Log in

Tags » ‘joe’

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…

Arroyo Seco Gabrielino Trail to Brown Canyon Dam – July 16, 2011

September 7th, 2014 by

Totally presumed that we would have some down time to relax after the wedding. So far, that hasn’t happened. Mostly good stuff though – some house stuff done, a karate belt test, work (well, that’s been a… mixed bag), and then another upcoming wedding this weekend, and then a few days in Cambridge and then almost a whole month at home! Anyway!

Three long summers ago, I went on a nice walk up the Arroyo Seco with Joe, and we ended up at the Brown Canyon Dam, which I’d never seen before. We were mostly out to take photos and get some fresh air, and I would have to say I think we succeeded on both fronts.

It was a really beautiful day out

To the rest!

Crystal Lake to Windy Gap – June 19, 2011

July 26th, 2014 by

Today was pretty nice – went out to the beach in Canandaigua for a bit, then stopped for lunch down there, on top of doing some garden work and generally puttering around the house. The first tomato turned red today, so here is hoping that there are continuous fresh tomatoes from now until October! Two weeks to go; most of the details have been hammered out, so I think we’re good. We’re getting the leaded glass sidelight windows repaired, so, one step at a time to keeping everything in the house shipshape.
Now, back to a hike we did in the mountains north of LA, some three solid summers ago…man, that summer was packed!

Up at Windy Gap. I think which way the wind goes is reasonably apparent.

Up above the clouds

Sandstone Peak – April 22, 2011

March 26th, 2014 by

We should own a house on Friday. I know, right? Craziness. Anyway! April, 2011, we went for a nice piece of a hike to Sandstone Peak, in the Santa Monica Mountains. It was a super fabulous beautiful, and a nice 6+ mile hike I was happy to finally kick out. With only just over 1000′ of gain, it was still enough of a walk to be worth the effort.

taking an early break

Let’s go for a walk.

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

South Lake to Dusy Basin – July 16-17 , 2010

March 19th, 2013 by

Well. We wanted to go on a backpacking trip. It was going to be two nights out, with a short-ish second hiking day, so we could have some time to explore Dusy Basin. However, when we finally got up there, the weather was definitely turning south on us. Oh well, I guess them’s the breaks when you head up into the Sierras. Instead of a day to explore Dusy Basin, we ended up hotfooting it all the way back to where we started.

Joe didn’t want to get his feet wet, I guess!

Shall we take our trip?

Boney Mountain Wilderness Loop – May 16, 2010

April 11th, 2012 by

I defended my thesis! And then I took a few days to breathe, before coming in for a few weeks of cleaning up, but the weekend immediately following my defense, I went out for a nice hike. I went out with Nathan and Joe to the Boney Park Loop, located in the Boney Mountain Wilderness, located in in Pt. Mugu State Park, which abuts the Santa Monica Mountains NRA. According to Afoot and Afield in Los Angeles County, this hike is 10 miles total, with 2k’ of total climb.

Setting out on our day

Going for a loop

San Gabriel River Bike Trail – May 8, 2010

April 7th, 2012 by

In brief, Joe was like “dude, I have this new bike!” and I was like “let’s go ride bikes!” so we went out for a bit of a ride on the San Gabriel River Trail. Joe was still a bit new to riding bikes at this time, and I hadn’t ridden in a while, so it was all good. Of course, over the next few months Joe went all “hard core cyclist” as he is wont to do when he tries new things, but still 🙂 I think we probably did about 21-22 miles total.

Looking north up the bike route.

Some more, you know…more

Snowshoeing Mt. Baden-Powell – March 20, 2010

March 7th, 2012 by

In brief, Joe called me up, and said “let’s go snowshoeing!”. I agreed, and we headed up to Mt. Baden-Powell. And then as the song says, we “marched right up to the top of that hill”, but then, we glissaded down again. This was my first experience with glissade, and I loved it. Loved. It. Amazing. Would do again.

annabarr: Mt Baden-Powell - March 20, 2010 &emdash; well-traveled
follow the footsteps

Walking up the hill

Throop Peak, Angeles NF – May 24, 2009

August 6th, 2011 by

The Angeles Crest Highway (Route 2) up and through the San Gabriel Mountains has a fairly convoluted history of being open and closed in various places, at various times, for various reasons. For most of time in Pasadena, at least some of it had been closed, and I had never driven the entirety of the road. One particular section, from Islip Saddle to Vincent Gap, had been closed for several years, and while I had been right up to either end of that closure, I had never gone through that middle section. So, when I heard it was open, it seemed like the right time to head up there for a hike. There aren’t actually that many trailheads heading out from that section, but there are a couple leaving from Dawson Saddle, which is also the highest point on the ACH at 7901′. Joe and I ended up heading to Throop Peak, which has the added amusement value of being named after Amos Throop, the man who founded Caltech. The hike was fairly brief at 5 miles and 1200′ of gain, but it was a nice day, and we managed to do a complete loop from Pasadena to trailhead to Pasadena. And with hindsight and the Station Fire messing everything up again, it was good that we grabbed the opportunity.

I look pretty good there, if I do say so myself

A bit of hiking