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.
On a warm October morning, I made the scenic — and surprisingly mild — hike up Mt. Umunhum. This sacred mountain is also the home of an enormous Cold War-era radar tower visible from San Jose and beyond.
The map is not the territory; the story is not the experience; the difficulty can be overcome.
East of the valley, I found Grant Ranch as a dusty, grassy county park whose pond fared better than its roses.
Civilized marshlands make for an easy walk in Sunnyvale. Wild country, this was not.
Any early clouds had long since burned away. as I climbed trails through Quicksilver Almaden County Park.
Near a town known for surfing, I climbed a mountain on a hot day with people from all around the Bay.
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.