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Snowshoeing – January 16, 2011

December 30th, 2013 by

Happy almost New Year! It’s that time of the year, where I like to think about winter sports. Unfortunately, the snow has come…and gone again, and not really bothered to come again yet. We’ll see. Anyway, a couple of years ago we went up to the San Gabriels to play around with some snowshoes. It was pretty. It was also the day after I had just gone up Baldy, so it was pretty lowkey.

start your engines….

Going for a walk

Mt. Baldy – January 15, 2011

December 19th, 2013 by

A winter summit of Baldy! In some ways, this was actually easier than doing it as a hike. Anyway, Chris called me up maybe 1-2 days before, and asked if I wanted to go up Baldy. Sure, I said! Sounds like a blast. Of course, I really didn’t know what was intended so much, but it seemed like good times anyway. Christopher had expressed interest, so the two of them had concocted this trip, then Chris had invited me along as bonus. All in all, it was a most gorgeous day to be up on the mountain, with pretty close to perfect weather, fabulous views, and several miles less of walking. You still have to ascend all 3800′ of elevation gain from the Manker Flats lot, but the trip back down loses a lot of that rather quickly.

Mirrored lenses both protect your eyes AND make everything way more awesome

The hike

Boston – December 2010

December 16th, 2013 by

When I took a real position with Nokia (currently HERE), they started my habit of the last few years of heading out to Boston every few months. Most of the more recent ones, I’ve taken few to no photos, but this was my first trip out. It was actually my first trip to Boston in a few years, and I had a really good time, getting a sense of work, and getting to see a lot of friends again.

Hanging out in Maine, as you do.

A little Boston, and a little Maine

Inspiration Point – November 14, 2010

December 11th, 2013 by

Nathan and I headed out on a great fall day to go on a hike. Driving straight up Lake Avenue from Pasadena into Altadena, we parked, and kept heading up the hill to Echo Mountain. So far, this was a hike I had done a couple times before. From there, however, after taking a bit of a break and enjoying the view, we kept going up the hill, and took the Castle Canyon Trail up to Inspiration Point. There were some wasps along the way, and the last bit was a bit of a slog, but overall it was a pretty great hike. 9.4 miles RT, with 2800′ of gain. Overall Pics.

There are a lot of fixed viewing tubes up at Inspiration Point.

Altadena to Echo Mountain , Inspiration Point

Getty Villa – October 10, 2010

December 6th, 2013 by

October 2010 – Went to the Getty Villa with Nathan’s parents. I hadn’t been there all that much since elementary school (when we went many times), and then it was closed for so many years of the remodel. It was really nice to get out there that day – the drive up the hill from PCH is always a pretty awesome thing. We then enjoyed all the anitquities, and I really appreciated all the fine details. This is more a placeholder post, but I do like getting it posted. I managed to take no pictures of people I was there with this time – shame on me!

At the base of this fountain, there was a whole array of snails just kind of hanging out. I didn’t really know that snail could live that way. Craziness.

Hello, ladies! Just loitering in the courtyard that way.

This is nemesis, with one foot resting on the head of a conquered foe. Own your victories.

There were several sets of young men wandering around in matched pairs. I was entertained.

These pillars twist in opposite directions. That is just *crazy*

Moving – September 2010

December 4th, 2013 by

I am turning to doing this small update at the beginning- why not? It’s turning into real winter. I keep forgetting that I don’t like being cold all the time. I’ve been going to PT for my elbow (golf elbow! funny to me as I’ve never played golf), and that’s getting better. I also did another interview the other night for an MIT candidate; I enjoy doing these. It’s truly a pleasure to get to talk to these really cool teens. They span a broad spectrum, but all have something interesting to offer.

Anyway! After my first year at grad school, Rax was thinking of moving out to California, and asked me if I’d like to live together. I thought that sounded like a blast, and set about finding a place. After looking at some horrifyingly soulless places, I find this one. I biked over, and loved that it was in a house, not a random complex. I liked that it was near other houses. It was pretty beat up inside, and only got more so in the six years I was there, but it certainly did have character. I lived with Rax, and Jen, and Dan, and Kalisa, and Jan, and Erin, and Glenn, and Charlie, and Veronica, and Omar, and quite possibly someone else in there. All were interesting; some were more enjoyable than others. I put my hand through a window, met several people, rebuilt some shelves, baked a lot of things, picked lemons in the backyard, enjoyed my downstairs neighbors, and never sat on the little porch enough. Come September 2010, I had graduated five months prior, had no idea where I would be going with my life, and my most recent roommate had left, and…it was time to go.

I called up the troops, and they helped me move the largest things to my mom’s place. While moving the couch (the free couch Rax and I had gone to pick up right when we moved up. Pleather, amazing, double recliner magical comfortable couch. It was falling to sheer pieces when I left), the keys I had thought I had lost several years before fell out. Really. Also my pedomoter. I am amazed I had never found them in the interim. After that bulk of the move, I still had to go back and clean out the miscellany.

Well, let’s take a look, shall we?

Night hike up Echo Mountain (August 2010) + Icehouse Canyon (September 2010)

December 2nd, 2013 by

I figure I could add in some actual current bits as I write up what ends up being pre-history. Just got back yesterday from a Thanksgiving trip to Los Angeles. Flights out were saved only by Southwest holding the interim flight ( I presume they knew they would be SOL for rebooking many many people onto the next day, the day before Thanksgiving). We had a nice Thanksgivukkah, followed by a lovely engagement party the following evening, joined by very old family friends, family members, and more recent friends to boot. I haven’t seen that many people at the house at one time in ages. That done, here are a couple of hikes from summer 2010!

Night hike up Echo Mountain – August 23, 2010, and a trip up Icehouse Canyon – September 12, 2010