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New bacteria, Lyme-like, found in ticks around Bay Area

A new Stanford University study has found ticks in a dozen Bay Area parks that are carrying a mysterious bacteria that is an offshoot of Lyme disease.

By | February 19th, 2014|3 Comments

Dogs, hikes, trees, and miscellany

Monday's snow aside (yes, Virginia, it did snow in Sonoma County - see photos here), the hiking trails around the North Bay are getting crowded these days. No surprise, given the early mustard blooms and other things starting to come to life. In contrast from some of my mega-hikes of [...]

By | February 20th, 2013|2 Comments

John Wayne, Chinese shrimpers and a great view

More than a century ago, a tiny alcove on San Pablo Bay near San Rafael was a bustling shrimping village. Hundreds of people from the Guangdong province of China had settled in the area, and were busy catching and selling shrimp. Of course, that didn't last for long, but amazingly, [...]

By | December 6th, 2011|2 Comments

Petaluma Adobe and other parks miscellany

Much of the attention over state parks closures has focused on a few popular spots, but there are many others around the North Bay that are also shutting down by next summer. And some have already trimmed their hours significantly, so if you’re looking for a new, but close to [...]

By | September 30th, 2011|2 Comments

Go Giants! (and help state parks too)

In perhaps the feel-good promotion of the summer, the Giants are having a Grateful Dead tribute day in a few weeks as a fundraiser for some Bay Area nonprofits. One beneficiary will be the efforts to keep state parks in grapefruit juice and viagra Sonoma, Marin and San Francisco counties [...]

By | July 11th, 2011|0 Comments