marin minitour (2.0/3)

Cross Marin Trail
The next day we rode out along the Cross Marin trail, which is a great little stretch lined by redwoods that opens onto the pastoral setting of Point Reyes.

Atlantis Coming off Cross Marin Trail
Leaving the trail,

Outside Point Reyes
and riding to Point Reyes for some delicious food at the Bovine Bakery. It was raining by this point (and had most of the previous night), but the weather cleared out by the afternoon.

Bird at Autumn
That left some beautiful clouds littering the sky, making for good photography.

Entering Reyes NP

Bear Valley Trail
Always keen for mixed terrain, we rode up Bear Valley Trail in the Park--this would eventually allow us to access the Pacific and Arch Rock.

Along Bear Valley 4
After 3.5 miles, there's a bike rack and one must continue on foot to the sea. Enjoying a new human pace apart from the bikes, many small details came into view.

Along Bear Valley 3

Along Bear Valley 1

bear valley trail*
"*" denotes a photo taken by emily

Along Bear Valley 2

To temper the many photos, there will be two posts for this day. The other will follow tomorrow.


marin minitour (day 1 of 3)

Emily and I toured Marin to celebrate thanksgiving and take advantage of the break from normal obligations.
energy densities
We started at the Embarcadero BART and rode across the bridge.

along sir frances
Emily winding her way through the wet forests around Samuel P Taylor State Park. We rode up camino alto on the east flank of Mt. Tamalpais, to connect into Sir Frances Drake to the North. Being Thanksgiving, the small tourist strips around Sausalito and Mill Valley were a bit surreal--there was no typical traffic and all the parking spots were empty. The neighborhoods smelled of the day, as well.

stopped for the night
At Samuel P Taylor, we found this hike/bike site in the midst of a single redwood grove.

sam p campsite in redwood grove
This was the only entrance to our site

redwood grove
Looking up.

sam p campsite in redwood grove
The thanksgiving table. Our meal was interrupted by about 10 hungry raccoons who would climb the trees and peer down at us. You can see the mist in the air in the background, too.

We took a night hike down to the stream running through the valley. The forest floor was covered in mushrooms. I used a headlamp to illuminate this long exposure.

As a sidenote, this marks the first post hosted from flickr. I'm resizing photos before I upload, which allows me to avoid the issues with blurriness endemic to picasa's resizing script. The sharpness and quality of the photography is now as it should be. There are a few photos not shown here, but viewable there, as well.



I had my camera on me today, and a few trains to wait through.

Also ate cheeseboard pizza on the median.


emily rides


Thanks for polling. I figured it'd be worthwhile to get some opinions before I started in on a decision, and this has achieved that.

I think I'll create a small-format calendar, perhaps just with a 5x7 image on top (let me know if larger is best). I'd like to find a way for them to be detachable, so after the month was over you'd be able to pass them along as a postcard-like gift that said "hey, ride a bike or keep doing it" to whomever you wished. Sold without profit to me, too.

It'll be a year end celebration, and will reflect a variety of riding--snow, transport, firetrails, among others. It won't happen until the end of December though, I'm cooking up graduate school applications and about to be back on the job hunt in force I'm afraid.



A ride shared with friends, and briefly a few folks headed home from an s24o.

mist and fog abound.


leonids s24o

The showers peaked between 1230 and 230am last night, so we headed out for a night of stargazing.

These photos are high resolution but picasa does poorly with black skies--you can (should?) click through to the album and open them full size if you want the real deal.

It only took about 250 photos triggered from an automatic timer, but I captured a meteor. The photo is framed by the big dipper to the left, and Leo on the right. If you trace a line out using the stars defining the lower side of the cup, you pass straight through the meteor and can see Regulus--a four star system which forms the brightest point in Leo. I'm pretty happy about the orientation of the meteor, since it can be readily identified as a Leonid. Green, too. There's also a recently discovered rocky exoplanet in Leo, Gliese 436b--with another waiting confirmation (c).


lots of photos without meteors...

I used Emily's Ricoh to do some wide angle site photos while the canon was surveying.

morning over the reservoirs


riding out

A worthwhile trip, you can still catch the showers tonight--they'll be tapering off in frequency from here on out. Early morning is best.

As always, send me an email, message or comment if you want a full resolution photo for personal use--I'll drop the watermark as well.

Finally, here's a good article on streetsblog which examines climate change, personal choice, social ignorance of science, government corruption, copenhagen, and the bicycle. Let's preserve this fragile speck in an infinite cosmos.



hauling bike valet equipment for an ebbc event this past weekend.


new bike lane on lakeshore

the lights around the lake were turned off, too late at night. this connects a heavily traveled commuter route and was a significant victory for the ebbc. it is dark during the evening commute now, so i'll try again when lights are moving and will slightly reframe the image


swine flu

does a good job of keeping me off a bike and in my bed.

I had enough energy today to lean out my window and take this photo during the rain. Nothing special, but not enough photos lately.