Good thing when I started this blog I made no promises to update regularly 😛 In my defense I have been working a whole heck of a lot, the holidays happened, and I forgot my camera when Matt and I went camping at Half Moon Bay State Beach (I expect we’ll be back so it may not have been a total loss).
Last week I had a day off on Wednesday so I decided to climb up to Mission Peak. It’s just one panoramic view of the bay the entire way up, and then you get 360’s at the top. It took me about an hour and a half to climb ~2000 feet, which is impressive when the hiking book (Moon’s California Hiking– it’s most excellent) says it will take 4 hours to up and back. It was a beautiful day and the photos can only capture a fraction of how nice the view was.
All things considered I’m doing a semi decent job of getting out and seeing the south bay’s open spaces. Aside from what I’ve posted here I’ve been to Purisma Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, Wunderlich County Park, Half Moon Bay State Beach, and the Arastradero Open Space Preserve. *need to remember camera* I’m actually volunteering with some habitat restoration experiments at Arastradero so I’ll be up there and I’ll get some pictures, especially now that things have turned green.
The latest on the “getting out and hiking” front: Last night Matt and I decided that we’re going to try to do overnight or two night backpacking trips a couple times a month. Surprisingly, there are quite a few hike in campgrounds along the peninsula and in the east bay. We have a wonderful book called One Night Wilderness that is all about backpacking in the bay. Most of them are only one to two nights, which makes sense because most of the preserves are on the smaller side and the Bay Area Ridge Trail hasn’t been completed yet. However, there are a few places that can accommodate longer trips: Pt. Reyes, (I spent 5 days there last summer and basically hiked all of it), the Skyline to the Sea trip, Henry Coe State Park and the Ohlone Trail. Needless to say that we’re both excited for having discovered the possibility and feasibility of such adventures. 🙂 Good things to come I hope, and therefore good things to come onto this blog! Cheers!