I went south to escape mid-July heat, and discovered a wonderful forest that I didn’t want to leave.
My first visit to Sanborn CP was a misadventure in wayfinding and a mismatch of expectations to reality.
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.
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.
Famous for its horse stable and history in coffee, what surprised me was this park’s algae-covered toxic newt breeding ground.
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.
An easy trip from home, crowded with casual walkers and the occasional cyclist. From the overlook, Silicon Valley stretched out before me.