The Thursday Picture -Green & Gray

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Today’s Thursday Picture was taken on the Tony Look Trail in Stevens Creek County Park.  I like the bright green of spring against the gray of winter in this picture.

This is my first hike as part of the “PixInParks” challenge.  The “Magnificent Seven” make up the hikes in the Pix in Parks challenge…

They are:

Lookout Point in Villa Montalvo Park

Tony Look Trail in Stevens Creek County Park

John Nicholas Trail in Sanborn County Park – a great hike that I’ve done before.

Merry Go Round to Ridge Trail in Mount Madonna Park

Mummy Mountain Trail in Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch Park

Longwall to Little Llagas in Calero County Park

Hotel Trail to Snell Trail in Joseph D. Grant County Park

I’m really looking forward to exploring the “Magnificent Seven!”

 

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

 

 

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Buzzards Roost and the 52 Hike Challenge

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I can see the finish line.  It’s kind of like standing on the trail looking up at the summit.  In this picture, the summit is reaching Buzzard’s Roost at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.  The hike to Buzzard’s Roost is a fairly challenging 5 mile round trip hike with well over 1,000 feet of elevation gain.

Challenging….but, not too crazy.  This hike is similar to the 52 Hike Challenge.  The 52 Hike Challenge can be as challenging as you make it.  I’m lucky….I live in Northern California where there are many different trails from crazy tough, like the Mission Peak Trail  or, hiking in Pinnacles National Park  to great hikes that are a short drive from downtown San Jose in the Santa Rosa Open Space.

The point is, to #OptOutside.  I’m so close…three hikes to go!

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

 

Hike 30 – “Look UP”

Hike 20 – “I Like Big Rocks” 

The Thursday Picture -Tunnel View: A Look Back

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Tunnel View, Yosemite Valley, around 1960.

The Thursday Picture this week was taken by my grandfather, Dale Lackey.  I’m thinking that this easily recognizable landmark was taken on a family trip to Yosemite sometime around 1960.  The more things change…

Yes, our family has been taking trips to Yosemite for a long time.  You might even say that when we are asked to #FindYourPark, Yosemite National Park is on the top of our list!  Which reminds me, I am way overdue for a trip to Yosemite National Park!

Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m Over the Hill.

 

 

Look Up

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The Weekly Photo Challenge:  Look Up

I consider myself very lucky.  I love the outdoors and have so many great places to hike here in Northern California.  But, sometimes, I catch my “Engineer Brain” focusing on how many miles I’ve hiked, or which trail to explore on the map.

Occasionally, I catch myself doing too much of this…

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When, I should….well, look up.

I completed my 30th hike of the 52 Hike Challenge (see, there is my Engineer brain…LOL!) this past Sunday at California’s first state park.  Located only a little over an hour from San Jose/Silicon Valley, Big Basin Redwoods State Park is located in the heart of Redwood Country.  It is known for big trees.  Really big trees!

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Coast Redwoods make their home in many parts of the mountains that surround San Jose/Silicon Valley.  I find it to be interesting that a place that focuses so much on the future is surrounded by Coast Redwoods that are anchored in the past.  I think that it is a good balance.  If you are ever out this way on business or vacation, I strongly urge to take some time to visit Big Basin Redwoods State Park or, Henry Cowell Redwoods Sate Park and….look up.

So, where are you hiking this weekend?

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

 

 

The Thursday Picture – Volcanic Color!

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Today’s Thursday Picture was taken on the Juniper Canyon Trail in Pinnacles National Park in California.  It was breezy all day…nice hiking weather!

With the wildflowers blooming, the native grasses and the volcanic rock, this scene repeated itself for most of the day along the trail.

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Coastal Larkspur – Delphinium decorum

Wildflowers were everywhere!

 

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Bush Poppy – Dendromecon rigida

Thanks to Calflora for the flower identification!

It looks like a busy weekend for me this upcoming weekend.  I don’t know if I will make it out on the trail.  Where are you hiking this weekend?

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

 

The Thursday Picture – Flume Fun


Today’s Thursday Picture was taken on the Flume Trail at St. Joseph’s Hill Open Space Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Located just minutes from downtown Los Gatos, California, this preserve sees heavy use by hikers, bikers and families.  I typically park at Vasona Park and hike the Los Gatos Creek Trail up to St. Joseph’s Hill.  There are some steep sections of trail…so, hiking here can be a good workout.  However the scenery so close to an urban area makes the sweat well worth it!

My hike: A nice 7 mile loop with 650 feet of total elevation gain.  Park at Vasona Lake County Park.  Take the Los Gatos Creek Trail south to the pedestrian bridge at Church St.  Cross the bridge and hike through the parking lot past the historic Forbes Mill.  The Los Gatos Creek East Trail head is located just to the east of Forbes Mill.  Follow this trail that runs parallel to Los Gatos Creek for about 1/2 mile.  The trail will end with a short climb up a hill that leads you to the Town Of Los Gatos’ Novitiate Park.  This park borders St. Joseph’s Hill OSP and the Flume Trail head.  Head south on the Flume Trail for a little over .5 mile and continue to the end of this trail where it intersects the Jones Trail.  Continue south on the Jones Trail for a mile where you will exit the OSP and walk north along Alma Bridge Rd. for .5 mile to Lexington Dam.  Hike down the paved trail that traverses the north side of the dam where it connects back up to the Los Gatos Creek Trail.  Follow the Los Gatos Creek Trail for about 3 miles back to Vasona County Park!  This was hike number 16 of my quest on the 52 hike challenge!

 

Where are you hiking this weekend?

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

The Weekly Photo Challenge – State of Mind

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The Weekly Photo Challenge – State of Mind

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
― John Muir, The Mountains of California

 

We had been in the field most of the day.  Checking the condition of a bridge and a ranch road.  We were figuring out what repairs were needed.  Finally, we stopped for lunch on a crest that overlooked the hills rolling down to the Pacific Ocean…and, to take a deep breath and just look around.

You too can visit the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve …but, entrance to this preserve requires a permit.  Visit the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s Permits page to find out how you can enjoy La Honda Creek OSP.

It looks like rain this weekend in California.  Put on your rain gear and get outside.  Where are you going to hike?

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