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Henry Coe Backcountry Weekend
At the end of April, every year, there is a chance to drive into the east side of the massive http://www.coepark.net After the record rainfall this past winter, I heard this is the first time in 16 years that the … Continue reading
Ooohh! A Semi-Secret Death Valley Cabin!
Got lucky, and secured this cabin on thursday, and stayed five nights.
Skidoo Mine, Death Valley
This one is definitely on the map! 9 miles of unpaved road to get there, but easy for any vehicle.
Secret Mine in Death Valley
It’s not on the official map, and it’s less than two easy miles from the pavement! I saw pics and some location hints on Facebook, and figured it out! That’s it! It’s an easy walk in Death Valley. Further info … Continue reading
Biggest snow since 1976!
Biggest snow in the Silicon Valley hills decades! I started my hike in the rain, at Rhus Ridge. (463 feet elevation) Walked up, thru new snow …up to Black Mountain summit, at 2812 feet. …where there was 8 inches of … Continue reading
Champion Spark Plug Mine
Way up on the side of a mountain, near Bishop, CA, is a former mine and mining camp. The Champion Spark Plug mine operated from about 1920 to 1942. They mined a rare mineral, known as Andalusite. Andalusite enabled Champion … Continue reading
Pinot Noir picking on the hottest day, above Monterey Bay (does that rhyme?)
One of advantages of my cycling club is networking! In this case, several of us were helping a club member pick about 600 pounds of Pinot Noir grapes, back on September 7th. We started at 7AM, on the hottest day … Continue reading
Half Moon Bay by bike again
Back about 7 years ago, I did my first bikepack to the hiker/cyclist site at Francis Beach. https://alpharoaming.com/2015/08/02/bicycle-camping-bikepacking-half-moon-bay-via-kings-mountain-road-purisima-creek/ A few days ago, I did it again for about the 4th time! It was about 95 degrees as we chugged up … Continue reading
Henry Coe – Arnold Horse Camp & Bear Mountain Peak
Michael and I took advantage of the unusually cool weather to do a two night backpacking trip into Henry W. Coe State Park. Arnold Horse Camp was our base camp. The water there was intermittently dripping, but enough to keep … Continue reading
Preston’s Candy: 75 years in Burlingame
I recently read about this 75 year old candy store, which I’d never heard of before! https://www.sfgate.com/food/article/Bay-Area-Prestons-Candy-faces-closure-17152476.php They’ve been in downtown Burlingame, in the same spot for generations. I decided to pay them visit! Besides being interested in local history, … Continue reading