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Friday, July 29, 2011

Unusual Art

Today I went to Sacramento and I stumbled upon a very unusual kind of art. I was just walking downtown and everything looks "normal", like an ordinary downtown and then BAM! there it was. It was a gate that had hands and feet coming out of a branched tree? Probably has some sort of symbolic meaning to it. Well, if anyone stumbles upon the same thing I did, let me know what you think of it. Because I thought it was very creepy!


Uncanny Gate
Where's the body?!


Nice to meet you too, foot


Ahh hands!
Army of hands!


 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Crabbing in the Summer

So when is the best time to go crabbing? My friend says anytime, but I'm not really sure about that and I am still looking for a better answer if anybody knows. A couple weeks ago, I happened to have been invited to go crabbing in San Francisco on a summer day. Even for a nice warm day in the Alameda county, it was VERY windy near the San Francisco golden gate bridge area. Upon arrival at our designated location, there were already many people. Some playing with kites, biking along the bike path, having a BBQ or a picnic, playing near the ocean shores, fishing, and crabbing.

It was my first time crabbing.
Here's a list of things that we used:
- Nets with food cage
- Rotten sardines (these were great for the catch)
- Chicken
- A bucket (for anything that was caught)

Crabs that you can keep:
- Any rock crabs

Crabs that you cannot keep:
- Dungeness Crab
- Crabs smaller than 4 inch (the little babies)

It was a great experience, but it was extremely windy. Sweatpants and sweatshirts with a hood is the best outfit to wear. Folding chairs could be bought to sit and wait for your catch. If you ever feel too cold, there is a nearby warming hut that you can go into to warm up. Great to have some sort of snack or warm beverage, just be sure to have a place to put it so that the strong winds cannot blow it away.

So how many did we actually catch within the 5 hours that we were there? Sad to say, but only 2 that we can keep. Out of all the groups out there, we had the most. So, crabbing in the summer, a good idea? I'm not sure, but that day was definitely not the best day to go.

San Francisco near Golden Gate Bridge

Chicken as bait for the crabs

A rock crab that we caught!
Dungeness Crabs

Bye Bye Dungeness Crabs. I can't take you home with me :(
Seagull says, "Gimme some crabs!"

Crabbing and fishing area

I found you warming hut!

Sunset

I like this photo alot.





Friday, July 8, 2011

Reno

It's been awhile guys! I have been enjoying my super summer!
I have been doing things and going places, so I was pretty busy, but in a fun way.
It is extremely hot here in Davis and right now it is 97 degrees!! Can you imagine the heat without air condition?!

So as an update of my summer fun, I will begin with Reno.

In the end, we decided that renting a zipcar is the way to go!
It was a one night and two day trip.

And to the right we have the freeway sign. Why do I have this picture you might ask, probably because we were in a contest to see how fast we can snap pictures of the Reno sign. And trust me, there were more than 10 of those.

Once you drive for about an hour or so, you might see the snow mountains in the distant. Yep, its LAKE TAHOE and where people usually go to during the winter to have their snow trip.


You know you're near RENO when you start seeing these!







Here are some of the more well-known hotels in Reno, all around the same area:

Cal Neva is where I stayed at, which happens to be one of the further hotel, but still within the same area. If you happen to want to save some money on hotel, assuming that most of the time you would be exploring outside, Cal Neva is a great place to stay. I had no problems with them.



Here is Eldorado. I really liked the inside of Eldorado mainly because of the beautiful sculpture, "Fountain of Fortune". I highly recommend to full size the picture for a better view!


Here is Silver Legacy:


Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of Circus Circus, but I did go in and played ARCADE! Feels like I'm a kid again haha.

As for FOOD, we ate our meal at the smokin' gecko's BBQ. It was very fulfilling, I could not finish it even though I was really hungry. It was delicious, I feel like I could gain a few pounds from eating that. It was fairly cheap, $12.99 for a platter, not bad at all, for a great dinner.



Overall, a great trip even though I lost money at the casinos. I would advise people to just head to Las Vegas if you're mainly looking for casinos, bars, and more attractions. However, if you happen to live in the bay area and just want a small trip, Reno can be an alternative.