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California, Google, Skiing squaw, April 4-10, 2011

March 10th, 2014 by

Winter seems to maybe, kind of, be slowly abating. Next weekend I’m headed down to the city to see some family; here’s hoping that after I make it back we’ll be into the full swing of spring. One can hope. Anyway – here is some discussion of a trip I took around California a few years back (Kate! If you’re reading this, this is from April *2011*. Don’t get confused now). I headed up to the Bay Area for some job interview action, checked out the Google campus, saw some friends, then went out for a ski weekend in Tahoe with Jen and Nathan – and we met up with Joe and his brother August while we there. In that year, Squaw had had 450″ of snow at the base of the mountain by April, and 700″ at the summit. Ye gads.

Have some Android releases

So, some things I did

Road Trip – Part the Third, June 2010

January 27th, 2013 by

In the first parts of my trip, I left Los Angeles and wound my way north through California, from the Bay Area, up to Lassen Volcanic Park , and then north to Lava Beds National Monument. From there we headed north into Oregon, heading to Crater Lake National Park. After that , Jen had to head back home, and after a farewell at the Klamath Falls Airport, I headed west, continued up the Oregon coastline, and eventually made my way to Portland.

Newport Bridge – one of the many excellent bridges along the coast

Onwards to northerner places

Road Trip – Part the Second, June 2010

January 21st, 2013 by

We left off, having just left Lassen National Park, and we headed off to the next part of our trip – up into the north east corner of California to Lava Beds National Monument, stopping at the way to look at a truly lovely waterfall.

Schonchin Butte, in Lava Beds NM


Lake Tahoe – Feb 8-11, 2007

October 16th, 2007 by

Jen took charge! And had a ski weekend up in Lake Tahoe from February 8 to 11, 2007. It was super fun, and she did a wonderful job. And I got to go snowshoeing for the first time ever!

go geoff

So there we all were….

some smaller things.

March 8th, 2007 by

I’m falling farther and farther behind! but I haven’t done anything in ages, so maybe I’ll catch up. Maybe. I doubt it.

Anyway, October 7-8 2006 or so, I went up to Big Sur on the California coast with a bunch of people, and we hung out in a campground, and then went up to Monterey the next day to go kayaking in the bay. It was pretty awesome, and I really don’t have many pictures, but I definitely need to go kayaking more (though I haven’t gone since). Of minor interest however might be this picture, in which we saw a lovely zebra grazing at the side of the road. Apparently they are remnants from Hearst’s private zoo, but still, rather unexpected.

And then October 20-21 (but basically only the 21st) I went out to Joshua Tree for a night with some people. We got there around midnight, drove around forever looking for a campsite (damn climbers!!), finally sort of hijacked one, and crashed. We woke up the next day and proceeded to do a tour of a lot of the little hikes that are around the park, and just show the place off to the couple of us who hadn’t been there before.

Amongst other things, we went on the Barker Dam little 1 mi loop walk again which I mentioned in one of my prior trips to Joshua Tree, but I just really like this particular photo:

So little!

later, alls.

Hetch-Hetchy Reservoir, Yosemite NP – June 2006

November 20th, 2006 by

On June 23-25, 2006 I was in the Hetch-Hetchy region of Yosemite NP. John Muir called this valley originally a partner to Yosemite Valley, often called one of the most beautiful places around. Hetch-Hetchy, however, was flooded behind O’Shaughnessy Dam as of 1923, in order to generate electricity and give drinking water to San Francisco. “Muir was pretty pissed”. Anyway, the reservoir makes a pretty nice lake, although I would easily believe it was better before.

Anyway, I was up there with Joe, Gretchen, Dan, Kate, Elisa and Jen. On the latter two days of that trip, we did an overnight out and back trip to Rancheria Creek, 13 mi’ RT, and maybe 600 feet of gain, but mostly flat. We’d been intending to go on to Tiltill Valley, but the heat defeated us.


The actuality of the trip, in and of itself:

Young Lakes from Tuolomne Meadows, Yosemite NP – August, 2005

January 26th, 2006 by

This is about 900 years overdue. I went to Yosemite National Park, namely the Tuolumne Meadows area from August 5-7 2005.


I hiked a 3 mile, 1000′ elevation gain hike, then a 15.1 mi RT hike over the following two days with 1200-1400′ of gain, and it was every second of it glorious.

“My Trip To Yosemite This Last Summer”