Camping at Wright’s Lake

Sarah, Debey, Terry and I had a fantastic camping trip last week at Wright’s Lake, just west of the Desolation Wilderness near Lake Tahoe, California. Day 1: After a 3.5 hour hop, skip, and jump from San Francisco, across the Central Valley, and most of the way up toward the Sierra Crest, we turned off…


8 Random Facts

Montucky tagged me a couple weeks ago for the “eight random facts” game. The ones tagged must divulge eight random facts about themselves.The ground rules: *These rules must be posted before giving you the facts. * Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves. * People who are tagged write their own revealing blog about…


Off camping

I won’t be posting anything for the next few days, as tomorrow Sarah & I are off for 4 days of car camping at Wright’s Lake (a bit west of Lake Tahoe, but fortunately not near where that awful fire was last week!). Should be a fun trip, my first visit to this well-regarded lake,…


Palo Alto Baylands birding

I swung by the Baylands on Wednesday evening, having not been there in a few weeks. It was a mild, but very windy day, which I suspect kept the bird numbers down a little. Good variety, but low counts. “Typical” Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) At the Duck Pond, among the flock of “Bicolored” Red-winged Blackbirds…


“Inheritance of Loss” by Kiran Desai

This aptly-titled novel is primarily a dual story, one about Jemubhai, a retired judge and his granddaughter Sai, orphaned, convent-schooled, and now living with her grandfather in a decrepit old mansion, the other about the judge’s cook (who remains nameless until the very last page) and his son Biju, an illegal immigrant working in New…


Hiking at Loma Alta Open Space Preserve (Marin, CA)

Sunday, 24 June 2007 Sarah’s mother, Diane, Sarah’s sister-in-law, Heather, and I hiked at Loma Alta OSP in Marin and found it to be a lovely little preserve (and a dog-friendly one, which Murphy, Heather’s black lab, quite appreciated!). Sarah, alas, was stuck in her jewelry-making class, practicing for an upcoming certification exam, and couldn’t…


“Living Your Yoga” by Judith Lasater

This book provides a gentle introduction to yogic philosophy, and the non-pose aspects of yoga (the series of poses known commonly as “yoga” are but one of the eight limbs of yoga).  Lasater, a yoga instructor in San Francisco, divides the book into three parts. Part one deals with the internal (spritual seeking, discipline, letting…


Radio Road birding (Redwood City, CA)

I briefly birded Radio Road on my way home from work on Wednesday, and although it was very windy, the birding was pretty good.   Anyone know what species of duckling this is? In the main (southern) pond were the most ducklings I have ever seen – there must have been well over 100 of…


Fledgling American Robin

I went for a brief walk in Golden Gate Park on Saturday with my friend Debey, and there were few birds about. We did see:

A fledgling American Robin


It’s mother.

Happy Monday!