Archive for the ‘Outdoors’ Category

19th Annual Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon

What has 1600 wheels, 1600 feet, swims through Uvas Reservoir and feasts on burritos and beer?

The 800 triathletes who are signed up for the 19th Annual Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon!

At 7am Sunday, while most people are still snuggled under the covers, 800 athletes plus numerous volunteers will already be lined up at Uvas, with bikes racked and running shoes set out carefully on towels.  Participants will swim ¾ mile in the reservoir, get on bikes for a 16 mile ride, then take off running for another five miles.  Do you have what it takes?

I’m not sure if I do, but I’ll be there lined up in my wetsuit, too.

The Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon is USAT sanctioned and follows a beautiful, mostly flat course.  Athletes and volunteers return year after year to participate in and support this fast growing sport.  The post race party includes burritos and beer and more!!  If you don’t feel ready to participate or volunteer, feel free to come by and spectate!   It is hard not to catch the triathlon bug when watching your first race.  Don’t be surprised if you decide to hop on your bike Monday and make plans for next year!

Visit the website for more information on the course, parking, volunteering and signing up!  Check back here next week for a write-up of my experience… if I survive!

Maker Faire 2010!

Where to? It’s that time of year again my friends, the Maker Faire is just around the corner! I’ve written about the Maker Faire a few times (09, 08); here’s a little description for those unaware of what the Maker Faire is:

“Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It’s for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things.”

Getting there is easy as there are plenty of public transportation options available (and always recommended that you carpool if you can) but this year there is a special call out to Maker fans encouraging them to bike to the event.

Where: San Mateo County Fairgrounds
When: May 22nd and 23rd
Tickets: Online or at participating retailers

Advance Pricing (through midnight 5/12/10):
Adult – $20.00
Student (13-20), student photo ID if 21) – $10.00
Youth (4-12) – $5.00
Children 3 and under are free

San Jose: Great American Litter Pick Up


The “Great American Litter Pick Up” is this Saturday March 20, 2010

Registration 8 AM-8:30
Clean-up 8:30 – 11:30
FREE – celebration lunch for volunteers, 12 noon – 1 PM

Volunteers: bring your own pick-up stick & gloves
All youth under 18 need supervision & transportation to get to clean up sites.

For registration information see “don’t let LITTER trash your community!

For more information or to sign up call: (408) 277-3208
Para información sobre este día de limpieza comunitaria, llame al (408) 277-3208.
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It’s that time of year…

And that time of year is … allergy season.

Mavericks Surf Contest Rogue Wave Video


The Mavericks Surf Contest is one exhilarating spectator experience, but I’m glad that my experience was at home this year. Check out this You Tube Spectator Wipe Out Video.

Mavericks Surf Contest

Jeff Clark

After much waiting it looks as though the waves are finally cooking! The “24” (finest surfers on the planet) should all be in town this morning for the Mavericks Surf Contest 2010. The action happens off of Pillar Point. It is an ordeal to get a spot to see much, but to hang out with the other fans take Hwy 1 north from Half Moon Bay – take the South Capistrano Rd exit near the Half Moon Bay Airport. Turn left on Prospect Way and west onto Harvard Avenue – it merges with West Point Avenue. Trudge up the hill to the Pillar Point Marsh lot and hike about one mile uphill, along the path to the viewing area on the bluffs.

Ugh! I’m too old for that. I’ll put on my now vintage madras shirt, round toe blue Keds, and view it here.

Follow it on twitter and facebook.

I do have mixed feelings about the contest. It is not the same with out Mavericks founder Jeff Clark. I first met Jeff in 2007 out in front of his surf shop.

You Tube 2007 MAVERICK’S SURF CONTEST HIGHLIGHTS

Let it Snow!

From my balcony.

From my balcony.

HAMCAMS are two cameras mounted on the roof of Lick Observatory.

Images on Mt. Hamilton and the valley below. A new set of stills and a movie daily.

For more information on the HAMCAMS see Gary’s post.

Fall color in San Jose

Is it just me, or is the fall color around here much better this year than most other years?

Veterans Day 11/11/2009

American FlagWednesday, November 11, is Veterans Day. There will be a memorial ceremony and a parade in downtown San Jose. In honor of Veterans Day, entrance fees waived at National Parks and other areas.

The Parade‘s Opening Ceremony begins on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month with a memorial ceremony at Plaza de Cesar Chavez on Market Street.

The Parade begins at noon from Delmas Street (near HP Pavilion) and travels east along Santa Clara to Market Street. The Parade then proceeds south on Market Street and ends at San Carlos Street. The reviewing stand is near Park Street.

Vice Admiral Jody A. Breckenridge, Commander United States Coast Guard Defense Forces West and Pacific Area, is this year’s Grand Marshal.

In addition, entrance fees waived on Veterans Day at public recreation lands managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with the Bureau of Land Management. Click on the service’s link for more information (other fees still apply). There are a number of public recreation lands in the Bay Area or head on over to Yosemite.

Veterans Day
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

San Jose: Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon 2009

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October 4th is just a couple of weeks away, so it is time for San Jose runners to get ready for the Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon. Though this news is exciting for the runners, and good for the city, for me it is just ho-hum. That was until I heard about the post race concert.

* Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon Post-Race Concert:
* Finish Line Festival Stage – Plaza de Caesar Chavez.

# 1 Jonny Lang – (Grammy winner) is the concert headliner.

# 2 It is free! – and open to the public. (the concert)

# 3 Lang is scheduled to take the stage around 12 PM.

Note: For the marathon – register online

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