Saturday, May 19, 2018
I did an 8 mile loop at Monte Bello today to catch some wildflowers. I recently bought a pair of binoculars, so I took those along with me. I was able to use the binoculars (and a birding app) to identify a Stellar Jay, a Spotted Towhee, and an Acorn Woodpecker. Plus I watched some Turkey Vultures soaring for a while. Overall I'm pretty stoked about the binoculars, definitely a good decision.
Monday, May 14, 2018
This is a short hike which is very close to SF. I found it on bahiker.com within a list of the best wildflower hikes. I knew that the wildflowers in the Bay Area have been blowing up lately, so I figured we would give this one a try. We were really impressed with this hike. Huge variety of flowers, lots of them, short distance from SF, and not that well trafficked on a weekend. One thing to note is that the flowers were mostly in the first half of the loop if going clockwise. You could do a condensed version of this hike, and still see some really good stuff.
|Eileen found this weird fruit growing on the trail. |
It has the size and shape of a lemon, the skin color of a watermelon, and spikes.
Friday, May 11, 2018
I was up in Napa at a work retreat. After hanging out by the pool for a few hours, I had to get moving. The concierge at the hotel recommended that I check out this park. I did a 7 mile loop, and was almost late getting back for dinner. I would have loved to stay out longer. There were some really cool trails out there. I liked the overgrown ones the best. Lots of great wildflowers. Hardly any people besides a few mountain bikers.
Monday, May 7, 2018
I did the "waterfall loop" yesterday, which ended up being about 13+ miles. I got a late start, and hurried to beat sunset. In the end, I had plenty of time, and could have taken it a little easier.
|So many Redwoods. I've never seen so many.|
|Banana slugs are cool.|