I just like the feel of gravel under my feet.
In this case, the gravel is at San Antonio Valley Ranch.
This Nature Conservancy property is on the way to becoming an ecological preserve. It is home to a herd of elk — no photos sorry. But elk! Just over the hill to the east of silicon valley!
On a recent hike around Shoreline, caught a view of Google HQ from the weeds:
Castle Rock is a park on the edge in two respects:
- It sits right up at the top of Skyline and drops steeply to the southwest, giving expansive views of the redwood forest out to Monterey Bay
- Its on and off and on the closure list of state parks, which means you might want to check out those views while you still can.
On Feb 26, I acted as the sweep for a Sempervirens Fund hike around the Saratoga Gap and Ridge Trails. Hike leader Scott Peden snapped excellent photos, including a panel of wildflowers. He also got a great shot of the woodpecker we saw.
Here’s Scott pointing out all the land across the San Lorenzo watershed — half of which is scheduled for closure in July if it can’t find funding.
When you visit Castle Rock State Park, I just have one request: Please pony up for parking or buy a parks pass. Your dollars count towards keeping the parks open and maintained.
While in the area for the Traders Expo Dallas, I stepped off the beaten path and back in time during a visit to the Fort Worth Live Stock Exchange. I’d arrived too late in the day to see the actual livestock but outside found some of childhood’s favorites: Coin-op ponies!
You can clearly see their different personalities. Look at this perky pet:
This guy is looking a little stressed out:
And check out this serious worker pulling the cart. He’s a far cry from the comical cow in the background. As a kid I wouldn’t have been caught dead riding that cow.
THIS is my idea of a serious steed:
Here’s why: a real stirrup.
The 911 memorial is under construction, but meanwhile we have this one:
Of interest to traders and train riders:
The subway mosiac leads to NYSE behind protective fences:
No tours of the exchange, so back on the train:
NASDAQ on Times Square:
Finally, a little rest and refreshment in the room:
So rather than ski the mega-steeps, I got to photograph them from afar. Here is The Brink – the steep run on the top right – a favorite from last year.
Its was tough (sarc): 11 inches of new snow on my birthday and I had to ski green groomers. At least the cake was good!