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It currently takes about 3½ days to back up my 2TB virtual file server. I need to find a faster way to do this.I work for a small organization. My VMware setup consist of four boxes: three white-box ESXi hosts and a vCenter server. All are connected to a gigabit switch. The license is VMware Essentials (regular Essentials, not the "Plus" version). My backup application is Veeam Backup Essentials Standard. I recently virtualized our 2TB file server in order to facilitate making backups and possibly recovering from a disaster (esp. ransomware). The problem is that backups of the VM take way too long. Backing up to a NAS (which is also connected to a gigabit switch) takes more than three days. Backup speeds top-out at around 10 megabytes per second. Veeam Backup lists the bottleneck as "Source". I'd like to implement a low-cost, automated way to make a daily backup of the whole VM, then copy the backup to one of several external hard drives that would be rotated to an off-site location. What's the best way to do this on a budget? I'm guessing I need to set up some kind of fiber-optic network to connect the various VMware devices and the NAS (or perhaps a full-blown storage server rather than a NAS). But when I start Googling possible solutions, all I can find are configurations that are expensive and are probably gross overkill for what I need. The current backup system would work great for me, if it completed in a couple of hours instead of a couple of days. So I'm really just looking for a way to increase the speed. Can someone steer me in the right direction? As you might have guessed, I am very much not an expert on VMware, so please don't assume too much knowledge on my part.

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So I know this is beyond silly but does anyone have a way to deal with or decline forced-upon lent items? Other than, you know, just saying "no thanks."I have a couple of friends who will lend me books and films without asking whether I'm interested first or if I actually want to borrow the item. The situation will be that something comes up in conversation and then I'll come in to work one day and a book or dvd will be on my desk with a note like "I was thinking of our conversation and thought of this book/film that I think you will like, I look forward to discussing it with you." It's incredibly sweet and usually welcome, except that: 1) the items are lent in such a way that I have no say on accepting them or not 2) the items are lent in such a way that I can't really pretend I read or watched it because it's clear a discussion is expected 3) sometimes it is a book that I'm not interested in reading and sometimes it is a long, long, long book that I am not interested in reading For a long time now I have just sucked it up and watched/read whatever I'm given whether I'm into it or not because it's obviously important to my friend and I like engaging with my friends. But lately it's been getting out of hand and I'm very busy and have a pile of my own reading I am trying to get to and being handed another 463 page book that my friend wants me to read so we can talk about it is just not something I want to make time for right now. But I can't think of anyway to not do it other than: 1) tell friend the book does not interest me (I have rejected this option because it is mean) 2) say I am just getting around to reading it forevermore (I have rejected this option because it is impractical and also a little mean) Are these my only options? Is there anything else that won't be mean or upsetting or give the wrong message? I would like to keep these friends. I also have no problem with engaging with stuff my friends want to share with me, sharing interests is great, I just feel like it's getting to be a bit much sometimes. I'm also starting to feel a bit like what I think doesn't actually matter and they just want a sounding board for all the stuff they think is great but maybe that's just me becoming a resentful cow.

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Are there any species of octopus where the mother and/or father remain alive after the birth of the offspring, and do they transfer their knowledge to the offspring? If no, have their ever been observed abnormalities where this happened?

