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A blog about Bay Area hiking…. mostly

Not your typical honeymoon

Not feeling well, out of money, and seeing his career prospects fading quickly, the newcomer to California needed a break. So he headed to Calistoga thinking the mountain air would rejuvenate him. Plus, it was his honeymoon so what better place to spend it than a Napa Valley excursion. Local history buffs know the story of Robert Louis Stevenson, who turned his bucolic Napa visit into a two-month stay, literally squatting in a cabin on the side of Mount Saint… Read More »

Freestyling in the snow

¬† Mt. St. Helena, Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, Calistoga Crummy weather was in the forecast — rain, but not snow. Only a handful of people showed up, but since I hadn’t been hiking in CA in a few weeks with all my travel, I was determined to get out. Pretty easy at the beginning and then we hit a fire road that led to the top of the mountain. Was very windy and cold at the top. Spectacular views… Read More »