Monthly Archives: February 2018

Sequoia National Park – sightseeing

I recently spent a day visiting the lower-elevation western foothill section of Sequoia National Park.  In addition to a hike along the Marble Fork Kaweah River on the Marble Falls Trail I did some other sightseeing, mostly driving but with … Continue reading

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Sequoia National Park – Marble Falls Trail

I recently made a one-day, early spring visit to Sequoia National Park, just in the lower-elevation western foothills east of Visalia.  I was restricted to lower elevations due to a snow chain requirement at about 5000 feet elevation.  I didn’t … Continue reading

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Sandhill crane fly-in at Pixley National Wildlife Refuge

While on a long weekend trip to the southern Central (San Joaquin) Valley I made a point to visit the Pixley National Wildlife Refuge to witness the evening fly-in of sandhill cranes.  Huge flocks forage in agricultural and other fields … Continue reading

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Sequoia Riverlands Trust – Lewis Hill Preserve

I recently had an opportunity to visit a preserve that’s open to the public just one day a year, hopefully observing a wildflower that is found in only a few specialized locations in California: the striped adobe lily.  The preserve … Continue reading

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Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP – in search of trilliums

A recent social media post prompted this visit to Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, one of my favorite preserves on the spine of the peninsula along Skyline Blvd (CA-35).  The 4700-acre preserve is part of the Midpeninsula Regional Open … Continue reading

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Plants on Mt Umunhum along the Bay Area Ridge Trail

This is a second post about a hike on the new Bay Area Ridge Trail segment on Mt Umunhum, from the Woods Trail to the summit via Barlow Rd and the new Mt Umunhum Trail.  The Mt Umunhum Trail opened … Continue reading

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Woods Trail to Mt Umunhum summit parking via Barlow Rd and Mt Umunhum Trail

Ever since the Mt Umunhum summit area in Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve opened to the public in September 2017 I have been looking for a good opportunity to visit – well, not just visit, but hike the newly-dedicated segment … Continue reading

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