Water Wheel Creek Trail

By Carol at 5:18 pm on Friday, March 30, 2007

Oak in the meadow

Today’s hiking destination was Water Wheel Creek in the Montebello Open Space Preserve. The cool, sunny weather made for a day of comfortable hiking with clear views of the Coastal Mountains and urban communities lining the edges of San Francisco Bay.

Coastal mountains

Looking out over the Stevens Creek Valley towards Skyline and the Coastal Range.

Spring

A spring along Water Wheel Trail, where water cress grows.

Outcroppings

Rock outcroppings visible from the trail.

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Edgewood Park

By Carol at 5:26 pm on Thursday, March 22, 2007

Today our walking group enjoyed gorgeous clear weather, and a hike in Edgewood Park, known for its spring wildfowers.

blue-eyed grass

Blue-eyed grass grows along the meadow’s edge.

Mt. diablo in the distance

Here we can see the salt flats, the bay and Mt. Diablo in the far distance.

Live oak on hill top

This live oak, a landmark on the ridge overlooking San Carlos and Redwood City, marks the perfect spot for lunch.

close-up of warriors

A cluster of Indian Warriors (pedicularis densiflora) with fernlike foliage.

warriors on the margins of an oak thicket

Indian Warriors blooming at the margin of an oak thicket.

more warriors

More Indian Warriors.

Edgewood park

A memorable day.

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A Visit from Brenda and Nancy

By Carol at 11:52 am on Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Our friends from Washington State, Brenda and Nancy paid us a visit last week.

Brenda and Nancy

While they were here, we took them on a hike to Huddart Park.

Huddart Park

On the weekend, we took two of our grandchildren to a performance of Nancy’s son’s rock and roll band, at the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose.

The Brian Waite Band.

Lennon got to appear onstage with Brian during a song about space.

Lennon on stage with Brian

The band was well-received by their fans in the bay area.

Brian performing.

Brian Waite, representing the Statue of Liberty and Abe Lincoln.

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Guadalupe River Walk

By Carol at 5:58 pm on Thursday, March 1, 2007

Guadalupe River Walk sign

Today our hiking group explored a park that has been constructed along the Guadalupe River, starting in downtown San Jose near the Children’s Discovery museum, and extending toward the airport.

wild riverbed

Our walk started north of downtown where the path is bordered by a restored riparian area, designed to support the salmon and steelhead which spawn in the river.

Walking south

As we hiked south, toward downtown San Jose, the riverbanks took on a more sculptured look, designed to please the eye, prevent flooding and provid habitat.

further south

The river winds through the center of town, where it is flanked by tall buildings.

Restaurant high above the channel

Here is a restaurant high above the river channel.

snowy egret in the Guadalupe

Snowy egrets, Canada geese and grebs feed in the Guadalupe River.

Canada geese in the Guadalupe River

downtown river walk

The river walk is attractive to office workers and hikers at lunchtime.

lunch place

Paulo's

Paolo’s, a longtime favorite Silicon Valley restaurant, is now situated on the river.

war memorial

At the end of the trail, we find the Veterans Memorial with soldiers’ moving personal stories, photos and white flags.

palm lined street

Park Avenue, lined with palms.

River Walk mosaic

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