We finally took a morning and absconded to the mountain. It's the highest peak next to Shasta, and overlooks all of the bay, from the Golden Gate to Silicon Valley, the Central Valley to the Delta. Mt Tamalpais was languescent in confluence with the haze, and the Pacific winds reminded me of a morning after snow, though the day was glowing under a fiery umbrage of cirrus and sun.
Here are some photos:
Above the tower, a light beacon. Inside, history and lighthouse windows.
A teen waited for his picture to be taken, so I took it.
An abundance of poppies and dandelions. It's all high desert up there.
Facing more desert:
The Academy of Sciences was the wisest choice for re-igniting internal wonder and creative inspiration. Not only through the observation of the life we disconnected around us when we focus on our phones or close our blinds, but also vicariously through the works of the scientists and creatives. They blended academic worlds; a mix of intricate ecosystem knowledge and precedent-setting engineering, to create a balanced rainforest that filters light from the living roof down to the aquarium at the bottom floor.
If you have a chance, go & re-up your awe.
In these photos, I tried focusing on specific components, but with all the wonder to enjoy, it was hard to keep the camera in my hands...
Especially if there's a butterfly on one:
This past Saturday we corralled some friends and created the next music video for MMO's EP release.
Our goal with this video was to create a celebration of love, a whimsical reality, and the effusion of youth. I think we did it! We procured a Sony NEX FS700 and went to town on super slowmo, a bunch of props and outdoors minimalist sets, and some talented actors. Here are some behind the scenes photos, with the video coming soon.
Thanks to Ashley Martin for the photos. Also, thanks to everyone who gave us their time: Rosemary Scalabreezy, CJ Bews, The Bews Family, Rachael Navarro, Trevor Cleak, Melissa Tamarago, SkyCouncil Recordings, and of course, Jared & Brandon of Meet Me In Orbit.
The Marin Ultra Challenge 25k was an epic test of my endurance, but mostly 2.5 hours of a quiet mind.
There was also a 50miler and 50k (30mi) that I did not consider. After meeting some of the ladies who completed the 50k, I feel optimistic about attempting it in the near future. These gals were super inspiring, broad-eyed with natural sun lines and super tight abs, smiling despite being caked in dirt and (potentially) dehydrated.
The 25k bounded up a hill from beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, then shifted down towards the sea. We ran up Rodeo and back down to Tennessee Valley behind Marin City and Sausalito. Then we hit the massive hill. It rose endlessly, each slight curve revealing another 100 yards of uphill, the slope never abating, nor cresting to full pain. Even during the hill (and upon reflection), I knew it was the superlative hill that I've been training to handle - and it worked. The 2+ mile climb, taken in running baby steps, was far behind me when I finally saw the Golden Gate over the miles of hills ahead. The red structure reminded me of childhood trips to Six Flags Magic Mountain, where we would play the "yell when you see it first!" game with the tall rollercoasters as they came into view from behind the hills of the desert valley.
The last 3 miles were all fast-twitch speedwork downhill. Lots of practice paid - I placed first in my age group (F20-29). I will definitely be attempting the 50k next year. To future successes!
Here are some crappy iPhone photos + photos from that morning:
Edit: And some more photos from GameFace Media