Category Archives: California

April 21, 2014

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

On a recent trip to California, I visited the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest located in the White Mountains of eastern California. These trees, some of which are more than 5,000 years old, grow between 9,800 and 11,000 feet above sea level. I find it amazing that these trees have been around for such a long period of time. As you can see below, they are also very interesting looking.


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September 26, 2013

Back From Geology Field Camp


I recently spent two weeks down in eastern California completing a geology field course. The course was a requirement for an earth sciences degree and introduced me to various field methods. The best part of the trip was spending each day in the field in one of the coolest places in the county. The White Mountains and Sierra Nevada were incredible.

Creating geological maps and cross sections was really challenging but also rewarding. I think I learned more in the field in two weeks than I did all of last school year. We also got to take a side trip to Yosemite as well as the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.

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March 11, 2009

Venice Beach Hostel

Venice Beach Hostel

It’s time for the last hostel review of the trip. This time it’s the Venice Beach Cotel, which is located right on the beach in Venice, California.

What is a cotel you ask? That’s a good question. I stayed there for two nights and still have no idea. My only guess is that it is some sort of cross between a condo and a hotel. However, this place describes itself as a youth hostel according to the flyer so that doesn’t make sense.

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March 10, 2009

The Gaslamp Quarter

When hanging out in San Diego, I manged to check out the historic Gaslamp Disctrict. It’s located downtown and wasn’t hard to find since the hostel was actually located in it. The Gaslamp Quarter had a lot of bars scattered around it. It reminded me of 6th Street in Austin only smaller (in terms of […]

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