April 26, 2009

On the way to Dog Mountain this weekend…

Posted in hiking, pacific northwest at 10:12 pm by berzerkeleyan

It was quite cold at the top -- 30 degrees Fahrenheit with 50 mph wind gusts.

It was quite cold at the top of Dog Mountain -- 30 degrees Fahrenheit with 50 mph wind gusts.

…I heard this.

I couldn’t see it, but it obviously could see me.  At the time, I didn’t know what it was.  My first thought was “Fuck, mountain lion.”  Anyone who talks with me about hiking knows my fear of running into one.  I’m not the biggest guy around; a full grown male could very easily take me out (they can kill one ton elk fer christsakes!).  So the sound I heard was not very comforting.  I did think I had the upper hand, since whatever it was announced its presence rather than surprise me with an ambush.  However, I didn’t want to test my hypothesis.  I very calmly walked away, knife in hand, never turning my back until I was a few hundred yards away.  Despite my natural desire for solitude, I was very happy when I ran into other hikers that day.

It was only when I got home and did a little research that I realized what I heard wasn’t a mountain lion.  It was one of these, which don’t pose any threat to humans.  I really wish I had seen it.  They are a rare sight.

You know, I really have to rethink this whole “hiking by myself” thing…

Music Rotation — 20 Apr

Posted in music at 9:04 pm by berzerkeleyan

It’s been a while since I produced my weekly list. I’m sure you’ve been all waiting with baited breath.

Fleet Foxes “Sun Giant EP” (2008)genre: Americana.
Razorlight “Slipway Fires” (2009)genre: Britpop.
Kent “Verkligen” (1996)genre: Swedish Britpop.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre “Give It Back” (1997)genre: neo-60’s Psychedelic Rock.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club “The Effects of 333” (2008)genre: Ambient.
Pet Shop Boys “Yes” (2009)genre: Techno Pop. Their previous album, “Fundamental,” was a huge disappointment to me. After eight fantastic albums, I guess it was to be expected that they’d finally exhaust their creative juices. But “Yes” is an excellent return to form, equally as strong as anything they’ve ever done. Highly recommended.
Pet Shop Boys “Nightlife” (1999)genre: Techno Pop.
Belle & Sebastian “Tigermilk” (1996)genre: Twee Folk.
Electric Light Orchestra “Definitive Collection” (1999)genre: Pop.
Gomez “A New Tide” (2009)genre: British Indie Rock.

April 15, 2009

Postcard on the road to Taupo

Posted in music at 8:46 pm by berzerkeleyan

Postcard on the road to Taupo, originally uploaded by Out and Aboot the World.

I gotta say…this is one of the better pictures I’ve ever taken. It doesn’t hurt that the New Zealand countryside is so idyllic.

Taken on the road between Wellington and Taupo.

April 8, 2009

Wellington Botanical Panorama

Posted in music at 1:26 am by berzerkeleyan

Wellington Botanical Panorama, originally uploaded by Out and Aboot the World.

I really lucked out on the weather while visiting New Zealand. There were perhaps two cloudy days the entire time. The rest were sunny and not too hot.

After taking a cable car to the Wellington Botanical Gardens, I was treated to this view of the city. Quite nice.

April 6, 2009

New Zealand — Brooklyn Hill Panorama

Posted in new zealand, vacation at 1:34 am by berzerkeleyan

Brooklyn Hill Panorama, originally uploaded by Out and Aboot the World.

I just got back from a three week vacation in New Zealand. I took quite a few photos, and will be posting some of the best ones over the next couple of weeks.

The photo above is a composite. Unfortunately, it’s been shrunk down significantly, so the details are lost. But I can assure you that the view atop Brooklyn Hill was awesome. If you want a slightly bigger image, click here.