Two dayhikes, a week apart, took me through four parks and preserves at the intersection of California Highway 9 and Skyline Boulevard. The next weekend I returned for a dramatic sunset.
In May I walked down an old section of Highway 1 that’s set aside for pedestrians and cyclists. Meandering a mile and a half down the highway provides plenty of hazy ocean views, geology lessons, steady wind, and the graffitied remains of a World War II-era bunker.
During a long weekend I ventured to a state beach to see a shipwreck, one of my favorite state forests, and improvised a trip along Highway 1 to parts unknown.
Ed Levin County Park provided many views, not always on the ground. Paragliders and sweeping Bay Area views made this a memorable hike.
The first decently-warm weather of the season drew me to a redwoods preserve just south of San Francisco, within sight of the Pacific Ocean.
After weeks of rain, I took a through a city park that was decidedly un-urban. I brought a GoPro camera, with mixed results.
An easy walk to a radio telescope made for a pleasant evening in Palo Alto. The most impressive sight turned out to be all around.
NaNoWriMo 2018 coincided with some of the worst fires in California’s history. But writing enthusiasts congregated at a home in the hills. Views at sunset didn’t require a hike.
The weather gave me more than I expected when I took my new wide-angle lens to photograph some of the largest trees in the world.
The map is not the territory; the story is not the experience; the difficulty can be overcome.