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|Monday, January 7th, 2013|
|Ride update 1/6/13
11/16 115.2 mi 9:45 Must be cumulative. Haven't done any rides over 30 mi in a day for many months.
|Wednesday, July 6th, 2011|
25.7 miles, 2:12. That's what the bike computer read when I reset it Monday morning. I'm pretty sure that was the ride Saturday, July 2. Home -> Santa Clara (Canoeing for 2.5 hours) -> Adams Ave Bike Shop -> Home
|Saturday, June 25th, 2011|
|"Do you go to farmers markets?" - Off The Cuff, San Diego Reader June 8, 2011
The first person to answer this question happens to have given testimony as a witness in a criminal case for which I was a jury member about 3 years ago. The case had the feeling of being a play in a theater. There was a hyper-reality to it. In every way I know these were ordinary people living their ordinary lives. In no way did I think I'd ever see any of them again. Nor would I want to.
A good friend of mine had his answer to an OFF THE CUFF question some years ago.
|Monday, May 9th, 2011|
|Thursday, December 30th, 2010|
|Saturday, December 11th, 2010|
|Ride update 12/11
12/11 1:51 21.7 mi
12/9 0:29 5.0 (0:10:26 2.41 home to bus stop)
12/8 0:58 12.6
12/7 1:27 17.1
12/5 1:19 14.6
12/3 1:30 13.8
11/30 0:43 9.3
11/24 1:27 16.3
11/23 0:12 2.1
11/22 1:30 17.2
11/21 1:42 21.7
11/19 0:31 5.7
11/18 1:03 12.9
11/7 1:37 18.8
11/6 0:18 3.7
10/14 1:04 12.3
10/13 0:28 4.6 Costa Verde
10/12 1:19 14.0
10/8 4:24 49.4
10/4 0:53 11.2
9/29 0:42 8.1
9/27 0:55 8.9
9/23 0:11 2.3
9/22 0:52 9.5
9/13 2:08 23.0
9/12 1:37 22.2
7/19 1:10 14.3 am
7/19 1:43 23.5 pm
|Monday, October 25th, 2010|
|Santa Rosa Ridge 22-24 October 2010
Paul, Peter, Richard, and I hiked the Santa Rosa Ridge from the Villager Peak trailhead at Highway S22 to Toro Peak.
Before the hike, I measured an approximate route to get distances using Google Earth. The distances are:
10.5 km or 6.5 mi Lute Ridge to Villager Peak
5.7 km or 3.5 mi Villager Pk to Rabbit peak
9.0 km or 5.6 mi Rabbit Peak to Dawns Peak (6582)
2.4 km or 1.5 mi Dawns Peak to Water Cache (10-17-10)
11.9 km or 7.4 mi Water Cache to Santa Rosa Road
1.0 km or 0.6 mi Santa Rosa Road to Toro Peak
40.37 km or 25.08 mi
After the hike I discovered that all the 7.5-minute USGS topo maps are freely available as Google Earth .kml files at historicmapdvds.com.
The hike started at elevation 970 feet. We achieved the summits of four major peaks:
Villager Peak (5756')
Rabbit Peak (6666')
Dawns Peak (6582')
Toro Peak (8716')
I have heard of people hiking Santa Rosa Ridge from Toro Peak, which is accessible by dirt road, to the desert floor, but few hiking up. There is a trail log describing such a hike http://angeles.sierraclub.org/dps/archives/dps00752.htm
. I had heard that in the course of a year there might be half-dozen people who hike the entire ridge. Based on the lack of trail in the portion between Rabbit Peak and the 7200' contour, I would guess it is even less. It that section we mainly followed sheep trails or the ridge line, scrambled over boulders, and bushwacked through manzanita, scrub oak, and other chaparral. Even signs of broken branches and twigs were not in evidence.