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At-home hair dyers: I went to my stylist and asked for white blonde hair with a root. After two sessions with her, I still do not like the root she gave me and I'd like to go all white blonde myself. Walk me through it?First of all, I do not want to go back to her or see another professional. I'm pretty sure I can fix this myself because before growing my hair out for two years, I did all kinds of crazy stuff to my hair, mostly myself. I also am pretty peeved because my hair was NOT OK after the 1st session and she charged me $75 to fix it. My hair was virgin before going in. Currently, it still feels pretty good, and I have very thick, coarse hair to begin with. In the 1st session, she lighted all but the closest 1/2" to my hair and then put in a semi-permanent neutral medium brown on the root. We used Olaplex during this process and then toned my hair. Pictures below: Hair after 1st session As you can see, there were a lot of darker spots in my hair, which to me looked like she got some of the root color onto the hair shaft after lightening them. The root was also very coppery red (especially in natural light) and it was very yellow, still. During the 2nd session, she lightened the ends a bit more and then placed a demi-permanent dark ash brown on the roots. We used Olaplex again (just the 3rd step) and toned again. Hair after 2nd session This time the shaft looks a bit better, though there is still some darker parts and yellow parts. The part that still makes me cringe is the root. I did not expect the roots to have a red band between the white and the root, and I haven't even washed my hair yet! I'd like to get rid of the root and go white from root to end. My current plan is to use a dye remover (Color Pops) on the roots. Then, if necessary, hit them with 40 developer bleach (from beauty supply) pulling through on some of the yellower hair after 20 minutes. Then top off with Wella T18. I've used Color Oops before with good results and have seen a lot of reviews with good results, too. I'm honestly not sure how much of my root actually got bleached, either. Thoughts? Do you think I can achieve this with minimal issues? Will I always have this weird hand banding at the roots?

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Ok, well, you can tell me the not so good things too. Wanted to get more perspectives there before a probable move. Also how does one make the best out of a new, unknown city?Offered a dream job in Baltimore. Never been to Baltimore besides the interview, but I am at the point in my life (young, right outta school) that I am willing to move for the job experience (and then Years down the road I will probably settle in Atlanta where my family lives.) Things I am/am looking for: -mid twenties - art and local food and local, liberal political movements/volunteer opportunities with other young people -a studio or 1 bedroom under $1000 -diversity (hopefully integrated, but that's hard to come by outside of NYC and what not, I know...) -seasonal weather (I have survived the Midwest winter and the southern summer) -neighborhoods that are walkable to coffee shops, stores. Not very into bar life being around me. Preferably diverse, relatively young/mixed age. Hopefully not tons of crime. -sadly, the most I know about Baltimore is The Wire, and what my 3 Uber drivers told me which was "people here are crabby and segregated. I'm trying to escape myself." Which is about what people say in my hometown down south. also this post is about "how do you move to a brand new city as a single, young person and make the best out of it?" Because while I know cities are all different, sometimes I find them to be essentially the same--where you have to really put yourself out there and invest in it to find any sort of happiness. It also helps when there are friendly people (but I hope there are friendly people in Baltimore, just like any city!) I'll be away from friends and family, but I do have a couple connections in DC and Philly. (Which I'm told is not a bad drive from there.) Any tips about that or Baltimore in general would be greatly appreciated! :)

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Carnegie Mellon University has developed an AI to play poker, Libratus. They are having it face off versus four poker pros, and halfway through the competition, Libratus is winning. The game is heads-up, no limit poker, which pits two players face to face, and doesn't constrain their betting, making the game an aggressive mix of math, psychology, and strategy. This is a rematch from a previous 2015 competition, which Libratus' predecessor (Claudico) lost. Libratus is the work of Noam Brown and Tuomas Sandholm. Here is a conference paper about their poker algorithm, and, a short article about that algorithm's dominance. Poker Night in America [YouTube] featured Claudico's attempt at the competition, and interviewed several of its designers.

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NCFilter: I'm looking for readings and resources to share with others on the organization, tactics, and effectiveness of the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina. Especially helpful would be any kind of guide to how to replicate this effort in other localities, similar to the breakdown of the Tea Party tactics in the much-circulated Indivisible Guide. Also of interest: how Moral Mondays organized any second and third tiers of supporters who could not make it in person, but wanted to actively (not just financially) contribute to their efforts.

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Does anyone know how I might go about finding a street medic training in NYC? I've tried googling, but all the links that pop up are either years old or in other (far away) cities. I am specifically looking for a training for street medics that would be able to assist protesters, not a general first aid training.

