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New blog

Posted in Uncategorized on May 24, 2016 by Crismateski (BlkWgn)

This blog is moving once again, and getting more focused.  My wife and I will both be contributing to it and it will follow along with our adventures both in the outdoors, and with our first child due to arrive in a couple weeks.  So please join us at


Sidewinder Trail

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21, 2011 by Crismateski (BlkWgn)

Sidewinder Trail, a set on Flickr.

Great day on Sidewinder trail with the guys from and SoCalFJ

A few photos from Mt Baldy

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2010 by Crismateski (BlkWgn)

Not much to say, but I got a few photos from Mt Baldy posted to flickr and facebook.  I have more to go, and these still need work, but I wanted to get something online.

This was the view from the front door on Sat Morning

PART 2: More Big Horn Sheep, Portland, Vancouver, Waterfalls, Old Friend, and anything else I may Ramble off to.

Posted in My Ramblings, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2009 by Crismateski (BlkWgn)

Ok, I am tired and sore, I went for a hike in Ice House Canyon today, but I will talk about that later if I get through the rest of the post from yesterday.  I left off at the beginning of Portland which was Friday.Friday was flight day, so we did not really do a whole lot until the evening.  We met my Uncles Terry and David at a Mexican restaurant called Who-Song and Larry’s.  The food was great, had chicken and shrimp fajitas, and I am ready to go back and get more.  The food was not the important part, the good part was getting to talk to the Uncles for a couple hours.  We ended up being there almost 3 hours, and I could have stayed longer.  The only reason we left was because the David (the groom) was meeting us at out hotel room.  I almost forgot, I got a haircut before dinner, 22 bucks at jcpenny, most i have ever spent on a haircut and they did a horrible job, I ended up spending 30 bucks on a pair of clippers at Target so I could fix it myself. I was not happy.   Well the wedding was on Saturday, I am not much of a wedding guy, I find them rather boring, but it was nice, and the church was beautiful.  I really should have taken some pictures of it.

After the wedding Paige and I went out for a drive heading towards Multnomah Falls, but I did not expect to make it there.  I had looked on Google Maps and had seen that there were a bunch of smaller waterfalls on the way, so we just went to see what we could before we had to head back for the after reception party.  We ended up making it to the falls, but did not have time to get out of the car.  We ended up going back on Sunday morning with Megan.  The waterfall was awesome, Paige and Megan Froze, and I had issues with my camera, but I still got some good shots.  Paige and I went up the first section and out onto the bridge to get a better look, next time we want to go all the way to the top.  The fall is located in the Columbia River Gorge, which is an amazing place.  Everything is green, there are waterfalls, and ponds, and marsh areas everywhere you look, and did I mention that everything is green, not like California green, but almost does not look real green.  If I could get work in my field I would be packing my bags to move up there right now.

As far as the Old Friend portion of the title, I happened to find Jeremy Ward on facebook.  I don’t remember how I found him, but he replied yesterday and I ended up talking to him for about a half hour.  He seems to be doing well, and is really enjoying Texas, hopefully we can keep in touch.

And that brings us back to the hike today, did I mention that I am sore.  This hike was part of a training that I am starting to get in better shape so I can make it through a hike I want to do.  The goal is to take the ski lift up Baldy, and hike from there to the summit of the mountain, then turn and follow the creek all the way down San Antonio Canyon back home.  Last week I did the short hike to San Antonio Falls, and today I headed up Ice House Canyon.  The Lower portion of the canyon is beautiful, you hike through the shade of the forest along the creek.  As you walk, there are many small streams and springs that just run water out of the rocks and down the the creek below.  As you move into the high country, and the Cucamonga Wilderness you move away from the creek for parts of it, and the trees are thinner (along with the air), but there was snow on the ground which kept it looking nice.  The trail head starts off at about 4500 feet, the saddle is at 7500 feet, and I made it to 7000.  It was farther then I had set out to go but I was feeling good, and still had time so I just kept going.  If I had realized I was that close to the saddle I would have pushed on, and been late for Taco Tuesday.  I guess this means I will just have to go back and do the hike again.

Heading down was much faster (imagine that), and I ended up with about 20 mins to spare so I stopped and looked for sheep again.  I was happy to find them down by the banks of the creek again, and shot some photos from the opposite side of the bank.  I did not have anywhere close where I could cross the creek and keep my camera (and myself) dry, but I did find a few fallen trees that allowed me to get out to a very small “island” and from there I was able to stand on a fallen tree over the water.  I was not able to see a much, but was not able to make it any farther, but it was far enough to make one of the males curious.  He came right over to the edge of the embankment and looked at me like I was an idiot, ate some grass and wondered off.  he was there long enough for me to get some really good up close photos.
I will be trying to get the photos uploaded tomorrow as I have to get to bed, I am working Young and the Restless tomorrow so I need to get some sleep.  I will update here and on twitter when the photos make it online.

