Life is Good Festival and Frisbee

This weekend we went to the Life is Good festival. It was a blast! This festival may very well surpass the Garlic Festival as the event we look forward to each year. Once you're in the gate there's a giant field with 3 live music stages, great bands for kids and adults, piles of games and really good food.

We started off the day in a tent full of these giant foam blocks.

And we did some sack racing. Both boys came very close to legitimately beating me.

Conner was Conner.

Alex and I took a stand.

Alex braved the pins of death.

And then the sort of moment every father dreams of happened; Alex and I picked up a disc and started throwing. We'd tried it before, but he used to throw like a little kid. But life was really good this weekend. Alex started throwing like a kid who played ultimate, and catching better than his father. 

After about 45 minutes of throwing we went to get some water. I figured we were done, but Alex insisted on going back for more. 

So basically we spent the rest of the afternoon throwing, running and catching. 

 Allison was pretty tired but she managed to put up with us for a few more hours.

All in all it was a good day.

Mission Peak Hike in California

There are these great mountains in the backdrop of the offices in San Jose. For the last 10 years I have been traveling out there on business, and somehow in all that time I’d never taken a single night off to check out the area. Tuesday night I decided to change that, so I got out of the office early and hiked up Mission Peak.

I started the climb around 6:20, which gave me a little over an hour before sunset.

The beginning of the very dry path to the top.

The moon that would light my way back.

Cows just roam free in the absurd heat of the sun.

Not at the top yet and sunset was closing in.

The Peak

The marker at the top of Mission Peak. 

Made it.
Sitting at the top of Mission Peak watching the sun set.

The sun set while I was at the top of the mountain. There were still plenty of people around and the moon was bright so I wasn't worried. I made my way down by moonlight and took this panoramic of the cities surrounding the bay from about 3/4 of the way up the mountain.

Full size image available here.

Full photoset and slideshow from the hike.

Here's the hike as captured by runkeeper.