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Post Cards from Matt

Post Cards from Matt

I am a lucky Geographer to have a good friend like Matt. Last month he was on an epic journey to places that I only dream about and being the good friend he is, he sent me some post cards that I can now brag to all of you about.

The three post cards are from Vigur, Iceland (A small spear shaped island in the North West part of the country in the Ísafjarðardjúp. I’m sure that roughly translates to Iceland Fjord), Svalbard Global Seed Vault (located on Spitspergen in the far northern section of Norway – practically the North Pole!), and finally Jan Mayen (actually part of the same province as Svalbard, but farther away and between Iceland and Norway – Matt actually visited there first, but since they are a remote military post, the mail took over a month to get to the mainland and then posted to the US).

Super neat to get notes from these remote reaches, and I only hope that when he visits the South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands he remembers me as well!!

Dome to Dome Twice 20th Anniversary

20 years ago, I was in the middle of Day 4 of Dome to Dome Twice, the epic 3900 mile road trip I took after graduating college and before starting Grad School. My friends Wendy, Joe, and Death set off from Chico, CA on a round trip that would take us through Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah.

The previous year, I had gone to the upper Midwest to look at Grad schools with my then step-father and we visited Minneapolis, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa, and Wisconsin. I took my family’s VHS camcorder and documented the trip and affectionately referred to the trip as “Dome to Dome” – a tribute to Michael Palin’s recently released “Pole to Pole”. The dome in question was the Minneapolis Metrodome, even though we never drove by it.

When my friends wanted to go to the Twin Peaks festival in Washington in 1994 and visit my friend Susie in Colorado, we decided to do both in 10 days. Overly ambitious to start, it turned out to be a fun time despite not talking to Death at the end of the trip and a little blow up in Washington where someone wanted to walk to Seattle. At any rate, I look upon this trip with some fond memories.

In 2004, I finally digitized the trip and created a special 10th anniversary edition DVD for my friends of the trip. It featured a few deleted scenes (although Susie was disappointed that the endless hours of lightning in Colorado didn’t make it).

Our itinerary:
Day 1: Chico to Snoqualmie, WA via Crater Lake and Mount St Helens
Day 2: Touring Twin Peaks sights
Day 3: Seattle
Day 4: Snoqualmie to Butte, MT via Cataldo, ID
Day 5: Butte to Yellowstone – camping in Yellowstone
Day 6: Yellowstone Touring
Day 7: Yellowstone to Colorado National Monument
Day 8: Visiting with Susie
Day 9: Grand Junction, CO to Chico via Salt Lake City and Reno

If I get some more free time this weekend I’ll try and post a photo gallery from the trip and maybe some video clips! (or maybe by the 25th anniversary…)

Bike Update: First Scratch

Well that didn’t take long. My second day of commuting to work via bike I came to the rack after work to discover several scratches on the bike. It looks like someone locked their bike to the same rack that I did and in the process jostled my bike so it made contact with the rebar rack. I was ticked for a few minutes, but now I am relieved the first ding is on the bike. Now I can relax as I ride it. After all it’s something to be used, not a museum piece.. (although it really is a beauty..)

And with all that is going on I do realize this post is a big huge #firstworldproblem

Map Monday: LA Stories from the “Map Cave”

Los Angeles Public Library’s map librarian Glen Creason talks about the history of Sunset Strip and Volume 10 of Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlases.

It’s the first episode in the LA Public Library’s new series called LA Stories from the “Map Cave”. I hope there are many more AND I need to visit the cave STAT!

via Curbed LA

First Bike Ride with New Bike

Enjoying my new bike

Enjoying my new bike

Today Daniel and I tested out our new bikes by riding the Santa Ana River trail 17.5 miles. Another 10 miles and we would have made it to the beach and back, but since this was a shakedown cruise it was just fine.

My bike performed great and I spent time trying to figure out the Italian gear system to find a comfortable cruising speed. There were a lot of other bikers as one would suspect on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, so we were conscious not to block the speedsters.

I’m looking forward to riding to work on a regular basis and weekend trips down the river. In the future it would be nice to get a car carrier and explore some of our National Parks via bike!