Saturday, May 21, 2016

History and Adventure Books

American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857 by Sally Denton - fascinating story of an unreported American tragedy
The Diamond Caper by Peter Mayle - not Mayle's best effort
Economics of Uncertainty by Professor Connel Fullenkamp  Ph. D. - decent lecture
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten Ware That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger - OK history of the first Barbary Wars
The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko - must read account of the fastest rafting of the Grand Canyon
The Rope by Nevada Barr - one of my favorite of the series
Bone Deep Broth by Lya Mojica and Taylor Chen - making some broth
Into Africa: the Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by Martin Dugard - wondrous adventures of two men

Monday, May 16, 2016

COPE at Mataguay

The troop had a date at Mataguay for COPE.  It started Friday night and didn't stop until Sunday noon.  The scouts did team building, low ropes, high ropes and zip line both in day and in pitch darkness.  Unfortunately I suffered from a cold and allergies but that didn't affect my dutch oven chili and peach cobbler!  Overall it was a great weekend and the scouts can't wait to get back especially when they get the new higher and longer courses built.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Bobcat in Gonzales Canyon

Jyoti and I headed to Gonzales Canyon for the first time.  Right after leaving the parking lot we saw a bobcat carrying its prey down into the canyon.  It was my first bobcat sighting and was pretty cool.  Overall, this hike is pretty good considering all the nearby housing.  Be aware of the poison oak jungle along the creek.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

San Mateo Camp

The troop headed up to San Mateo campground (part of San Onofre State Beach) for the first time.  We had some good sites that had the adults behind a screen of bushes and trees.  On Saturday morning, we hiked out to Trestles beach and enjoyed the sun and sand for a while.  We saw some whales that were very close to the shore.  We later found out we missed a dead whale washing up on shore by a day. After lunch, we did some skills and advancement.  In the evening, we an very nice campfire.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Laguna Mt. Hike

A couple friends are I headed up to the Laguna Mountatin Recreation Area for a good hike.  We parked at the information center along Sunrise Highway and headed out along the Sunset Trail.  After some incline and then a gentle decline, we headed south on the Big Laguna Trail.  We stopped for lunch and coffee at a nice spot overlooking Big Laguna which had a decent amount of water.  We then followed the trail back to the car ending up hiking 11+ miles.  The weather all day was threatening rain but we never got anything more that some light mist.  The rain threat kept most of the people away and there were only a few on the trail.  Great hike on a great day.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Diet, Exercise, History and Geology

A slew of books were read about a variety of subjects