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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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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 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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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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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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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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...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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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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