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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 🙂

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.

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

Must get under the road somehow

Yeah, no real header here

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

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

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.)

What’s there? What’s there? What’s there?

Let’s, yes?

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

Boston / Monadnock September/October 2011

December 30th, 2014 by

Happy Almost New Year! It’s been a busy few weeks. I flew to California (NY –> OAK, OAK–>BUR, BUR–>OAK, OAK–>BUR) and then headed on from there to Wisconsin, and then finally back home, two weeks after starting. It was nice to see the cat again. But I made a mild , what’s that word, resolution last year to try and post at least one blog post per month, so here we have it! It’s just about time to wish all and sundry a happy new year, but before that, I’m going to put up this post about a trip to Boston in Fall 2011 🙂

Fall in New England

Let’s dig in, then

Geisha Coffee Cupping – September 17, 2011

November 30th, 2014 by

Mere hours to December…I could be lazy, not post this, and count it as my December post, but I’m not going to! Because it’s so short as is. Anyway. Life continues. There will be a good bit of December travel, possibly a bit crazy making, but overall, I think it will be some good visiting time. New sofa arrived, which raises the question of what to do with the old one. We had the fairly obvious idea of putting it in another room, but it turns out it simply does not fit through any of our normal doorways. Like, really not. The downstairs main rooms have some bigger entryways, so it wasn’t an issue, but …yeah, no. Of course, being un-careful in this instance, we didn’t choose to measure the doorways until after we wrestled that thing upstairs, so now it is, ah, overfilling the landing. Nothing to see here, move along. Anyway! This intro par got longer than anticipated. Below the cut – some brief notes and a few photos of a coffee cupping we went to in September 2011!

Freshly roasted beans cooling

Mmmmmm, coffeee