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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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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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Wow. I went in 2010 and I can tell the difference even from then. :(
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As I was turning onto the Adobe Creek Loop trail in the Palo Alto Baylands, a rooster suddenly darted out of the vegetation along Mayfield Slough, scrambled up the gravel path in front of me, jumped back into the vegetation and then awkwardly slid down towards the slough.

It was quite startling, and though part of the reason I love this bike ride are the amazing variety and number of birds in the Baylands, I didn't think roosters were a common sight.  Just in case I looked it up and there don't seem to be any reference to roosters around here.

Anyone know why there would have been a rooster right here?

I admit I was tempted to pick it up and run around:  http://i.imgur.com/4VT9T2u.gifv
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There were a few of them running wild around the Google campus for a while.  Pet chickens are pretty popular these days (people like fresh eggs), I believe the theory is that sometimes they escape.  (Also, how do you know it was a rooster and not a hen?)
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At certain times of the year, the sun lines up with the ramp leading down my commute trail, producing this effect of racing to catch up with my shadow.

I noticed it one day in the fall, and then the next time I took this route my shadow had shifted to the side and it wasn't quite as interesting. I noticed a few days ago that the effect had almost returned, and today it was close to perfect.
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In the center of a labyrinth under the trees.

Different versions created from the same photosphere (including a view from above of the full labyrinth) are in this album: https://goo.gl/photos/6mqeKnvrusR7HryMA

Photosphere is on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/6PCaAVfVU1s

Meadowood, St. Helena, California, USA

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I know the best way to San Jose, and it involves almost no interaction with cars thanks to some pretty good trails.

To get to downtown San Jose from near downtown Mountain View, you hop on the Stevens Creek Trail, connect to the Bay Trail, and then get on the Guadalupe River Trail which leads right into downtown. The route is about 20 miles, longer but much more peaceful than the 15 or so miles it'd take on (often busy) roads.

If you don't recognize my destination at the end of the video, I suggest you give them (and their magical orange sauce) a try. :)

See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqWt49o7R-k
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Ha ha, glad I can help with your restaurant anxiety :-)
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Any amateur (or professional) botanists out there who can help identify this plant?

It's growing along most of the levees along the SF Bay Trail in Sunnyvale/Mountain View, California (https://goo.gl/maps/vWMqPpSQKX92)

I just assumed it was mustard, but when I got up close it looked different than the mustard I'm used to... which led me to realize there are a lot of different types of mustard. :)

I found this list of plants in Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge (which this area is a part of).

http://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Plant_List(2).pdf

There are a lot of different mustards in the area:

Brassica nigra/black mustard
Brassica rapa/field mustard
Hirschfeldia incana/short podded mustard
Sinapis arvensis/charlock mustard
Sisymbrium orientale/oriental mustard

Google image search images for all of these looked very similar to me... anyone have an idea of which one the plants in my photos are from?

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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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Walking near the top of the world. (If the day was more clear, I think Denali would be visible on the bottom.)
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...and this is where I thought "perhaps I've made a terrible mistake."

There's a point on the Bay Trail where the paved trail curves right, but there's a narrow gravel trail heading off to the left. It seemed like just a little spur, and even has a "trail ends ahead" sign, so as many times as I've gone through this curve and thought about checking out the gravel trail, I never actually did. Until this morning. :)

I started heading down the gravel trail and though it does end at a fence it also curves around onto a dirt path that parallels the paved trail, only it's at a slightly lower elevation. Figuring it would eventually re-connect to the paved Bay Trail, I started down it.

It had rained a little overnight so it was quite muddy. Though I started sliding around and getting mud caked on my tires, the site of other bike tire tracks in the mud gave me some confidence that it was passable. I was tempted to turn around but thought "how much further could it be" and then after a while "well it's certainly too late to turn around now."

Soon the path narrowed a bit and I was actually thankful because the weeds growing on the side of the trail reduced the muddiness.

And then the trail narrowed some more. And the weeds started getting bigger and closer.

The overnight rain caused the weeds to glisten beautifully in the just risen sun... which basically meant they were soaking wet, and soon my legs and shoes were soaking wet as well.

Shortly after this picture was taken, the trail widened out again, became muddy again, and after I maneuvered around a massive mud puddle I was back on the paved path heading into work.

I normally bring my bike into the building with me, but this morning the bike was so muddy I locked it up outside. I felt a little bad for it sitting out there all by itself, and stopped by in the middle of the day to make sure it was doing okay. Fortunately, it seemed to come out of the experience unscathed. :)
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In the center of a labyrinth under the trees.

This was created from a single photosphere: https://goo.gl/maps/6PCaAVfVU1s
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I have to head into the office to work today, but since I didn't need to be in that early I took a long detour down to San Jose on my way in.

I got up early so I could watch the sun rising over the Bay... but forgot to check the weather forecast. At least that one spot down in east San Jose seems to be enjoying a break in the clouds.
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What a great excuse to watch the sun rise👍
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Stone pot bibimbap and kimchi fried rice were good, but could use a little bit more flavor (or maybe even just salt?). Their soy garlic KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) was delicious.
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I was happy with everything I tried at Pera. For the main course I had the Pera Talas Böregi, which was chicken and veggies wrapped in phyllo dough, topped with apple matchsticks and coconut curry sauce. The homemade Greek yogurt dessert topped with honey, nuts and fruit was simple but delicious. And since it's yogurt it's healthy right? We were part of a large group (~15 adults and 4 kids), but they accommodated us well.
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The pastries are as delicious as they look... and they look amazing. :) The raspberry rose has an almond cake & raspberry/rosewater filling with white chocolate petals, and the chocolate heart has a creme brulee/chocolate mousse/almond cake center. They both had great, balanced flavor and were just sweet enough. It took us a few minutes to start eating the dessert because we didn't want to ruin the presentation. They serve pourover Blue Bottle as well, which pairs really well with the dessert. One pastry might be enough for two to share, but it is hard resisting trying more.
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A great place to come with a group--lots of delicious small (and some large) plates to share, and none that we tried were disappointing. Their sliders and pork belly are particularly good. They've got an enormous wine list and a variety of cocktails, but their non-alcoholic options are a bit more limited. (You can ask for some off menu options, like a virgin mojito that was decent.)
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