Archive for July, 2006

Camping at San Onofre

Well, this weekend had an unexpected adventure. I went camping out at San Onofre State Beach, just for one night. It was pretty nice, we took the tent trailer out, so it wasn’t really camping like I’m used to.

Other than the camping, we went down and got our feet wet in the ocean (wow, it’s been YEARS since I’ve been down to the beach). Also, we had dinner, beer, margaritas, and a great time.

Now, for jury service tomorrow. I hope I don’t get on a case, since I need the money that I’ll lose not going to work.

Summer Heat

Wow, its hot out today. It hit about 105F today here. I heard on the radio that it was going to hit 115F in Riverside. Thank God I don’t live out there, I feel really sorry for the people that do.

Of course, we’ve got some deal with the electric provider that they can turn off the AC for a reduction in the bill, and they did today. Of course, with all my girls (read: computers) running, it was pretty darn hot in my room.

Also, for anyone in the mood for an interesting and good beer, try the Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery in Oregon. Its pretty darn delicious, if you’ve got taste in beer.

Back from Hiking

Well, I’m back from my backpack trip today. It was really fun. I got quite a lot of quiet time to myself, mostly in the early morning before everyone else got up. At least a couple of hours each day. It was very relaxing.

I took about 150 pictures during the trip, some of which are better than the others. Quite a few are blurry, but you can go check them out at the photo gallery.

The first day (Sunday the 16th), we went on the Pacific Crest Trail, and climbed Mt. Williamson, and then proceeded to the Little Jimmy Trail Camp. The total was 7.2 miles, with 4100 ft. of elevation change. A moderately difficult hike. It took most of the day for us to reach the camp.

The second day (Monday the 17th) we rested at camp and relaxed, broke apart some firewood, etc.

The third day (Tuesday the 18th), we day hiked up to Mt. Hawkins. It was about 5 miles round trip, with 3400 ft. of elevation change. It used up a good portion of the day, which made the time pass much more quickly.

Today (Wednesday the 19th) we made our way out the way we came in, except we did not climb Mt. Williamson, we took Highway 2 out. It was closed to vehicle traffic, so it was not a problem making our way out.

Overall, a very great vacation. I’ve got some horrible blisters on my heels, but it was completely worth it.


w00t! I get to go backpacking again!

I’m taking off for the weekend, and part of next week, to go backpacking. It’s been quite a long time, we’ll see how well I do. I hope all the walking I do each week pays off…

How Interesting

Well, I was browsing around Digg this morning and came across a site that allows you to find what song was number one on the charts on any day in the last 60 years or so.

So, of course, I looked up what was number one on my birthday, and it is:
Nena – “99 Red Balloons”

How funny, huh? Especially considering I like the song (the German version, anyway) and my friends make fun of me about it constantly, even though I haven’t played it when they are around in a long time.

Here’s the site that will let you look up the info:

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