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I have an operation under general anaesthetic due on Thursday, even though I've sorted out my head about it, it feels like the fear and anxiety has just moved into my body and that I'm constantly in fear (anxiety feelings in chest) even though I think it should all be OK - what will help?I've been using mindfulness meditation and CBT. It's too late now to see my GP (NHS, UK) as by the time I get an appointment the operation will be over. I can distract myself from this for short periods by working but then it comes back and I don't have a lot of work at the moment to bury myself in. I'm not wanting to take anything that might interfere with the anaesthetic. What might help?

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I'm going to a conference in Stanford at the end of march. I will be presenting some work stuff for a day, but I'm also planning on spending the week in the area, because hey, why not. Help me make the most of itAt the moment, my two main questions are: - I'd like to take advantage of this trip to meet as many people as I can mostly in startups, digital archiving and smart B2C companies. Assume I have no network. How do I find these people ? Any place I can look for for events occuring during this week (I've checked meetup and eventbrite, but I'm wondering if I'm missing better places). - Where should I stay ? I'll be with my cofounder, and since I don't know yet what we'll do besides this two days at stanford, I'm wondering if we should rent a "cheap" place + a car, or stay at a more central location and use public transit/uber. We're also planning on doing our usual work, so recommendations on interesting co-working spaces would be welcome. Thank you for your help !

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Our happy 3-yo daughter has, in the last month, gone from being excited to go to daycare in the morning to having a full-blown meltdown pretty much every morning when we say it's time to go and acting like we're throwing her to the wolves when we drop her off there. There are no new staff at the daycare and there has been no other substantial change that we're aware of, but when we ask her what's wrong all she'll say is "I don't want to go!"We've been using to this daycare for two years for both our 3-yo and her older sister (who is now in school). 3-yo is a good talker and usually has no trouble expressing her problems, but she's not giving us anything to work with here. As I said, there's been no staffing changes, so it seems unlikely that she's suddenly being mistreated? There are a couple of new kids at the daycare, but they're younger than her and she has, in the past, been very forthcoming with complaints about other kids ("So-and-so pushed me today! No pushing friends!") The owner and primary caregiver is going through a messy divorce, so she's no doubt stressed and maybe is having a little less patience with the kids, but she's a lovely woman and we know her well, so I really doubt that she's suddenly being mean to them. We've asked the owner and she agrees that she's noticed the change as well, but doesn't have any idea what's bringing it on. So far, we're just soldiering through, making her go, and hoping it gets better again, but that's hard on all of us and I have this niggling fear that something's actually wrong and our 3-yo just can't express it. What's a reasonable level of concern here and what are some tactics for either helping her explain what her problem is or helping her to look forward to daycare again?

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Could people in these two groups be matched up: "Callers" -- Democrats who are willing to call their representatives about political issues, but who live in such solidly blue or red districts that it hardly seems worthwhile. "Constituents" -- Democrats who have more influenceable representatives, but who can't or don't call them.I've read here and elsewhere that calling ones' representatives is a good way to take action on the issues. I've also read that calling others' representatives isn't as valuable -- though sometimes "Callers" just lie if asked for their zip code. I was thinking that maybe there could be a facebook group, website or app, or part of an existing website, where Callers and Constituents could get matched up. Then, a Caller could call an influenceable representative, on behalf of a specific Constituent. Is this already being done? If not, is it a terrible idea? I was thinking that the Caller would forthrightly say that they're calling on behalf of the Constituent. But would calling on behalf of someone count? If not, and Callers would have to pretend to BE the Constituents, it's just replacing the zip code lie with another. Another fatal flaw would be if the barriers for Consituents opting in would be too similar to those for making the calls themselves. If it's neither a terrible idea nor already being done, how would you go about making it happen? I.e.: - How should it work? What's the simplest starting set of capabilities and characteristics it would need? - If you were a Constituent, would you need to see and individually authorize each call script that would be made on your behalf? Or would you prefer to give a one-time, blanket go-ahead (for causes such as those found on thesixtyfive or similar)? - If you were a Caller, would you want just one, consistent Constituent to call for? Or numerous ad-hoc ones, for making batches of calls in one or more influenceable districts? - How could Constituent names and zip codes be securely shared with one or more Callers? - What would need to be built to support it? Could it just be a facebook group, or be incorporated into an existing group, site or app (e.g., the one linked above)? Or would it need its own website and/or app? (If this idea isn't killed here, and you want to help, please say so here and/or memail me!)

