Monthly Archives: October 2013

What the Boy Scouts mean to me

It saddens many people to hear of the “Goblin Valley Vandals” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/18/goblin-valley-boy-scout-leaders-destroy-rock_n_4122488.html )…both those who have been associated with the Boy Scouts of America, and those who simply love the natural wonders of our parks. It’s unfortunate that the headlines … Continue reading

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The Western Spine of Silicon Valley: Black Mountain (Montebello Open Space) to Alice’s Restaurant

From down in Silicon Valley, the Santa Cruz Mountains separate the valley from the Pacific Ocean. From a distance it can look ominous. Up close you’ll see homes, a rock quarry, a few wineries, and some towers on Black Mountain … Continue reading

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Bikepacking Shakedown Cruise: Equipment & Gear Thoughts

Loaded 80 pound rig, near the top of Mt. Sizer. Panniers, tent, sleeping bag inside a trash bag, and a small Osprey Daylite backpack (and a sun hat near the handlebars, which fit snugly under my helmet): My first real … Continue reading

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Bikepacking Henry Coe State Park. Day 3: Mississippi Lake to HQ, via Poverty Flat

Last day! The direct route back to Henry Coe HQ, and my car, was similar to my 2 previous days: roughly 12 miles, including one huge climb and lotsa smaller ones. Dawn on the hills, from camp: I packed-up a … Continue reading

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Bikepacking Henry Coe State Park. Day 2: Bear Mountain and Mississippi Lake

With about 12 hours from sunset to sunrise, I had plenty of time in my tent to watch the Milky Way through the netting in my tent roof (I did not use the rain fly) and to be woken by … Continue reading

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Bikepacking Henry Coe State Park. Day 1: Mt Sizer and Arnold Horse camp

A juvenile stuffed “kitty” in the Visitor’s Center The pieces of my budding interest in “bikepacking” finally came together this past week. I purchased my first mountain bike in late 2010 because I wanted to go further into the huge … Continue reading

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Mt Diablo: First time in 20 years, just after the 3100 acre fire

The last time I had been to Mt Diablo, which looms over the area just southeast of San Franciso, was over 20 years when I didn’t wander far from the car. This time, one of my hiking accomplices and I … Continue reading

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