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Valley Forge and Sequoia

August 15th, 2004 by

i’ve actually done a reasonable bit of being outdoors in the last few weeks

from the hikes.txt file:

07.31.2004 Valley Forge
Went with davidglasser to Valley Forge.
Meant to do a couple of mile out and back of the Horseshoe Trail
(which goes like 120 mile to the AT) but there was a sign saying the trail
was closed for regrowth, and we chose to respect that, and instead
went on the 1.2 mile long Valley Creek “Trail” which goes to this
wooden covered bridge dating back to 1865. Valley Forge has lots
of beautiful meadows and whatnot, but damn it was humid.
glasser and I had some good conversation.
So, including walk to and from car, ~2.5 miles,
no noticeable elevation gain.

08.07.2004 Tokopah Falls, Sequoia National Park
Hike 50 in the Sequoia/Kings Canyon region of “California Hiking”
Guidebook says 3.6 miles, signage says 1.7 miles one way, so let’s break
even and call it 3.5 miles, mmmmkay? 500′ elevation gain.
Really really nice little trail, going along the creek,
passing under beautiful trees and hitting many little
meadow areas. The last bit right before the falls
(which were only a trickle, but nice ones, when we went)
kind of has an old school Star Trek feel to it-
all rocky and desolate. Felt kind of staged.
Awesome little dayhike.
Went with ryan, danny, danny’s brother, his wife, glenn,
mark, chris, and another couple

08.08.2004 The Watchtower and Heather Lake, Sequoia National Park
8.2 or 9 mile hike, whether you believe the sign or the book.
~1900′ of elevation gain (7200 –> 9100). Starts at Wolverton
parking lot, and goes and goes, and you get up to the watchtower,
which is this giant stone edifice that I was too much of a wussy
to go on out to – the 1500 foot straight drop down intimidated me.
So I watch some of my group go out there. Then we continued on to
Heather Lake, a beautiful little alpine lake thing. Then the
others went on to the next lake (Emerald Lake) but I stayed
and waited at Heather Lake because I was having trouble with the elevations.
It was gorgeous up there. On the way down there was a stag in the trail.
Went with ryan, danny, chris, mark, glenn
Hike 47 under Sequoia in California Hiking.

08.15.2004 Fall Creek Trail
Did about 4.5 miles total, I would guess. This trail is barely listed,
But if you go up the Angeles Crest Highway, then turn on to the Angeles
Forest Highway, go for a few miles, and then park at Hidden Pines,
right after a tunnel, then go 500 feet up the road, the trailhead
is signed. Nominally 3 miles to the creek, but it was really hot
and boring, so we saw at about 2.25 miles that the creek was still
many hundreds of feet beneath us, and decided to turn back.
Goes on a sandy dirt path on a chaparral covered slope, with much
loose packed up and down. We saw a snake , too.
Me and rax.

Sequoia was freaking rad, despite the elevation being reasonably difficult for me. It was the first time I’ve ever been camping.
I need to go more. Word. All the rest of it was pretty cool too. I hope to go hiking each of the next two weekends before burningman, too. We shall see. Also, I’ve actually managed to go “running” (going slightly faster than a walk, around the block) for the last few days. This is something I keep picking up and then letting fall to the ground again, but every time I manage to do it for even a few days, I feel much the better for it.

Still very conflicted about the Isshinryu club out here – I love the style, and I want to keep practicing in it, but the sensei out here just has so little focus on detail and balance (mental and physical) that I just find it isn’t really giving me what I want or being very fulfilling. But every now and then he says some amazing things…I don’t know. Life is hard all around, eh?

