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January 2023

Beach Boardwalk after the rain
River World-readable
2023-01-21 17:21:25
A series of atmospheric rivers bring water and flooding to Santa Cruz

February 2023

Lion dancers assemble in a Chinatown alley
Lunar New Year World-readable
Celebrating the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit
Sun over the ocean at Seabright Beach
High School World-readable
2023-02-18 14:19:31
Considering Calvin's options for high school
Tags: calvin
Julian and Calvin, waiting for the interurban at San Jose Diridon
Interurban World-readable
Taking the train to Sacramento
Julian with a star drill exhibit
Railroad Museum World-readable
Visiting California's greatest train museum then taking the train home
The end of the concrete ship pier at Seacliff State Beach
The end of the pier World-readable
The remains of the pier at Seacliff Beach
Tags: flood beach

March 2023

Walton Lighthouse before the storm comes in
As good as it gets World-readable
2023-03-06 20:05:58
For better or worse, this is it
Tags: covid-19
Boiling water on the stove
Outage World-readable
2023-03-25 17:40:56
A day-and-a-half without power
Lego model of London
Visiting London for spring break
Tags: london

April 2023

Queen's Gate in South Kensington
Museum Queues World-readable
Visiting Leicester Square, the London Transport Museum, the British Museum, and riding the brand-new Elizabeth Line
Tags: london
Calvin, Kiesa, and Julian listen to the audio tour at Bletchley Park
West End World-readable
Breaking codes and baking cakes
Tags: london
Google's Landscraper at King's Cross
Ice house World-readable
Breakfast at a legendary restaurant, a canal museum, a bank museum, and a bunker museum
Tags: london
The Palace of Westminster
Metropolitan Maze World-readable
Parliament and Monument and Moorgate and Dishoom
Tags: london
GWR 800311 at London Paddington
Bath Spa World-readable
Taking the Great Western Main Line to Bath to see the Roman hot springs
Tags: london
Battersea Power Station Station
Battersea World-readable
A tube station and power station with the same historic name; a cruise down the Thames; a rooftop garden; and a museum at the Docklands
Tags: london
The White Tower in the Tower of London
Tower of London World-readable
Four distinct eras: The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, and a Shakespeare play as he originally intended it
Tags: london
Piccadilly line train pulls into Gloucester Road station
Transatlantic World-readable
Flying back to SFO after a week in London
Tags: london
Atrium inside the British Museum
2023-04-26 20:34:45
The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet
Tags: london
Ferry wake departing San Francisco
Spaces World-readable
2023-04-30 20:04:10
Seeing Nils Frahm perform at the Fox Theater in Oakland

May 2023

Burned redwoods at Big Basin
Big Basin World-readable
Visiting California's oldest state park after the CZU Lighting Complex fire
Hot Chip on stage
Eurovision / Hot Chip World-readable
How watching Eurovision led me to see an English synth-pop band in Santa Cruz
Tags: music
Julian pours water for tea
Kettle World-readable
2023-05-17 20:30:45
Coffee from home needs an upgrade
Tags: coffee
Music Concourse and the Skystar Wheel in the fog
Bay to Breakers 2023 World-readable
Eighth grade graduation
Eighth Grade World-readable
Middle school was a thing that happened.
Calvin waits for the Roaring Camp redwood steam train
Roaring Camp World-readable
Riding the Roaring Camp Railroads through the redwood forest
Yellow lupine on the bluffs above the beach
Positive World-readable
2023-05-28 20:46:28
COVID-19 finally comes to my household, three-plus years into the global pandemic
Tags: covid-19

June 2023

Yellow lupine on the bluffs above the beach
Quarantine World-readable
2023-06-04 15:03:56
Raise the flags of quarantine while we recover from the plague
Tags: covid-19
REI Trail Hut 4 Tent set up on the patio
Gear World-readable
Preparing to go backpacking, for the first time in (mumble) years
Backpacks stacked in the back of Motoko
Glen Camp World-readable
Hiking into the wilderness to camp at Point Reyes
Fog hanging over Glen Campground
Hiking to Wildcat Beach and Alamere Falls at Point Reyes
Backpacks lined up at the camp site
Leaving Glen World-readable
Hiking out of Point Reyes
Dykes on Bikes at Pride
Pride 2023 World-readable
A somewhat belated recap of the San Francisco Pride parade
Campsite at San Simeon Creek
San Simeon World-readable
Camping on the central California coast
Tags: camping

