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Today’s Thursday Picture was taking last Sunday on my hike at Ravenswood OSP in East Palo Alto.  I’m usually hiking in the mountains surrounding the Silicon Valley.  However, in my quest to hike in every MROSD by the end of 2015, Ravenswood was next on my list.  I’m glad I visited.  Running adjacent to the southern San Francisco Bay, there is a large tidal marsh that is teeming with all sorts of birds like sandpipers, avocets, and the endangered California Clapper Rails.  My knowledge of shore birds is something that I need to improve!

While I was visiting Ravenswood OSP, there was construction of an education center going on at the adjacent Cooley Landing Park, which is part of the City of East Palo Alto.  I’m looking forward to returning later in the year when the center is completed.

The trails at Ravenswood are all flat…and, are very family friendly.  The trails are part of the San Francisco Bay Trail.  From their website: “The Bay Trail is a planned recreational corridor that, when complete, will encircle San Francisco and San Pablo Bays with a continuous 500-mile network of bicycling and hiking trails. It will connect the shoreline of all nine Bay Area counties, link 47 cities, and cross the major toll bridges in the region. date, approximately 338 miles of the alignment–over 67 percent of the Bay Trail’s ultimate length–have been completed.”

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I really liked the special concrete treatment included as part of the walk way around the southern part of Ravenswood OSP.

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If you need a change of pace from the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, I would encourage you to check out Ravenswood OSP.

Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

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