Jacob Goodwin

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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...

Sawtooth Canyon

Published on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

People from my home town in the desert have always raved about Sawtooth. Yet I had never passed by until this weekend on the drive back from church. There weren't many campers out, probably on account of the cold. And there was only one small group of climbers. I would really like to head back out to that campground next time I have a few days off in my home town. It's been a good while since I've spent a night under the desert sky, contemplating my existence. Here's a shot that Google Photos ...

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...

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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,...

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Edinburgh - 2015

Published on Monday, August 17th, 2015

Surprisingly, at least in my opinion, we were able to get a train traveling directly through Oxenholme to Edinburgh. We hopped on the Transpennine Express and headed northeast. July 8 - Wednesday Arrival in Edinburgh and Hike of Arthur's Seat We arrived at Waverly Station in the early evening. On account of my complete and utter lack of research on Edinburgh, I did not realize that Bridge Street was actually elevated quite above the area of the train station (which is basically in a pit off to ...