Aliso Woods

Hiked 11 miles in Aliso and Wood Canyon park today. The GPS app on my phone says it was over 2000 feet of elevation too, but I don’t believe it. It also drained my battery down to 25%, clearly I need a dedicated GPS if I decide I actually care about mapping whole trips as opposed to select points.


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Sunday, August 1st, 2010 Hiking 6 Comments

Holy Jim Trail

Today I hiked the Holy Jim trail.  Or part of it anyway.  This is the most popular way to reach the top of Saddleback mountain (or more correctly, Santiago Peak).  I wasn’t expecting to make it to the peak, and so of course I didn’t.  Next time!  I did hike somewhere around 9 or 10 miles, round trip.

Santiago Peak

You can see one of the radio towers on top of the peak in this picture (click to embiggen), which is from right about where I turned around.  I’d done 2000 feet of elevation gain at this point, and the peak would’ve been another 1000 and several more miles.

Holy Jim Falls

The highlight of the hike was Holy Jim falls.  Who knew there was an actual waterfall in Orange County?  And it even flows in the middle of summer! At least this year when there was lots of rain.

This was my favorite sight of the whole trip though, from the drive out to the trail on a very, very bumpy road.  The mist rolling over the valley and the sun just starting to peak through was spectacular.  I had to stop and get out to take pictures.  I don’t think they turned out very well though.  This is the best of the bunch, it’s the only one where you can really see all the hills going back.


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Saturday, July 31st, 2010 Hiking 1 Comment

Today’s hike

Did this today:
03/13/2010 Route

The hardest (though not tallest) hill, had already walked down it, this picture was on the way back. The trail on the left and all along the ridge in the background to the hill at the right.


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Saturday, March 13th, 2010 Hiking No Comments

Jungle Drums of Ur’vine

As J.D. and I set out for our morning excursion, we heard the sound of jungle drums beating in the distance. As we emerged from our nocturnal hiding hole, we were greeted by this sight:

The natives were staging some sort of tribal procession. For a primitive people, they were remarkably well organized, with sentries marking the way, and guardians making sure the local fauna did not harm the pilgrims:

I stopped one of the participants to ask what this was all about. Though we did not share a language, I was able to gather that this march is in honor of their god, Ar-Thritis. He must be a powerful god indeed to inspire so many. As we returned to our encampment, I captured one more high vantage point view of the ritual.

The land of Ur’vine and it’s population grow more mysterious and wonderful in their ways by the day.

(This post is apparently Part 2 in a series. Here’s Part 1)

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Sunday, May 18th, 2008 Uncategorized No Comments

Was that a fail?

As noted, I didn’t ride my century.  I did, however, ride the short version, Irvine to Mission Bay (Sea World basically) this past weekend.  It was 58 miles on Saturday and another 42 on Sunday.  The ride felt great, I could’ve done a little bit more each day, but I definitely made the right decision not doing the full 100 on Saturday, I slacked too much in my later training.  Still, I feel like I accomplished enough of what I set out to do, and I don’t even feel bad today.  I feel like I could do another 50 today if I had to.  And although it wasn’t a race, I think I finished ahead of most of the pack both days, though it’s hard to tell on day one since all the really strong riders were probably doing the century.

So I guess I need to update the blog title too.  But that’s enough for now.  I do think I’ll do this or other rides again, I had a lot of fun, and I feel great.

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Monday, October 15th, 2007 Uncategorized No Comments

Honorary Gadget Girl

My girlfriend calls me gadget boy. She has earned the right to be called honorary gadget girl. She has more things plugged in next to the bed than I do, and she fixed my car’s nav system once. I told her she can’t drop the “honorary” until she can read email from anywhere. What kind of gadget person can’t even get email at the beach in 2007? Come on! It hurts just thinking about it.

Then she came across these.   Purchasing one of those will also earn her her place as a full fledged gadget girl.


I will keep you posted as to her status.

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Friday, September 28th, 2007 Uncategorized 1 Comment

Metric century

Yesterday’s ride (where I took that picture) was 66 miles, which I just realized is the first time I’ve done a metric century (100km + a little bit).  That milestone should have come two weeks ago, but life’s been interesting, and I slacked on that ride and missed last week’s long ride completely.  Last week, leading up to yesterday, I’ve got things back on track.  Should have been 71 miles yesterday too, going by the schedule (and having set last week as a do-over of the week before), but 66 miles after two weeks of relative slacking was a pretty big deal.

Still only a little bit sore today though.  The ride itself was really tough towards the end, but I’m feeling back in the swing of things riding-related again.  Even if I did miss my ride today.  Sleeping 10 hours straight will do that.

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Monday, August 20th, 2007 Uncategorized No Comments

The rules are different here

Little known fact: in most parts of Orange County, fire is harmless. You can sit right in the middle of a roaring bonfire on the beach and not feel a thing. But the rules are different in Santiago Canyon. When traveling through that zone, fire can and will hurt you. Luckily, the server displays the following message when this rule change takes effect.


Fire is hazardous from that point on.

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Sunday, August 19th, 2007 Uncategorized No Comments

Top of the world

This is the best view on any of my frequent rides. Mostly because it’s a view of a nice long downhill stretch after a pretty good climb. It’s not very obvious in the picture, but there’s a giant orange balloon over on the right side. It’s at the future Irvine Great Park, the first thing they’ve put in there. It only just opened. You can go for a ride to get an even better view of Irvine.


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Sunday, July 15th, 2007 Uncategorized No Comments

Obviously it’s in my genes

This appeared in the L.A. Times, 1974.  I’m the smiling kid.  My brother is the future axe murderer.

A Whatzit Built For Four

The full name of the photographer is cut off, but I bet it was Boris Yeltsin.

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Sunday, July 8th, 2007 Uncategorized 1 Comment