 30th, 2015 by

I spent a few days in Tucson in December 2011. I saw a lot of cacti – it was pretty outstanding.

This saguaro is trying *so hard*

some words and some photos

Mammoth October 2011

January 31st, 2015 by

OK – I made a least one post a month in 2014, and I’m going to try to do the same in 2015. So, to kick that off, I will begin by getting one in by the skin of my teeth! Yay! The winter progresses. We went to Wyoming for a week, did some skiing, a hair of snowshoeing, saw some family, and took a really amazing snowcoach tour into Yellowstone. Highly recommended. 3+ years ago, however….we took a drive up to go try and check out some fall leaves in Mammoth and Yosemite. Come and check it out!

June Lake loop color

Mammoth and Tuolumne Meadows, October 28-30, 2011

Mammoth , Devils Postpile, and Flying Home – September 2011

November 23rd, 2014 by

Hey, happy almost Thanksgiving guys. We avoided the crazy Buffalo snow, mostly by not actually living in Buffalo, and the couple inches we did get are now gone, and it looks like fall again. But 2014 isn’t so interesting, and herein let me jump to writing about 2011….

After crashing my car in Mammoth, I ended up having a day to spend there, so I went and checked out Devil’s Postpile. All in all, it was pretty awesome, and I would highly recommend people to spend some time down there. After that, I flew home, which was a short but gorgeous flight back to LA.

Minaret Falls from the base looks awesome

What I did there

Yosemite + Ten Lakes – September 2011

October 31st, 2014 by

Hey! Happy Halloween. It’s a good Friday to finish up a post, right? We had maybe 15-20 trick or treaters tonight – I don’t know if being on the corner and thus “far” from the bulk of the houses, or it simply being a drizzly evening kept the kids away, but who knows. Next year I’m pondering lighting the heck out of the house…or at least the walkways. Might as well have fun occasionally. Other than that…yup. Leaves and weather falling. Travelling a bit coming up in December. Getting some new basement windows next week. Oohyah! I mean, it’s good, I guess.

Anyway! As I say, let’s talk about a trip I took, way way way back when, in September 2011…..

I drove up to Yosemite, did a brief backpack, drove back through Mammoth, had a, well, diversion, checked out Devils Postpile, and then eventually got myself home. This is the trip up to Yosemite, and the backpacking part of the trip.

From certain angles, I am slightly taller than Half Dome… (ok, this was *after* the backpack, but whatever)

And on that bombshell…