March 22, 2014

northern California backpacking?

I was thinking of going on a 1-2 night backpacking trip with some friends this weekend. We were originally going up the coast, which it turns out is forecast to be cold and rainy all weekend, so were looking at maybe Big Sur or Pinnacles or perhaps even Montana de Oro. Does anybody have any recommendations for other parks to look into, or particular routes that would be nice this time of year?

Posted on March 22, 2014 09:32 PM by sea-kangaroo sea-kangaroo | 2 comments | Leave a comment

February 26, 2014

Lake Merritt Bioblitz

A beautiful sunny day! It turns out that Lake Merritt is really big and has nudibranchs in it (whaaaaat). I said hello to gyrrfalcon and met kueda and robberfly, who are all rad and are collectively the first through third people I have ever met "from the internet."

My favorite find was this secret tiny burrow that emitted bees, my favorite vicarious find was Ken-ichi's splendid millipede, and my favorite knowledge-find was learning that Lake Merritt has a full suite of animals that I would normally only expect to see on a reef, just writ browner and smaller. Tiny anemones, tube worms, glass shrimp, sea slaters, and sea slugs.

Posted on February 26, 2014 01:01 AM by sea-kangaroo sea-kangaroo | 74 observations | 2 comments | Leave a comment

January 27, 2014

Palo Alto Baylands Bioblitz

Finally made it to one of these!

Posted on January 27, 2014 06:41 PM by sea-kangaroo sea-kangaroo | 46 observations | 8 comments | Leave a comment

July 22, 2013

England & South Wales May 2013

A country made of hedges.

Posted on July 22, 2013 03:09 PM by sea-kangaroo sea-kangaroo | 426 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Southwest 2009

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August 11, 2012

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks / Giant Sequoia National Monument

Hmm, observation selection is kind of broken.

August 5-7, 2012.

I guess I'd heard "high Sierras" in the parks' descriptions and gotten the impression that the whole area was up over 7000 feet and would have perfect weather midsummer, but that was not the case! The foothills and canyon were *blazingly* hot. I went in the (lovely green, breathakingly cold) Kings River and within two minutes of getting out was completely air-dried. Also surprisingly populated for a weekday trip; all the reserveable campsites were completely full and I slept "dispersed" in the conveniently-adjacent national forest.

Particularly nice:
Star-filled night sky.
View from Moro Rock.
White-throated swifts shooting noisily past at approx. mach 3.
Caddisfly cases?
Leavis Flat campground by a creek.

Posted on August 11, 2012 04:04 PM by sea-kangaroo sea-kangaroo | 51 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment