Every Shade of Green

July 2018

I went south to escape mid-July heat, and discovered a wonderful forest that I didn’t want to leave.

A Lack of Scenery and Signage on the Trail

July 2018

My first visit to Sanborn CP was a misadventure in wayfinding and a mismatch of expectations to reality.

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.

We Found a Train, Then We Might Have Gotten Lost

June 2018

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.

History and Horses

June 2018

Famous for its horse stable and history in coffee, what surprised me was this park’s algae-covered toxic newt breeding ground.

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.

Fewer Trees and More Bikes on a Sunny Sunday

May 2018

An easy trip from home, crowded with casual walkers and the occasional cyclist. From the overlook, Silicon Valley stretched out before me.