Sarah and I had a busy weekend. Saturday she and I rode portions of the Iron Horse Trail. The Iron Horse Trail is a former railway that has been turned into a bicycle, pedestrian, and horse trail. We drove out to Walnut Creek with our bikes on the backs of Sarah's car, unloaded them, and tried to take the trail north towards Concord from the Pleasant Hill BART station. This turned out to be a mistake. While the map of the trail might cause one to believe that it is possible to ride north into Concord along a nice trail, the reality of the situation is quite different. We found the northbound trail, got on it for about two hundred yards and then found ourselves riding through through a lumberyard and concrete company. Huh? Then it was back on the trail for a half-mile to a mile before we found ourselves at yet another obstacle. In this case, it was a series of freeway on-off ramps. We spent about twenty minutes trying to find where the trail continued from there, but had no success. So, it was back the way we came. The southbound trail is much better signed and doesn't seem to involve crossing so many high-speed roads. Once we got going in the southbound direction we had a pleasant afternoon of cycling. Sunday, another couple, Sarah, and I went canoeing on the Napa River just south of the city of Napa. We launched the canoes from Cuttings Wharf and proceeded to explore Steamboat Slough and an unnamed slough that forms part of Bull Island. We looked at a USGS topographic map before we departed and it looked like we would be able to paddle around Bull Island by paddling down the river a bit, turning into Steamboat Slough, following that around the back side of the island, and then coming out into the Napa River on the other side of the island. Unfortunately, the map and reality did not mesh very well. We found the opening to Steamboat Slough, but the channel quickly became so clogged with thule (bullrushes) that we were unable to continue. There was plenty of water around us and beneath us, but the vegetation was just too dense. So, we completed a difficult 17-point turn and got ourselves back out into the river channel. The slough itself sure seemed dead. We heard a few different birds, but didn't see much in the way of wildlife other than turkey vultures, a few small brown birds, and innumerable bugs. Conversation with the fishermen in the area confirmed that there was life in the water, but other than that, the area seemed biologically dead. Perhaps all the wildlife was taking shelter for the day (it was warm and sunny). Anyway, we spent about four hours on the water. We saw Spider-Man on Saturday night. I'll let The Onion's AVClub explain why you should see this movie: > For all the well-founded lamentations directed at the decline of big-budget, hot-weather event movies, at least once a year a film justifies the existence of the summer blockbuster.
Spider-Man is certainly that movie. While I probably enjoyed the movie more than Sarah did, we both enjoyed it immensely. [The U.
- and Russia have agreed to reduce their nuclear warhead stockpiles.](http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/05/13/bush.nuclear/index.html) Under this agreement, both sides will be left with somewhere between 1700 and 2000 warheads each. A sticking point in the negotiations was that Russia plans on destroying their decommissioned warheads while the US plans to put x-number in storage. The Russians can't afford to store their warheads so destroying them, while expensive and difficult, is their best plan of action in the long run. After we fulfill our treaty obligations, the US will have, at a minimum, 1700 active warheads. If 1700 warheads were fired at the US that would be 34 warheads per state. That much firepower would pretty much reduce this nation to a radioactive wasteland. Why on Earth does the Bush administration think that we need more than 1700 warheads to nuke any other country on the planet into the Stone Age and as such, we need to spend millions of dollars each year storing, maintaining, and guarding another thousand or so nuclear warheads? It seems to me that 1700 warheads are more than enough to reduce the members of our Top Five Evil Nations List to nothing more than radioactive slag with more than several hundred warheads unused.