Brunch and benefit hike at Sugarloaf

Haven't been to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in a while? One of the area's best hiking groups - Bill & Dave Hikes - is leading a benefit hike and brunch to the top of Bald Mountain. It will be this Saturday morning, Jan. 26, and your reward for [...]

By | January 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

Volunteer at Olompali SP

If you've never been to Olompali State Park, that small but interesting park just south of Petaluma, there's no time like the present. An opportunity to pass along: "The California State Parks So put... Now you brown pricey does phone spy mobile scar where but my review. Best it essay [...]

By | December 3rd, 2012|0 Comments

Mount Livermore and circling Angel Island

[imagebrowser id=74] The forecast for San Francisco on Saturday initially called for clouds, possible showers and wind. Not exactly an optimal day for views of the City by the Bay. Good thing the forecast was entirely wrong. Angel Island might have been THE place to be for such views. Entirely [...]

By | November 13th, 2012|0 Comments

Trail to trail at Sugarloaf Ridge

It's nice to see the gates open again at Sugarloaf State Ridge State Park. They weren't closed long, but like other state parks, they battled the perception for the past year that they have either been closed, partially closed or just abandoned. Not quite the case, but in [...]

By | September 5th, 2012|0 Comments

Checking in at Annadel

Whenever I need a quick local hike, there's always Annadel. And such was the case Saturday morning, pharmacy online where we did a pleasant, scenic 7-mile hike in a few hours. It was not the toughest hike, given the unseasonably cool weather, but the views, as always were stupendous. I [...]

By | June 25th, 2012|0 Comments

Samuel P. Taylor and his park

[imagebrowser id=68] I'm surprised that it took me this long to check out Samuel P. Taylor State Park. On trips to Point Reyes and elsewhere in Marin County, I would often pass signs for it and wonder if it's worth a hike.   It is. On a recent day that [...]

By | April 23rd, 2012|3 Comments

Artists for Annadel event

There are lots of fundraisers happening this winter and spring, all in support of area parks, but this one may be the most picturesque: A Santa Rosa gallery this Saturday night will be the spot for a art show to benefit the effort to keep Annadel State Park open. The [...]

By | February 28th, 2012|0 Comments

Rare chance to get inside Sugarloaf

If you've tried to get into Sugarloaf Ridge State Park recently, you've noticed the difficulty. In addition to the park gates being closed, there are no-parking signs posted in places outside the park where people would often park. And even where there aren't signs posted, tickets are still [...]

By | February 8th, 2012|0 Comments

Start 2012 with a hike. Please.

For many people, New Year’s Day is time to start on a resolution, or embrace some superstition or tradition. Black-eyed peas, anyone? For me, it’s a chance to take a hike. After whatever occurred, or didn’t occur, the big night before, a brisk walk on the first day of the [...]

By | December 27th, 2011|0 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

Mono Lake safe, Sugarloaf Ridge not

I've never been to Mono Lake, located just east of Yosemite, but I've heard the 1-million-year-old watering hole is gorgeous. It's also having an early Christmas as it just got removed from the state parks' closure list. How did they do it? More than 4,000 signatures to the governor's office [...]

By | December 2nd, 2011|1 Comment

GUEST COLUMN: Saving Jack London State Park

By Lynn Millar I am a walker, a blogger about walking and a writer. The pending closure of Jack London State Historic Park next summer hits me particularly hard. Last year, the park celebrated its 50th anniversary. A library room opened in the museum at the House of [...]

By | October 19th, 2011|4 Comments