The Thatching Ants

July 2019

I didn’t expect this newly-opened preserve, an easy drive from San Jose, to have up to 40,000 hikers.

Calories Up, Caution Down

June 2019

What started as a cloudy day turned mostly clear as I hiked to the top of Mission Peak Regional Preserve.

A Lonely Highway

May 2019

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.

A Quiet Road Trip From Beach to Forest

May 2019

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.

Floating on the Wind

April 2019

Ed Levin County Park provided many views, not always on the ground. Paragliders and sweeping Bay Area views made this a memorable hike.

Varying Trail Conditions

March 2019

Calero County Park is a good local getaway for easy, somewhat scenic, hilly day hikes. The trails range from wide to narrow, dry to wet, and from grand views to cozy forests.

The Wrong Way to Horseshoe Lake

March 2019

Seeking a good view, I found the wrong entrance to Skyline Ridge. Even better, I took a wrong turn that lead the right way. But the view was worth getting mixed up.

Spring Greets the Northern Redwoods

March 2019

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.

Well, That Was a Short Hike

March 2019

A straightforward hike through intermittent rain with views of a nearby reservoir. And that’s about it.

The Camera, the Pack, and the River

February 2019

After weeks of rain, I took a through a city park that was decidedly un-urban. I brought a GoPro camera, with mixed results.