Mall of America Pictures

San Diego

I drove down to San Diego over the extended weekend which was really fun.  Went out to dinner at a place called Islands which we don’t have here in the Bay Area on Saturday night.  Played some poker with M&M’s, peanuts, and raisins for a while and went to my hotel which ended up being overbooked so they gave my room away.  They put me at a nice place across town free of charge which ended up working out but I paid for it with lack of sleep as I didn’t get into my room until 1am.  On Sunday I went to a church that has to have one of the best views possible because it is up on a hill and all of the windows overlook the ocean.  I liked the pastor a lot and got quite a few things out of the sermon.  Sunday afternoon I drove around and saw a lot of beaches, a lot of ocean, a lot of towns I don’t remember the names of, Seaworld (the outside of it) and seals.  Legoland isn’t too too far from Seaworld and it looks like Tyler would love going there when he gets older.  Sunday night I ate downtown and got some ice cream (can’t go wrong with that).  Laura, they had the USS Midway docked downtown and I think you can take tours on it which made me think of you and Skyler.  By the time I got downtown it was dark so the pictures I took won’t do it justice.  On Monday I-5 closed through the grapevine so I had to take 101-N the entire way home which turned a 7 hour drive into an all day and night event.  Made it home safe this morning and had a great time.

Preikestolen – The “Rock Pulpit”

My friend Lee sent me another good item.  It was a PowerPoint show but since some people don’t have PowerPoint, here it is in PDF format.  Isn’t that one rock stuck between two mountains what the “Where the Hell is Matt” guy danced on in one of the scenes of his video?

Near Stavanger in Norway there is a mysterious rock that rises 600 meters above the fjord Lysefjorden and to get there is not a climber’s dream!  The Preikestolen (literally “Rock Pulpit” is perhaps the most famous attraction in Stravanger. Once you’ve arrived at the parking lot at an elevation of about 270 meters, you’re at the beginning of the trail that leads to the summit of the rock terrace from which in a little less than two hours and another 600 meters you will get to the peak of the fjord.  To say that you’ll enjoy a breath taking view is a no brainer!  However be sure you are properly equipped to go on even though the trail is well tracked, good trekking shoes are strongly advised.  You have to be in good physical condition!

Stumptown Coffee On Hawthorne Boulevard

Went to Stumptown Coffee this morning with my parents on Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland.  The one on Division Street has coffee roasting but we missed a few turns and decided to go to another one (next time I come for a visit I’ll go to the one on Division Street).  It was a smaller cafe than the one downtown but being on Hawthorne Boulevard it was definitely more “artsy”.  I took the above pictures.  :)