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In the face of the global rightward populist turn, I have found myself thinking quite a bit about the concept of "the Resistance" that I have found in scraps of history and pop culture, such as the French resistance to the Vichy government. I would like to know more about the history of organized resistance efforts across the globe, particularly their structures and tactics, and their impact on large-scale events such as elections and war outcomes. Most interested in nonfiction accounts, but open to good fiction, films, other genres. Thanks! Vive la résistance!

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My website needs a revamp. Things have changed since I last did an overhaul and I feel overwhelmed by choices. Trying to figure out the best way to approach the overhaul but I need help phrasing/explaining what I need done. I also need to figure out HOW to get it done.I've kept a blog since the early 2000s and it has evolved into a website just really hanging off the blog. I'm selfhosted, .net domain and fuelled by WP. I've given the site a lick of paint over the years and updated the underlying software dutifully. But what I've got is no longer cutting it. I need to expand into webinars, ecommerce, static pages, and a gallery on top of the blog. I've coped so far with just adding sub-sections/pages in WP but the structure feels clunky and content takes forever to update/upload/freshen up. I've asked around and people recommend SquareSpace. They've also recommended Websiteinabox which I was moderately excited about until I started poking about and felt it felt too cookie-cutter for my taste. I then began following the trail from that website into other services and if I see another website service devoted to yummy mumtrepreneurs, I'm going to punch the wall. I have also looking into WP themes/builders like Divi and X Theme, but my brain bleeds when I start reading about extensions vs plugins, design stacks, and whatnot. I am not sure I understand what it is I will be trying to do with these powerful themes. Currently I have a graphic designer working for me on visual identity (offline and online). This leave roughly $300 in my budget for the website overhaul which is nothing, I realise. So, how do I best spend my money and what words do I need to use to describe what I need done .. and who do I talk to?

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My partner and I have twice had a great vacation in a town in southern Portugal. We've stayed two to three weeks and it's been a nice, low-key working holiday. Where might we look for accommodations for a similar holiday next time?We'd like to duplicate this holiday elsewhere in Europe, probably in Spain, Italy or Portugal, and probably for three or four weeks. But we're ready to move on from this specific town. (Part of us would really be happy to come back, but there's the feeling that we might be missing out on other places, too...) We found this town in Portugal and this flat through a family connection, which was great but not really repeatable. The question: Which websites might we look at to find small-town accommodations? We've seen homeaway.com, but are there any other sites — maybe country-specific sites for Spain, Italy or Portugal — that we should be checking out?

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Jaki Liebezeit , drummer and founding member of the influential German band Can, has died from pneumonia at the age of 78. Some examples of his playing: Yoo Doo Right; Oh Yeah; Halleluwah; a drum solo. In Can, Liebezeit devised a unique cyclical drumming style, anchoring the group's wildest improvisatory flows with metronomic, repetitive figures of mysterious power. “Jaki was always proud of being able to make certain people in the audience vomit,” claims Karoli. “He could focus on one person in the crowd, and this person would start vomiting. We had a very medical approach to music.”“It would have been a healing for the guy; he needed it,” explains Schmidt. “Repetition is the basis of so much religious and ritual music.”—(source).

