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Trails Challenge 2014 Diary: Marin Headlands Revisited

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Date:  03-24-2014
Distance Completed:  Not Far
Hiking Condition:  Excellent
Distraction from Hiking:  Sea Foam

Today, I decided to revisitthehike I did a weekago, along theedge of the Marin Headlands Coastal Trail wherethecliffstumbleddown into the Pacific Ocean. Butinstead of turningright from Rodeo Beach, I turnedleftandhiked a steepclimb towards Battery Wallace. Fewminuteslater, I wasclose to a jutting promontorywhere cormorants abound. Thescenerywasinsanelybeautifulthat I did not getthatfar. Of course, there wastheview of Rodeo Beach in livingcolor. I had posted pictures of Marine Headlands in my previous blogs, but I saw something amazingthat I have not seen before - sea foam. Thewindcarriedthe sea foam into theair to form a spectaculardisplay of bubbles. I felt like a kidseeing something magicalforthefirsttime, itgave me purejoy. I wentback to my car to getmybig camera, butthatphenomenadid not happenagain. All I wasable to capturewasthe sea foam below thecliff.


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Trails Challenge 2014 Diary: Marin Headlands

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Date:  3-19-2014
Distance Completed:  6 Miles
Trail Condition:  Excellent
Beautiful Distraction:  A Sea and Land in Motion [1]

There'snobetterplace to hike on a beautifuldaysuchtoday than thetrails at the Marin Headlands. Itwasgreat to start along theRodeo Beachandendthere to soak my tiredfeet in thechillywatersanddig my toes inthegray, greenand red pebbleswhilewatchingthebirdsandthe surfers.


I parked in front of thelagoonandcrossedthe Nature Bridge where I saw a bunch of birds, includingplenty of colorful mallards.
They always seemed to come in three (why 2 males and 1 female, I wondered).

I then turned away from the beach to the path that ran along the 'DANGEROUS CLIFFS' sign to the trail marker.  I ascended the narrow paths, patches of wild spring flowers were hard to ignore.
When I reachedthetop of thehill, a beautifulview, theblueoceanandthebrightsky above wereotherdistractions from hiking. I hiked six milesnonetheless. After hiking I wentback to Rodeo Beach to w…

Trails Challenge 2014 Diary: San Francisco Bay Trail, San Leandro

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Date:  03-16-2014
Distance Completed:  4 miles
Date: 03-19-2014
Distance Completed: 3 miles
Trail Condition:  Excellent
Beautiful Distraction from Hiking:  Birds


Bird 
It was passed from one bird to another, the whole gift of the day. The day went from flute to flute, went dressed in vegetation, in flights which opened a tunnel through the wind would pass to where birds were breaking open the dense blue air - and there, night came in.

When I returned from so many journeys,
I stayed suspended and green
between sun and geography -
I saw how wings worked,
how perfumes are transmitted
by feathery telegraph,
and from above I saw the path,
the springs and the roof tiles,
the fishermen at their trades,
the trousers of the foam;
I saw it all from my green sky.


I had no more alphabet
than the swallows in their courses,
the tiny, shining water
of the small bird on fire
which dances out of the pollen.



Poem by Pablo Neruda
Photos by Alice Odena

Trails Challenge 2014 Diary: Lake Chabot Regional Park & Coyote Hills

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PART 1:  Lake Chabot Regional Park
Date:  01-27-2014
Distance Completed:  10 miles
Trail Condition:  Excellent
Distraction from Hiking:  WATER - The obvious effect of the California drought was the lake's low water level.

According to our trailmap, Lake Chabot offers over 20 miles of hiking trails, which connect to theadditional 70 miles of trails in adjoining Anthony Chabot Regional Park. Thepath around thelake is about 12 miles.


Water Everything on the earth bristled, the bramble pricked and the green thread nibbled away, the petal fell, falling until the only flower was the falling itself. Water is another matter, has no direction but its own bright grace, runs through all imaginable colors, takes limpid lessons from stone, and in those functionings plays out the unrealized ambitions of the foam.    -- Pablo Neruda




PART 2:  COYOTE HILLS REGIONAL PARK
Date:  02/23/14
Distance Completed:  12 Miles Trail Condition: Good
Distraction from Hiking:  Dried Creek and Marshes
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Throwback Thursday: Canberra, Australia

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Autumn Springs

Northern California Drought, Part 3: Hope Springs Eternal

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Coyote Hills Revisited