The conditions were perfect for the hike, not too cold, and not too hot. It had rained the day or two before so the soil was damp, so there was no dust. The smell of the desert after the rain was fragrant. It was partly cloudy to sunny all three days. Wind was dead calm at night to light breeze mostly, and quite windy at Toro Peak. Temperatures were probably low to mid 60s during the day and down to low 40s to low 50s at night. Saturday night was really humid, with dew forming all night in exposed areas. I was warm and clammy in my sleeping bag. The full moon was a plus, but very bright.
Water is always an issue since there is no water for the entire hike. On October 17, Paul, Peter, and I cached 12 liters of water at an unnamed peak about 1.5 miles NNW of Dawns Peak. We found a large rock at this location to cache the water. Affixed to the granite boulder is a brass plaque engraved with "Nothing Easily Gained is Really Worth Having" which somehow seemed appropriate. I had started with 5 liters, and was happy to refill with 3.5 more liters.
Toward the end of Saturday we found a cache of 3 gallons of water stashed in a crevice in the rock. It was the water Peter and I left 9-22-2006! It was still good.
My left knee was unusually sore after the water cache hike 10-17-10, so I had been taking 600 mg ibuprofen 3 times a day since then. The ibuprofen, using trekking poles, and keeping to a moderate pace, kept the knee acting up. I was really concerned Monday (10-18) when I could barely walk around the house.
My loaded back weighed 13 pounds after the hike. There was no water and only a little bit of food. I took no stove/fuel. I tried to keep weight to a minimum and I think I succeeded. One can always improve. Among the group we had an altimeter, map, and GPS receiver. However, I would have liked to have prepared my own map, and programmed the GPS.
Equipment taken and not used:
wallet (should have left behind)
Equipment not taken but wished had:
first aid kit
hand sanitizer or soap
a second bandana (to use while the other dries)
gloves (for bushwacking)
gloves (for cold)
Make sure camera batter fully charged.
16 oz chocolate, raisin, nuts trail mix
food bars (granola bars) (six not eaten)
peanuts (not eaten)
Equipment taken and used:
ultralight inner frame backpack (Six Moon Designs)
3 liter inner water bag (from Camelback)
plastic ground sheet
insulite closed cell foam sleeping pad
strap for sleeping pad
Gore-Tex down sleeping bag
pile zipup sweater
bill hat with drape
camera and case
boots (Lowa medium weight)
polyester long johns
long sleeve nylon shirt
convertible nylon cargo pants
Ultralight pack did well in spite of intense buckwacking through tough branches, with numerous snags, etc. No significant damage observed. Hiking boots show significant wear, with some stitching and sole at toe failing. Tread worked exceptionally well on boulders where grip is critical.
|Sunday, May 30th, 2010|
Yesterday's bike ride:
GPS measured 8.2 mi from home to Santa Clara to bike shop. Replaced bike computer battery. Bike computer measured 10.0 mi to folks house, then home.
GPS unit is DeLorme Earthmate PN-40. I recorded canoe practice (Santa Clara-Crystal Pier-Yukon-Santa Clara):
* 29-May-10,054538P #007
-- Draw Track (Draw Object)
Start Time: 5/29/2010 7:51:09 AM PDT
Acquisition Time: 5/29/2010 7:51:09 AM PDT
Finish Time: 5/29/2010 9:54:23 AM PDT
Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) is GMT-7
Distance: 11.58 mi
Average Speed: 5.6 MPH
Average Moving Speed: 6.1 MPH
Maximum Speed: 10.5 MPH
Average Status: 3-D
Fix Was Lost: 0 times
Acquisition Street: Santa Clara Pl
Acquisition Location: San Diego, California (92109)
Finish Street: Santa Clara Pl
Finish Location: San Diego, California (92109)
Acquisition Coordinate: N32° 47.0306' W117° 14.9074'
Finish Coordinate: N32° 47.0299' W117° 14.9131'
Time from Start to Finish: 2:03:14 (hr:min:sec)
Time to Acquire: 0:00:00 (hr:min:sec)
Time from Acquisition to Finish: 2:03:14 (hr:min:sec)
Time Moving: 1:53:44 (hr:min:sec)
Time Stopped: 0:09:30 (hr:min:sec)
Mission Bay -- Bay or Estuary (Body of Water)
92109 (San Diego, CA) -- ZIP Code
San Diego County (CA73) -- US County
California (CA) -- US State
United States (US) -- Country
|Friday, May 28th, 2010|
|Thursday, May 27th, 2010|
|Passport arrived yesterday
My new passport arrived yesterday. It's valid for 10 years. It expires May 22, 2020.
