Turns out there is a charity challenge to home six Bay Area peaks. I’m not up to the challenge this year, but I thought I’d share the link to the official page.
I was right about this trail, after a short recce I figured that we would spend most of our times in deciduous woods, with the occasional coastal redwood grove. As much as I love eucalyptus, it’s sometimes nice to get to something that feels more real California. Still, all the trees were short, so I don’t know if that’s because of lumber harvesting or a fire back in the 1800s.
Since the trail is called Long Ridge I figured we would get a bit of a view, and I was right, we broke out onto open grassland at the highest points and were rewarded with an ocean view (small patch on the skyline) and ridge after ridge of forest covered hills receding from deep green to a hazy blue of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Thanks to my companions for good conversation, making the hike more enjoyable.
I’m trying a new outdoor hobby! I hear there are also hiking trails at Hollister Hills SVRA, so I might takea look at them too.
An advance party went on a quick reconnaissance to St. George Spirits at Alameda Point today. Those who showed up a bit early found their way into the adjacent building which is Faction Brewing, our local craft brewery. Those of you who have known me a while know that I like The Faction and their beers (Kaiser Soze, Def Con 3, Puddy Porter, Imperial Stout). After the tasting we stopped by The 1400 for a bite to eat.
St.George is not a new company, they’ve been at it since 1982 apparently, and I’ve been a consumer since about 6 years ago. $15 gets a test flight of 6 short pours (about 4 sips per). $20 gets a 40 minute tour of the production area as well as the flight.
Like any good tasting room they know the best sequence to taste, and start with vodka and gin, before moving to brandy, liqueurs and absinth. There were 18 drinks to choose from, the notable offerings today included
- Green Chile Vodka
- Basil Bandy
- Rye Gin Reposado
- Coffee Liqueur
They do mix it up a bit, and rotate out flavours, there has always been something I haven’t tasted before when I’ve gone.
It’ll be some time before I organize a group visit there, but if you are interested, then please drop me a line and I’ll add you to the invite list.
You can tell I’m a rank amateur at this. I recently visited a bar after a hike, and I didn’t get a photo of the bar to add to the review. Silly me. Anyway, the review is on-line now. I promise I’ll do better next time.
So we actually did a more adventurous hike than planned. My knee held up fine, but I did take Tylenol for breakfast.
The weather was excellent, keeping temperatures low enough to hike, and the air was clear so visibility was excellent.
Woodpeckers, wild turkey, stella jays, hawks and ducks. We saw a bunny, found a snakeskin and even saw turtles in the pond. A great hike for nature watching.
Check out this trail on AllTrails.
This is the plan for tomorrow’s hike. Starting at 9:00. I look forward to seeing everyone there. Only 85′ elevation gain, a record low for our group.