Map of California State Parks

We live a couple miles from a state park with two lakes. We visit the park a couple days each month and there are a number of other state parks nearby, so it made sense to buy an annual pass (California Poppy Pass).

The pass came with a list of all the state parks that are included1 but a random list of parks isn’t very useful, so I added each park to a Google Map (I’m also slightly obsessed with maps, but that’s a different story):


  1.  popular state parks, like the beaches in southern California, are excluded from the pass. I didn’t include those state parks on this map. 

Goodbye Twitter

I stopped using Twitter about three months ago.  For a few years I was an active consumer of Twitter content, but never tweeted much.  I would religiously log into Tweetbot (both macOS and iOS) and view all the new tweets in my timeline.

Over the last year or so, it became more like a chore.  It was sort of like another inbox.  And the U.S. presidential campaign was exhausting, so I started muting a lot of keywords.

Now that I’ve been away, I don’t miss it.  I sort of miss seeing links to interesting articles, but not enough to lure me back.

Possibly the biggest benefit of mostly avoiding Twitter is that I no longer need to endure inane April Fool’s Day jokes and pranks.

The second biggest benefit is that I no longer need to be involved in the Twitter outrage machine. It’s easy to get caught up with one side or the other, but on Twitter there’s no nuance, so everything is polarizing.

And lastly, it’s nice to have an extra 30+ minutes per day to devote to other activities. Like writing a short blog post…

Goodbye Twitter.

The Barkley Marathons

I think most people would be better off with more pain in their lives, honestly. I think that, if nothing else, they would appreciate the pain-free times more. But I think also there’s this self-induced aspect of, you’ve struggled, you’ve overcome, you’ve gotten through, then you’re confident and you both enjoy the rest of your life more, but also you feel like you can do things and you take on challenges that you wouldn’t otherwise try, and you get to points that you wouldn’t otherwise reach.

– Julian Jamison from The Barkley Marathons: The Race that Eats Its Young

I recently watched a documentary about the infamous Barkley Marathon.

Since I first heard about the race a few years ago, I’ve thought it was kind of ridiculous, but I really enjoyed the documentary. I still have no desire to ever participate in the race, but I have a newfound respect for the participants.

It’s currently streaming on Netflix or you can rent it from Apple for 99 cents.