4 years


That’s what it took to build the Golden Gate Bridge.  Recently I ran across the bridge and was quite impressed even by the scale and craftsmanship of the plaque at the base of one of the towers.


We started our 7 mile run from Crissy Field, which has it’s own great history.  Crossing the bridge is just over a mile one-way and may be difficult those sensitive to heights.


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One of truly a great view and I am happy to be so close to San Francisco to take advantage of this wonderful bit of history.

4 years.



Footloose and free near Foresthill

Spontaneity has its price

Foresthill Divide Loop Trail [Near Auburn, Placer County, CA]

We started out around 11:00 today and ended at 3:00, hiking just over 12 miles.  Okay, full disclosure – we got lost and ended up trying to walk along Foresthill Road to get back to the car and in the process I considered hitchhiking or calling Uber.   But I didn’t.

So the first problem was that we did not start from either of the main trailheads indicated in the materials.  So lesson learned – next time we will get the exact location (like latitude and longitude of the trailheads) and study the map so we understand where we are going.

Nonetheless, there was no harm done and we did have a good time – although 12 miles was more than we bargained for.

So this is what happened: in true Chad and Kent style, we picked out this hike and started out on the trail with great reverie and little concern of where the trail went or where we were.  We figured that trails are usually well marked, right?  Wrong.

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After nearly 5 miles, we were ready to be done.  Alas, when we pulled up the brochure and map on Evernote, it said we were only about half way done!  At this point the trail crossed Foresthill Road – Kent thought his feet were bleeding and I thought I had pulled my groin.

We figured that if we walked back along the road, it would be quicker.  That may have been true if we were walking in the right direction.  Wrong again.  After a mile or so, we figured that out and corrected our course.  The damage was done.

Fast forward through a hefty bitch session and a cool air conditioned drive back to Sacramento, today I learned that spontaneity has its price.  This is not the first hike that we have been lost and found our way together.  Cheers!

The Boys of Summer

Official planning for summer road trip – outlined below – has commenced.

Northern California Coast & Southwestern Oregon

The plan: First drive up the coast through Avenue of the Giants to Redwoods National Park, then into southwest Oregon to Oregon Caves National Monument and Crater Lake National Park, then swing back to northern Cali to Lava Beds National Monument.  That’s 1,000 miles.  Whew, I know it’s ambitious!  Now we need to work out the details.

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