Saddle Mountain Trail

October 26th, 2008

5 mile round trip to the Saddle Mountain summit.



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Dog Mountain Trail

October 20th, 2008

7.2 mile round trip hike to Dog Mountain.



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Mount St. Helens

October 20th, 2008

Hiking near Mount St. Helens.



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Saddle Mountain Trail

October 20th, 2008

Hike to Saddle Mountain.



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Purchased a Macbook

October 19th, 2008

Since my 4.5 year old Fujitsu notebook is slowly starting to fadeaway like a good soldier, I was looking to buy a new notebook. I was seriously considering between ASUS eeePC s101 (not yet out) and Lenovo X300 and was leaning towards Lenovo. However, I read lot of quality and build complaints about the x300 and decided to wait for the s101. However, apple’s new macbooks seemed like a better value for money, now that the “apple tax” on new macbooks has reduced to about $150, and I bought one today. This comes as a shock to people who know me as I am a diehard PC supporter and according to one, “I have joined the yuppies” :). Well since I don’t have an ipod, iphone (and I’ll be getting tmobile g1 on Monday) and still have 2 windows notebook, and a desktop, I guess that makes me 1/4th or 1/5th a “yuppie”.

Here’s my experience with purchasing and using the macbook so far.

First, I really don’t like going to the apple store, the sales people there usually act as though they are too good/hip for you. Hopefully, I won’t have reasons to see one of their “geniuses” anytime soon, but given Nvidia’s recent problems and chipset history, and apple’s battery woes, it might be wishful thinking. 

Second, I got a HP printer with the notebook for free after rebate and I must admit filing for the rebate was one of the most pleasant experiences I’ve had. All I had to do was login into apple site and fill in the receipt details. No mailing the rebate form, cutting UPC barcode, making copies, and mailing. 

Setup and update were very smooth and the only thing that bothered me was the multiple times I had to click for opting out of apple’s marketing emails (once when I purchased, 2nd when filing for the rebate and couple of times during setup). Once setup was completed, I got an email from Apple thanking me for registering iPod touch :)

Apple registers macbook as iPod touch

I’ve been playing around with the notebook for about an hour or so, and so far I like it.



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Elk Mountain Trail

June 29th, 2008

3 mile round trip hike to Elk Mountain with an elevation gain of 2788 feet. It was probably the toughest hike we have gone so far, due to steep climb, slippery trail (due to loose pebbles), and near 100 degree temperature.



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Taj Mahal and Keb Mo: Summer Concert at Oregon Zoo

June 28th, 2008



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Romona Falls Trail

June 15th, 2008

7.2 miles hike to beautiful Romona Falls. We lost our way a number of times, including getting to the trailhead, and also while hiking back.



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Eagle Creek Trail

June 8th, 2008

This week we went to the real Eagle creek and it is very beautiful. It is 12 mile round-trip hike to the Tunnel falls. We tried couple of ways to get a closer view of the punch bowl falls, but the water was too cold and we didn’t exactly know the way to go into the river.



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Clackamas Riverside Trail

June 8th, 2008

We wanted to go to Eagle creek and ended up going to the wrong Eagle Creek, so went to a 8mile hike around Clackamas River.



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