I took a vacation from blogging last week to spend time with my family. My mom and dad flew into SF and we drove up to meet my sister in Ashland, OR. She brought Resi and I brought Harriet and they had the most fun. It reminded me of meeting with all the cousins at Christmas and how much fun we had – except now the cousins are Resi and Harriet and they bite each other for fun. And I’m pretty sure they smell worse than we did.
We took a walk on Saturday up a few old paths in Berkeley. Nate used to live on the top of Panoramic Way and take a pedestrian route up the hill, all staircases and dirt paths, every day. It’s one of my favorite places this side of the Mississip. Here’s a couple pictures of the greens and colors, and one of Harriet (of course).
A lot of weekend plans for NJ and Harriet and me involve getting up early and getting out for a hike. We usually get up much earlier than we do during the week – and why not, we’ve got things we want to do.
My cousin Jen was visiting for the weekend, looking at UC Berkeley for a post doc. We did kind of a crummy job of selling the Bay Area to her but did manage to get up somewhat at an early hour on Saturday for to a favorite walk on Berkeley’s Strawberry Canyon fire trail. I didn’t feed her much and then rushed her out the door. We were also out of coffee. It was kind of cruel. She was a great sport about it though :). She was saying she’d like to run the loop (seven miles I think, but I’m not gonna do it, ha) so I guess she really will have to come and live here. And we ended up having to driving through Tilden Regional Park behind the lab thanks to the Cal game, up and around with a great view of Oakland, Berkeley, across the Bay to a bit of the city that poked through the fog.
Harriet had a great time, as usual. She gets this crazy puppy gallop going and then starts sprinting back and forth. I caught her wagging her tail in her sleep earlier today – thumping the floor, I thought someone was knocking – she’s just such a cheerful pup.
Maybe someday I will post 242 (two for tuesday ) pics that don’t involve Harriet.
NJ and I were lucky enough to go on a boat ride out to see some whales a few weeks ago thanks to his parents Craig and Judy.
Fortunately SF weather cooperated and lent us bright blue skies for the day. It was a bit choppy on the way out – normal stuff, but I brought my ginger chews cuz I was worried about getting sick. My advice is, don’t worry about getting seasick and you won’t get seasick. Now try not worrying about it. Sorry.
Welcome to the first Two for Tuesday post! Every Tuesday I will feature two favorite photos from the previous week.
Of course, as a possible portent for succeeding Tuesdays, both of these are of puppies. NJ and I spent the weekend with my little sister Tiegen and her boyfriend Brad up in the Mount Shasta-Trinity National Forest. It was a great campsite with a river walk/hike with three waterfalls. It was also free, cheers to that.
We enjoyed two good hikes, the weirdness of the nearby town of McCloud, and views of Mount Shasta, but best of all: insane puppy rompings. T and Brad just got Resi (REE-si), a panda-lookalike who is the essence of sweetness.
Somehow she got the nickname “devil dog” but I will generously assume it is a reference to the sweet fluffy pastry. I mean, look at that face.