Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Tarantula Hunting

For the last 5+ years I have been thinking about heading to Mt. Diablo to look for tarantulas during their October mating season (usually in November after realizing I missed it…again). Some years I had a good excuse for forgetting e.g. travelling to New York twice to watch Yankees win the ALCS and World Series […]

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Great Expectations

In the summer of 2003, I read an article about the Tahoe Rim Trail being awarded national status. I was familiar with the big name trails e.g. Appalachian and Pacific Crest, for which completing a thru-hike was a many month commitment. This trail was only 165 miles long and there were less than 200 people […]

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

GPX Elevation Profile Plotting With The Google Chart API

Last month I went on a few training hikes for an upcoming backpacking trip, and on the final two, I took along my GPS. Google Earth provides a wealth of options for visualizing GPS data, but I wanted to get a better understanding of what was going on under the hood. So I exported my […]

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009


My wife and I took a short road-trip up the northern coast of California over Labor Day Weekend to visit the old growth Redwood forests. I have had an interest in the Giant Sequoias and Coastal Redwoods, the largest and tallest living organisms respectively, for some time now. Standing next to a 1000 year old […]

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Tahoe Rim Trail Thru-Hike

Last month I completed a thru-hike of the Tahoe RimTrail and became the 915th member of the 165 Mile Club. I took a number of pictures and tried to keep something of a journal during the hike. It’s not the most thrilling piece of prose, but it’ll have to do. Originally I thought I would […]