Posted by: GeekHiker | April 8, 2013

Come And Gone

The girl came California.  And now she’s gone away, back to Australia.

I don’t think I’ve ever had three and a half weeks pass by so quickly.

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Posted by: GeekHiker | February 28, 2013

Six Years On…

So, this popped up on my WordPress dashboard notifications a couple of days ago.

WP 6th

Wow.  Six years.  I started this blog six bloody years ago.  Where does the time go?

It makes you think, you know?

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Posted by: GeekHiker | February 21, 2013

Meet Fred

Meet Fred.  Poor Fred.

Meet Fred

Fred apparently wandered away from camp one night in the mountains.  Now Fred is being chased by a wolf.  Which is the perfect time to… learn about all the amazing ways that our bodies work in life-threatening situations!

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Posted by: GeekHiker | February 17, 2013

Redwoods Renewed

If you’ve never had a chance to hike beneath the Coast Redwoods of California, you’ve missed out on a singular experience.  The quiet majesty of that forest swallows you up only a few yards off the roadway, with the ancient giants (over 2,000+ years old, some of them) towering silently overhead.

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Posted by: GeekHiker | February 14, 2013

Snowshoe Hike: Donner Memorial State Park

The story of the Donner Party is one of those tales of Gold Rush California that’s well known outside of the state.  Unfortunately, what’s known about the Donner Party pretty much always focuses on one thing: cannibalism.  It usually boils down to “they ate each other!”, followed by an audible gasp.

Like most stories from history, there’s more to the tale than the simplified legend that’s known so far and wide.  A great place to find out about that story, and a lot of other history besides, is to spend a day up in the high Sierra’s, just off a busy interstate highway at Donner Memorial State Park.

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Posted by: GeekHiker | February 11, 2013

Just Like Being There?

Maybe you noticed the little line of text on the Google home page on Monday: “New! Explore the Grand Canyon with Street View on Google Maps“.  Yes, the future is here and the outdoors are now virtual.

Screenshot of today's Google landing page.

Screenshot of today’s Google landing page.

I first read about this new technology in a newspaper article a few months ago, showcasing the backpack with 15 cameras mounted on top linked to a series of hard drives and GPS units (all of it being, apparently, quite heavy) that allows a hiker to bring Google’s Street View technology out on the trail.  A few months if image clean-up later, and now the product has been unveiled for all to see.

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Posted by: GeekHiker | February 7, 2013

Foggy Morning

You know what’s something I don’t miss about living in Los Angeles?  June Gloom.  That low deck of gray clouds that tends to hang out all day during May and June in coastal Los Angeles (I’ve even griped about it before).

In the Great Central Valley, they tend to get a different kind of fog in the winter: tule fog.  Tule fog is entirely different from that old marine layer in L.A.: you wake up to it in the morning, low on the ground, cutting visibility down to less than a mile.  It swirls in the trees an fills the meadows, blocking out the sun and lending a mysterious quality to the whole world.

And it usually burns off within an hour or two, rather than hanging out for weeks like June Gloom.  This, I like.

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Posted by: GeekHiker | February 3, 2013

Un-Super Bowl Sunday II

Another year.  Another Super Bowl.  Another opportunity to skip town with zero traffic on the roads.

Man, but I do love Super Bowl Sunday.

I’ll admit it: this year’s Un-Super Bowl Sunday didn’t have the same epic road-trip quality of my last Un-Super Bowl Sunday.  That one was so epic it managed to get me highlighted on WordPress’ Freshly Pressed page.  No matter.  The skies were clear, the temperatures warmer than normal and, with the 49ers one of the teams playing in the big game, the vast majority of Northern Californians elected to stay home and watch.  Which was absolutely fine with me.

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Posted by: GeekHiker | February 1, 2013

Friday Sillyness: Make A Decision!

Hm.  Thought I was getting back into the swing of things, then not a single post this week.  Oops.

But it’s been a long time since I’ve done a Friday Sillyness.  Lately, my decision making skills seem to be pretty horrible, so in that spirit, I’ll share with you a little game called Caesar’s Day Off.  Click below and enjoy the pleasure of being able to make all of life’s decisions with a simple thumbs up or thumbs down.

Happy Friday.


Posted by: GeekHiker | January 24, 2013

Should You Be Able To Hear Me Now?

For all that we complain about them, we have it pretty good with our cell phones.  After having driven all the way across the United States and back, and to a few other countries besides, I can honestly say that that the list of places where there isn’t at least some form of coverage is becoming smaller and smaller.  (As for the quality of that coverage, that’s a much longer and boring technical discussion that I’ll spare you from.)

One of the stops I made last year was to Yellowstone National Park.  When I pulled into the Old Faithful area and parked the car, I glanced at the phone to discover that I had service.  Not just barely-there service, but full 4-to-5 signal strength bars of service no less.

Despite being a faithful outdoorsy guy, I’ll admit to being a bit elated at being able to send a text message off to the family.  My parents are big fans of Yellowstone, and promptly replied with a couple of suggestions of things to do in the Old Faithful area.  It was a nice way to touch base after having not had contact for over a week.

But the question is: should we have been able to contact each other at all?

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