“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark” John Muir


Well, I certainly got a good look at my part of the world in 2014. I started off back on January 20, 2014 with my first hike of last year at Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains here in California. If you follow my blog, you will know that my goal for 2014 was to hike at least 20 times for a total of 100 miles. I chose to reduce the number of hikes because our youngest daughter was selected for a club volleyball team back in November, 2013. Her volleyball tournaments take up a good number of weekends that I may otherwise be hiking. Although, I really enjoy sitting in a gym watching Casie and her teammates fly after volleyballs just as much as I really enjoy sitting on a log watching a red tail hawk fly lazy circles in the sky.

At 3.6 miles, My first hike at Picchetti Ranch was also one of my shortest hikes. I did spot a coyote…which I considered a good omen for the year! I did not spot any mountain lions…which were spotted at this OSP later in 2014.  I was lucky enough to see all sorts of critters in 2014…like this beast spotted at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park:

Banana Slug Pursima Creek Redwoods OSP

I wrote about my favorite trail snack in 2014…my PB&J on Whole Wheat!

Thursday Picture

I also traveled to Southern California in 2014 and hiked to the summit of Mt. San Jacinto.   At 10,834 feet, this would be the highest elevation that I reached in 2014.  The trail to get to the summit and back is a long 13 mile round trip hike. Normally, I am struck by the altitude sickness bug…but, this year, after much research, I planned ahead, took regular water breaks, and felt fine at the summit.  Here I am taking a break about 1 mile from the summit.


I was nearly eaten alive in 2014 by mosquitoes at Fremont Older OSP back in August…luckily, I still had my stash of bug juice in my pack from hiking in the Sierras!


But, no matter how many bugs that latched on, I kept on hiking and saw some wonderful sights here in California in 2014!







So, where will I go in 2015? I’d like to explore even more of the great trails at the Mid Peninsula Open Space Preserve, the Santa Clara Open Space Authority, the Santa Clara County Parks, the California State Parks, and the National Parks here in California. I think that I will also venture to the East Bay Regional Parks this year…I’m sure my faithful KEEN’s have another several hundred miles left in them!



Hiking Up on the Ridge Trail Hike No 31

As always, if you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill

7 thoughts on ““The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark” John Muir

  1. You are so lucky to have spotted a mountain lion last year!! Hubby and I became hikers 4 years ago and have been hiking once a week ever since (rain or shine) but never once encountered the elusive animal… Several bobcats sightings caused us to skip a heartbeat or two, quickly followed by reality…
    We use the book California Hiking by Tom Stienstra and Ann Marie Brown as our ‘bible’. Maybe you have it on your nightstand already!
    We like your blog a lot. Its title is just spot on.
    Keep hiking and blogging!

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  2. When I lived in Southern California, we did a little hiking. I would never want to run into a mountain lion. One of the things I hate about hiking is the bugs, so I like to go when it starts to get cooler outside. One reason is I am conflicted about wearing poison to repel bugs in the warmer weather. I do use an all natural spray. I’ve never hiked as high an altitude as you did. Kudos. I’d love to follow your hiking journeys. Your photographs are beautiful.

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  3. I love your tag line, I live in southern CA and traveled and hiked in far off places but have never been to northern CA, ironic right?. I’m hoping to do it soon, in the meantime I’ll be following your hikes


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