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Go NOW – Springtime Splendor

April 3, 2013 by  
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Mt. Tam in the Springtime – after a rain – hillsides COVERED with color ~  show-stopping splendor (forgive my little point and shoot – click on any photo to enlarge, click back button to return to post): Coastal trail is alive with flowers right now – hillsides of purple lupine.   Near Rock Springs we see […]

Late Spring Hiking & Exploring

May 10, 2012 by  
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Some photos from this past week.   This morning we started our hike from Muir Woods.  We saw a mama deer and 2 fawns trotting down the stream – yes, in the middle of the stream that winds thru Muir Woods.  The photos are lousy – but if you click to enlarge, you’ll see that they’re […]

Spring Flowers, April 2012

April 26, 2012 by  
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Spectacular year for irises, literally hillsides full of flowers – the best year I’ve ever seen!  We’ve been enjoying the abundance from recent rains. …and others – vetch, mallow & manzanita bells (the ground was so white with bells, it looked like snow). It’s so much easier to look around and enjoy this abundance when […]

PoleWalking: Floral Adventure with Trekking Poles

September 2, 2011 by  
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Jayne LOVES her poles.  Today we visited the Dahlia Garden at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Me with my new camera (learning) and Jayne with her trusty trekking poles. They help her stride along the paths and give her more UMPH! As always, click on any photo to enlarge and click the back button […]

Summer Flower Power

July 26, 2011 by  
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As the summer flowers bloom, we are both delighted and careful to check for ticks.  Crawling around in the grass to get photos means checking carefully afterwards. If you’re not wearing gaiters, tuck your pant legs into your socks.  Check yourself and your buddies.   Check again before you get into your car. Make sure your […]

Flower Power: One of the joys of Hiking with Buddies (and poles)

June 20, 2011 by  
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Ring Mountain in Marin County is home to a very special (and indigenous) flower.  Right now is the time to see some beautiful flowers.   But look closely because it’s easy to walk right by the stunning Tiburon Mariposa Lilly.  Click on any photo to enlarge and press back button to return to post. Easy, short […]

Biking and Nordic Walking in the Bay Area: Crystal Springs Reservoir

This lovely locale is easily accessible, paved the entire way with gently rolling hills along a beautiful reservoir.  For bikers:  do this Mon-Fri.  Weekends are too busy with walkers for biking. This is a great biking option year-round.  In Springtime, there’s an amazing array of flowers.   Bring your binocs – you never know what you […]

Hike Planning: How to plan a great hike?

May 11, 2011 by  
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What makes a good hike?  Please weigh in on this.  Is it – as many buddies have said –   “one where everyone has a good time” ?  That’s a good goal, but my take is quite different:  A good hike is one where everyone gets back to the cars safe and sound. But what […]

Northern CA Springtime Flowers

April 3, 2011 by  
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We’re enjoying the burst of Springtime flowers, as you can see.   You really want to click on both of these flowers to see the detail: Note to my hiking buddies: Can you really tell me that the Calypso Orchid (a/k/a Swabbie) does NOT look like a pirate?   Aye, Matie!  Shiver me timbers!   Walk the deck […]

Flowers of Spring: Happy Hiking and Flower Counting Rules

March 14, 2011 by  
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Each season brings new magic to hikers.  I especially love the FungusAmongus and Newts of Winter and  the emergence of Spring.  It’s wonderful to see the flowers blooming as the days lengthen and the season unfolds.  Like familiar friends, we celebrate each new arrival. The hillsides are green in Northern California.  Spring has sprung!  We […]

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