Idyllwild, California

Pulling from the Idyllwild archives today. With temps in the 90’s (Fahrenheit) around here these past few days, it’s nice to revisit some photographs from our trip to Idyllwild a while back…thinking about the crisp air, mountain views, small town vibe, and time with family. Plans will be made to make it back, hopefully sooner rather than later.

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Quantified Self | Week of July 8, 2019

Week of July 8-14, 2019

The “Quantified Self – Week of…” post is a data review of the previous week, highlighting a few key areas: Exercise / Sleep / Family / Reading / Leisure.

“What gets measured gets managed.”


The exercise category took a nose dive this week — as did my head! Quite literally, as I went over the handle bars on my son’s scooter, and landed on my head. This resulted in a concussion and strict orders from the doctor to rest for a week. After 3 days of simply moving from the bed, to the couch, and back again…I added a few slow walks for the remaining 4 days of the week. Slow is the keyword here, and I’m grateful that Gia was willing to join me and go at a snail’s pace. That’s about it on the exercise front, and the total hours show for it.



The sleep data for the week is interesting, with consideration to the concussion and the impact it had (or didn’t have?). A decrease from the previous week in total number of hours slept, and slight dip in average percentage of Deep Sleep. Not sure what I expected. I guess I figured all the “bed rest” time ordered by the doctor might have increased number of hours asleep. But instead I simply was bored, and also had a hard time sleeping well.

  • Total Sleep Hours: 37.55
  • Average Sleep Hours Per Night: 5.3
  • Average % of Deep Sleep Per Night: 28%

FAMILY (aka: Connection time)


  • A highlight of the week was witnessing the kids jump into “emergency triage mode” when I pulled the dumb Dad move of hotdogging on the scooter (with my head meeting the pavement). It appears they actually do care about their old man.
  • Enjoyed some quality “bench-sitting” with Gia at the Lake. Helped break the monotony of laying around the house all week in darkened rooms.
  • Doug Fields gave an inspiring message at Mariners Irvine – As always, Doug never disappoints.
  • Ethan logged lots of driving practice time, and I enjoyed sneaking out of the house to join him on a few “rides.”
  • Special quality time with Ella, helping her pack for HSM camp. About 1/3 of her suitcase being MY clothes. I’m OK with this, for many reasons (which words really can’t do justice here).

Photo of the week (via iPhone):


Dana Point Harbor – Jetty

Ella and I rose at 5 am, and headed out the door well ahead of the 6:41 am sunrise.  We settled into our pre-scouted spot at the harbor, set up the cameras, and enjoyed the quiet of the dark morning and gentle conversation before making photographs.

This was one of the last images created before heading home (just as the rest of the family was waking up).

Dana Point Harbor, California, Jetty. Black and what. Photo by Scott Anderson

Dana Point, California. An hour or so after sunrise.