2015 Hiking Challenge – How am I doing?

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View from a new trail at the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve which is part of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority.

I usually take a short break around the All Star Game to see how I am doing on my hiking goals for the year:

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!

Well, so far, I would have to give myself a B-…

I’ve completed 10 hikes for a total of 53.76 miles.  I’ve also completed 12 “training hikes” in the hills above our neighborhood.  I’ve concentrated on visiting some of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District OSP’s that I’ve never hiked in to date.  Cool preserves like, Thornewood OSP

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To the Pinnacles National Park

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However, I have yet to hike in the East Bay or up the Peninsula.  I’ve also struggled with some of my photography.  I never seem to get the light correct…and, sometimes, I am just not too happy with any of my pictures.  But, I am continuing to get out there with my trusty Nikon D40 and snap away nearly every weekend…I think that I am slowly improving.

For the second half of the year, I will be trying to venture out more to explore the trails in the East Bay and up the San Francisco Peninsula.

I am most appreciative of all of your comments and of the help provided by WordPress and my classmates in the Blogging 201 course.

So, look for a wider variety of hiking posts for the remainder of the year.

As always, if you’re looking for me, I’m Over the Hill.

The Thursday Picture – Good Day Sunshine

Good Day Sunshine

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.

The Thursday Picture – Bermuda Buttercup

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Today’s Thursday Picture was taken on Hike Number 2 this year at St. Joseph’s Hill Open Space Preserve.  The Oxalis Pes-Caprae is a non-native species that made it’s way to California sometime in the past.  Pretty flower that is listed as an invasive plant.  Think of them as “flower gangs” messing up the neighborhood.  I’m always tempted to grab some of these and pull ’em out of the ground.  Of course, I never do…I guess that I will have to volunteer at one of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s “get rid of non invasive plants workdays!”

Where are you hiking this weekend?

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

Three Writing Goals for 2015

As part of a course that I am taking, Blogging 201, I am challenged to post three goals for I’m Over The Hill for 2015:

1) Improve my outdoor photography skills…so that I am happy with the quality of photos I take!

2) Re-Blog a post from one of the outdoor blogs I follow once a month.

3) Triple the number of followers by Memorial Day

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Let’s see what else I discover while I’m on the Blogging 201 path…

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