Today’s Thursday Picture, although a bit late, was taken at the Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve off of Skyline Boulevard, in the mountains just west of San Jose/Silicon Valley.
Of course, here I am looking at one of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Districts excellent trail maps. I also hike frequently in the Santa Clara County Park System and in the California State Parks. Both of these agencies produce excellent trail maps also.
Occasionally, I see other hikers who don’t seem to know how to read a map. They are usually younger and had intended to rely on their cell phone GPS. Unfortunately, even in many of the parks and preserves in the mountains above urban areas, there is no, or spotty, cell phone coverage!
Personally, my Dad showed me how to read a map waaayyyy back when I was a Boy Scout. So, I’ve always been comfortable finding my way. I worry about those folks I run into who are so connected to their phones that they are lost – literally lost – without them.
Where are you hiking this weekend?
If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.