Wednesday, January 30, 2013

JMT Permit

Today, I submitted the permit application for my July JMT trip and received confirmation.  More to come!

Monday, January 28, 2013

San Jacinto Snow Day

Troop 774 spent the day up at San Jacinto to get some training on snow skills.  We drove up Sat. morning and hit the tram up to the top.
The weather was pretty good.  The temperatures were in the 40’s with a bit of sun; no snow but there was some light mist and rain.
At the trailhead, we got the scouts into the snowshoes.  For most, including myself, it was the first time in snowshoes.  For the most part, it was pretty straight forward, but it was a challenge towing the sleds around logs and rocks.  As we started down the trail, many found they had not tightened their shoes enough and we stopped for adjustments quite often.  The snow was spotty in places so we were walking over mud or dirt for short lengths.  We hiked the Desert View Trail for about .75 miles to the second notch.  Unfortunately, the clouds and fog obscured the views down to the valley.
We then took off the shoes and the kids started playing in the snow.  We also started work on an igloo using the Ice Box kit.  The kit was contraption that build snow bricks in a precise circle.  As the walls grew in height, the box tilted and the diameter shortened to make the structure.  The kids were a bit annoyed at having to shovel so much snow but the end result was terrific!  We then got some hot drinks and ramen going to keep everyone warm.
After a while, some of the scouts started to get cold and wet.   So we had some clothing changes and then headed back to the tram station. 

Sunday Activities

  • Checked out San Dieguito Heritage Museum – spoke to the friendly docents; it will be nice when they get the next set of structures in place
  • Watched “WarGames” with the kids – don’t think they were too impressed with the computer equipment

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

NC Times RIP

The UT acquired the North County times last year and they recently removed the website and the URL redirects to the North County section of the new UT site.  I enjoyed the NC Times as a different, more down to earth option to the UT.  While I read them both, it is sad to have only one major new outlet now.
The Wayback Machine has the old site captured for posterity.

Monday, January 21, 2013


My holiday reading:

Weekend Activities

  • Bengt had sculpture class and we hung out at Vinaka's
  • Gun Appreciation Day at Iron Sights
  • 6.5 mile hike up the eastern approach to Woodson Mountain and back via the Fry trail

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Weekend Activities

  • Bengt and Paki's hot air balloon ride 
  • Hike and run with Sophie at Cardiff; the recent storms are take out a small piece of the parking lot
  • 7 mile urban hike; blisters flared up even with the friction stick
  • Tried out Stone Flats - pizza was good (I had the gluten-free dough); wings were awesome

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Huell Howser RIP

Huell Howser passed away over the weekend.  I loved watching his shows from my college days in early 90's.  My kids have also enjoyed watching it as well.  I believe his shows will become a valuable historical reference for many years to come.

Some of my favorite episodes include:
Mono Lake
China Clipper
Yosemite Railroad
Sinatra's House
Road Trip - Coast Highway
Road Trip - Mariposa

A lot has been written about his passing:
KCET Socal Connected

The full archives can be found at Chapman College.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Friday, January 04, 2013

Carpinteria Camping

After spending Christmas with the family in Orange County, we headed up the coast for a few nights of camping at Carpinteria State Beach near Santa Barbara.
  • Hike along the beach
  • Explored the first section of the Mt. Montecito trail - priceless views from the overlook
  • Explored the amazing asphalt still bubbling up from the bluffs
  • Hit some great restaurants
  • Did the tourist thing on the SB pier - it was boring
  • Visited the Maritime Museum which was great