Jacob Goodwin

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Big Basin in the Spring Rain

Published on Sunday, April 10th, 2016

I hadn't been to Big Basin State Park since August, 2013. That, of course, was late in the summer after a fairly dry winter. Since there was a nice spring rain overnight, I decided to go check out the waterfalls at Big Basin while there was some serious runoff. I intended to take the Sunset, Berry Creek Falls, and Skyline-to-Sea loop, however the Berry Creek Trail and the Sunset Trail west of the Timms Creek Trail were closed from storm damage. And since I am a rule abiding fella, I was only ab...

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Sunol Spring

Published on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

I remember conversing with a coworker before my upcoming hike up Mt. Whitney. After mentioning that I had a permit to summit the mountain, he commenced an epic rant about how terrible the hike was. It was ugly and grey, it was difficult and vomit inducing (even for him and his fit military friends). And, quite frankly, that trail had turned him off to hiking. You can sympathize when I say that I was a little apprehensive in the days ahead of the hike. I was uncertain if my knee had recovered fr...

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Sawtooth Canyon

Published on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Checking out Sawtooth Canyon between Lucerne Valley and Barstow

Boom Town

Published on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

For living in Redwood City, I infrequently go into town. In the background you see evidence of the type of high density construction the Bay Area will inevitably need. From the Woodside railroad crossing the cranes cannot be missed. Unfortunately, much of this construction will be "hip" luxury apartments. And what's more, I don't think these will be all bought up by the rich, but by engineers spending beyond their means. This is what crosses my mind when I go for a stroll while I am getting m...

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Köln — 2015

Published on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Sometimes you visit a city halfway around the world with an itinerary of historic and cultural sites to visit, but a simple conversation is what impresses you most. This trip's conversation happened to be with a girl selling artisanal licorice. Soaked In early September, I passed an abbreviated weekend with a colleague in Köln ahead of three days of business meetings. We mainly spent our time traveling Jacob style -- walking everywhere, eating cheap food (in Deutschland, this would be blessed,...