Monthly Archives: April 2011

Indonesian Hells Angels

We passed these guys on the way to the beach on Java. I’m not sure what type of bikes they were riding or when they were made, but somebody made a wise crack about it looking as though they’d been … Continue reading

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Cathedral Peak Cave

I hiked down to Cathedral Peak from La Cumbre Peak yesterday afternoon. I only had a liter bottle full of water, which I didn’t think was enough because I was already thirsty, so I stopped by a creek up on … Continue reading

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The Castor Bean Plant: Common, Valuable and Deadly

Cold War Biological Warfare Georgi Ivanov Markov climbed the stairs on the south side of the Waterloo Bridge in London for the last time on September 7, 1978. He worked across the River Thames at the BBC and routinely parked … Continue reading

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Figueroa Mountain Picnic and Wildflower Update

The Swiss Family Griswold ventured up to Figueroa Mountain  for a Sunday picnic. It’s my first time up the mountain this spring wildflower season. I didn’t expect that there would be much color showing this early, but there was a … Continue reading

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Mountaintop Vernal Pool

Little Ms. E. and I went for a walk up to a vernal pool atop the Santa Ynez Mountains. I wanted to see how it looked after the area received over 45 inches of rain this season. Not surprisingly, it … Continue reading

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