A word of caution here, the full extent of this hike down to Peter’s Creek Loop trail is strenuous. After leaving the junction with Peter’s Creek Loop trail you are faced with a one-mile climb during which you will ascend over 1000 feet. Continue reading “Portola State Park – Peters Creek Loop” »
University Of California – Berkeley
To start the hike park in the lake carpark and walk west along Mount Hamilton Road until you reach the trailhead. This point is easy to spot because the gate immediately adjacent has a blue sign for Berkeley University.
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Have you ever had that experience where two minutes after an encounter you thought of something you should’ve said? Continue reading “Regretting what you didn’t say” »
Early morning rabbit!
If you are in Half Moon Bay and you’d like an alternative to watching the ocean from the beach or wading in the tide-pools, consider a visit to Burleigh Murray State Park.
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A large lay-by overlooks Mono Lake. It’s August, early evening, and the sun is beginning to slip down in the west behind the mountains. A Ford Mustang pulls in and stops. The roof folds back. A man in his thirties gets out of the car and walks away into the gorse bushes above the lay-by. Continue reading “Son Petit Derrière” »
We’re traveling home from a walk along the lake in Sly Park. As the VW Micro Bus follows the twisting road up the hill we can’t help but lean first to one side and then the other.
It was definitely a journey to be belted in to your seat, but in spite of this our fellow passenger insisted on taking the lookout position…..
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The early morning was still cool but you could feel that the day was going to be hot. In the car park there is one other car that belonged to bird watchers who arrived long before I did.
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The way in
The first half of the trail is a fire-road that takes you gradually up to Sandy Point overlook. On the early part of the trail you find the explantation of the area history and how the logging industry was prevalent here 100 years ago. Hard to imagine there was so much industrialization, saw mill, railway etc, in what is now a thickly wooded area – nature as an irresistible force, always lurking in the background waiting for when civilization drops its guard. Continue reading “Nisene Marks” »