Archive for April, 2012

The hiking book: Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area
The distance:
about 3.5 miles
The CityGirls rating:
6

This weekend we had a lovely little wander in the hills of Ireland.

Okay, it wasn’t really Ireland, it was Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve in Marin, but man, it looked and felt a lot like we think Ireland looks and feels (though we’ve never actually been there). There were rolling hills with scattered rocks and occasional clumps of trees. There was a gray sky and lots of wind.

Oh, and there were wildflowers.

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The hiking book: Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area
The distance:
4.5 miles
The CityGirls rating:
4

We finally ventured over into the East Bay for a hike just east of the Piedmont neighborhood of Oakland in Redwood Regional Park. This was a down-and-then-up hike where we started on a ridge, hiked down into a canyon, then back up to the top of the ridge.

The park didn’t have all that many redwoods; they were clearcut in the mid-19th century. Only one old-growth redwood remains in the Oakland Hills. We did see stands of second generation redwoods in the bottom of the canyon. The second-generation trees grow from the roots of the old ones, so today we see circles of redwoods.

View of Mt. Diablo

While there weren’t too many redwoods on our hike, there was an abundance of puppums. (For those unfamiliar with the CityGirls’ lexicon, the term puppum refers to any dog, but particularly the cute ones.)

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From America’s Great Outdoors photo blog:

Arches National Park in Utah is stunning, and someplace we’ve wanted to go hiking for years now.

Arches National Park preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, like the world-famous Delicate Arch, as well as many other unusual rock formations. In some areas, the forces of nature have exposed millions of years of geologic history. The extraordinary features of the park create a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures that is unlike any other in the world.”
From National Park Service

It’s so cool! The arches, spires and massive fins of rock. The reds and oranges of the desert rock. We totally want to go hiking there sometime.