Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rubio Canyon Falls

Itchin' for somethin' new, we try Rubio Canyon.
There is a lot to be said for this hike, and while pictures may mean a thousand words, it still isn't enough to convey the insane, ball-tickling (for me at least) day we had. Maybe I just need better vocabulary, or a hot air balloon to take better pictures with. Maybe I'm just easy to please. Maybe..maybe, you should get up and hike here someday! But to say the least, this hike had a lot of ball-tickles (have I mentioned that yet?), "don't look down" moments, waterfall falling, butt-to-dirt sliding, finger-slicing climbing, and one spiny plant that pricked my ass while I was scaling up the rocks. Got me up in a hurry though.

So here you go: Rubio Canyon Falls (some*)
Have fun!

*There were more falls to be seen, but we:
(a) were exhausted
(b) needed to nurse my sliced up, and very dirty, finger
(c) x=42
(d) were eager to bathe for roughly an hour in the cold falls below

Maybe next time. Hopefully, then, I can take video instead. A big backpack and a giant octostick is definitely not the way to go around here.

Here is the description we followed. I like how this guy describes the Leontine falls part. hehe.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Below Chantry Flats

I should just call this blog, the Chantry Flats blog, since that's all I ever really put up here huh? Someday I'll make these pictures really local so people can see what Chantry is all about.

But for now, you get exclusive privileges.

So this time around I take the guys to the bottom of the trail; the one I took last Easter Sunday where I saw the pirate pirate squirrel. Except this time, when we reached the river, we went downstream instead of up to the waterfall. For all of us there, it was our first time, and I sure wasn't expecting to take my camera out as much as I did, but here you go. Enjoy!

Below Chantry Flats

*hint - you can navigate using your arrow keys!
- press down + b to slide!
- press select repeatedly when you fall in a pit, and you can enter glitch mode!

*UPDATE! : I think this is the guy we kept seeing around the place:

  1. Taricha torosa - California Newt
  2. Wiki - California Newt
"Like other Taricha members, the glands in the skin of T. torosa secrete the potent neurotoxin tetrodotoxin, which is hundreds of times more toxic than cyanide. This is the same toxin found in pufferfish and harlequin frogs. Researchers believe that bacteria synthesize tetrodotoxin and the animals that employ the neurotoxin acquire it through consumption of these bacteria. This neurotoxin is so strong that it is enough to kill most vertebrates, including humans. However, they are dangerous only if ingested, and can be safely kept as pets."

Good thing Mel wasn't hungry at the time.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Hodge Podge

Poor blorg. I have been neglecting you haven't I? Well here we go, since I cannot sleep..let us update a bit.

Hmm. Seeing as how my macross project is getting dusty, I'll probably move that into a section of its own. But anyway..I couldn't sleep when I started going through the pictures, but now as I'm nearing the end, I am quite ready for bed. So quickly here, this is just a bunch of pictures I had left in my camera for a while now. Some adventures and misadventures with friends old and new. Mostly clouds (of course), and the waterfall hike (of course), squirrelz (duh) and an octo-stick. :o

Yeah. Enjoy! zzz.

Hodge Podge

*hint - you can navigate the slide-show with your arrow keys. :o