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Monday, August 28, 2006

Hiking Waterman Mountain

PJ was at CalTech this week running some experiments, and stayed with us over the weekend. He suggested we drive up into the San Gabriel Mountains and take a short hike in the Angeles National Forest. This is always a cool drive, and it's even nicer when someone else does it and you can just enjoy the scenery. After about an hour's drive we had reached the trailhead we were aiming for, and headed up.

I'm not much of a hiker but it was a pretty fun, if exhausting, way to spend the day. We ended up getting all the way to the top of Waterman Mountain, taking about 90 minutes each way, not counting stops to rest and to eat. We covered about 5 miles round trip and around 1300 feet in elevation. Is that good? Who knows, it seemed like a lot to me! Bugs were fairly light except for a lot of bees when we stopped for lunch. There were some nice views and it was definitely good exercise which made me feel better about not running in several days.

I also must give a shout-out to Newcomb's Ranch where we stopped for some much needed drinks on our way back to Pasadena. We split an order of nachos and man were they great! The chips were homemade and each one was individually layered with beans, steak and cheese, and then extras like jalapenos and guacamole were on the side. It was really nice to just be able to pick them up neatly rather than having to dig through the mess that you normally get when you order nachos.

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