Now that passports are required for returning from Mexico, I needed to get this done without delay. My previous passport expired May 8, 2010. The last trip to Mexico was May 1, on the SDAG OSW to see the fault rupture from the April 4, 2010, Sierra El Mayor earthquake near Mexicali, Baja California. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqinthenews/2010/ci14607652/#summary
Our OSW included stops at 1) the rupture across highway 1-D in the pass between El Centinela (Signal Mountain) and the Sierra Cucapa, 2) the western hills of Sierra Cucapa for about a 1/5 mile hike along the rupture showing 2-3 m right-oblique displacement, and 3) Laguna Salada where liquifaction brought hypersaline groundwater to the surface shortly after the earthquake.
|Monday, May 24th, 2010|
Here are some words I think could give the non-geologist some trouble if not explained:
bodies (e.g., "scattered bodies")
dynamic and kinematic history
pluton and plutonic rocks
|Sunday, May 23rd, 2010|
I missed San Diego "ride to work week" last week. Between out of town field work and evening meetings, it didn't seem practical. (Lame excuse.)
However I did a short ride (6.3 miles each way according to Google maps) to Mission Valley. My bike computer battery was low so it didn't record the mileage. It unfortunately lost the stored odometer reading.
Even though I missed the Ride to Work festivities, today was "socket wrench day" on today's bike ride. I found two Craftsman sockets: a 1/2" drive 21mm 12-pt, and a 3/8" drive 7/16" 6-pt.
There were some auto parts, too, but not enough to call it "auto parts day" this time.
I've been contemplating riding from Avila Beach weekend of June 19, but I'll seriously need to do more riding.
|Monday, May 17th, 2010|
|Wednesday, May 12th, 2010|
|Smog Check - Honda 3/24/10
ASM Emission Test Results
| || ||%CO2 ||%O2 || ||HC (PPM) || || ||CO (%) || || ||NO (PPM) || |
|Test ||RPM ||MEAS ||MEAS ||MAX ||AVE ||MEAS ||MAX ||AVE ||MEAS ||MAX ||AVE ||MEAS |
|15 mph ||1933 ||14.8 ||0.0 ||138 ||31 ||54 ||0.84 ||0.10 ||0.12 ||859 ||237 ||595 |
|25 mph ||2100 ||14.7 ||0.0 ||112 ||20 ||43 ||0.73 ||0.09 ||0.16 ||798 ||199 ||793 |
MAX = Maximum Allowable Emissions
AVE = Average Emissions for Passing Vehicles
MEAS = Amount Measured
1989 Honda Civic, 1.5 L, 4 Cyl., Manual Trans.
Inspection Reason: High Emitter Profile
|Thursday, March 25th, 2010|
3/22 0:16 4.4 mi back from car repair shop(*)
3/23 0:48 8.0 mi to/from Dr. appt.
3/24 0:45 9.9 mi Ride to work downtown
(*)Repair broken door lock from break-in an theft Sunday at Carmel Valley Rd and I-5 park and ride lot. Ash tray (which held change) and lighter missing. Phone charger taken. Entire glove compartment contents removed including owner's manual, registration, receipts, mileage record, pens, a calculator, tire gauge, spare fuses, etc. Some tools, a navigation light, and a really good bike pump stolen from trunk. Towel, bathing suit, towel missing. Neoprene shorts, two hats, work boots untouched. Tote bag with fan organization paperwork, fortunately, untouched. There were four slips of paper on the dash; thief stole two: a $4 receipt for parking, and an envelope with mileage notes. What's up with that?
|Thursday, February 11th, 2010|
|Colorado River Canoe Trip - Personal Equipment list
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT LIST FOR COLORADO RIVER TRIP
February 16 - 19, 1996
Take any additional items you think necessary.
