I have always enjoyed my visits to Pinnacles, I’ve been there six times now, three on each side. It’s has some amazing terrain. The price you pay is dealing with high temperatures and steep climbs. This time it seemed more lush and green than the last coupe of times, we had some late rains, however… Read More Pinnacles High Peak Trail
Ever have a long hot day in The Palo Alto / Redwood City area? Just 20-30 minutes West on 84 is a huge County Park, which not only has the benefit of shade from the redwoods, it will often be soaked in the evening most I believe this area had extensively been harvested for lumber,… Read More Sam MacDonald Midweek
There is something magical about a ghost town, watching nature taking over, looking at how quickly we are replaced. Most people think of ghost towns as something a long way away, but English Camp is right here on the edge of Silicon Valley. It’s a 3.5 mile round trip, with 900′ climb along either a… Read More Almaden Quicksilver County Park
This is my second visit here. We were apparently door busters, but it soon started filling up. I’ll be giving a full report at some point, but for now, just know that they have great beer selections, and the food is good. This is an unusual tasting room in so far as is at the… Read More The Rake
There are plenty of places to go for an urban hike. In the UK there is always a canal towpath, city walls, or old railway. You can also just explore the architecture of a city. One source of hiking space in the bay area are the reclaimed landfills, as in your local Mt. Trashmore. These… Read More Trash Talking Urban Hikes
We all hear how Yosemite Valley had a twin, matching it in beauty, but sacrificed to the water needs of San Francisco. We never hear that the valley is still open to visitors, with plenty of camping and hiking right there. I took an off-season, midweek jaunt there, and was pleasantly surprised by a lightly… Read More Hetch Hetchy Adventure
As promised, last Monday was a day of exploring, and I tried new (to me) beers in a newish craft beer bar in Dublin. Just off Dublin Blvd on Village Parkway, you will find Three Sheets. There’s only a couple of parking spaces out front, but there seems to be a small parking lot behind… Read More Three Sheets – A watering hole in Dublin, CA
Hopefully I’ll have some new content for you all soon. Today I’m heading out to try a new Mid-Peninsula hiking trail with one friend. This evening heading to a Tri-Valley microbrewery to catch up with some old friends.
Yay I just added another page to my website’s drinking venues page. I’ve been trying to find time to add, hopefully this is the start of a trend.
So, ever the optimist, I stopped in to the brewery to see if they had it yet. And yes, but only on tap, and I had no growlers! Still I had a taste, and it’s like a cider. Apparently they ferment the apples using ale yeast, and you get a scrumpy flavor, but on the… Read More Sparkale – are you sure it’s not a cider?