2014-07-03 Hoover Wilderness and Yosemite

Early July Gina and I did a 50 mile loop out of Hoover Wilderness into Yosemite and back. Twin lakes -> Peeler Lake -> Benson Lake -> Matterhorn Canyon Junction (more or less) -> Crown Lake -> out. Was a fantastic trip, though we both agreed it was more strenuous than our ideal. Incredibly scenic wonders around every corner. I think our sweet spot is hitting camp an hour or two after lunch so there is time to do more local exploration, vs the macro exploration of putting on the miles. Not that we had any problems, it was just quite tiring with all the elevation change. I have some GPS tracks for a few days somewhere on my phone but the up down of the trail plus general elevation changes was pretty big. Trekking poles were a big win!

For photos, here is a short ‘best of':

2014 07 - Hoover Wilderness, Yosemite, 50 miles

1 Year, off to wine country!

Straight Talk Nexus 4

I switched from T-Mobile to Straight Talk and after some frustration managed to get things working.

I ordered their ATT sim online from the Bring Your Own Phone section and a 1 month activation card.  Everything showed up and I gave it a shot.  Their online tool failed to allow me to port my number but they did it over the phone with no problem.  AND I did not wait for customer service.  Number was ported within a couple of hours.

I used the settings found on their website:


APN Settings

APN wap.tracfone
PROXY att2.tracfone.com
MMSC http://mmsc.cingular.com
MMS PROXY att2.tracfone.com
MMS_APN wap.tracfone


Which promptly failed to do anything.  With various searching on the internet I found settings that mostly worked.  Data, Voice , Text, MMS Send – but MMS receive failed.  I would get the text notification but it would then fail to download and I would be looking at a blank message editing screen.


The short version is eventually called customer service told them what was going on and that the default APN settings didn’t work at all.  They had me power down my phone while they configured my account on their end.  I powered it back up and the settings I found on the internet stopped worked.

Deleted the old settings, named the new settings from their website (above) STRAIGHT_TALK and rebooted and then had everything working.


from my house with three bars:

ping 174

download 3.22

upload 1.03


Easy way to test MMS is to send yourself a MMS message.

Gina’s Birthday Dinner

A gallery: Gina’s Birthday Dinner at PICO


Kirk Creek Camping

Camping down south of Big Sur in Kirk Creek campground at the end of March.  Only got rained on one night!  Went kayaking at Moss Landing on the way back up, good times!

Vienna Philharmonic At Green Hall

Vienna Philharmonic At Green Hall, good times! They played for two and half hours almost with the encore, crazy. Got our fix of classical for some time I think. :)

Carson Falls in a rainstorm

Gina and I hiked to Carson falls during the big rainstorm.  Quite wet but very fun.  Probably should have taken the rain coat vs the accidentally grabbing the wind breaker.   Someone had made a lovely looking little heart out of found objects, and the water was rushing!