Sony NEX 6

Springtime Little Si Hike

Our permit application for the Wonderland Trail has been submitted (at least we hope it has, we had some fax machine issues). We decided to kick off our training today with a nice springtime hike up the Little Si trail.

One of the new gadgets I tried out today was the Peak Design Capture Camera Clip. This cool little device attaches a camera to a backpack strap (or belt) and keeps the camera from swaying around excessively.   The clip consists of two parts – a clamp that goes around the strap, and a plate that attaches into the tripod mount on the bottom of the camera. There is a release button that allows the camera to be attached/removed quickly. Here is a picture of my Sony NEX 6 attached to my day pack strap (funky camera angle – used my phone to get the picture).


The hike itself was not super long – about 4.5 miles round trip with an elevation gain near 1300’. The weather was great – temperature in the mid 50s to low 60s.DSC00812

A short way into the hike, there is a side trail – “The Boulder Loop”. We skipped it on the way up, thinking we’d hit it on the way down. We ended up not doing it.DSC00813

This hike is a little more scenic than Mount Si. There are more things to see – a stream, some cool rock formations, and a small swamp (I didn’t take a picture of the swamp).



My hiking buddy about 1/2 way up the trail.


One of the more difficult trail sections. Fairly steep with a ton of roots and rocks. Sure glad I wasn’t trying to ride my motorcycle up this.


Almost to the top. This is the view facing north.DSC00829

The view of Mount Si from the end of the trail.



Off to Maui!

We are off to Maui for the week of Thanksgiving.  Nothing like getting out of the cold and rain for a week! We started off our adventure at SeaTac Airport where they had some pretty cool murals painted on the windows outside our terminal.




As the kids get older, travel gets much easier.  Melissa and I watched “Cabin in the Woods” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” on my Kindle while Kim and Taylor watched kid movies on the iPad.  Outside of the movies, they entertained themselves with various electronic gadgets – just like they were sitting on their butts at home.

Once in Maui, we picked up the rental car and started off toward our condo.  The service on the plane was lacking, so we decided to stop at Cheeseburger in Paradise for a quick bite to eat along the way.  Since we are in Hawaii, I had to get myself a Mai Tai, which came delivered in a fine tiki glass.


As we were checking in at the hotel, Taylor kept blabbering about going to see the volcano.  We couldn’t figure out what she was talking about…until we arrived in our room.  Our view is a burned down building with a tower that looks a bit like a volcano (The picture is not so great – it was getting dark outside).


If you look out the other way, you can actually see the ocean.


I resumed battling with the iPad for composing blog entries.  My new camera (Sony NEX 6) has built in wifi, which you can use to transfer pictures to a computer, but apparently not an iPad.  I can use the iPad for a remote shutter release, and get any picture taken this way, but I can’t get the other pictures off of the camera.  The camera can upload pictures to facebook, so I found that I could upload the picture from the camera to a private folder in FB, and then download the photo on the iPad.  Of course I need to have a wifi hotspot to do it…I eventually gave up, and am using Melissa’s laptop to do this post.  I see a Surface Pro in my future…

As we all got ready for bed, we discovered that Taylor’s Kindle was missing.  After several trips back and forth to the car, and searching all of the luggage, we think it is still on the plane.  Fortunately she has a password set on the device, so we’ll contact the airline and see if they found it.

We don’t have any solid plans for adventures while we are here.  I’m sure we’ll get plenty of beach and pool time, but not sure what we are going to do beyond that.  I’m still recovering from a torn bicep, so that is going to limit me a bit.  The kids want to go zip lining and snorkeling, so we’ll probably try to get those in.

And of course, the weather for the next few days is cloudy and windy…at least we won’t be cold!