Mount Rosa

Date: 5/26/2012
Who: Sammy and myself
Length: 12 miles (6 out + 6 back)
Time: 6.7 hours
Weather: 50-80 degrees, sunny, hazy

After research and hemming and hawing for several weeks, I purchased a new backpack–a Osprey Stratos 34 in blue. Plus, a Platypus 3-liter hydration system to go with it. Osprey is a Colorado-based company.

Today was my first opportunity to use the new pack, and it worked out great. I like having a hydration system with a tube that allows me to drink without taking off my pack to access water bottles. The pack has a webbing system that creates an airspace between the pack and my back. It has other features too, like a pair of loops for holding hiking poles, integrated rain cover, and additional pockets. I like it!

Buffalo Grass in Buffalo Canyon

This hike followed the BLUE line to St. Mary’s Falls, then to Mt. Rosa, and back:

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Muscoco Mountain & Mount Cutler

Date: 5/20/2012
Who: Sammy and myself
Length: 4 miles (2 out + 2 back)
Time: 3 hours
Weather: 45-60 degrees, sunny

I chose a short hike today, because my stomach was still not feeling well after returning from a trip to California. I thought a hike would help me get back to feeling normal, but I also wanted to take it easy. Mount Cutler is a very popular hike in Cheyenne Canyon. From the parking lot to the Mt. Cutler summit is about 1 mile and less than 500′ elevation gain. We also added a side-trip to Muscoco Mountain, which added another mile and 1000′ elevation. We took a nice long break on Muscoco to enjoy the view and relax.

Muscoco Mtn. viewed from Mt. Cutler:

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Anaheim Convention Center Walk

Date: 5/15/2012 & 5/16/2012
Who: myself
Length: 3.5 miles
Time: 1 hour
Weather: 65 degrees, sunny

I attended a work-related convention in Anaheim this week, and walked around the hotel in the morning. The hotel is near Disneyland. The walking route takes one through “Downtown Disney”. On Disney property, I saw this sign. I wonder what the purpose is? It seems like one of the dumbest things I have ever seen. The resort is huge. How is one supposed to know where the dangerous chemicals are located? The sign is not helpful in any way.

After doing some Googling, I found a report that Disney was recently accused of exposing customers to lead. I speculate, the sign is there because the company was forced to post it by a court, or they thought it might help protect the corporation from lawsuits. “We warned ya!”

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On 5/14, I walked at Huntington Beach: