Monthly Archives: August 2010

First Blush: Along the banks of a lake that’s without water most of the time

The female Dawn Jogger has been jogging around Lake Lagunita for 20 years now. In the early years, it would actually be a lake for about half the year. But even before Stanford declared it’s no longer a recreational lake, there’s been much less water over the past decade. Still, somehow, the boats have endured. The kayak she spotted this morning may just have been one of the last of the floating vessels to be paddled around the sort of full lake earlier this spring. It had been sitting on the dry lakebed until a few mornings ago when someone – for whatever reason – dragged it to high ground. Life around the lake has been an enduring treasure of little moments…

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First Blush: Sunny, coyote-filled┬ámorning at Arastradero

Arastradero open space preserve

Coyote spotted at ArastraderoThe female Dawn Jogger continues to enjoy every sun-filled early morning hour, after the relentless grey of the past weeks. She took the opportunity of no first-of-the-day appointments to head out for a 5-mile loop run at Arastradero open space, long the Friday morning destination for the male DJ and Cassie the dog when all were jogging together. A number of the trails in the preserve are marked with warnings about “aggressive coyotes,” and while the female DJ is always watchful, she’s much more concerned about coming on a snake than a coyote. This morning a lone, she guesses female based on size, coyote appeared on the trail about 10 feet ahead of her but didn’t stay in place long enough for her to snap a photo. It scampered up the hill, and when she got out from behind the brush lining the trail, she could see it eating its breakfast on the hillside (a sharp eye can just make out the coyote right in the middle of image above left). She knew she was looking at a coyote because she’d just seen it, but she can see why people who are looking at these animals in the distance might think they’re seeing a mountain lion. Masked by the golden grass, the colors of both are pretty similar…

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First Blush: Aussie encounter at special place

Aussies at Lake Lagunita

The female Dawn Jogger just can’t go into the reasons why the storm drain into Lake Lagunita has such important significance to the male DJ and her during their years of jogging at dawn together. There’s the obvious reason: It always seems to have a puddle of water even when the adjoining Lake is dry as a bone and that made it a favorite splashing place for their Australian Shepherd, Cassie. But there’s another reason, something about trolls and such – again, best left unexplained. Early this morning she had a triple treat of three Aussies, including a sturdy looking, five month old pup (pictured next to the Blue Merle, also a female). It was a should we or shouldn’t we moment. For whatever reason, they passed on plunging in behind the male Tri in the water. A real cheer up…

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How could so many years have gone by?


That was what the female DG thought today. It really did seem like only yesterday that the DGs, who both happened to be home from work on an October afternoon, were front and center when godson Nate arrived home from the hospital as a newborn. Today they were there when he headed off to college at DePaul, accompanied by mom Kay and sister Malea.

Then later this afternoon it was all about friends the male DG knew when he was a student at Western Reserve Academy – Tim who lives in Menlo and Timmie who was here for a visit from Hudson, OH. They all first met when they were just a few years younger than Nate is today…

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Chris is over-the-top pleased with his surprise package

Chris Gulker reads advanced copy of Zero History by William GibsonAmazing things keep happening. The DGs were out yesterday morning when FedEx attempted a delivery that required a signature. The male DG referenced “expecting something important.” The female DG admits to thinking, “Egad, what’s he ordered now.”

With a signed signature release, the package arrived today. It was, as the male DG blogged, a real “Wow.” How many famous sci fi authors take the time to send an advance copy of their book upon reading (on gulker.com) that one of their most devoted fans is concerned he might not be around for the official release of the book? Huge shout out to William Gibson! And just look at the satisfaction on his fan’s face…

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First Blush: Got the sun in the morning and the moon, too

Big Dish area of Stanford

The Bay Area heat wave means perfect temps for running at dawn. The full moon was just setting as the female Dawn Jogger set off for her Wednesday Big Dish run. She had a lot more company than usual, she presumes due to the heat forecast for latter in the day. Now can we find a balance of sunny dawns that don’t become scorchers…

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First Blush: OMG, an honest to goodness sunrise

The female Dawn Jogger can’t remember the last time she saw the sun rise – and it’s not related to not getting up in time. She thinks sometime around mid-July, the heavier than usual coastal fog set in and didn’t budge. That is until Sunday when the glimmer of a heat wave began, which translates to fogless skies. Yesterday it took hold, and high temps are expected today throughout the Bay Area. She does know she’s snapped dozen of photos at this exact spot on the edge of (dry) Lake Lagunita over the years…

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