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About AlphaRoaming

Random outdoor roaming: hiking, cycling, camping, backpacking & plotting more of the above Grew up on the edges of the Adirondack mountains of New York, just a bit west of Vermont. Now living in Silicon Valley and venturing out when and where I can!

Madrone Soda Springs – Henry W. Coe State Park

On a steep side trail, not far from the HQ of Henry W. Coe State park, is a quiet meadow, by a creek. A few small remnants remain of what was once a hotel and resort. “Madrone Soda Springs” is … Continue reading

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Washouts in the Hills, Flooded Coyote Creek down below!

It’s been about 3 months since my last blog post. Why? Well, three reasons: I’m working 5 days a week now, I’m short of ideas within an hour of home, and the weather has been, um, “interesting”! Below is a photo … Continue reading

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Alma College (aka: Bear Creek Redwoods)

How much do you know about the “Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve”? It’s right off Highway 17 and Bear Creek Road, just above Los Gatos, California. Well…it’s not open to the public yet, but it’s very easy to get … Continue reading

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A Chill in the Air: White Sierra & El Corte de Madera

A chill was in the air here in Silicon Valley this week, unlike any I’d felt since spring. The lack of light coming through the curtains, at my normal wake-up time, told me that summer is passing. On thursday evening … Continue reading

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Flight 802 Memorial Site (Bishop, CA)

I recently enjoyed a 6 day journey around the eastern Sierra, including 2 nights in the higher (cooler) elevations of Death Valley, plus a hike to a 1974 plane crash site. The hike was unexpectedly difficult, due to a navigational … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs is somewhere at Alta Mesa Cemetery (Shirley Temple Black, David and Lucile Packard, and William Shockley)

On my local bicycle rides and hikes I usually try to see something new.  I use topo maps, Geocaching.com, others’ trip reports, and just a bit of exploring trails or roads I’ve not been on before. I recall when Steve … Continue reading

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Return of the Mysterious Headstones!

The Local “San Jose Mercury News” ran an article today with the happy ending of my “Mysterious Headstones” discovery of 2013. http://www.mercurynews.com/scott-herhold/ci_29724209/herhold?source=rss The original blog post: https://alpharoaming.com/2014/09/29/headstones/ Even in busy Silicon Valley, you never know what you might find if you … Continue reading

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