Come Hike Tanbark Trail in Little Basin Sept 28

Please join me this Sunday for a hike on the lovely Tanbark Trail among the redwoods in Little Basin.  I’ll be bringing up the rear of this leisurely 2 mile jaunt with a Sempervirens group.   You get to see the beauty of Little Basin before it becomes a state park.  Right now, the only way to get in is to come on one of these hikes — or join Sempervirens, POST, or HP.    The hike is free, parking is $6 per car.  Click here to sign up and get more details.

Hiking Windy Hill

Last weekend in Windy Hill Open Space Preserve we saw a baby rattlesnake, two birds of prey, rabbits, lizards, and stellar (blue) jays.  I’m on a personal mission to identify the birds — one may be a young golden eagle, the other a ferruginous hawk.  I’m inspired to find out even though I’ve never been much of a birder before.  We also saw the oak-studded golden hills of the open space and panoramic views of Portola Valley (follow link to see view in 2nd pic).   Its very dry now as we near the end of summer and it hasn’t rained in months and months.   Here’s a pic from last spring:

Oak at Base of Windy Hill

Oak at Base of Windy Hill

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Millcreek Canyon Hike

This is the first of three posts for yesterday’s diverse activities in Salt Lake City.  We started things off with a short hike in nearby Millcreek Canyon in Wasatch National Forest.

One of the nicest things about Salt Lake City is the proximity of the mountains.  A quick surf of the web showed a fine-looking hike up Alexander Basin in Millcreek Canyon.   Happily Garmin made it easy to find the way — plotting a new course after finding freeway ramps closed and bringing us back by way of Jamba Juice…but I get ahead of the story.  

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