July 2023

View of Hearst Castle from the visitor's center
Hearst Castle World-readable
Visiting the opulant hilltop resort of one of the last century's billionaires
Camp stove coffee
Morro Rock World-readable
A large rock marking the line between the ocean and the bay
Calvin and Kiesa kayak on Morro Bay
Morro Bay World-readable
Kayaking in Morro Bay
Jaeger, Calvin, and Julian wait for fireworks in San Jose
Discovery Meadow World-readable
Watching fireworks in San Jose
737 wing over Utah
Lake Isabelle World-readable
Visiting one of my favorite places in the mountains above Boulder
New construction in Louisville
Louisville recovers World-readable
Visiting Louisville eighteen months after the Marshall Fire
Tags: wildfire
Market Street from Montgomery
Chuck Tingle World-readable
Seeing the world's greatest author, name of Chuck Tingle
Whitehouse Pool on Lagunitas Creek
Whitehouse Pool World-readable
Kayaking in Tomales Bay
Camp stove coffee
Schooner Bay World-readable
Kayaking on Drakes Estero, where I saw leopard sharks and so many seals

August 2023

Comparing the height of Calvin and Kiesa
Adult height World-readable
2023-08-03 21:03:03
Calvin grows taller
Tags: calvin
Fog at night from the deck at Nanna Court
Offramp World-readable
2023-08-05 13:56:40
Deciding when to take off our masks
Tags: covid-19
Cargil salt piles
Taking the bus across the mountain; visiting Richmond (the city in the East Bay); riding a ferry across the bay; visiting my old neighborhood Ingleside
Joan of Arc at the Legion of Honor
Legion of Honor World-readable
Visiting the Legion of Honor on my way home

September 2023

Waiting to board the ferry to Angel Island
Angel Island World-readable
Taking the ferry to Angel Island; seeing the immigration station; contemplating the racism of the American immigration system; and riding BART's retro-futurist legacy fleet in regular service one last time
Berkeley City Club
Berkeley City Club World-readable
Touring the Berkeley City Club, and a concert in Berkeley
Tags: music
Arepa from Pica Pica
Dog Man: The Musical World-readable
Watching a children's series converted to the stage
Be a cat, do crimes World-readable
Seeing John Scalzi on tour promoting Starter Villain
Northbound Caltrain platform at Mountain View
EMU World-readable
An electric train tour
Tags: caltrain
San Francisco board books at the airport
Visiting Lincoln World-readable
A weekend trip to Lincoln Nebraska
Tags: lincoln

October 2023

Santa Cruz Main Beach packed for Labor Day
2023-10-11 22:16:10
Another fall, another new COVID-19 shot
Tags: covid-19
Party cloudy ahead of the solar eclipse
Solar event World-readable
Watching the 2023 annular solar eclipse from my deck
Tags: eclipse
Julian eats a fresh carrot
Fifth Crow World-readable
Visiting an organic farm in Pescadero

November 2023

Descending into Las Vegas
Pyramid World-readable
A quick weekend trip to Las Vegas
Electrify America charging station in Las Vegas
Hoover Dam World-readable
Visiting one of the wonders of the modern world
Tags: las-vegas
U2-UV on the Sphere
Sphere World-readable
Seeing U2 in the Sphere in Las Vegas
Sphinx in front of the Luxor
Leaving Las Vegas World-readable
I suppose I ought to try gambling while in Las Vegas; then hiking, and an atomic testing museum, and a first flight on a new (cursed) aircraft type
Flower on patio tea plant
Fair Play World-readable
2023-11-04 20:15:31
A book review
Aptos Creek Fire Road
Bridge Creek World-readable
A thanksgiving tradition: Hiking in The Forest of Nisene Marks
Julian looks out the window of a 737 MAX8
Thanksgiving World-readable
Thanksgiving in Washington with the Stone family, plus a trip to Seattle to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

December 2023

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk at night
Holiday Lights Train World-readable
A train covered in lights to celebrate the holiday season that is now upon us
Jaeger with the 2023 BART holiday sweater
Holiday Sweater World-readable
The 2023 BART holiday sweater, and the festival celebrating it
Sun rising at Seabright Beach after the solstice
Visiting my parents for Christmas
Tags: christmas
Nils Frahm plays at the Fox Theater
2023 in live music World-readable
Counting all the shows I saw in 2023
Tags: music