Loon Lake – A Terrific Secluded Retreat

28 06 2007

On a whim last weekend, I ran away to a secluded alpine reservoir resting a top the vast expanse of the great Sierra Nevada mountain range. Loon lake (and the adjoining Pleasant Lake depending on the water levels) is a man made reservoir situated over a mile above sea level in the El Dorado National forest and less than 30 statue miles from Lake Tahoe. Its remote location makes for great camping: the high altitude chases away most types of flying insects, the lake water is pristine and clear (and drinkable with an appropriate water filtration system), and although the access road ends at the north dam of the lake, the forest service’s designated campsites and campgrounds are limited to the south shore. Naturally, one does not drive 4 hours out of the bay area to rub elbows with other fellow campers so I’ve always set my sights on the north shore beyond the reaches of the north dam and the gravel access road that leads up to it.

On the trail…

For all you off-roaders out there, the north dam is coincidentally the trailhead for the highly popular Rubicon jeep trail that snakes its way through the Sierras and then dumps its human cargo on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

The lake truly offers a little of something for everyone… Read the rest of this entry »


AIRLINERS.NET – Heavy Metal Never Looked So Good

20 06 2007

The ultimate website for commercial airline enthusiasts.

Boasting the largest collection of hi-res photography of commercial aircraft on teh internets, some of the photos posted are absolutely stunning and breathtaking. Makes me want to pursue my childhood dream of flying again. I believe the resolution is good enough for desktop backgrounds.

Check it out…


Silversun Pickups – Carnavas

13 06 2007

Silversun Pickups - Carnavas

So I attended Live105’s BFD concert last weekend and came across some new music. This group has been described as the-Smashing-Pumpkins-gone-slightly-indie. Replete with a unique vocal timbre similar to the Smashing Pumpkins’ head man Billy Corgan, the Pickups’ debut album “Carnavas” has turned some heads (and ears) since arriving on the scene in 2006.

Check out ‘Lazy Eye’, their radio single

100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know

7 06 2007

Does the name Houghton Mifflin ring a bell? Does it make you break into a cold sweat, have shortness of breath, and lucid hallucinations of all-nighters topped off by gallons of Mountain Dew? Yes, this infamous textbook publisher has compiled a list of words to help you feign intellect. How many do you already know?


Handbook for Life: 52 Tips for Happiness and Productivity

7 06 2007

Super tips on getting the most out of life. The two that I need to work on the most? Slow down. and Try rising early. How am I doing so far? Not so good…