Aug. 13th, 2010 06:28 am
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Oooh boy, I had a crazy night!

I grabbed my girlfriend and her roommate and we went out to Griswold Hills to go see the perseids meteor shower last night! It was fantastic! A natural fireworks show against the backdrop of the vast and awesome milky way galaxy. Utterly and completely amazing and beautiful. It's been a long time since I've seen a sky quite that amazing.

Unfortunately, we had hiked about a quarter mile into the hills,looking for a better vantage point from which to view the stars, when disaster struck!Read more... )

We are hot

Jun. 20th, 2010 11:06 pm
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I mean, it's almost 40ÂșC out here!

And well..
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May. 18th, 2010 10:22 am
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Apparently, hiking 11 miles with 2000 ft of elevation change is a bit more than my body can handle. I can barely move today, and we did the hike on Sunday. Ouch.
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So, this weekend was a bit nuts. I kinda overdid it a bit, actually.

Friday night, I went out to a ritual up in San Francisco with [livejournal.com profile] foxgrrl. We ran over to San Rafael to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] whimsywanderer afterwards. We were out there until 2:30 AM. I finally got back home around 3:30 AM or so...

Saturday morning, I woke up around 8AM and went on a 5 hour, 12-15 mile bike ride with [livejournal.com profile] viesti It was actually a bike ride/geocaching hunt, so we were stopping here and there to look around and poke aorund in the dirt. It was still killer though. By the third hour, my perineum was killing me on that seat.

We got back around 1PM, and I crashed for a few hours, watching TV and eating food and cuddling with [livejournal.com profile] tarathene and [livejournal.com profile] kitlet, who are still staying over. Around 7:00PM, I took off for [livejournal.com profile] viesti's place where she and her family were throwing a gaming party with a bunch of friends. Of course, I rode my bike the 4.3 miles to her place. It took quite a while since my body was already super-exhausted...

I got to her place and hung out for a few hours, but by 11pm, I had passed out. I had a little bit of dinner, but not much, really. I think I was just drained. I woke around 2:30AM, slipped into bed with [livejournal.com profile] viesti and slept until 7AM.

On Sunday, around 7AM, I woke up and rode my bike back the 4.3 miles to home, where I jumped in my car, drove to Fremont, and met up with my friend David to go hiking and mushroom hunting up at Point Reyes. I got some AWESOME photos up there, which you can find in the album below:
Hiking at Point Reyes

I also pulled my pic-a-day from there:
From Pic-A-Day 365

Unfortunately, we didn't get up there until noon, and we had about a 10 mile hike with a 1000 ft. ascent to deal with before getting back. We had little time to dilly dally as we hoofed it down the trail before our light gave out. We managed to get back to the car JUST as twilight was hitting around 6:45pm. We did find a few interesting mushrooms that David took back to identify, but only on the second half of the hike when we were really pressed for time. We would have found a lot more if we weren't walking so fast.

By the time we reached the car, my feet were in pain, my calves were in pain, my gluteus maximus was in pain, my hips were hurting, I was sunburnt, I had gotten stung by stinging nettle, and I had slivers in my hand. I was really in bad shape. On the drive home, my GLaDOS GPS system decided to take us the wrong way down a winding highway that added some really extreme nausea to my experience. Did I mention that I was starving due to not eating lunch that day?

We finally made it back to David's house around 8:45 pm. I was nearly passing out and aching so bad that I could barely move, so I rested there for an hour or so until I felt good enough to press on and head home.

I got home, watched some House, snuggled with my house guests, ate some food, got nauseous, and passed out around 1AM.

Today, I am sore as all hell...

A wonderful weekend, but I think I might have overdone it *just* a bit... :P
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Sunday was an "off" day for us doing proper canyons, so we decided to go in the opposite direction and attack Angel's Landing. Angel's Landing is one of the "normal" hikes at Zion National Park. It doesn't require any technical equipment, but it is a very strenuous hike up 1500 ft to the top of a mountain.Read more... )


Feb. 9th, 2009 01:15 pm
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I have next Monday off of work. Anyone feel interested in going on some sort of adventure with me this weekend? Not sure what or where. I'm up for suggestions. I have half a mind to drive to a mountain and hike up or around it. Like maybe Mt. Shasta... Of course, I need to determine if the weather is tolerable first.


Jan. 8th, 2009 01:26 pm
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At the end of the month, I'm heading up to Eugene, OR for the FaerieWorlds Winter Celebration. I'll be there with [livejournal.com profile] lilyth_lindorie and [livejournal.com profile] chirik, at the very least.

This summer I've been invited to go hiking and rock climbing at Zion National Park with [livejournal.com profile] parmonster, [livejournal.com profile] auntysarah, [livejournal.com profile] the_local_echo, [livejournal.com profile] zoeimogen, and [livejournal.com profile] cyberspice. At least, I think that's who all will be going. I'm not really sure.

That's going to be in June. At the end of July, there's going to be FaerieWorlds 2009 in Eugene, OR. I'm certain that we'll have the usual gaggle there as well.

After that, I'm going to be going to Burning Man at the beginning of September. Tickets go on sale on January 14th, and I need to make sure I'm ready to buy mine. I'm sure that [livejournal.com profile] foxgrrl, [livejournal.com profile] lilyth_lindorie, [livejournal.com profile] chirik, [livejournal.com profile] andrea_lambda, and many others will be there.

