Road Trip 2.0: Big Sur

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Yurts!
Time to start some photo dumping, eh? Jim and I took a two week road trip back across the country, moving to our new abode on the east coast.

First stop, after the movers left, we loaded up the car (not quite as crazily as the last time, but still pretty bad) and headed to Treebones Resort. It's become suuuuuper out of the way with the mudslides in Big Sur. Difficult to get to, and difficult to get anywhere else. But it does have a super popular first-come-first-served sushi bar? Like camping for wealthy people.

Also, I'd maybe skip paying the extra fees for an ocean view yurt when the fog's rolling in. Treebones is usually so packed you have to stalk their Twitter for last-minute cancellations to get a spot. The mudslides have made getting-in a bit easier. Very pretty. A nice place to decompress after the stress of packing.

Above the clouds
The Treehouse
Hummingbird
Treebones Resort
Treebones Resort
Nest Camping
Inside the yurt

Without the mudslides, the journey to Hearst Castle would've been easy peasy. With the mudslides, hours. No matter, we still made it to this grotesque mansion previously owned by one of the inventors of the precursors of clickbait news. What is with that indoor pool?

Driving to Hearst Castle
Hearst Castle
Hearst Castle
Private movie room
Stairway
Gardens
Hearst Castle One of the cottages
Indoor pool

Pacific Crest Trail SoBo

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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For those wondering, J set off on his 5-month Pacific Crest Trail adventure about a week ago. He's gone for ~4 months, while the cat and I hold down our new digs.
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Walking to a good hitching spot
Waiting in 97F weather for a ride
Starting gear, sans bandana and pack towel.
Camping ramen FTW
You can read more about that here.

How To: Packing Delicate Plants for Road Trips

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Plants in the car.

The Burro's Tail & Jade Plant have been through a lot. Such as one cross country drive...and now another. I'd say the first drive worked best, as they were rather short and could be stashed out of the way on the dashboard. The return road trip started with the burro's tail flying from the back toward the windshield. A dance move that the jade plant would follow a few days after.

So here's how I re-packed the Burro's Tail succulent for travel. It seemed pretty effective, although it's still in shock from its first nose dive. Hopefully it recovers. If I were to do start the road trip over, I'd trim the longer branches of the burro's tail and propoagate them giving me a short dense/stocky plant. And then I'd follow the packing instructions below.

  1. Materials
    1 cardboard box slightly taller than the plant. Scrap cardboard or packing materials. A plastic cup (optional). Shrink wrap (or Ziploc bag filled with holes, large enough to encase the cardboard box). Scissors. Delicate succulent/plant.
  2. Create cardboard foundational support
    Disassemble shallow cardboard box into strips, fold into zigzags, place in larger box.

    I suppose if you didn't have another cardboard box to cut into strips, you could probably use styrafoam, bubble wrap, newspaper, or other packing material. The point is just to put enough in their to hold the plant pot in place. I did this in a hotel room on the road, and happened to have a second shallow box to use. If you're transporting a vine-y plant, you don't want to fill the packing in all the way to the top of the box, the vines need somewhere to rest!
    1. Disassemble smaller cardboard box into strips, fold into zigzags, place in larger box.
  3. Place cup of dropped succulent leaves in zigzags
    Rearrange cardboard zigzag pieces to secure cup. Stuff is going to fall off your plant, it's nice to have a dedicated little cup to hold the odds and ends so they can be propagated later.
    2. Place cup of dropped succulent leaves in zigzags
  4. Place plant in middle of cardboard zigzags
    Zigzag/packing materials should be rearranged to hold the plant pot in place. If the plant shifts around in the box during transport, it may cut off/kill some of its vines.

    This burro's tail (in a small pot) is shorter than the walls of the box, which is key for transporting the plant.
    3. Place plant in middle of cardboard zigzags
  5. Shrink wrap middle of box.
    Don't airtight wrap it! You just want enough to keep the plant from falling out if the box goes flying. And to protect the plant from other things that may rest on it in the car.
    4. Shrink wrap middle of box.

The plant flew from its original resting place and I had to cut/propagate a bunch of vines. I'm expecting mixed success on rehabilitation. Looks about right.
Burro's Tail after 2 weeks on the road.

California: The Commute

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Caltrain

Having documented my work commute in Japan, I figured I'd share something similar from California. The commute took just about as long, and kept me pretty much exclusively in the South Bay suburbs, but the flowers were blooming nearly year round.

Walking to the Train.
Walking to the Train.
Walking to the Train.
Walking to the Train.
Walking to the Train.
Walking to the Train. Walking to the Train.
Caltrain
Caltrain
Caltrain
To the Bus.
To the Bus.
To the Bus.

Each day when getting off the train I had the choice of two options for getting to my office. The Meyer Green path...
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Campus
Campus
Campus
Campus

...or the Main Quad path.
Commuting from Palo Alto Station to Stanford
Commuting from Palo Alto Station to Stanford
Commuting from Palo Alto Station to Stanford
Commuting from Palo Alto Station to Stanford
Commuting from Palo Alto Station to Stanford
Commuting from Palo Alto Station to Stanford
Commuting from Palo Alto Station to Stanford
Office

The lovely commute really made up for many of the downsides of living in the South Bay. While the 45 minute commute wasn't ideal, the lovely scenery certainly was.

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