Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Medvejie Half Marathon

On Saturday, I ran the Medvejie Half-Marathon.  Click the marker repeatedly! It is inspired by Warcraft 3. In the game, when you would select the character you wanted to make do something, it would have a standard response, if you did nothing but click the character over and over it would eventually give different responses, and it was like a little reward for persevering through repetitive clicking. The marker moves at the rate of 1 second = 1 minute. I want to put a stopwatch on top of the map so one could see the cumulative time. I don't know exactly how to do that though. There is something like it here

So about the run, the weather was great and there was a good turn out. The run is officially called the Medvejie Solstice Run. There are three options of distances. You can run a 5k, 10k, or half-marathon. I signed up to do the Alpine Run this year, which is an intense run up Gavan Hill and around the ridge to Harbor Mountain. I signed up for the Medvejie half-marathon to make sure I'm on track with being in shape for the Alpine run. It was a fun run, so I'm glad I signed up.

You start at Herring Cove trailhead and from there you go along the service road that is closed to public and only for people working at the Medvejie Hatchery or at the Green Lake dam. Hikers often take this road on foot or bicycle to access Bear Mountain trails, Medvejie Lake trail, and a couple of other trails.  When we crossed the island we avoided the long walk/bike down this road by getting a boat ride directly to Medvejie Hatchery.

The race continues on this hilly, dirt road until reaching the very very end of the road at the Green Lake dam. You cannot see the dam or the lake from this end of the road. And then you turn around and head back.

My time was 1:48. My best mile was the 11th mile at 7'48". These were my splits.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

3D Models

I think I've learned a new way to share 3D models, but I haven't perfected it.

I modeled my fedora with Autodesk's free app and program 123D Catch. You can use it on your iPhone or Android or you can upload photos through their website. It takes the photos and creates a 3D model. The 3D mesh often has errors but I use it as a base and then 3D model around it. I used Blender.

This fedora came from Cuba, a trip in March of 2014.

Here is the 3D model:

Crossing the Island

Ellen, Jasmine, and I crossed the island. I learned how to embed maps so here is a map!
EDIT: I've removed the line that was our path from the map. The reason is that there have been people attempting this hike without being fully prepared and had to get rescued, the same party involved, on multiple occasions. The chance of someone finding my map and using it as a guide without preparing in full is slim, but there is that possibility. And I have had a co-worker stumble upon this blog just by Googling 'kayaking alaska', so I wouldn't want someone to find my map and attempt the hike without talking to someone in person about it first.  There will be a fully interactive map and story soon.

The faint white line is our flight path on the return. The pilot was taking us straight across the island but we hit a wall of clouds before reaching the other side of the island and then he took us north to the very tip of Baranof.

The blue line that you'll find on Baranof Lake is our path when we were canoeing on the lake. I should say when Jasmine and Ellen were canoeing, I was just sitting there trying to check-in on my phone. Haha. Also, I was trying to stay warm. There were only 2 paddles so I didn't have much of a choice. Although, it did feel like King day all over again.

Soon, I plan on adding images to this map. Ellen, Jasmine, and I will first have to share pictures and that hasn't happened yet.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Four years later: I saw Denali

Four years after my trip to Denali national park, I revisited and this time i saw The Tall One!
I am satisfied. 

My friend that lives in Fairbanks but used to live in Sitka won the car lottery. A select number of people are given permits to drive into the park where normally vehicles are prohibited and access is limited to buses.

As the day progressed and we got farther into the park, the weather got better and we were cheering on Denali to show its face. 

We saw one bear really close, we saw some dall sheep from a distance, and we saw a moose at the very end of the day. I had to look again at my old photos from 2010 and I was surprised to see how green it was that time of the year. 

I've been using this new app called Hyperlapse, so please enjoy the videos below.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Two years later

I'm pretty bad at keeping a blog, but that's all I have to say about that!

Updates on the kayak:
Last summer I fiberglassed it inside and out:

Also, I again had to move it from the place I was working on it because I was too optimistic about the time schedule and my availability. I moved the shell of the boat first in the daytime. And I had moved the frame outside of the building so I could move it whenever was a good time. Well, I was dishwashing some nights (in addition to my day job) and after a night of dishwashing it felt like the right time to go and move my kayak frame. Not long after I took the picture shown above, the cops stopped me on the bridge, made me set the kayak frame down and questioned me if I had been drinking, if I had broken in somewhere. I was laughing but they did not find any of it funny.  I shared the picture of the newspaper with my family and they thought I was maybe the guy sleeping in the 200 block of Katlian so I had to blur out everything else.

Okay, that's my kayak update!

I'd update more but then I would probably never finish this post. So last thing is, I have a Flickr account. I've lost photos before when I thought I was backing them up and on Flickr you can upload 1 Terabyte of photos for free!  So check it out if you want, I keep it updated sorta regularly.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Sitka to Glacier Bay: Kayak Trip Pt 1

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Element: Water
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Element: Wind
Element: Fire
We took bicep pictures so we could have a before and after. The first day the four of us were not together. Ellen and Jasmine were the ones that were ready to go; Julien and I still had some things to pack up. I hadn't finished my kayak (as you know) so I ended up borrowing my friend Paul's, who is Julien's brother. Julien was in town visiting from Paris, France. While he was in town he made tons of amazing art.

On May 7th, Ellen and Jasmine left for Kruzof Island. Kruzof is the big island 7 miles West of Baranof Island and is home to Mt. Edgecumbe, the volcano that is pictured at the top of this blog. 7 miles is actually from where the two islands are closest, Ellen and Jasmine left from Totem Park which is about 12 miles from the coast of Kruzof.  

As they paddled, Julien and I finished up our things.  I had to move out of my apartment.  I was living in an apartment that is used for church volunteers.  I played the organ for church and was doing so voluntarily so I qualified. However, there are summer volunteers that come up to Sitka and stay about 2 weeks and make the church welcome to tourists Monday through Friday.  Those volunteers needed a place to stay so I had to vacate!  I moved all my belongings into the career center where I had an office or two.

Ellen and Jasmine made it Kruzof. We heard that much from them. We tried to keep cell phone use limited since there were no more opportunities to charge them. Julien and I left for the Chaichei Islands. We left from a spot closer to Kruzof than the girls and the Chaichei Islands are about 3/8 of the way there so we had a nice little early evening paddle.

I fulfilled a goal on the Chaichei Islands.  I drank Chai Tea while doing Tai Chi on the Chaicheis.  I had talked about it and I was able to fulfill it on the trip.  However, I sorta pretended to do Tai Chi.

Here is Julien with Kruzof and Mt. Edgecumbe in all its glory as the background.  The blanket of clouds is my favorite part.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Resurrecting the blog

Hi. Please bear with me while I try to start blogging again. I was blogging a bunch and then I didn't finish the kayak and then I went kayaking and then I stopped blogging.

This is the kayak as it looked on the 10th of September 2011.  I put a coat of epoxy on the deck.  Then storms came and I covered it with a tarp but the storms were strong and I was at work and then I had to do some repairs to the ends.  Now it's stored for a while.

My summer was a lot of biking and hiking.  And I lived with a piano and I played a lot of piano.  

These are my favorite photos from this last summer:

And I still need to actually do a post covering the kayak trip.