Edited to add :

annabarr: Fall Creek Trail - August 15, 2004 &emdash; fall-creek-gorge
View down into Fall Creek Gorge, into which we did not make it

annabarr: heather lake &emdash; IMG_3374
In Sequoia. There are people in this image on that rock that you basically cannot see.

annabarr: Philly &emdash; horseshoeglasser
At Valley Forge, we took the shorter trail

July 27th, 2004 by

the mt wilson hike being such a giant giant lose induced me to actually start running again, so i did that fairly assiduously for a few weeks. then i went on the ben overturff hike, and while i wasn’t quite as good with the uphills as i might have wanted to be, and then the wasps hurt me 🙁 which i have since recounted elsewhere. then the third little one i went on with rax. it was really short. but fun.

and i’ve been going to karate once a week. there is actually a lot mentally going on with that, but , oh my god, ftso putting all one’s angst into livejournal. if y’all care, i could go one for ever and ever and ever. actually, i would like to talk to someone about it, so give me a ping if you care.

ta.

my notes files tells me:

04.25.2005 Mt Wilson (i lost) (12 mi round trip, 3600′ gain)
Hike #44 in Hikes of the Angeles. First we accidentally headed
up to sturtevant trail, then had to go back down to pick
up the lower winter creek trail. i only made it
maybe a mile up the trail, then couldn’t breathe at all.
bah. eva, jolivier, rich wildman, others.

06.19.2004 Ben Overturff Trail (Wasps!!)
p 657 in California Hiking, Trails of the Angeles #48
Went up Sawpit Canyon Fire Road (1.3) miles to junction,
bore left to follow trail up. At 2.5 miles, hit Twin Springs
Canyon Junction, started to bear left to go up to cabin.
About 200 yards up the trail, right at the first switchback,
wandered right into a freaking swarm of wasps. Got pretty badly stung
, ran away screaming, threw self into small brook. Went back down via fire road,
(~1.5 miles), for a total of ~5.3 miles, and 1100′ feet elevation gain.
Went with Jason Rolfe, who then took me to the hospital and waited with me.
~25 stings, and a giant abrasion on my right upper thigh/buttock.
Leave from Monrovia Canyon Park in Monrovia.

07.17.2004 Eaton Canyon Falls
3 mi round trip. ran into sara klamo, parisa, and heather from the bercaw group
and further on ran into nate and his family
nice little hike – a little hot, but fairly shaded.
started at the eaton canyon nature center (right up altadena) and it is
a short hike up a fire road, then up the creek bed once you reach the bridge
until you get to the falls. they are pretty; there was nice pool at the bottom,
even at this date. turned around and came back.
p.655 in california hiking

Edited to add :

annabarr: Eaton Canyon - July 17, 2004 &emdash; eaton-falls
The falls were pretty low that day! Unsurprising.

May 10th, 2004 by

managed to get to karate again tonight.

the fact that the sun doesn’t set until late really seems to make the traffic last later and later. it was trafficky out until almost 7 pm. i still feel so weird about the classes. sensei sean has some great stuff to teach, but he is wicked focused on fighting. and he makes noise everytime he shows a strike (“shoom!”)

i miss the clarity and attention to detail from the mit club.

bah. too much to say. working out is good though.

April 26th, 2004 by

500 yard swum this morning. whee! before it got too hot, too.

karate this evening; more enjoyable that normal. normal sensei wasn’t there, one of the new dan rank guys is, and i really liked him. and also this other sensei who trained with the collamer-jones dojo in new york, which also follows master shimabuku , and not master angi uezu. who is also an amazing karateka, but yeah. you get used to certain styles of things. davila-sensei, out here, is just a bit too , i don’t know. something. informal, maybe.

why did i?

