Yearly Archives: 2012

Stormy Ski Weekend

A gallery of pictures from a stormy ski weekend in Tahoe with Darlene:

  

The furry hats are made by a friend of Darlene’s, Hosch Posch Creations.

 

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Remembering Cassie

Cassie Elliott, a wonderful, joyful person — and friend — died earlier this month.  I’m posting this as a memorial to share a stream of photos from our adventures together, mostly with the Outdoor Adventure Club, since I first met her in December 2008.

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Tahoe Ski Weekend

Pictures from the first ski weekend of the season with the Outdoor Adventure Club at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows:

  

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Eagles Flying

Just wanted to highlight a really wonderful live raptor show, “Eagles Flying” at the Irish Raptor Centre in County Sligo, Ireland.  Click on through for some video and pictures from a visit to this awesome bird sanctuary during my recent visit to Ireland with Glenn and Michele:

      

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Wilder Ranch & Sea Cliffs

Just some photos from a ride at Wilder Ranch with the South Bay Mountain Bike Group that returned via the coastal trail along the sea cliffs at Wilder:

        

  

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Big Showing for MBOSC

A big showing for the MBOSC club ride at Wilder Ranch today:

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Mini Golf in Santa Cruz

Some pictures from an evening at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk with Darlene:

   

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Greg & Erin’s Wedding Reception

Newly married earlier this year, Greg and Erin celebrated by hosting a dinner party at the Monterey Bay Aquarium this past Saturday, Nov. 17th — and it was a fantastic location for a party!

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Fall Creek

A wet Saturday afternoon hiking along Fall Creek in the Henry Cowell Redwoods Forest State Park with the super cute Darlene (it’s not her fault, she can’t help it):

          

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Opera Night

Just a couple of pics from an evening with Darlene at the San Francisco Opera to see Tosca last night.  Regarding “Tosca”… spoiler alert: everybody dies! ;-)

   

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Spectacular Sunset

Riding around the Monterey peninsula on Wednesday with Nanci and her visiting friend, Tana, we were treated to not only a lovely day but a spectacular extended sunset in Carmel:

 

 

 

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Two Weeks in Ireland

Just back from two weeks in Ireland with my brother Glenn and my sister-in-law Michele. The first week was spent mostly in the southwest on a very fun, small group tour with Wolfhound Adventure Tours. The second week we rented a car to explore more of the west and a bit to the north.

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Cycle to Año Nuevo

Pictures from a bike ride this past Saturday with my favorite pink biker chick, Darlene — 28 miles out to Año Nuevo State Park (and the elephant seals) from my home near Santa Cruz (with a nice little detour along Swanton Rd):

   

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More Mtn Biking near Truckee

Here’s some pictures from two days of mountain biking near Truckee, CA with Richard on Oct 4-5th. First day was Mills Peak, near Graeagle.  It’s a long but pleasant nearly three-hour climb to the top and the fire lookout tower and a very fun one hour ride back down.  The second day we did the “Super-D” trail from Watson Lake down to the 06 fire road south of Truckee.

        

There’s a great panoramic view from atop Mt. Watson, looking south over Lake Tahoe:

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Space Shuttle Flyover

I went down to the NASA Ames Research Center / Moffett Field this morning to watch the flyover of the space shuttle Endeavour on its way to a museum in southern California.

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There were a number of booths set up showing some of the science and technology developed at Ames to support the shuttle program as well as a number of guest speakers including a couple of shuttle astronauts. Unfortunately, the host speaker built up expectation a bit much by describing how the shuttle and its 747 carrier were expected to come down the length of the runway potentially as low as 200 ft.  As the supposed 20,000 of us were gathered along the length of the runway, this would have been quite spectacular to see.  Alas, the pilots clearly had other plans.

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After we were told the shuttle was approaching, it was the escort jet that became first visible and we were all watching *it* as the shuttle itself made a stealthy approach hidden behind the large hanger frame on the opposite side to the runway.  It was nearly on top of us when it popped into view and everyone turned (and hastily swung their cameras around) to see it fly over — at a more mundane 1500 ft or so.

Here’s a short video I created of the event:

Still it was fun to get to see it with the big crowd and to hang out with others while waiting for its appearance!  I was there with the Geek Club Meetup group.

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Here’s a great time-lapse video of the shuttle being maneuvered along the streets of Los Angeles.

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Cycling for Booty

Pictures from a road ride out along Cañada Rd from Atherton with Darlene — in the spirit of the Tenth International Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day (Sept. 19th, 2012), of course:

  

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