Wednesday, January 4, 2017

USS Hornet

There are many good reasons to go see the USS_Hornet. From an engineering standpoint, it's amazing. It is pretty much it's own mobile city. It has a power station, water purification, an airport, communications, food entertainment. Docents lead tours in many facets of the ships features, with first hand stories of the experience of being in service on the vessel. 

There are 4 engines on the ship, here are the 11 oil burners to one of them. Essentially they heat seawater to steam.

The steam turns a turbine, which then through a transmission goes a propeller. The setup is repeated 4 times. Here is the control panel to control the furnace, the steam is also moved around the ship and used for heat and now distilled water. Bare in mind this is 1940's technology.

Up top in the bridge, there are control mechanisms, which you could mistakenly thing directly controlled the ship. The devices are more communication systems to the various devices that power and maneuver the ship.

Up in the bridge steering was not priority number one. Strategizing, commanding, communication

and navigation were more important most of the time.

The tower looks pretty small compared with the rest of the ship.

This F14 tomcat was used in top gun I believe.

The sense of scale is really incredible.

The navigation room is interesting too, before GPS LORAN was the primary.

Below deck is the "top gun" room where pilots were briefed among other stuff. The room has a completely different look than the rest of the ship. Which is sort of stainless steel and cream. All in all a fun interesting day out. 

The museum ship is moored in Alemada now, east across the bay from San Francisco.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Santa Cruz mountain redwoods

Another favorite walk - Henry Cowell Redwoods state park. So nice we went twice over Christmas.

One sunny, walk with views of the Monterey Bay.

The other deep in the virgin redwood grove.

Even Mum and Dad have been here multiple times.

We were lucky to catch the train, puffing through the forest, in the winter holidays it only runs once a day.


It's a spectacular sight watching it climb the mountain over the trestles, and it is a nice walk to boot.

Clam chowder bread bowls for Dinner on santa cruz wharf, overlooking steamer lane surf spot.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Ed Levin Equestrian Adventure

A nice day to be outside.

While Dad and I flew off Ed Levin, Heidi went for a horse ride.

I've flown over the stables countless times and see folks out riding, but this is the first time I've visited.

Everyone had fun :)

Nice to see the hills so green, should last a while this year.

The Paddock and staging area are fun too. Bay area Stables does a good job of the old west feel.

A motley clan.

Monday, December 26, 2016

The mountain view ride

One of our go-to rides is to jump on the VTA to Mountain View and ride back.

We just take the Stevens Creek trail up to the google area.

Then through the Shoreline Amphitheater, stop at the 19th hole.

Enjoy some sun and a brew. It's not very far but has lots of variety, is flat and family friendly. No driving necessary and just one short section of road, which is mellow.

Then around the outside of Moffett field back home. The ride is about 13 Miles and even pretty much downwind.

Maddy House

After the shed, (which probably will never be finished in my mind) we decided Maddy needed her own place too.

I had a few pieces left over from the shed so my Dad and I got to work on a sunny afternoon.

It didn't take too long to bring something together.

I think the roof went on the next day. Maddy didn't seem to mind though.

And the paint considerably later. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas 2016

Big plans for Christmas 2016. Starting with Mami Ray and Dadude visiting.

A new favorite hike of mine is in the Phleger estate park from Huddart Park

The first few days were dry and windy, so we walked in the shelter of the trees and canyons.

with the previous rains there were already some fungi and good flows on the creek.

The Shed

This has been a very long project, which I'm glad is finally coming to fruition. Some things went to plan some didn't, but on the whole it looks exactly like what I envisioned.

I had a few odd requirements for this shed. It has to be removable, so I put it on pylons. I'm sure it will settle, but it can be jacked up and re leveled.

It was going to take a few weekends to put together, so each stage had to be structurally stable in weather and such.

I regret not putting a few more screws in the floor when I could have  - oh well.

In the peak of summer the roof was very welcome. Working in the heat of the day was brutal. 

I found a used door in a frame at habitat for humanity, it was a pretty perfect fit.

The roof really was where I learned the most. Doing it over, I would use the cheaper roll felt, it's just a shed after all. But I was giving these shingles so it made sense to use them, I underestimated how many I needed and their weight so I had to beef up the roof and the structure in general. 

After the roof was done everything else seemed relatively simple.

Some siding and a lick or two of paint, a window and a ramp. Done (almost)