September 3rd, 2003 by

boston was all karate. got one more workout than i expected, due to turning over to fall schedule. so we went from T–>M workouts, so i got that last monday class. it was good. i’ve now been force fed the last bit of chinto kata. hopefully i will be able to self motivate and work on it on my own, or i *will* lost it all. although i will at least get some karate next week, i believe.

put my bike together this morning, and proceeded to go out a bit. downhill is great. oh, but my, do i suck at uphill. must conquer this. cannot be a bike weakling, can i? anyway, there is a bike path that goes right next to I-5, and skirted on the other side by the los angeles river. “river” i mean. have you read snow crash? where vitaly’s band plays? the la river. right. actually, there were lots of birds. i was surprised. watching ducks try to dive when they can only go down like 4 inches is funny. their butts stick out….

anyway, went a few miles, then the path ended. came back through griffith park. went to the ranger station, and asked if any of the trails were open to bikes, which they aren’t. but, this is kind of neat, it is because the bikes scare the *horses*. i can deal with this as a reason. and hey, people here ride western style. maybe i can even ride again.

vague plan to hike up mt hollywood tomorrow. complete with water fountains! or something. we’ll see.

August 16th, 2003 by

karate has been mostly it.

i went to an aikido class. in the small rolls at the beginning, i managed to catch my toes and pull them up very badly. this hurt quite a lot, but i went through the class nonetheless. it hurt more the next day. talking to my mom that day, i found out i still had health insurance, so i went to the hospital and spent 2 hours and whatnot getting xrays taken. fortunately, nothing broken.
but i have some nice bruising, which is always such a joy when you know it is all due to internal bleeding.

but karate is good. *sigh* just one more on the long list of things i will miss (even if i keep up with it, it won’t be the same – one more reason i should have applied to berkeley, eh? to work out there….. ah, the “important” reasons)

steve from our karate club just moved to miami. a bunch of us went to lunch in a somewhat-more-chinese-than-normal place in chinatown where they all knew him. while i couldn’t say i knew him well, i certainly knew him, i don’t know, personally.

well, yeah

August 6th, 2003 by

i’ve been incredibly lame about working out and/or doing anything outside lately.

which, surprisingly enough, means that all i’ve been doing has been going to karate three time a week. good shit. yesterday was just me and steve (dave was originally there, but one of his bunnies has died :{ ) anyway, steve is moving to florida, and i’m obviously going to california, so we had the interesting interlude of getting the discussion of “what do we do with our training now?”. also, given that there were just the two of us, and we are both sort of intermediate ranks, we basically spend the whole class working slowly through wansu kata. good shit. in other news, dave glasser has come to a couple of classes, which is keen, but i’m finding the namespace overlap to be entertaining. apparently there were two peters back in the day, but i wasn’t around for that.

i guess i did go sailing once. but due to the oddity of the scheduling that day, i actually ended up taking *2* phone calls while out in the tech dinghy. “oh well”

did it

July 19th, 2003 by

yay new belt. well, some brown e tape on my belt. but that makes it new. test was a bitch, as i expected. commentary afterword was…enlightening, in that entirely muddled way.

dave is right though, they want something from me, for me to grow or change in some way. we’ll see. i think i understand what they want, but working towards it will certainly be a challenge. i think i have a good basis on which to stand now though. very sad, not so many classes left with the club.

but srinivas was there for the test! and chris came for the last couple of classes, and we haven’t seen him for 5-6 months, since just before his kid was born (understandably)

time flows

July 15th, 2003 by

saturday karate. worked a lot on some minutiae of kata, also they made me teach a bit. what, they are getting me ready to test? you don’t say. shocker, that.

was in so much of a snit yesterday that i needed to run off to the gym to run a bit, so i did that. no real set time or distance, but it ended up being a few miles. and on no food!! yay smart lifestyle choices!!

the hits just keep on coming

July 9th, 2003 by

monday, another 30 minute treadmill love fest, at 5.2 mph, so, marginally faster.

tuesday, 1 mile at 5.4mph, which seems to be a good speed for now that i can play with, then karate.

today, no running cause i went to the beach before karate. good class; we gave borthwick-sensei dorky texas baseball cap we got him, that has borthwick-sensei embroidered on the back. he liked. 🙂

TESTING. July 19th, noon-2, wrestling room. scary scary. come watch them make me do hard things.