We timed our walk just right, and made it back to the car at sunset. I’d hoped to spy whales on our walk, but they weren’t available. Brought my new binos just in case, and those came in handy for bird observations. This is the Cowell Ranch Beach Trail, which we’ve visited twice before, in […]Read more "The Coastal Trail"
Someone decided to introduce a cat to El Corte de Madera Open Space. Not bad! I like how they’ve made use of the pith for one of his eyes. We last visited the area in late summer, and things are looking very green now. Lots of interesting fungi, and the little creeks have come back […]Read more "Artifacts"
I know that in the past I’ve said that this or that hike was really great, but today actually was really great. I mean, look at this. Pretty great, right? There’s a storm a-brewin’ in our area, and we somehow found a seam between frontal boundaries for our hike today. There are many open space […]Read more "Russian Ridge"
To get to places like this. It was quite warm in our neighborhood, but I checked and it said that the temps over at the coast were in the mid 50’s. Sounds good to me; I was working on refinishing the deck most of the day, and could go for some cool breezes. And if […]Read more "This is why we walk"
I have some information for you. You know how people talk about “the environment” as if it’s an abstraction, like maybe some place that has a lot of trees? It turns out that we’re kind of in “the environment” all the time. And this past week I ran across a few news items that I […]Read more "Equinox"
The light’s starting to change, isn’t it? The Saturday afternoon hiking tradition led us to Purisima Creek, and a ramble along the Grabtown Gulch Trail. When did they stop coming up with these cool place names? You just need to add “Gulch” to a name, and it would improve it dramatically. Modern day names are […]Read more "Early fall, late afternoon"
Ran across a couple of odd things on the hike today. We’re still exploring the El Corte de Madera open space (many trails in here), and today’s ramble aimed to explore the fantastically named Steam Donkey trail. We got close to the Donkey, but veered west down a different trail for various reasons. Along the […]Read more "This was unexpected"
Dreams can come true. Mr. Muir’s book about his first summer up here tends towards the ecstatic. I mean, “The very rocks seem to thrill with life” – rocks? Come on now, let’s get ahold of ourselves. But after our Sierra trips I’m now on board with this outlook. “The whole landscape glows like a […]Read more "Our first summer in the Sierra"
The not-so-great sounding name “Tarwater” keeps coming up in our recent hikes. There’s a creek with that name in the Pescadero hills, and I crossed over this on a recent ramble. True to its name, the Tarwater had an oily sheen and the rocks in the stream bed accumulated black tar. It was clearly petroleum […]Read more "Tarwater"
In our recent San Mateo County redwood forest hikes, we have run across areas that show signs of fire. It’s been a long time since a large scale forest fire has burned in this region, so it’s always surprising to see the burned out bases of old redwoods, or charred bark way up high on […]Read more "Where’s the fire?"