Every few minutes, I’d look up and find myself thinking, “holy #@*!” We were at Calaveras Big Trees State Park to see some redwoods. We had just been to Yosemite Valley the day before to see some big beautiful rocks, and since this was in the neighborhood, we wanted to see some big trees. We were not disappointed. The visitor center is in the North Grove Trail area, where most people spend time when they visit. There are a lot of big trees all in one small area. You can get guided tours of the flat trails or walk solo and not commit to to much time or energy. If you only visit the North Grove, you won’t be disappointed. […]
I just took a family trip to the UK, first time out of the country in quite a while. Historically, I’ve been one of those people who takes printed itineraries, maps, and other reference material when going to new places. But with the number of places we were going to go and heavy reliance on public transportation at all of them, I wanted to be able to fall back on using the supercomputer in my pocket to research on the fly rather than take a ream of printed material with me. We’ve got the whole family on a shared AT&T mobile plan. But when I checked what options they provided for international travel, it was clear that the easy route […]
Over the years I’ve had plenty of experiences having to learn new things under time pressures and out of urgent necessity. While this is never the preferred way to learn, it can be pretty effective. And I’ve been lucky enough to have survived them all. One of the least-dislikedfondest, was how I got started playing trombone. I joined band in high school as a freshman. Not having much experience with any band instruments, I got assigned bass drum and quickly was up to speed, albeit with an aching back. I continued in the drum section into sophomore year and had started dabbling in toms and snares. But our drum section was well endowed with other, more-talented players and some other […]
The header is picture I took at Ruby Beach, Washington, US.