Back in School!

So, I signed up for a writing class:

“Blogging 101” Through WordPress

Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.

As my profile says, I’m a Trail hiking, volleyball watching, camera toting, outdoor blogging Dad of 3 daughters.  Janet actually encouraged me to write.  I really enjoy hiking and writing.  So, with my daughter Kelley’s help, I set up the Blog in 2013 to chronicle my attempt to hike 40 times in 2013.  I didn’t quite make 40 hikes…but, I did keep on hiking and writing!

I’ve also enjoyed learning about our Nikon D40 and using it to capture sights along the trail.

Why I’m here?  I would like to improve my writing and overall presentation of my hiking blog.


The Thursday Picture – Drops


While the east coast digs out from the white stuff, here in Northern California we are digging the wet weather!

It’s been a tough drought year here in the Golden State. Any rain, like today’s rain, is great to see!

I took this picture at one of my favorite places to hike, Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve. Personally, I enjoy
hiking in the rain. Especially when rain drops have been
and far

Digging the drops.


Mid Peninsula Open Space District –

Where are you hiking this weekend?

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

New Bald Mountain Parking – More Up!

The Mid Peninsula Open Space District recently opened up a new parking area off of Mt. Umunhum Road in the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve. I slept in a bit this morning, so I decided to check out this new area.


The MROSD did a great job on this parking site…check out these retention basins…good use of BMP’s!



Sorry, I’m a Project/Construction Manager…so, I admire a job well done!

I took the short .7 mile hike to the top of Bald Mountain and then the 1+ mile up Mt. Umunhum road up to the preserve boundary. The hike to Bald Mountain is short and flat. This hike is suitable for the whole family. Great views of the Santa Clara Valley from the peak!




The hike up Mt. Umunhum is not recomended for the whole family. In just over a mile, the hike up Mt. Umunhum road climbs approximately 600 feet. The hike is quite steep and mostly in the sun. As one of the bicyclists said when I asked what was up this trail, he said, “More Up!” The hike is steep. But, the views of the old Radar Tower from the former Almaden USAF Station are good as well as the Digger Pines, Manzanita, and the green slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains. I am very excited that in a few years, we will be able to hike up to the top of Mt. Umunhum!




As always, I had a great time hiking in one of the MROSD’s Open Space Preserves!


Where did you hike this weekend?

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

The Thursday Picture – Emerald City


This week’s Thursday Picture was taken on my hike through the Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. My goal for the day was to hike up to the Bald Peaks (at least I think that is what the summit is called!). There is a great view of the southern Santa Clara Valley as well as the Santa Cruz Mountains to the south and the Diablo Range to the east.

As you slowly climb up to the Bald Peaks, part of the Mayfair Ranch Trail travels along Baldy Ryan Creek through a north facing canyon. Now, even though this part of California is suffering through an extended drought, the trail along this canyon was as green as…well, as the Emerald City! It’s been quite a while since I have seen a canyon this green at this time of year before the rainy season starts.

Quite a hike…through the “Emerald City.”


Rancho Canada del Oro OSP –

So, where are you hiking this weekend?

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

Yosemite’s 124th Anniversary


Today commemorates the 124th anniversary of Yosemite National Park, which was signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison on October 1, 1890. The legislation preserved and protected more than 1,500 square miles, including Tuolumne Meadows, the park’s high country, and Hetch Hetchy. Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias were still under the control of the State of California due to the provisions of the Yosemite Grant. However, the combination of the legislation and the existing Yosemite Grant comprised most of Yosemite National Park as it is known today. (From Yosemite National Park’s web site)

I took the photo on a trip to Yosemite with my Dad a few years ago.

Where are you hiking this weekend?

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