Then of course, there is EarthDance a few months later.

This summer is looking to be full of adventure and excitement. I'm really looking forward to it. :)

Does anyone want to join me on any of these adventures?
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I went fake rock climbing for the first time today! It's at a place near where I work called Planet Granite. One of my coworkers is a member and goes constantly. It is so much fun! Once I am able to belay other people, I'm definitely going to have to bring some of my friends along. It's so crazy awesome!

I only panicked twice during the climb. The first time was on my first climb. I got about half-way up the wall, and then started to feel scared. My belayer offered to let me fall a little so that I could see how it worked. When I did so, I felt a lot better about the whole thing, and my panic subsided.

The second time was on my last climb of the day. It was my third climb of the day, and by far the most difficult. The climb was rated a 5.6 and was comprised of very small foot and hand-holds, much longer stretches, and moved over two different rock faces, slanted in opposite directions. It's still a pretty easy climb, but for my first time out, that was a hard one! I was almost to the top, stretched out pretty far to grab the tiny hand and foot holds nearby. My right side was on one rock face, and my left side was on the other. Something about that just totally broke my brain and I lost my shit. I was practically crying, I was so terrified. I was only a single step away from the top, too. I think I'm going to make that one my first climb next time, to try to get over that.

Even with the panic attacks, I had an absolute blast. It was so exhilarating to be climbing rock faces 30 feet into the air! It was quite a workout as well. I don't think I've ever even used those muscles before. Well... I have when I've done more minor bits of climbing in the past. However, those climbs were always up much gentler slopes. These climbs were more completely vertical.

Discovered an interesting thing about the way I process vision. My coworker and his friend were trying to show me how to tie the knot, and I discovered that I simply could not understand what he was showing me or talking about. It made no sense to me. But then he guided my hands through the motions, and I figured it out in just a few tries. By the end of the day, I could tie my rope correctly all by myself. Apparently, I can't understand the shapes of things, but I can quite easily grasp the motion of things once I've done it with my own hands. I guess that makes me a kinesthetic learner or something?

Anyways, I had a ball and totally intend to go back many more times.
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Here's the Improv Everywhere videos from the event I did a few weeks ago!

The trailer

The actual event

You can see my shirt appear for a brief second at 3:04. :P
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Last night, I had an absolutely incredible adventure. I was meeting a friend that was in town from Oregon up at Thornton Beach. I was going to meet him and his friends up in Berkeley for a nice dinner, but plans got changed at the last minute. Of course they decided to take the *interesting* route to the beach, and scaled a 200-400 foot tall cliff to get down to it. When I arrived, the moon hadn't risen yet, so I was very confused about where everything was at. I could barely see, and all around me were very very steep cliffs descending down to the beach. I wandered around for probably a good half hour before giving up and asking my friend to meet me at the top of the cliffs. He showed up and brought me down the cliff.

Now, I've been starting to do this barefoot hiking thing lately. I'm really enjoying the feel of actually feeling the ground underneath my feet when I walk places. I mean, this is what your feet were made for! So when I arrived at the beach, I thought briefly about going barefoot, but when I saw all the terrain I had to cross, I decided against it. There were plants all over the place that I had to step on, sharp rocks, and tons of sand.

But while I was climbing down the cliff, I realized that I was having a lot of trouble with my shoes. I finally just said, "Fuck it." and took them off.

Suddenly, my climbing became a lot easier and a lot more enjoyable. I could actually feel the soft sand beneath my feet, as well as the cool rocks and the warm plants that I was stepping on. It was beautiful.

We arrived on the beach and made a huge bonfire in this awesome canyon and talked for a while. It was excellent. After a while, we got up and started walking back to the parking lot. Unfortunately, it was very dark and the moon had not yet risen high enough to provide us with any light, so we wound up walking far past the place where the ropes were laid out to help people climb down the cliff. We decided to find a spot that looked decent and ascend there.

We found the spot and began climbing. I still had my shoes off, and it felt great! We climbed the entire cliff, on sharp rocks and everything, and I never put my shoes on. Everyone else was wearing shoes and were surprised to hear that I wasn't, especially considering the terrain we were on. I loved it. I could feel my grip on the rocks beneath my feet and could more easily maneuver myself from foothold to foothold by not wearing shoes. While everyone else was slipping and sliding, I was pretty stable on my feet, except for my usual clumsiness with such things.

When we got to the top of the first bluff and I took a look at my feet. A few weeks ago, I had done a barefoot hike on an VERY hot day and got heat blisters all over my feet. Last night, all the wandering on the rocks basically tore those blisters from my feet. When I sat down, everyone started freaking out when they saw the chunks of flesh that were hanging off of my feet. But really, I was fine! My blisters had just worn off!

We continued the next ascent after we rested and hung out for a bit, and I felt a lot more sure of myself. I was even helping some of the others with their climb, because they were slipping and falling and having trouble finding their footing.

Although I had a an incredible time hiking last night, I did slip and scrape my foot on some rocks at one point, as well as my arm, so I do have a few cuts and scrapes to carry away from the experience, but nothing serious. Honestly, I like having a few battle scars. :)


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