Recently, I made my way down to Burbank, CA to visit an old friend I had not seen in over a decade. I met him when I first landed in Hollywood in 1998. We both had big dreams of music business stardom. I had a great little 5 year run of fun then called it a day. He rocketed to the top and is now running Warner Brothers Records. Amazing. We took a trip down memory lane and saw Muse at the Mayan in Downtown L.A.
We spent a few nights at June Lake in the Eastern Sierras of California. We anticipated a little snow and we were not disappointed. It was in the 20’s overnight and I got a bit cold at the 3 AM mark. I swear I had 7 layers on too and 3 pairs of pants. Hahaha. We hiked for 6 hours on SAT and I rode my bike on Sunday. It was magnificent.
Just returned from a day hike up to Pyramid Peak in the Desolation Wilderness of CA. My God the summit was so windy. 75 MPH winds. We had to stop just short of the summit due to winds and time constraints. Absolute blast though. It was an arduous 6 hr round trip hike with plenty of post holing. We only saw 3 people the whole time.
We summit-ed Ralston Peak in the Lake Tahoe area (Desolation Wilderness) and it was spectacular! The peak is over 9,000 feet and it was ultra clear up there. We saw the whole Tahoe basin. It took us 6 hours total. We hiked part of way and snowshoed near the top. We had 25 pound packs on most of day. Here are the stats:
Planes, trains, and automobiles! Well, strike the train part but dang what a weekend it was recently (well… 2 months ago.. took me some time to write). In the span of 2 1/2 days it was a travelfest that included running along the San Francisco Bay and hiking in the Sabino Canyon near Tucson, AZ. It started on a Friday with a marketing meeting in Davis, CA at 2 PM ending with a white knuckler (no not the actual flight) late Sunday night at Tucson International Airport. Did a little stand by flying and it got very close there at the end especially dealing with a particularly squirrely airline customer service rep. I travelled from my marketing meeting to the TenderNob district of San Francisco where I stayed with a buddy on Friday. We planned a trail run along the SF Bay at Lands End in the morning. We awoke Saturday AM and embarked for the Lands End trail at the end of Geary Street. This trail is incredible as it winds from the Cliff House along the San Francisco Bay up towards the Golden Gate Bridge.
After our 5 mile run, I dropped off my buddy Phil and cruised back out to Dixon, CA where my office is to do a bit of work. At this point, it had been 24 hours since this weekend began and I am just getting started! After a few posts on our Facebook page and some tweets, I was ready to make my way back home to pack for my trip to Tucson, AZ that evening. I had some stand by flying to do which is always a blast. I actually LIKE it. I am a bit odd I know. I headed to Sacramento International to catch a 5 PM flight to Arizona by way of Los Angeles. It got a little dicey in L.A. but I finally made it to Tucson at 10 PM Saturday night. The airport was an absolute ghost town as I waited outside in the warm Arizona air. My buddy Chris picked me up and we proceeded to a killer resort, maybe a Marriott, outside of town. The next day we embarked for Sabino Canyon for a hike in the Arizona desert. The city list is up to Davis, Sacramento, Dixon, San Francisco, Los Angeles, CA and now Tucson! Sabino Canyon is like a forest in the desert as there is a creek running through this particular area. After a day of desert living, I headed to the Tucson airport and just barely got on the last flight out of Tucson. I got the last seat! I had to work Monday AM so it was imperative I snag that seat! I arrived back home in Sacramento by midnight and it took me a few days to decompress.
Tinseltown, Hollywierd, LA LA Land… a few of the many loving references to our nation’s second largest city, Los Angeles. At one time, this megaopolis was home sweet home. Five glorious and action packed years in the late 90’s. I made my return to the Sunset Strip recently. My head spun with memories as I passed each personal landmark. The Viper Room, House of Blues, Bel Air Hotel, and….. the apartment we stayed in the first weekend we landed in L.A. with our cars packed with all that we owned. That was almost fifteen years ago and my friend Randy and I are still in the Golden State. Things are quite a bit different now but what a time that was. Prior to leaving Minnesota, I had saved $5K by working two jobs and living with mom and dad. In addition, I had secured an unpaid internship in Beverly Hills at ICM, Inc., one of the world’s largest talent agencies. Ever seen Swimming With Sharks with Kevin Spacey? I lived that for a bit. The Hollywood set seemed a tad different from the Dayton, MN set. It felt as if I had moved to a foreign land. In a way I had!