Monthly Archives: May 2014

hole lotta lake

8000 years ago this was the tallest mountain in Oregon. 7700 years ago an eruption swallowed the peak leaving only the rim. Snowmelt eventually created the lake while residual liquid hot magma created a small island in the lake. The … Continue reading

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Liquid hot magma

Lava Beds National Monument is the most understated park I have ever visited. It should be named Gnarly Lava Tunnels That You Climb In And Have Your Mind Blown National Gnar. Alice and Phil discovered this place. Why doesn’t everyone … Continue reading

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Planet Vulcan

I was in a gambling mood this morning. Fortunately I found myself on the outskirts of Reno. A stop at a gas station provided the slot machine I craved. I dropped in $5 and left with $10. It was 8 … Continue reading

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On a pilgrimage in the prominence land

In the Sierra mountains there is Tioga pass. It is one of the most altitudiness places in the country and seemed a good place to start a hike. The pass includes the watershed that serves San Francisco but it got … Continue reading

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Yo! Smite!

This park’s reputation is well earned. This was the dinner view last night. And breakfast this morning…. Yup, it’s the halfdome.

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A, B, Sees

For the last couple of nights we have stayed with Brendan and Doris. Their place is lovely and in the heart of San Francisco. The walls are filled with super hip art, like the piece featured below. They were wonderful … Continue reading

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Frisco

Yesterday was spent exploring San Francisco by bicycle with Sarah. Last time we adventured together was when she drove to Haida Gwaii with me last year. It has been marvelous connecting on her home turf. Tess and I rented bicycles … Continue reading

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got wood?

I’ve long wanted to see the redwoods of California. My only real frames of reference have been the sitka spruce of Vancouver island and, on Haida Gwaii, the sitka spruce and western red cedar. The coastal redwood has the mantle … Continue reading

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Tyranny in the land of the free

I have seen pictures of Americans riding dinosaurs, but didn’t know how serious it was until now. I spotted this beast from the highway and the trek south paused for an investigation. It turned out just to be bait and … Continue reading

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git er dune

We rented a dune buggy. Tess wanted to relive a childhood memory of visiting the Oregon dunes with her family. She was adamant that she got first drive. The setting was beautiful. The dunes were between two stretches of forest … Continue reading

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