Outdoors Archives

I like to go outdoors a lot. Primarily hiking, occasionally camping, and sometimes other fun activities.

Hawk at work

This morning, a hawk chose the ledge outside the window in front of my desk (six stories above Market Street) to hang out for about an hour and a half.

Hawk in San Francisco looking at me
I pulled back the blinds so I could get a better look

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What the end of the world looks like

Sand blowing on to Great Highway in San Francisco, CA
When Great Highway is closed, it’s because of the sand

Along Bolinas Ridge

Sometimes I have a story to tell, and othertimes I just want to post a nice photo.

Bolinas Ridge Trail, somewhere between McCurdy and Randall
Somewhere between McCurdy and Randall

Snowy Plover Triptych

Triptych of snowy plovers on Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA
Snowy plovers on Ocean Beach (previously)

Desert Thanksgiving in Joshua Tree

Wednesday – We left San Francisco at 6am—before sunrise—and arrived in Joshua Tree National Park at 5pm—after sunset. We had expected the trip to take 9 hours, but with stops along the way and some traffic, it took 11. So we didn’t hold out much hope for one of Cottonwood’s first-come, first-served campsites—and yet, several were unclaimed as we circled the campground in the dark. We settled on one (#A9) that we later discovered had wide, sweeping views of the desert valley to the south. Unlike several recent cold desert-Thanksgivings, (all of which were inspired by our first trip to Joshua Tree in 2008) the weather was in the 70s during the day and the 50s at night all week—we never put the fly on our tent. For dinner we grilled sausages over a wood fire.

Our campsite at Cottonwood Campground in Joshua Tree National Park at sunset
Our campsite at sunset

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