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A blog about Bay Area hiking…. mostly

A river ran through it

With rain dampening everything last week, it looked like the chance to do much hiking this past weekend would be a washout. But I was hopeful that I would get a chance to use some of my hardly-used rain gear out in the woods somewhere. So I was really heartened when the person organizing the hike I had planned on going sent out a “rain or shine, hell or high water” type of note vowing to trek through the elements… Read More »

A wine-less day in Napa

Cold Canyon Trail, Lake Berryessa, Napa I’m in Napa! First time. Well, not the fancy wine-swirling town but a big lake in Napa County. Looks a lot like some of the lakes and hills around the Southeast. A difficult hike – not overly long, maybe 4-5 miles or so – but a lot of open ground meant little shade. Overall, a rigorous trail. I had to get back home by mid-afternoon to take care of something so I hoofed it… Read More »