Things are picking up at work so I haven’t had as much time, but I’ve still managed to get out. Rancho San Antonio is the closest open space area to where I’m living (a mere 20 minutes away compared with upwards of 40 minutes) and it’s quite nice. I’ve been there twice so far and plan on going back even though I’ve already hiked most of the trails there. Some trails go up to the top of a ridge with nice views of Palo Alto and the south bay as well as others that hang out at lower elevations, passing by an old farm that is now being used as an educational center, still complete with a garden, barn and pigs and goats. The trails are wide and relatively devoid of debris, which as I’m finding out is about normal for the bay area and not what I’m used to. Autumn is passing through and it’s stripping the vegetation, but there is some beauty left. Oh and there is a lot of wildlife- tame black-tailed deer, squirrels, chipmunks, bushtits, sparrows, crows, hawks, salamanders and woodpeckers. Last time I was there I saw an acorn woodpecker and a newt. 😀 Ok I’m not good at describing places in words. Pictures are better.
Exploring the South Bay: Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve