Snowshoeing through Yosemite

Over the holiday break I spent a week at my parents’ place in California. Got in lots of reading and family time and, on the last day, headed up to Yosemite for a short snowshoe trip.

We set out from Badger Pass Ski Area and walked along Old Glacier Point Road before cutting back and ending up at the top of the ski runs. Really fantastic hike with almost no one else out there.

San Diego Meetup

It’s been a month but I finally got around to getting the photos from Automattic’s San Diego meetup off of my camera. Earlier I posted the video from skydiving and there are a few photos in this set as well. This was the best company meetup yet.

Hiking on Mt. Hood

I spent this weekend at a cabin outside of Welches, OR near Mt. Hood. We headed out there Friday afternoon and stuck around through Sunday afternoon. Saturday and Sunday were hiking-filled days.

On Saturday we headed out Lolo Pass Road and hiked toward McNeil Point. The weather was flat out amazing. Blue skies, warm temperatures, and no wind. Perfect. On Sunday we took a far more well-traveled route out to Mirror Lake. (more…)

Cathedral Lakes, Yosemite National Park

A couple weeks ago I spent a week at my parents house in California. First day there we hiked to Cathedral Lakes and back which I hadn’t done since I was a little kid. Great 8 mile hike up through a forest and ending in a gorgeous alpine lake.

Amsterdam Meetup

I was in Amsterdam with my team at Automattic from July 13th through the 20th. We had a great time, ate well, saw quite a bit of the city, and finished some fun projects.

Mount Defiance, in the mist

Spent the first half of yesterday hiking Mount Defiance with Leah, Luke, and Luke’s sister who’s in town for the week. It was a decent day of weather in Portland but the mountain ended up surrounded by clouds and mist. Still a great hike but we missed out on what should have been great views of Mount Hood.

A week at the Oregon coast

Last week I spent Monday through Thursday at a friend’s beach house in Waldport, Oregon. It was a half work week, half vacation week. Snapped a few photos, went on a nice little hike, and got lots of reading in. Good way to recharge the batteries.

Using WordPress as your publishing hub

This morning at WordCamp San Diego I gave a talk titled “Using WordPress as your publishing hub. It went well and lots of people had great questions. If anyone has followup questions I’m happy to answer them in the comments. The slides are included below.

The blurb I sent in for the talk was:

WordPress as Your Publishing Hub will cover everything you need to know to simplify your web publishing. With Facebook, Twitter, and many other services it can be stressful to make sure you are publishing the right content in the right places. In this session you will learn how to simplify this with plugins, core features, and theme options. Best of all, you won’t need to know any code to do it! You can make WordPress your digital home on the web.

Plugins and Tools mentioned:

Tybee Island Meetup

On Monday I got back from a week-long meetup on Tybee Island, GA. I posted some photos while there but this is the rest of what was in the collection. The horse mask was a surprise left for my co-worker, Hanni. You can get your own on Amazon.

Most of the photos are from Bonaventure Cemetery which is fantastic to wander through. Food spots include the Sundae Cafe and Huey’s. I only brought my iPhone with me for photos and ended up wishing I had brought my Nikon but such is life. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’re heading to Tybee check out Mermaid Cottages. Or, if you have a much larger group, Happy House.

Hiking Devil’s Rest via Wahkeena

Got out for a great hike this morning with Daniel and Leah. Hiked about 8 miles in the gorge up to Devil’s Rest. We lucked out with weather, it only started to rain when we were within shouting distance of the car.