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My partner and I are visiting Canada for 11 days in late April. Our plan is to stay in Toronto for several days, then take the trans Canadian train that arrives in Vancouver 4 days later, and stay in Vancouver for several days. Is the train the best fit for us?We HAVE to start in Toronto, and HAVE to finish in Vancouver. The end points are non-negotiable. We are both European cities people, in which we dislike driving. We have rented cars to get around places that we visit, but on the whole, driving brings both of us some level of stress. So an entirely cross-country drive is not preferable. Our options are: rail, rail and car mix, rail and flight and car mix. We looked up the trans Canadian rail, which seems perfect for us. We like train journeys, although the longest we have been on so far has only been one day. We don't mind a relaxed train journey through the flat empty lands. Unfortunately, we will be missing a lot of of day trips and National Parks that we'll miss along the way. There's the option of getting off the train, but the train stops for 1 hour only, and the next train comes along 4 days later, which does not fit in our schedule. I **think** that this is an acceptable compromise, as we're more city and culture type people, and less National Parks type people, but tell me if I'm wrong or if there are ways of getting around this (like flying to a city, renting a car for a day trip, and then continuing on with rail). Also any tips for Vancouver and Toronto would be appreciated! Obviously, I have read all the guidebooks and wikitravels, but if you have any personal recs for a young couple that likes technology, food, and culture, that would be great.

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I took a look at the smaller size Pixel at the Verizon store and it looks pretty simple, it's an Android, it's sleek and fits in my hand. It's also expensive. Can you comment/give me some tips about purchase and ease of use based on first-hand knowledge or cutting edge reviews?Current phone: Samsung Galaxy S4 has needed the battery replaced twice, a factory reset, holds a charge for only 2 hours (no joke), I need to carry my "fast charger" with me at all times, and will only back up to the Verizon cloud if I am not at home. What a PIA. Entire device heats up to the point that I cannot hold it in my hand, and I'm waiting for it to one day burst into flames -- and just today a warning came on that said the unit had "minimized functions to attempt to cool the device because it had become overheated." While speaking to a Verizon rep the other day, I was told that I don't actually have to wait for my 2 year contract to "expire" on 3/29/17 -- if I want to just buy a phone outright, I can do so with no penalties and my cell service plan will rollover on 3/29 (I "own" my current phone now). So is the Pixel past the Beta stage? Is it reliable and easy to use? I use my phone for texting, for occasional calls, no streaming, if I had the battery life I'd read books again, maybe I'd try a game or two and perhaps I'd use the camera occasionally. I need the following apps: Uber/Juno Google Calendar - syncs with computer Inkpad - a necessity (holds all medical data; the free version) Clock - alarm - free Calculator - simple math - free Tip Calculator - free So ... nothing fancy. I don't stream, I don't use Google maps because I don't drive. Maybe there are apps I could appreciate if I had a phone that worked? Thoughts appreciated.

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My lemon tree has been dropping leaves after coming indoors for the winter. Not unusual — but now the remaining few look like they've been burnt.Hi mefites, After the great help you were before, I hope you can help give some direction on how to nurse my Meyer lemon tree back to health. It has dropped a lot of leaves, and I am concerned. Up until a few months ago, it was living on the east-facing deck of my house. It was doing pretty well, although it got a scale infestation that hit it hard. I cleaned it off and am still dealing with it now, although it is a lot better. When the temperatures started to get low (I'm in Vancouver BC), I brought it inside. It also got attacked by a squirrel, so I needed to protect the new growth that hadn't been gnawed off already. It did well indoors for a while. I sprayed it with water to try and keep it damp. But when it started to get really cold outside, I think it got affected because it was near the door. Many of the small older leaves started falling off. I figured this was a typical response to adjusting to the indoors, and so I wasn't too worried. But the rate of dropping kept accelerating at a concerning speed. I thought that maybe it was because it wasn't getting enough light, so I got a light and put it nearby. The dropping leaves slowed, so I thought I was in the clear. But now the large leaves that recently grew have started to brown at the edges, and some of them have dropped too. This is happening to leaves all around the tree, not just the ones near the light. A couple of the lemons have fallen off as well. I read that it might be a buildup of fertilizer, so I watered it well to get a good amount of water draining out the bottom (one solid watering a few days ago). But I am concerned it may be something quite serious. Any thoughts? It's started to get warmer, so it might be able to go outside again soon without being hit with frost. Here are some pictures of what's going on: http://imgur.com/a/iIgWH

