Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore Bear Valley Trailhead

Tired of watching the nonstop blather about the earthquake, we packed up the car and headed to Point Reyes National Seashore. We stopped in Cowgirl Creamery for lunch. After a pleasant picnic on the grounds of the visitor center we embarked on a 10 mile round trip hike down to the beach. I’ll let the picture do the rest of the talking.

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New bumpers


I took the Westy up to The Buslab Friday for the new bumpers. They give it a little more rugged look.

Day one of 1/2


Linda and I signed up for the Big Sur 1/2 Marathon in November and my training officially started on Monday with a 3.1 mile run. The last half I ran was back in 2007 before I blew my knee out skiing. Since then I have run much shorter distances.

The only reason I signed up for this one is the location. It’s in Monterey, CA. While we won’t actually be running around Big Sur, we’ll be close.


Napa 6.0


Early this morning, around 3:00 am we had a 6.0 earthquake centered around Napa. That’s at least an hour north of us. I didn’t feel a thing, in fact I slept through it.

The damage up there isn’t devastating, but it’s not trivial either. There are requisite images of groceries splayed all over the floor. The news ran out of things to say within 30 minutes and have been on repeat for several hours.

Of all the years I’ve lived in California off and on I have yet to actually experience an earthquake. The only one I ever actually noticed was one in the middle of the night in Illinois. Not bragging or complaining about this one. I have been through enough other kinds of natural phenomenons. I’m not trying to add anymore to my list.



The plan was to ride 50 miles. I went from to Castro Valley to San Ramon to Danville to Livermore. I thought that would easily cover it. Instead I was about 5 miles short as I rode into Pleasanton. I ended up zig zagging through the neighborhood in an effort to round it off. I finally just got bored and finished at 49 miles.

Looking at the map, it looks like I covered significantly more area than my odometer would indicate. If you were to overlay this same route in say Chicago, I feel like it would have been 100 miles. The Bay Area is deceivingly smaller than it looks.


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Our box of stuff from GoWesty showed up last night and we got to work. We ordered the following…

  • Curtains
  • Back door struts
  • Tabletops
  • Dashboard cover
  • Rearview and side mirrors
  • Replacement decals

We pretty much replaced everything but the decals, but ran out of daylight. It’s looking really tight now. I hope to get the new bumpers and trailer hitch installed this week. After that, about the only thing left will be some bigger tires down the road and some great camping supplies.

Our first real camping trip with the Westy is coming up. We’re going up to Bodega Bay in Sonoma county.

New floors for the Westy


This weekend we took on installing laminate flooring in the Westy to make it feel more homey. I’m pleased with the results. Next I’ll be taking on some smaller detail pieces like new mirrors, lift struts, and curtains. The new bumpers are in, so I’ll be getting them installed next week. After all this, it’ll be as good as newish.

We picked up a damaged pack of tongue and groove laminate from Lowe’s for $9.50 and a discounted roll of foam underlayment. A couple of the pieces were dinged on the end, but I knew I’d be cutting that part off. We went with the rustic “Tavern Oak” so it wouldn’t look like a dining room.

I was going to take out the original floor. It’s an uneven surface due to the rails for additional seats. Instead, I left it because underneath was more uneven. Plus, taking it out would have meant ruining it. It wouldn’t be easy to replace, or cheap. Also, I didn’t want to go through the hassle of removing the cabinets.

There’s about 4 mm of clearance between the cabinets and the existing floor. Most flooring is 7 to 8 mm so it won’t go under. To make it look finished I bought some quarter round.

The dimensions of the floor is about 47″ x 49″. There were 8 pieces of flooring about 7.6″ wide and 50″ long in the pack. It took 7 pieces, but I had to cut off about 5″ lengthwise on the last piece.

All told, it took about two and a half hours with the help of my son. It looks great and for anyone wondering. Yes, you can install flooring in a Westy without removing the cabinets. Out the door, this little project cost less than $50.

1 box, 8 pieces of laminate flooring $9.50 ($27.00 retail)
12′ of quarter round trim $13.00
Finishing nails $3.50
Roll of underlayment $13.00 ($26.00 retail)

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Spot on


We’ve been binge watching HBO’s “Silicon Valley” since it became available on iTunes last week. I love this show. It’s so spot on in many ways, especially the characters.

Having lived out here off and on for the past 20 years, I’ve seen pretty much every archetype and lived through many of the scenarios depicted in the show. Some of those situations can only be funny if you’ve lived through them.

There are, and have been plenty of shows that try to capture what Silicon Valley is like, but this one gets it right because of Mike Judge not only pays attention to the details, but the right ones. He nailed “Office Space” 15 years ago, because the characters were stuck in the shitshow. They seem above it all, but they can’t, or won’t get out. That sounds like most of us.

Office life, like Silicon Valley, takes itself too way too seriously. It’s the people that buy into wholesale that seem to thrive even if they aren’t really getting ahead. Some asshole getting ahead while the rest of toil is universal theme a lot of us can relate to.