The Thursday Picture – Giant Jacket Giant Redwoods


Our youngest daughter had an English writing assignment that required her to go out into nature and record her observations.

Fortunately, we live close to the Redwoods here in California.  Even though it was a cold and wet day, we decided to go to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to hike among the old growth redwoods.

She found a great “study hall” across from the John C. Fremont tree.  She also borrowed my jacket…it can get cool in the shade of 250 foot tall redwoods!

Where are you doing your homework this week?

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

The Thursday Picture – High Tech and Nature

  Living and hiking in Silicon Valley, I really appreciate how we are able to create the future while appreciating the natural world.  This interpretive sign along the wonderful Los Gatos Creek Trail that travels past gleaming new high tech is a good example.
We can promote business and creativity while also encouraging an appreciation for the outdoors.  Now, I know it can be a challenge to get business, government and citizens to work together.  However, amazing things can be accomplished when we work together.  

Where are you hiking this weekend?

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

The Thursday Picture – Sometimes you just get lucky

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Sometimes, when I’m out hiking, I have problems with the light, with the sun being in the “wrong place,” or with the really interesting shot being just beyond the range of my lens.

And sometimes, when I’m out hiking, I just lift up my trusty Nikon D40, frame my picture, and press down on the shutter with very little adjustment.

Today’s Thursday Picture courtesy of the North Ridge Trail at the Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains above San Jose/Silicon Valley.

Where are you hiking this weekend?

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

The Thursday Picture – Southern Sierra View

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Today’s Thursday Picture was taken from the Tahquitz Peak trail. The views from this trail at about 8,000 feet are fantastic.

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Located in the San Bernardino National Forest and the San Jacinto Wilderness, I took the Devil’s Slide trail from Humber Park up to the Saddle Junction.  From the Saddle Junction, turn south along the Pacific Coast Trail for about 1 1/2 miles.  The trail to the USFS Fire Lookout on the top of Tahquitz Peak is another 1/2 mile up (about an 800 foot climb) where you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Southern California.

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On this day, from the USFS Fire Lookout, I was able to see the top of Catalina Island down to Palomar Observatory in San Diego!

Because this hike is located in a wilderness area, a USFS Wilderness Permit and an Adventure Pass are required.  Both of these can be picked up at the Idyllwild Ranger Station. One of my favorite hikes in the Southern Sierras!

So, where are you hiking this weekend?

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

“Going to the mountains is going home.” – John Muir

20130127 Looking West from Saratoga Gap Trail Hike No 1

20130127 Looking West from Saratoga Gap Trail Hike No 1

Today’s Thursday Picture is from my very first hike that I posted on this blog back in 2013.  As a new year’s resolution, and with a little help from my daughter Kelley, I started my hiking blog, “I’m Over the Hill” to record my hikes and post some pictures of my adventures on the trail.  It was also a way to force me to take the time to exercise by doing something I really enjoy…hiking.

I chose Castle Rock State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California as the location of my first hike.  I wanted to go to the mountains.  I suppose, a little like John Muir, I’ve always felt at home in the mountains.  Although this guy looks a little cold (I was!) before setting out on the trail:

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20130127 Castle Rock Hike No 1

I’m posting pictures from my first hike because I hit a significant milestone today.

“I’m Over the Hill” attracted the 100th follower and also earned the 1,000th “like” today!

Now, I’d like to think that my brilliant prose and my incredible shots had something to do with these achievements.  But, the truth is, when I am able to hike in so many beautiful parks, wilderness areas, and open spaces, it is just not too hard to post something of interest to the outdoor and WordPress communities.

So, I would also like to thank the folks at WordPress’ Daily Post for helping me to polish my writing and photography.

I would also like to thank the following organizations for being great stewards of our land and for providing me with so many beautiful places to explore:

The National Park Service

The Forest Service

The Bureau of Land Management

The California State Parks

The Santa Clara County Parks

The Santa Clara County Open Space Authority

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

I’ve only just begun!  So, are you going home this weekend?

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

 

 

The Thursday Picture – Good Day Sunshine

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Good Day Sunshine

Today’s Thursday Picture was taken at El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  There are 36 miles of trail in the OSP.  On my hike here, I saw a lot of bicyclists and a handful of hikers.  This particular picture was taken on the Resolution Trail which was “named for and dedicated to those who lost their lives on the ill-fated DC-6 airplane that crashed here in October 1953.”  – from the website linked above.

Every day is a good day on the trail…this day, with the sun shining through this forest of oaks and second growth redwoods, was definitely a good one!

Where are you hiking this weekend?

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