Return of the Blog

It’s been a while since I updated the blog with my latest adventures. I’m happy to announce the blog will be back in action starting next week.

There will be posts about a very Texas Fourth of July, a One-Day Walking Tour of London, and a Cycling Tour of Goa, India plus much more.

While I’m working on the latest updates, feel free to look back at some of the most popular posts on the blog from the last few years:

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Pyramiden, Spitsbergen — An abandoned Russian mining town, population: 2.

grace-cathedral-UN-muralGrace Cathedral, San Francisco — Classic architecture with a modern message.

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Christchurch, New Zealand — Art-rich restoration after a devastating earthquake.

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Gliding — Free falling over Central Texas.

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Castle Rock, Antarctica — Hiking in one of the most remote places in the world.

Christmas in San Francisco

I tend to gravitate toward more open, natural spaces when I have a choice in travel, but there’s just something about Christmas in the city that can’t be beat. Almost any city will do, but San Francisco is high in the rankings of Christmas joy this time of year.

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Tahoe weekend


Attending AGU is always a rewarding, yet grueling, experience. It’s a long week that takes strategic planning to keep from getting burned out. A few days of vacation afterward always helps to rejuvenate me before heading back to work the following week.

Last year I went back to Maryland after AGU. The year before that a friend and I stayed in a hostel and went on an epic biking misadventure in the bay area. Two years ago was my first visit to San Francisco so I spent some extra time taking in the sights. This year Brian and I were both in town so we decided on a weekend getaway to Tahoe.

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The Coffee Crusade

This week I’m at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting. The AGU Fall meeting happens every year at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, probably because it’s one of the only conference centers in the country with the capacity to house a conference so big. More than 25,000 people attend every year, primarily geoscientists, but also journalists, educators, and folks in related field of private industry.

Below is a small subset of the AGU population in part of the poster hall. The conference consists of a few football fields of posters, fresh daily, plus roughly 100 rooms where 10 to 60 minute talks are occurring basically nonstop between 8am and 6pm Monday through Friday. Posters and talks are an attraction at AGU, but networking with colleagues and collaborators is another great reason to go and often fills the in-between meals and breaks. It’s a busy week for sure.

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USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier

Brian and I went on one last adventure over Thanksgiving weekend that I thought I’d share. His house is walking distance to the now-defunct Alameda Naval Air Station. Since it closed, many of the buildings and spaces that were on base have been repurposed, but there are still some interesting things to see. One of them is the USS Hornet Museum.

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