More Big Horn Sheep, Portland, Vancouver, Waterfalls, Old Friend, and anything else I may Ramble off to.

Posted in My Ramblings, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by Crismateski (BlkWgn)

Ok, it has been a while so I have a lot to update, but I am typing this between things at work (Price is Right) so if it is completely random and does not make sense then that is why.  And no, that is not an excuse, and yes I don know that most everything I do is Random and does not make sense, but today that is actually a reason for it.

Well, work is very slow, hearing rumors that this is the slowest quarter this lot has ever had.  So to limit the amount of time that we are laid off they are moving us around and having us cover days off and such on stage.  Which means that last week I was training on the ETC Ion Lighting Console on the Price is Right, then did a 14 hour lighting call for The Young and the Restless.  Thursday and Friday I was laid off which was not cool, but did work out in some ways.  Thursday I slept in a bit and went up to Baldy Lodge with the plan of lunch (the chili size was great as always) then head for a short hike to San Antonio Falls.  On my way to the trail head I spotted the Big Horn Sheep again.  They were pretty far up the canyon, being lazy under some shrubs, so I watched them for a bit and took a few more photos.

The hike to the falls was not what I expected, I knew that the hike was short, but I did not realize that the paved fire road at the trail head actually ran more then three quarters of the way to the falls.  It was still a nice time and really enjoyed the falls.  There was a fair amount of water coming down, and there was still a couple of feet of snow which made it that much better.  There were a couple of points just below the pool where the creek had carved out tunnels under the snow, and the snow was actually thick enough that there were a couple of spots where you could walk to the other side using the snow as a bridge.  I took some photos of the snow bridges, but they did not come out very well at all.  It was pretty quite up there, in the hour or so I was at the fall I only saw a couple of people.  Once it started getting closer to the evening and sunset I made my way back to the truck and started heading down the mountain.  I decided to stop and see if the sheep were more active.  I was there for a min, scanning the hillside, and was not able to spot anything.  I was just about to give up when I saw some movement and realized they were not on the hillside, they had come down to the stream and were right in front of me.  It was surprising, I followed them up the bank as they grazed, and they watched me very closely, but did not seem to nervous, and made no attempt go get away from me.  It was pretty awesome getting to see them that close.

Friday actually worked out OK being laid off, as we were going to Portland for a wedding.  We actually stayed in Vancouver Washington, which for those of you who may not know, that is just across the Columbia River from Portland.

This is a stopping point so I can get something posted tonight, I will update this post to finish it probably tomorrow

Nelson Big Horn Sheep

Posted in My Ramblings, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2009 by Crismateski (BlkWgn)

Well, after countless trips to the mountains, and who knows how many hours of looking at the hillsides for the elusive Big Horn Sheep, I finally found a small heard. I was able to spot 4 in Mount baldy this evening, though I was only able to get 3 in photo together. I have posted 2 shots on Flickr already and will be working on a few more. My telephoto is not the best, but now that I know where they are I am going to keep an eye on that area and try for some better pics, and if I can spot them, then i will consider renting a better lens to see what I can get.

If you want to see more about the sheep, here is a link to the wikipedia page

Guess I am safe, since I have a good head start

Posted in My Ramblings, Uncategorized with tags , , on January 20, 2009 by Crismateski (BlkWgn)

1. Drinking Coffee Slashes Risk of Alzheimer’s

Drinking coffee during midlife can slash your risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A Finnish study found that those who drank coffee at midlife had a lower risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease in late-life than those who drank no coffee at all. Those who drank three to five cups of coffee a day lowered their risk by 65 percent.

“We aimed to study the association between coffee and tea consumption at midlife and dementia/AD risk in late-life, because the long-term impact of caffeine on the central nervous system was still unknown, and as the pathologic processes leading to Alzheimer’s disease may start decades before the clinical manifestation of the disease,” says lead researcher, associate professor Miia Kivipelto from the University of Kuopio, Finland and Karloinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Coffee-drinking was categorized into three groups: low (0 to 2 cups daily), moderate (3 to 5 cups) and high (more than 5 cups). Tea-drinking was categorized into two groups: those not drinking tea and those who drank at least one cup daily. While all coffee drinkers had a lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease than non-drinkers, those who drank moderate amounts of coffee lowered their risk by a surprising 65 percent. Drinking tea had no impact on the risk of developing dementia.

“Given the large amount of coffee consumption globally, the results might have important implications for the prevention of or delaying the onset of dementia/AD. The finding needs to be confirmed by other studies, but it opens the possibility that dietary interventions could modify the risk of dementia/AD,” wrote Kivipelto. “Also, identification of mechanisms of how coffee exerts its protection against dementia/AD might help in the development of new therapies for these diseases.”