April 14, 2018


I went for a hike with my dad! (Recorded this one with Gaia GPS.)

May 18, 2015

Yet Another Purisima Creek Hike

Last time we did this hike I thought, “These steep elevation changes are a bit much.” This time I had a 42+ lb kid on my back most of the way. :)

Tech notes: I’m using GPX data generated by RunKeeper for the first time with this one. Also, between the trees and the clouds, the track isn’t very precise.

April 4, 2015

Mills Canyon

One of our newest favorite hikes. Anne made it most of the way around the loop before climbing into the backpack this time. Then we did the loop again. :)

March 25, 2015

Purisima Creek Redwoods (2015 Edition)

It turns out we had done this hike before! But apparently we didn’t turn back that time. Probably because we had a map. And more time. Anne does quite a bit of hiking these days. Fueled by banana slug hunting, and “I Spy” games, and trail mix. Next time we’ll go farther.

Also, Google dropped support for embedding maps which render GPX files so I switched to Mapbox. So far, so good. And, no scroll wheel zooming for hyper-sensitive Apple Magic Mice.

July 7, 2012

Purisima Creek Redwoods

Great 6.5 mile hike at Purisima Creek Redwoods today. Anne hopped down from the backpack to hike with us for a while this time. Which was nice because that backpack is getting heavy. :)

September 6, 2011

Purisima Creek Redwoods

This past weekend we tried out a completely new hike. Purisima Creek Redwoods is just south of Half Moon Bay (if you want to start at the bottom and hike up). We picked a fairly steep trail. It was manageable but toasty. When we go to the first real fork in the trail, AJ was a bit fussy so we stopped to eat. She had a good time while she was out of the carrier but once we were finished and she went back in she got fussy again, so we headed back. She conked out shortly thereafter and had a nice snooze while we finished the slightly abbreviated hike.

Also, I wound up getting the full version of MotionX GPS. Partially for the ability to save multiple tracks but mostly just to support the developer. It’s a terrific app.

August 30, 2011

Windy Hill

We went for a big ole’ hike this past weekend.

We’ve been to Windy Hill many times before but this was the first time with Anne and the baby backpack. It’s about 1,400 feet of elevation change and 7.7 miles round-trip. I expected to do about a third of that but once we got out there it seemed like we could make it to the top. This time we walked down the same way we came up rather than doing the loop. (Less sun that way.)

I was physically wrecked for pretty much the entire following week. But it was totally worth it. :)

May 31, 2011

Sweeney Ridge

We’ve been getting out for hikes pretty regularly again and this Sweeney Ridge area has become one of our favorite spots. It’s got a good mix of paved and unpaved (but still BOB-friendly) bits, gentle and steep inclines, and some extremely good views.

One thing it doesn’t have is convenient places to feed or change your four-month-old but we’re getting pretty good at doing that stuff almost anywhere, so.

Also, a brief historical digression, I used to have a Garmin gizmo that I really liked but which was extremely difficult to communicate with from a Mac. Nevertheless I managed to find an adapter, import the data, convert it to an XML format, and then wrote a whole little app in JavaScript to draw the path onto a Google Map. It was… time-consuming.

Flash-forward to 2011. I recorded this path with a free iPhone app (MotionX GPS Lite), exported the data as a GPX file, pass it to Google Maps, and voilà. Nice, right?

Note: It doesn’t look like the Lite version is available anymore. But the full MotionX GPS is pretty cheap.