1. Extra pants and shirt, rain gear.
2. Underwear, socks, handkerchiefs, tee shirts and sweatshirt.
3. Old tennis shoes for walking in the water.
4. Sleeping bag, ground cloth, sleeping pad and something warm to sleep in.
6. Swim suit.
7. Towel, soap, tooth brush, etc.
8. Gloves for paddling, if desired.
10. Plate, cup, spoon, fork, and knife. Troop will not furnish these. Mark with identification.
11. 1 quart size container for your personal drinking water.
12. 1 plastic garbage bag for your personal gear. The troop will furnish a 3 mil bag. 1 burlap bag to put your plastic bag in for protection against tearing. The troop has a limited number of these burlap bags.
13. 1 plastic garbage bag for carrying out trash. We must take out all of our trash.
14. Ropes for tying all of your gear to the canoe in case of a capsize and to use as painters for the canoe.
15. Tent. Share with another scout.
16. Suntan lotion and/or sunblock.
Be sure to mark all of your gear with your name or other identification.
- from Mr. Sid Lubin's unpublished "Campout Planning and Execution" Boy Scout Troop planning guide
|Wednesday, December 9th, 2009|
|Home Projects - update
Install baseboard trim in hallway and closets
Install transitions between hardwood floor
Paint door of linen closet
Reinstall hallway closet doors
Paint french doors, install screen door
Install a new door on cabinet in bathroom
Pantry cabinet in garage
Bookshelves for office, dining room
Complete rebuilding property line fence (24 feet to go)
Build fence and gate on SW side of garage to property line
|Tuesday, December 8th, 2009|
Mark installed all 5 new windows today. It was a pleasure to come home to see the job completed including all trim. We'll need to do a thorough cleaning in the living room and my office to make sure all the broken glass shards are picked up.
|Monday, December 7th, 2009|
Our five replacement windows arrived Friday. The carpenter came by Saturday and provided a schedule to install the windows on Monday. But with the stormy weather today he called and put it off until tomorrow which was fine. When I got home one of the old windows had blown in. That's the living room window. It fell on the stereo cabinet miraculously leaving the electronics, including TV, undamaged. It also seems to have missed damaging the new window which was leaning against the wall below the window. Only the wheels of the cabinet were crushed. Only a few drops of rain inside. No significant water inside the house. Then as I was cleaning up the broken glass, the window in my office blew in. I was able to get the office window back into the window space, and used unbroken window panes from the living room window to replace the broken ones. I nailed the whole thing solidly into the frame. The living room window is 9 feet long and was pretty bent and many panes broken. Stella and I took it outside and I fastened 20 mil plastic sheeting in the window frame. I hope the storm will pass by tomorrow so we can get the new windows installed. We definitely want the windows in by the weekend.
The good news is that it appears there was no permanent damage. Also, we needed the rain. Maybe not all at once! Now it's windy.
|Monday, November 9th, 2009|
|SDAG field trip 11/6-8
Annual SDAG field trip, Nov. 6-8, 2009.
Camping two nights at Pinyon Flat ~4,000 ft elevation
Digital camera with charged battery
Headlamp w/fresh AAA battery
brim cap w/drape
long sleeve shirt (2)
light insulated jacket
convertible cargo pants
yellow plastic 1-cup
cooking pot w/lid
Down sleeping bag
earplugs (highway traffic and coyotes)
plastic ground sheet
One pair socks
charger for cell phone
charger for camera battery
extra plates (3)
extra bowls (3)
polypro shirt and pants
extra long underwear
car key (carpooled-should have left key at home!)
tupperware bowl with lid (plate/bowl)
belt holder for water bottle
hatchet (for firewood)
Brought and Used up:
firewood (one box, shared)
wine (5 bottles, shared)