Lick Observatory
January 15, 2006
Mount Hamilton is one of the tallest peaks of the Diablo Mountain Range just east of San Jose. It is home to the James Lick Observatory. I made the scenic drive to the summit and once there, toured the facility and watched a presentation about the historic telescope housed in the observatory.

Mavericks 2006

February 8, 2006
The local news station announced the commencement of the Mavericks Big Wave Surf Contest. Not wanting to miss my chance to see it live, I grabbed the camcorder and digital camera and made the 1 hour drive to Half Moon Bay to watch and photograph the event.
Cards from home

April 18, 2006
Holiday cards from home. Another year older. This is getting strange. Somebody find me a time-machine. I want to be 25 again.
Santa Cruz
April 21, 2006
I drove down to Santa Cruz to get some time on my new board. Took a week off from work and decided to stay local. The hotel was near enough to the surf that I could suit up and walk down every day.
April 30, 2006
"Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth"

Life seems to become a tedious, seven-day, cycle in mid-life. I work all day, sit in front of the entertainment center for a few hours at night, then get up the next day and do it all over again. I miss the days of my youth, piling into a car with a bunch of friends and tearing down the road, stereo cranking and beer and laughter flowing. Between bouts of drugery I find time to drive to Santa Cruz in search of weekend surf.

Westinghouse HDTV
May 16, 2006
Like many people, I've been eyeing HDTV sets for a while lately. I spotted this Westinghouse LTV-32w6 on sale today, and picked it up. Besides the HD programs in wide-screen format, I really like that I can plug my PC into it and use it as a 32" LCD monitor.

Steamer Lane
May 27, 2006
A longboard contest was held in Santa Cruz this weekend. The surfers were mostly older guys. Conditions were fair. Surf was pretty small as the summer weather patterns have begun to settle in.


June 15, 2006

A small 4.7 magnitude tremblor shook the San Jose area around 5:25 this morning. The epicenter was about 25 miles southeast near the town of Gilroy. A minor quake with little or no damage.

San Francisco
June 25, 2006
A day trip to San Francisco's Embarcardero.

Bus Ride to Stockton underpainting
July 24, 2006
This is the tonal layer for an oil painting I'm working on now. It's based on a picture I took on the way to Yosemite several years ago. I've also made plans for a trip back to Wyoming next month. It's been 8 years since my last visit. Click here to see my route map and itinerary.

August 28, 2006
A week in Wyoming exploring Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, Thermopolis, Cloud Peak, Sheridan, the Big Horn Mountains, and Cody. Click here to see pictures of the trip.

Santa Cruz surfer
October 28, 2006
The surf season is starting back up in Santa Cruz. Click here to see a few pictures I took this weekend.

Puerto Rico
December 26, 2006
Four days in Puerto Rico, visiting Old San Juan, El Morro, Isla Verde Beach, and the old neighborhoods where I lived more than 30 years ago. Click here to see some pictures of the trip.

Animal Kingdom
December 31, 2006
New Year's Eve at Animal Kingdom in Orlando with my brother. Click here to see some pictures.

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