Not a tree but a funky cactus--heaps of interesting cacti at Pitzer.
Reminds me of when I visited San Diego as a prospective grad student--I took heaps of pics of palm trees.
I may not want my daughter to go to school so far away, but I could not blame her if she did. The bright side of tectonic instability is some beautiful scenery--lots of hills, mountains, canyons--which makes for fun drives. Once again, as I wander around California, I wonder why I left. Sure, there is that employment thing, but I do love Southern California--the weather today was just wonderful, and there is much excellent Mexican food ahead. It probably goes without saying but blogging/tweeting will be light.
All I can say is that I get mighty comfy out here: