Big Sky in the South Bay

December 2018

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.

A NaNoWriMo Half-way Party Under Smoky Skies

November 2018

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.

A Sacred Site and a Cold War Relic

October 2018

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.

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.

Strolling the Dry Marshes of Silicon Valley

August 2018

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

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.

Livestock and Wildlife

May 2018

My first visit to this combination county park and open space preserve was crowded with wildlife and livestock.

Caves and Friends Among the Pinnacles

May 2018

I hiked with a group through part of Pinnacles National Park. This time our route took us through a cave.