What Goes Down, Must Hike Up

September 2018

The map is not the territory; the story is not the experience; the difficulty can be overcome.

Grass, Water, and Diablo Dust

September 2018

East of the valley, I found Grant Ranch as a dusty, grassy county park whose pond fared better than its roses.

An Unexpected Trickle

September 2018

During a dry spell I went looking for vanished waterfalls, and found a babbling brook instead.

Strolling the Dry Marshes of Silicon Valley

August 2018

Civilized marshlands make for an easy walk in Sunnyvale. Wild country, this was not.

Fences Divide Civilization and Wilderness

August 2018

The southern end of the Bay Area Ridge Trail is a decent park that balances civilization with wilderness. But I couldn’t help thinking that its white fallow deer weren’t the only ones fenced off.

Every Shade of Green

July 2018

I went south to escape mid-July heat, and discovered a wonderful forest that I didn’t want to leave.

A Lack of Scenery and Signage on the Trail

July 2018

My first visit to Sanborn CP was a misadventure in wayfinding and a mismatch of expectations to reality.

Quicksilver Under an Azure Sky

July 2018

Any early clouds had long since burned away. as I climbed trails through Quicksilver Almaden County Park.

The Relentless Uphill Climb was Worth the Ocean View

June 2018

Near a town known for surfing, I climbed a mountain on a hot day with people from all around the Bay.

Climbing to Castles in the Mist

June 2018

While the sun shone elsewhere, I met a cloud upon a mountainside.