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2D Among Us (on Instagram, on VK Russian social network) is an Art Project by a group of Russian photoshoppers, originally to insert characters from 2D cartoons into real photos, from Woody Woodpecker and The Road Runner to Bambi and The Little Mermaid and The Iron Giant to Sprited Away and Evangeleon and Sailor Moon, to Adventure Time and Gravity Falls and (obviously) The Simpsons but quickly expanding into 3D animation like Big Hero 6 and Toy Story and Kung Fu Panda, not to mention characters from games, from Mortal Kombat to Portal. Most notable about many of their pieces are the use of photos highlighting some of the shabbier scenes in their country. More recently, they have tried playing with elements of classic paintings, and dropped in some live actors out of their element. And in a new, separate project, cat_photoshop just adds cats.

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Voting Should Be Mandatory "The evidence is mixed on whether compulsory voting favors parties of the right or the left and some studies suggest that most United States federal election results would be unchanged. But all that misses the point because it overlooks that compulsory voting changes more than the number of voters: It changes who runs for office and the policy proposals they support." - Waleed Aly, New York Times What is compulsory voting "Advocates of compulsory voting argue that decisions made by democratically elected governments are more legitimate when higher proportions of the population participate. ... The leading argument against compulsory voting is that it is not consistent with the freedom associated with democracy." After the Brexit vote, Britain must introduce compulsory voting, The Telegraph. "Voter turnout for the EU referendum was higher, at 72.2 per cent, but still more than 20 per cent shy of Australian turnout. Most worryingly, just 36 per cent of people aged 18-24 are estimated to have voted. We can spend all day chastising young people for failing to vote in a referendum considered more important to them than to anyone else, given that they will live with the result for the longest. Or we can accept that young people sometimes need an extra shove when it comes to stepping into politics for the first time. The threat of fines - and, in extreme cases, jail - should do the trick." Compuslory Voting - for and against, NSW Govt. 1. Citizenship, duties and rights 2. Legitimate representation 3. Political education 4. Choice 5. Bias 6. Responsiveness. The government could make Americans vote, Business Insider. "In the US, compulsory voting has started to enter the mainstream conversation. In May of last year, Obama publicly endorsed compulsory voting for the first time, telling a crowd in Cleveland that "it would be transformative if everybody voted" specifically because of the class-bias effect. "The people who tend not to vote are young, they're lower income, they're skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups," Obama said. "There's a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls." Make me, The Economist. "Voters in Britain and America are disproportionately rich, well-educated and old. That, studies suggest, skews policymaking." Previously Previously

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I'm looking for a good source for English or French language news from Ivory Coast.I get most of my other news from the Guardian or the BBC World Service but they are slower with news from Ivory Coast. English is preferred but French is fine too. Thanks!

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I asked my student why he voted for Trump. The answer was thoughtful, smart, and terrifying. (From Mother Jones.) Bonus: Peter's "The Plight of the Redneck".

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Points of Inflection is a blog by John Roe, a math professor at Penn State who specializes in coarse geometry (one-sentence summary: what is geometry like if you can tell when points are getting farther and farther apart but not when points are getting closer and closer together?) He has terminal cancer and is teaching his last course this semester. He is a devout Christian who teaches about the mathematics of sustainability and who has strong words about the proposed new head of the EPA. He lost his trans* son last year. He climbs rocks.

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Planning a trip to to the Olympic Peninsula in a couple of weeks. I stumbled across this site that outlines dog-friendly destinations there. I was hoping to get some ideas on which of these destinations (or others) to choose from. Looking for dog-friendly day hikes offering great views/scenery that are doable in the wintertime (hiking/snowshoeing).We're moderately experienced hikers, so elevation or distance are not so much of an issue, provided the hike can be accomplished during winter daylight hours. Our comfort limit is any terrain requiring climbing/avalanche/or other technical gear. We'd like to just stick with crampons and snowshoes.

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