On a warm June day I had the chance to travel on foot and by train through the great redwoods near Santa Cruz. I only got lost once.
Famous for its horse stable and history in coffee, what surprised me was this park’s algae-covered toxic newt breeding ground.
My first visit to this combination county park and open space preserve was crowded with wildlife and livestock.
I hiked with a group through part of Pinnacles National Park. This time our route took us through a cave.
An easy trip from home, crowded with casual walkers and the occasional cyclist. From the overlook, Silicon Valley stretched out before me.
Big Basin Redwoods is a popular destination in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I went expecting to join a group — but ended up going solo. Also, they sell baby trees.