Saturday, March 31st, 2007
I was going to do IronCoder V this weekend. It was going to be great. I would draw a scrollbar and make it scroll up and down onto a CG surface and then spin it around humorously (for those who don’t know, I’ve been a little preoccupied with them). Might even have put Dino in there too somewhere. Fortunately, a happy coincidence occurred while I was surfing through the links on the ironcoder site about screensavers:
I re-discovered jwz’s diary from 1994.
A cautionary tale, indeed. (I think I spot a rheet reference in there). So, after reading through it, I decided that I should probably avoid doing additional programming this weekend, just to be on the safe side. sspitzerMsgMe made an offhand comment about mountain biking last night, and I realized that I haven’t gone hiking since I moved out here. I’ve always loved the woods—I grew up within walking distance of some amazing hiking. I also recently read Bill Bryson’s excellent A Walk In The Woods about hiking the Appalachian Trail, which made me pine terribly for the forests of my youth. With all that in mind, I decided to get my Google on and look for my first hike.
There are an amazing number of places to hike in the Bay Area! I found the excellent bahiker.com, and highly recommend it to anyone looking for places to hike (if anyone has better suggestions, feel free to leave a comment). After clicking mostly randomly on some places on the page for the South Bay near Mountain View, I found the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, which looks perfect. Long and hilly enough to be challenging (and thus rewarding), and it looks like a nice survey of the types of vegetation and scenery in the area.