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Trip up california’s coastline north of San Francisco

Locations- Mendocino, Mendocino Botanical Gardens, Fort Bragg, Glass Beach, Fern Canyon, Avenue of the Giants, Trees of Mystery, Crescent City Lighthouse, Burney Falls (not really on the coast).

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Contempo-topiary by Aaron Hodges
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Disney’s Contemporary Resort

VR is cheap and better than ever

You are starting to see people using phone based VR headsets in public now. I think that two years ago people would have thought it odd or hipsterish. Now, it is just part of the landscape. I’ve used mine on some long flights and even during layovers. 

While you are on your layover you can use Google Map Street View in VR to take a virtual tour of your destination. You can literally walk around, find the nearest coffee shop or ATM as if you were already there.

My little set up consists of an inexpensive headset, some blue tooth noise canceling ear buds (no cord) and this cool little 128gb wireless flash drive (also no cord) filled with movies, documentaries, audiobooks and relaxing VR recordings. It would take a large shelf to hold this stuff if it were on DVD and yet you can take it with you everywhere. An entire library of media. I can go under the ocean, I can spend an hour on a virtual tour of America’s National Parks or the Smithsonian.  I can listen to a podcast or audio book while sitting in a Japanese garden or the Grand Canyon. 

It seems like I am in a movie theater watching on the big screen. I can be sitting right next to you watching “Guardians of the Galaxy” on that “big screen” with full surround sound and you would have no idea. With the noise canceling switched on I don’t hear crying babies or other noises. You can also watch your regular 2D stuff as well.

Ten years ago I would have never guessed that this technology would get so good and be so cheap. If you are using this tech in the airport remember to watch your luggage and your flight announcements!

What is really great is that nobody tries to talk to you when you are sporting one of these:

Can you blame them?

All night while the rain fell
the dark valley heard in silence
the silent valley did not remember
you were asleep beside me
while the rain fell all around us
I listened to you breathing
I wanted to remember
the sound of your breath
but we lay there forgetting
asleep and awake
forgetting a breath at a time
while the rain went on falling around us
—  W.S. Merwin, “The Sound of Forgetting,” Garden Time (Copper Canyon Press, 2016)