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Joey Rozier
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The trail I often take to work gets its name from the creek it runs along. When there's a lot of rain the underpasses can flood and the trail is closed in the affected section.

We've had a lot of (much needed) rain over the past few weeks, and the most recent storm was enough to flood the underpass under US Highway 101. I created a video showing one of the detour options; it involves a bit of mud and according to some fellow bike commuters quite a few thorns as well.

We've had a couple of days without rain, and the trail reopened here today. Unfortunately further south on the trail the bank eroded and the trail has been closed there for repair: https://plus.google.com/105623412515735848000/posts/ZgqubRmwSvn

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I decided to leave early for work on the winter solstice so I could catch the sunrise over San Francisco Bay. If weather cooperates, I'll return to this spot for the changeover to Spring, Summer and Fall to see where the sun decides to appear on those days.

Despite the cold (it was around 45F on this day after a few days where it actually got below freezing) there were a few joggers and people on bikes out. You can see a few of them passing by in the timelapse, and a realtime good morning wave at the end.

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I took advantage of one of the latest sunrises of the year (thanks Daylight Saving!) and biked up to a hill overlooking the San Francisco Bay with views stretching from downtown San Francisco down to San Jose.

I took a series of panoramas as the sun was rising. As the sun rises, you can also see my shadow on the left getting shorter.
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Fabulous.
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I hadn't heard of the Diego Rivera mural room focused on industry at the Detroit Institute of Arts; when I turned a corner and entered it I was awestruck. I only had an hour to spend in the museum, and ended up spending most of it in this room. The docent pointed out a lot of details I'd have missed on my own--like the itty bitty completed car, the ear-shaped equipment about the Henry Ford-like character representing management hearing all, etc.
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I biked across the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time this weekend and it was as beautiful and exhilarating as I had hoped. I've lived in the Bay Area for many years but somehow never done this classic ride that even many tourists have done.

We took Caltrain up to San Francisco and then biked by many of the famous SF sites--the Embarcadero, the Bay Bridge, the Ferry Building, Fisherman's Wharf, Crissy Field, Fort Point, the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito. It's a shorter and easier ride than I expected, with just a few steep-ish hills and you can do most of it on paths separated from cars (though you'll have to contend with a lot of pedestrians and other people on bikes). The ride was made even easier by taking a ferry back from Sausalito. :)

I created a short video from the ride as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLtQCVxDd64
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Crossroads.
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I've heard of "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" but I feel like this is more of a "you scratch my back, I won't destroy you."
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I love sitting on the right side of the plane for flights from the Bay Area to Seattle because you get to see the Cascades' famous peaks dominating everything around them. In this animation you can see Mt. St. Helens in the foreground (with its characteristic missing top and a crown of clouds) and I believe Mt. Adams in the background.
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When we were in Alaska in the early 80's we visited Portage Glacier a few times. The glacier was visible in the distance from the visitor center. Today the glacier has receded to the point where you can't see it from the visitor center--you have to hike to it or take a boat. We chose the boat.

The image on this page shows where the glacier was in 1984 compared to more recent times: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/chugach/home/?cid=stelprdb5251130

We visited Portage Glacier and Exit Glacier on this trip, and I now have a better feeling for how glaciers work. I'd heard many times before of how glaciers "shape the landscape" but seeing it in process helps make more sense of it. Especially since I used to just picture huge icebergs yelling "get out of my way" at the land around them.

This is Portage Glacier (near Anchorage), in Alaska, USA.
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