Yesterday Margaret and I walked in The Color Run with some friends. It was very relaxed and a fun 3 mile walk where you got pelted with colored powered every mile or so. The Color Run was founded in March of 2011 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”. According to the website they are the original paint race and created a completely new genre of running events. They have tripled their growth in the last 3 years hosting more than 170 events in 30+ countries in 2013.
Was on the Beach Hooper II on Friday. It has been my go to boat lately because Mary Jo goes out on Fridays and I like taking work off to enjoy a day in the ocean. Conditions were ok with … Continue reading
Mt. Hood Trip, a set on Flickr.
Just got back from the Mt. Hood area on a trip to celebrate my 50th birthday.. we had a great time, watching the Superbowl on Sunday and just hanging out with family
Some places to check out in Government Camp:
1. Huckleberry Inn — wonderful lodge style rooms and bunk house. Includes a 24-hour restaurant with giant donuts and huge portions.
2. Charlie’s – locals and visitors mix it up here with great drinks and meals featuring yummy cooked meat – hamburgers, chicken, ribs and the like. My family always does well with taking money from the Oregon Lottery video game machines there – I won 180 and between all the family we made over $1000.
3. Ratskeller — marvelous pizza and good drinks. The service is good here and they have a giant tv room for sports watching.
4. Mt Hood Cultural Center and Museum — this is a cute little museum that is free and has some cool stuff from the history of the area and the development of skiing.
Went diving on Saturday and the conditions weren’t that great but had a good time with friends on the Sanctuary in Monterey. We had to stay within Monterey Bay because of the swell and the weather was overcast. The first dive at Hopkins Reef had ok vis about 10-15 feet and we saw many crabs on the dive. We tried another location for the second dive but the viability was zero so we moved over to the Monterey Aquarium where it turned out to be a nice short dive. Had a nice encounter with a sea lion which I got on video. This was my second time using my GoPro. This was my first diving of the new year. Here is some video I got of that dive.
I posted this photo to Flickr — it was taken on my last dive in Monterey earlier this month.
I was shocked to see first hand the horrible starfish disease that is killing off major populations along the western coastline. The starfish waste away and you see all these single legs on the rocks. It isn’t killing off all starfish but a good majority of them.
No one seems to know the cause or how to stop it. This leg is to a scarlet red blood star, Henricia leviuscula, one of my favorites. I saw no sunflower stars on my last dive and that is unusual.
Here are some stories about it.
“A mysterious pathogen is wiping out starfish along the Pacific coast, a potential catastrophe that has flummoxed marine biologists who are joining forces to find the culprit.”
Ed Bierman’s photostream on Flickr.
Had a great diving day on Sunday in the Carmel area. Was on my favorite dive boat, the Sanctuary. The vis was great at over 40 feet on the first dive and 20-30 on the second. Both dives were deep — first was at Half Dome, outside of Point Lobos, 108 feet for 26 minutes. The second dive was at Butterfly House – 82 feet for 36 minutes.
It was the first time that I used my GoPro camera which worked really well. I don’t know if it works well to both take photos and video… looks odd that I’m always using my camera on the video.
I also had some technical issues — my SmartCom went into error mode. Luckily friends on the boat had something I could use.
Louisiana State Museum – The Cabildo, a set on Flickr.
The Louisiana State Museum (LSM), founded in New Orleans in 1906 and still headquartered there, is a statewide system of National Historic Landmarks and modern structures across Louisiana, housing thousands of artifacts and works of art reflecting Louisiana’s legacy of historic events and cultural diversity. It is located next to the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.
The images here are of the The Cabildo – Spain’s old City Hall, or “Casa Capitular”, built in 1799. Site of the two Louisiana Territory transfers of 1803. Housed various government offices, including the Louisiana Supreme Court. The Cabildo displays 3 floors of exhibits concerning Louisiana’s history, with additional changing exhibits in the adjoining Arsenal building.
2013 Folsom Street Fair, a set on Flickr.
The Folsom Street Fair (FSF) is an annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair held on the last Sunday in September and caps San Francisco’s “Leather Pride Week”. The Folsom Street Fair, sometimes simply referred to as “Folsom”, takes place on Folsom Street between 7th and 12th Streets, in San Francisco’s South of Market district.
The event started in 1984 and is California’s third largest single-day, outdoor spectator event and the world’s largest leather event and showcase for BDSM products and culture.
It has grown as a non-profit charity, and local and national non-profits benefit with all donations at the gates going to charity groups as well as numerous fundraising schemes within the festival including games, beverage booths and even spanking for donations to capitalize on the adult-themed exhibitionism.
Kiss rebreather demo @wallinsdive #scuba – interested in diving without bubbles, getting closer to the fish, a photo by Ed Bierman on Flickr.
This week I tried the Kiss rebreather system in a pool in San Mateo. It was very cool and I can see how freeing it would be to dive without bubbles. It would also be so much better for photography of fish and other “moving” marine life.
I was really sold on the idea but not ready to put down my money yet. It would be a real financial commitment of nearly $6000 for lessons and the equipment. Also, I don’t know if I’m quite there for the add risk of doing it because there is more to go wrong than recreational open circuit scuba.
It was very interesting and a little bit scary when at times I reached some sort of balance between my own longs and the counter lung of the the rebreather. Then it became very difficult to breath and I had to blow out my nose or go to open circuit for a moment to “unbalance” the two so that I could breath in and out.
I’m sure you figure it all out in the 5 days of intensive training. One day I will take the plunge. Now I’m off to dive in the Channel Islands, photos to come next week.
Redwood City 4th of July Celebration, a set on Flickr.
Here is a collection of my images from the 4th of July. The parade was a bit of a let down — seemed to be thinner than last year and didn’t find as many interesting subjects to take photos of during it.
We had fun afterwards at the tequila bar with friends and then a big bbq later that afternoon. It was a nice day overall.