The Color Run made a stop in San Diego this weekend, this time setting up in the heat drenched pavement of the Qualcomm parking lot. This genius money making machine, disguised as some happy happy go go jog-a-thon, was apparently conceived after a visit to India during Holi, a religious festival of colors. At various points throughout the 5K course, runners were bombarded by a trigger happy gang of color assassins. Wave after wave of powdered color covered the streets, the air, and the inside parts of your teeth if you were not careful. Surprisingly, Rachel and her group of friends had their faces spared. And now the pics.
(no commentary necessary for the grand canyon, it’s just amazing)
i learned from the previous camping trip that a scion tc is not quite large enough to carry all the camping essentials needed for a complete experience. i really thought we were on our toes this time around. to my surprise, i thought we could have added a few more things. here’s a list i’ve compiled in my head of the essentials:
- carrier for clothes (x2)
- carrier for bathroom activities (x2)
- cookware and portable stoves
- cooler with lots of friggin food
- sleeping pads and bags (don’t forget the pillows and extra blankets)
- camping lantern, bug spray, and plates, forks, knives, lawn chairs, sunscreen, beers, deck of cards, matches, paper towel, propane, headlamps…
rachel and i stopped by bearizona before heading to the grand canyon. it’s a neat little animal park exhibiting bison, wolves, bears, and other local critters of the arizona wilderness. unfortunately, i couldn’t get a statement from the cubs about the life at the park.
the hoover dam is truly a magnificent american achievement and it’s hard to describe in words the magnitude of the structure. it took five short years to plan, design, and construct the dam (ahead of schedule and under budget as well) by hand. this logistics of this project blows my mind when considering the coupling of scorching hot temperatures (this day it was well over 100 degrees), questionable work safety conditions, breakouts of pneumonia, lack of accessible roads to deliver construction equipment, and a laundry list of items that would make any contractor today cringe. however, the completion of this monumental task shows that determination, fortitude, and a solid engineering plan can overcome all odds. go america.
rachel and i made the trip up to carlsbad to pick up some camping gear for the grand canyon world tour. along the way we stopped at ponto and came across this nice sunset, so we got out and splashed around before going back home.
rachel and i visited the museum of contemporary art today in la jolla. the experience was completely free compliments of qualcomm, some student ids, and our seemingly never aging 14 year looking faces. i wonder at what point this little game will fail? we passed through to the ocean and walked down to the sand. there we witnessed some sea lions just wiggling like gigantic caterpillars and hanging out. the day ended with a rock wall which had some bright green moss growing on it. over and out.
it might seem like i quit working on this blog. but after a LONG season of grad school, work, and a small vacation i finally have something worth showing. since my last post (when was that?) i’ve taken a liking to foosball. i think what originally started a small competition on the weekend has developed into a full fledged friends and drinking past time whenever I go out. shuffleboard is another hit. in this post i’m going to divide my pictures into two categories based on my trips. i’ll try and comment on some of the more interesting ones, but they’re uploaded in no particular order because i like to keep things random.
San Francisco: home of swan oyster depot…and other things
all this needs is a zidane headbutt expression.
New York: the most densely populated major city in the united states
apparently everyone in china town knows the entire lay out of china town pretty well. this for example, is a popular location for many movie scenes…probably because it looks the most chinese.
i’m not quite sure how you park your taxi like this but it was enough to stop people in their tracks.
no this isn’t the land before time.
it’s truly amazing how quickly we can rebuild from the ash and rubble to something as stunning as this.
oh look a picture of me
fake. ?what if someone knocked it over?
the focus here isn’t the oversized apple logo. it’s the plaza hotel lurking in the background from home alone when kevin
gets lost sleeps in a $1000/night hotel and gets chased by pigeons in new york.
one of the unique aspects about san diego is the relatively large number of micro-breweries and wineries packed into a small region. it was rachel’s birthday this past weekend and thanks to her, we ended up booking a wine tour in temecula. i believe it was a first time for both of us (certainly me) and it ended up being one of the best decisions we’ve made. our trip landed us in 3 different wineries and an afternoon full of meats, cheese, breads and wines. we even bought a few bottles ourselves. i certainly recommend this to all my friends, but it can get a little crazy.
torrey pines is one of my favorite places where i go to think, relax, or just enjoy the peace and quiet of the ocean. sometimes life gets a little crazy you know? here are some pictures of some recent visits and i would absolutely recommend this place to everyone and anyone who has not visited.