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A collection of maps and photos from Australia

After a marathon 18 hours on a plane (DRW-SYD-SFO), I’m back from Australia, and seeings how I can’t sleep (stupid GMT +09:30), I thought I’d post some photos and maps from Oz. The trip spanned ten days, from 2/5/2012 to 2/15/2012, with the first 6 days spent in Sydney working out of our Sydney office, and 4 days in Darwin on vacation ahead of the 70th anniversary of the “Australian Pearl Harbor” (2/19/2012). Overall, an outstanding visit, I really enjoyed Sydney and Australia, and can seeing myself going there again (for next time: snorkling, national park’ing, outback’ing, Melbourne’ing, etc).

Assorted photos from Sydney and Darwin

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Album link: here!

2/9/2012 — A walk from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach


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2/11/2012 — A Kayaking adventure in Sydney Harbor, where we got caught in the middle of significant thunderstorm and just barely survived 🙂


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2/14/2012 — A tour of World War II-related sites around Darwin, scene of the February 19, 1942 surprise air attack by the Japanese.


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February 15, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend 2011

A really memorable Memorial Day Weekend 2011, some photos and a map below.

Sunday, I got to attend the USS San Francisco memorial service, which honored the men serving aboard the USS San Francisco, a heavy cruiser which served throughout WWII. After the event, I got a chance to meet Pearl Harbor survivor Joe Whitt, who graciously spent a few minutes with me talking about his experiences. With less than 7,500 Pearl Harbor survivors left, talking to Joe really was a treat.

Preceding the memorial service, I went for a little hike along the Land’s End trail, which follows San Francisco’s rocky Northwestern Shore. Sunday was a great day to be outside, and I got some great shots of the Golden Gate bridge along the way. After the service, I was craving a burrito and found a good one at Chino’s Taqueria in the Richmond (sidenote: I l-o-v-e San Francisco, if for nothing else you can find a great, great burrito in any neighborhood, at any time).

On Memorial Day itself, I went to the services at Golden Gate National Cemetery, where vets and distinguished guests (even a former presidential candidate) spoke on the value of honoring our veterans. Following the service, I walked around the cemetery, there were flags on all 100,000+ graves, and many had flowers too. Walking among the myriad tombstones of men who died way, way too young really brings home the sacrifice our veterans made for this country. Along my walk, I did find Chester Nimitz‘s grave (and those of his staff, (e.g. Spruance) which they all agreed to while living, cool) among other notables (and selected randoms, whom I tried to learn more about when I got home).

In all, a really great weekend. I do kick myself for having not had a chance to talk to more vets (esp. WWII) over the years, their bunch is really fading away quickly, and the stories they tell are all so extraordinary (along those same lines, I recently started reading The Good War — An Oral History of WWII, which I highly, highly, highly recommend for anyone wanting to hear their stories).


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May 30, 2011

Photos from Twins-A’s May 19th, 2011

Celebrating my three year Googleversary in style, an afternoon Twins-A’s game in Oakland.

May 19, 2011

Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet Cruise

Some pics from my cruise around Suisun Bay, highlighted by some shots of the Reserve (mothball) Fleet and the mighty USS Iowa (BB-61).


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April 24, 2011

Day at Hidden Villa

If days were judged in miles hiked, number of lizards seen, or getting stared daggers at by a rooster, today was a rousing success:


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CardioTrainer link, 860 calories burned!

Site note: For anyone looking for great hiking and a great farm experience, Hidden Villa in Los Altos, CA can’t be beat.

April 16, 2011

Pics from Myrtle Beach

Some photos from my trip out to Myrtle Beach last month for Coastal GeoTools, the “Best Coastal GeoTools Ever.”

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April 11, 2011

View from Google Zurich

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Snowy and tree-y, as seen from the Sky Lounge

December 1, 2010

A donkey and a map

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Two of my favorite things, as seen during a quick jaunt to the pumpkin patch today.

October 30, 2010

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