The Thursday Picture – Mountain Creek amongst Redwoods


This week’s Thursday picture was taken at Thornewood Open Space Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California.  Just a short drive from Palo Alto, this small OSP is another quick get away for folks living in Silicon Valley to easily escape their cubicles and walk among the Redwoods.

This was also my first hike of 2015.  As you may recall in one of my earlier posts, one of my goals for 2015 was to hike in any of the Mid Peninsula Regional Open Space District lands that I have not explored yet.  This was my first time hiking in Thornewood OSP and, although the trails are relatively short, I had a great time hiking through some second growth redwoods and meeting a lot of fellow hikers who brought along their four legged friends.  Yes, Thornewood OSP is a dog friendly park!

So, if you’re near Palo Alto and want to take Rex for a nice hike through the woods, I would highly recommend Thornewood OSP!


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

“I only went out for a walk…, for going out, I found, was really going in.”- John Muir

1-Whitney Trail

I’m just not one of those people who stands up on a table on New Year’s Eve and loudly makes big resolutions for the coming year.

However, I am a believer in publishing my goals for the year and posting them in public…so that my friends can hold my feet to the fire when I haven’t posted about another hike in a while.

I would also like to acknowledge Sue’s Trail Hiker blog for writing entertaining posts about hiking in California and for giving me the idea to keep track of my training hikes.  If you know me well at all, I will some times choose a big bowl of rocky road ice cream over a 4 mile hike on a “cold and stormy night.” Ha!

For 2015, I will hike at least 20 times for a total of 120 miles and complete at least 20 “training” hikes around my neighborhood at the base of the Sierra Azul Mountains here in Northern California.  I will also venture further out into the East Bay and up the San Francisco Peninsula to discover more trails, take more pictures, and write more about my adventures.  Finally, I would also like to hike in any OSP of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District that I have not yet visited and explore more trails in the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority lands!

I agree with Mr. Muir, for going out, I have found, I am really going in.

Where are you hiking this weekend?

Lots of trails in Mt San Jacinto State Park!  Signpost at 9700 feet

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