November 2011 Archive

November 27, 2011 » Close Encounter with Tule Elk

A few weeks ago, I went on what I thought would be an uneventful hike with Pete Forsyth. We decided we’d go up to Point Reyes to check out the Tule Elk Preserve along the Tomales Point Trail. Point Reyes is one of my favorite places in the world, Pete had never been, and Tomales […]

November 26, 2011 » Ducking Thanksgiving Tradition

Thanksgiving is a bit of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it’s an opportunity to give thanks, to be with family and friends. On the other hand, it’s a holiday that’s loaded with stress and unrealistic expectations. Specifically, I’m talking about cooking turkey. In my family, that foul fowl is single-handedly responsible for raising […]

November 22, 2011 » Tasting Exotic Foods Around the World

I like to travel, and I like to eat. Thanks to the pervasiveness of video cameras, I’ve been able to channel my inner Bourdain quite a bit over the years. Here are my tastings from the past year, including from my trip to Seattle last week. Fried Kool-Aid At the Fillmore Jazz Festival in San […]

November 22, 2011 » Call of the Mountains

Great things are done when men and mountains meet. –William Blake I’m a California boy at heart, and I’ve always been drawn to the ocean. But California has mountains too, and my last three work trips have reminded me how much I love them. Truchas Peaks near Taos, New Mexico: The Alps from Luzern, Switzerland: […]