Monthly Archives: December 2013

Tribute to Jack English (Pine Valley, Ventana, Chews Ridge, Carmel Valley & Pacific Grove road trip)

Back on December 12th and 13th we were having some glorious California sunshine and I decided to head to the Los Padres National Forest. Visiting the cabin of Jack English, in Pine Valley, has been on my to-do list for … Continue reading

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Specialized Bicycle Museum, Morgan Hill, CA (~82 mile R/T)

A few weeks back I had a brief Twitter exchange with Specialized Bicycles (@IAmSpecialized) and discovered they have a small museum in their lobby…which just happens to be about 2 miles from one of my “destination brewpubs” http://www.eltorobrewing.com/ Despite the … Continue reading

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Black Diamond Mines – NorCal’s coal mining history, Nov 20, 2013

Back a few weeks ago I carpooled with a retired friend from San Jose up to Antioch California to visit Northern California’s former coal mining district. http://www.ebparks.org/parks/black_diamond Moderate rain was in the forecast on that wednesday, but we had planned … Continue reading

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And so it begins…the huge new Apple “Spaceship” campus

The huge Apple “Campus 2” was fully approved a few weeks ago by the City of Cupertino. Steve Jobs’ presentation to the City Council was his last public appearance back on June 7, 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtuz5OmOh_M 4 stories, 2.8 million square … Continue reading

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Mission Peak – Silicon Valley’s “big hike for beginners”

One of the dominant peaks surrounding Silicon Valley is “Mission Peak” above Fremont California. http://www.ebparks.org/parks/mission It’s very popular, accessible, and easy to navigate (just follow the other lemmings 😉 ). The ~2000 foot vertical hike provides impressive views of the … Continue reading

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My own “23 Essentials” for comfort and survival

Ever since I was a wee Boy Scout I’ve heard of the “10 essentials”. This list comprises items that would be helpful, (or “essential”) in case an outing doesn’t go as planned. They would help make an unplanned overnight or … Continue reading

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