Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Superbloom Itself

Here are my favorite 30 photos from the superbloom, taken with both phone and camera.

Here are 189 photos, mostly everything I took with my phone.

And here is George prancing.

VID_20170408_185954 from Garret Christensen on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Superbloom Travel

I went and saw the superbloom at Carrizo Plain National Monument. It was phenomenal. To those whom I invited who did not join me:


1,000,000 flower photos to follow, but first, some beautiful machines and stuff.
The only bad part about the whole trip.

I drove down 101 and stealthed in the truck Friday night. Saturday morning in Paso Robles I stumbled across a vintage bicycle show called Eroica, with a bunch of beautiful old bikes on display for judging.

A different machine, but still beautiful.

Then I ran a really nice 20 miles in Los Padres National Forest/Santa Lucia Wilderness. The poison oak was pretty thick in the wilderness, but outside the wilderness the ridgetop closed old road has some amazing views. 
If only Cal Poly hadn't gotten 600 applications for their econ job opening a couple years ago.

On the way home I stopped in Paso Robles again, hoping to visit a winery that my friend's parents own and introduce George to another adopted Kenyan dog, but I just missed them and went to a neighboring winery instead. Still delightful.

Saturday, March 25, 2017


I went to India on a quick work trip. In addition to lots of Georges all over the place, there is also bad air pollution, honking cars, brightly dressed people, trains, and excellent food.

Agra Fort

Fatehpur Sikri

The Goats of Fatehpur Sikri

Favorite Things

India Gate

View from the Workshop

Straight-razor Shave

The Georges of India

I went to India. There are Georges all over the place.
[Link to photo album]

A very George-y young George at Fatehpur Sikri

At the Taj Mahal

On the street

On the (unused) train tracks

George, a bit bedraggled

On top of stuff

March: Decent Start

Waitlists haven't gone the way I've wanted them to so far, in that I haven't moved up a single slot for Hardrock, and I'm still 7 or 8 for Barkley, meaning that's not happening. But actual races have gone fairly well after the uninspired Rocky Raccoon.

I ran Way Too Cool 50K again, and had a good race. The course is flattish compared to many other nearby 50Ks I've run, so I was worried it would be boring to repeat it, but with all the rain and resulting green, this year's course had significantly different views than when I ran it two years ago. I finished in 5:02, 25 minutes slower than 2015, but given that I thought it might take me 5:30 or more, I was pretty happy with the results.

I also ran Marin Ultra Challenge 50-miler the next weekend. I've taken a few years off of running regular (sanctioned, on-trail) ultras in Marin County since I've done so many of them and got tired of the repetition, but I was impressed when I saw Inside Trail's MUC course--a 50 mile loop with almost no repetition, including a few trails I'd never been on before (Willow Camp climb out of Stinson, and TCC lovely rolling descent out of Pantoll). Aside from realizing at the Carquinas Straight toll plaza on the drive to the start that I was on mistaken-auto-pilot and totally going the wrong way, it was a great day.

I managed to start on time, saw the sun rise several times thanks to early climbs in and out of Karl the Fog's marine layer, listened to a whole bunch of foghorns, and  finished 10:20. Under ten hours would have been awesome, but I was thinking it might take me anywhere from 10-12 hours, so I'm pretty happy with the outcome.

Apparently, I've got all my endurance back after my usual October-January off season. Now I just need leg speed. So I've decided I'm going to do at least one weekly track workout. Except I've got a cold right now, so we'll see.

New friends at the dog park
Ben Gould for District 4
Really the only bad thing in March was that my friend Ben lost his race for City Council in the special election. The new majority on the council has lived up to all my anti-housing fears. Oakland is doing a little better though, so it's not all bad

Good morning