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Eaton Canyon to Henninger Flats – June 10, 2012

February 9th, 2016 by

This winter is still a bust, more or less, though it looks like we might be getting a hair of a promise of winter on the horizon later this week? Who knows. Anyway, life proceeds apace. Doing various work here and there, not getting out anything like at the level I’d like, but…oh well. People visiting, putting the house together, and just getting stuff done one day at a time! Not too bad. So…instead, perhaps I can do a bit more of the things I used to do, back when I lived near mountains and good weather. In June 2012 Nathan, Joe, Gretchen and I did a 7 mile hike with 1300′ of gain (to 2550′) from Eaton Canyon to Henninger Flats and back again. Mostly on fireroad, but nice for all that, and the exceedingly pleasant forested bit at the type made a nice change up.

We’re walking, we’re walking…

Disneyland May 29, 2012

January 28th, 2016 by

Heh. California dreaming much? Though really, this Rochester winter is a bust so far. Of course, that means that I am jinxing it, right? Anyway, let’s wind up this time machine again, shall we? So….What can I say? I took the opportunity to take Nathan to Disneyland before we moved away from Southern California. Kip and Glenn were awesome and took us, and I would say that we had, you know, fun. As the kids say. Nowadays. Anyway, we went out for the day and hit both DCA and the Magic Kingdom. Let’s photo!

Shiny happy people?

Mt Baden Powell – May 27, 2012

December 3rd, 2015 by

Happy week after Thanksgiving, friends. Some cold virus has taken it upon itself to fell me most thoroughly this week, so sitting here typing this is one of the more energetic things I’ve done this week. Baby steps! Anyway, a horrifyingly long 3.5 years ago I went on a hike for my birthday, and got to meet up with Dan on his trip over the PCT. I’d gone up Baden-Powell a few times before , but that doesn’t make it a less cool hike to go on. We also saw people flying in gliders. It was a beautiful day. (ETA – this is an 8 mile RT, 2800′ gain hike)


soaring
soaring above

Trip and pics thereof, yay

Reagan Library, March 31, 2012

November 26th, 2015 by

Summer has turned well into fall. I quit my job a bit ago, so really it seems straight up shameful to not be writing a few of these while I have the time. Let’s presume that soon enough I’ll be back to being a busy-bee, so, might as well do some of these 🙂 Anyway, happy Thanksgiving to you all!

But the point of this post? Why, nothing but a trip to the Reagan Library, back in March 2012. We’re terrible at spur of the moment stuff, but somehow, while sitting around wanting to do something, came up with the idea to head out to the Reagan Library, which neither of us had ever been to. It turned out quite engaging, as soon as you subtracted some of the “rah rah Reagan” rhetoric 🙂


tomb
laid to rest

Some pictures and commentary

San Diego, March 2012

October 4th, 2015 by

Not so much to really write up – Jenn was down in San Diego for ACS, and convinced me to come down for a day. So I did! I took the train down, from Union Station, which I hadn’t done before and I really enjoyed – the first part runs through the industrial areas behind union station, and the last part runs along the beach (basically right next to I-5 as it comes into San Diego). Highly recommended. With Jenn, I hung out, saw some other people, crashed the poster session at ACS, and basically went home the next day. Not so much “done” , but a fun short trip regardless.

Just a few photos

Snowshoeing at Mt. Baldy – March, 2012

August 29th, 2015 by

We’ve had a few days of weather reminding us that fall is approaching, and term has started already for Nathan, but the summer weather appears to be back for a few weeks now. So, in honor of appreciating the last few weeks of summer, let’s talk about snow in LA, yes?

March 18 – 2012, I went with Jenny, and we went and walked around at Mt. Baldy a bit (around Manker Flats, the waterfall, and the fireroad). It was another example of the variability I love to see in the outdoors you can experience in the greater LA area – if you’re willing to take advantage of it. Or if someone calls you up and encourages you to take advantage of it 🙂


up-falls
Water still falling

Let’s go take a walk in the snow!

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.


morning-sun
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

Big Sur – March 2012

August 22nd, 2015 by

We went up to Big Sur for Glenn’s birthday over March 9-11, 2012


tunnel
Must get under the road somehow

Yeah, no real header here

Windstorm – December 2011

March 19th, 2015 by

This is really less “text” or a “story” than it is an excuse to put up some photos. Cause….eeep. Anyway, on December 1, 2011, the winds, they did blow….and they took out a heck of a lot of trees. Here are some writeups (the second link is the city page with all the final info!)

At night, the winds didn’t seem too too bad, but driving home from a party and watching the leaves skitter and whirl in the streets was uncanny. I got back to Nathan’s apartment, and there was already a downed tree blocking half the road, but it wasn’t until the next morning that I was able to go out and get a bit more of a view

post-over
That just isn’t right….

Let’s take a walk

Switzers – November 19, 2011

February 11th, 2015 by

So, these blog posts may be super delayed, but my actual writeups tend to be done a lot closer to the date, or usually at least within, say, a year, leading me to be able to remember some actual pertinent details. In this case, however, I got to this on my list of things to write about, and discovered that I had never written word one about this experience. It had a line in the file, but no actual text. Whoops. So, well, I went to the pictures from the trip, and jotted some notes, which came out to basically only a paragraph. So really, let’s just say that we went for a hike from Switzer Picnic Area down towards Bear Canyon, and had a nice down and back hike, with the return precipitated by the weather turning overcast and verging on cold (I know, I know, us Southern California weak humans…whatever. We get to hike all year round. I’ll take it.)


whats-there
What’s there? What’s there? What’s there?

Let’s, yes?