It was a big pile of poop. Fresh. And there is only one animal in the redwood forests of Northern California that could produce it; the black bear. Of course black bears rarely bother humans, unless a mother with cubs is surprised by people suddenly appearing in her neighborhood. So naturally we immediately started loudly … Continue reading Big Trees, Spotted Slugs, and Big Scat
Boca Springs Campground is just 15 minutes off I80 east of Truckee but feels far away from the traffic and crowds that visit Lake Tahoe year around. At 5,900 ft, set on the edge of a meadow kept green by — you guessed it — Boca Springs, the 18 campsites are set well apart so you … Continue reading Boca Springs Campground and the Tahoe Rim Trail
Towing a camper trailer with an electric vehicle is a relatively new phenomenon. The Tesla Model X is the first EV that I am aware of to be offered with a factory installed towing package option that includes a 2” hitch capable of towing a camper trailer with a weight up to 5,000 lbs and a tongue … Continue reading Towing with a Tesla
At 4AM our Apple Watch alarms went off. But I had been awake since 3AM. It was eclipse day and we didn't want to get stuck in traffic on the drive north!
The new Tesla Model 3 is the final step in Elon Musk's 2006 Secret Master Plan, an "even more affordable car", offering a set of features that together make it the first EV that can serve as the primary or only car for the average middle class person in the developed world. No other EV currently on the … Continue reading Why the Tesla Model 3 Will Revolutionize the Auto Industry
Way back in 2006, Elon Musk publicly posted his Secret Master Plan which he summed up this way: Build sports car Use that money to build an affordable car Use that money to build an even more affordable car While doing above, also provide zero emission electric power generation options Don't tell anyone. In those days almost … Continue reading The EV Revolution and Elon Musk’s “Secret Master Plan”
Himeji Castle is largest and finest surviving example of feudal Japanese castle architecture. It's just about a one hour ride on the Shinkansen from Kyoto and we were very glad we made the trip!
Japan's extensive rail network makes traveling there simple. The Shinkansen train makes traveling fast! I clocked it today at 172.7mph. But what will the future bring?
Today we visited Nijo Castle, and I found some of the buildings and gardens even more impressive than those we saw at the Imperial Palace yesterday. That may reflect the fact that the Japanese shogunates were extraordinarily powerful.