Saturday, June 28, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
This is Black's beach which is the beach beneath Torrey Pines. The US Open was held here a week ago. I was here two days after the Open ended. They were still tearing down the tents, etc. It is a good hike down to the beach. Tiger won the US Open but has to take a few months off for knee surgery. It was only 95 degrees here but the humidity from the ocean was noticable. This is just outside of San Diego.
The wind always blows here so there are about 1000 of these wind mills producing electricity. It was 115 degrees the other day in Palm Springs. It is kind of like living in an oven. When you turn off the air conditioning or are working outside you bake. 100 is a cool day here but the evenings can be pleasant.
I bought a Honda Civic Hybrid and with gas prices of $4.75 a gallon in CA, it is a good thing. I am getting 40 MPG with the air conditioner on and going 70 miles per hour. It is a smooth running little car. I could not have afforded this trip with my old Jeep. I park this one when we go camping in the back woods.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
This is a typical hiking scene in our camp area. We hiked up the stream bed so it is green. We had a 3 year old and a 5 year old hiking with us and they did the entire hike by themselves. They needed help over big logs and massive rocks but the kids were great troopers and took it one step at a time. I am quite impressed.
We decided not to camp in the desert - too hot. It was 110 degrees at 10 AM when we did a temp check of Anza. That is way too hot. Remember: I spent 3 months recently in below zero temperatures. Where we camped the low was 65 and the high was 85 - tolerable.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
This is another past midnight shot. Float planes are big in Alaska because so much of Alaska is remote. This is in Anchorage, by the airport.
Portland: We have had clouds and rain much of the time that I have been here. It actually seems colder in Portland than it was in Alaska. I am enjoying hanging out with family at this point. I am getting ready to do some traveling here in the northwest and then on to the deserts of California.