Last Week

By Carol at 6:39 am on Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Chelsea's class performs

The Winter Club had its annual ice show and seasonal grand finale. This is Chelsea’s skating class ending their performance as “The Newsies” in the production “Extra , Extra”.

Larry and Brian

We hiked in Huddart Park on the Toyon and Dean trails, with our English visitor, Brian.

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Coyote Hills

By Carol at 6:32 am on Wednesday, April 25, 2007

wetlands and wildflowers

The day was damp and cool, perfect for hiking the gentle hills and wetlands in this regional park in Fremont. The area was formerly home to Ohlone Indians who left shell mounds and artifacts behind. Shorebirds, small mammals and mountain lions still live in the park, along with freshwater amphibians and fish. Hiking and biking trails, a museum and a butterfly garden enhance the park experience.

wetlands from the trail

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Oneonta’s Step It Up 2007 Event

By Carol at 4:28 pm on Saturday, April 14, 2007

This weekend, Oneonta, New York, joined hundreds of other communities across America in hosting Step it Up events. The goals were to publicize the need for life-style changes and alternative energy use that will improve the health of our planet.

The agenda was pretty impressive for this small town. There was a decorated bike parade, a global warming forum, vendor displays of locally grown foods, music and a rally with speakers and poetry, lots of banners and downtown window displays and showings of “Who Killed the Electric Car” and “Just Around the Corner”.

Daniel and Benji in bike parade

Daniel and Benji ready for the bike parade.

Crowd with banner

Step It Up celebrants and bikers with their banner.

Biking into the future

Biking into the future.

Couple with bannner
Parade participants with the banner they created.


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Flowers of Sierra Azul

By Carol at 10:04 am on Friday, April 6, 2007

Our hike this week took us through the beautiful terrain of Sierra Azul, on the Woods Trail, near Bald Mountain and Mt. Umunhum. We had occasional views of lower Silicon Valley, as we walked through open spaces and oak forests. Many varieties of wild flowers, some of which we had not seen before, caught our interest along the way. Featured here are a number of the species that appeared along our 4.7 mile route.

Zigadenus fremontii

Zigadenus fremontii or Death Camus

Tree Anenome

Tree Anenome

Iris macrosiphon or Ground Iris

Ground Iris

Sticky monkey flower

Sticky Monkey Flower

Mission Bells

Mission Bells or Checker lily

Canada violet

Canada Violet

Nuttall's Larkspur

Nuttall’s Larkspur

The rockery

Irene examines the tiny sedum growing along with fern, on a rockery

A closer view of the sedum

A closer view of the sedum.

Blue Dicks or Dichelostemma pulchellum

Blue Dicks or Dichelostemma pulchellum.

The following are harder for me to identify:

German Ivy?

This vine resembles German Ivy, but has white flowers instead of yellow ones.

Foliage a little like Sticky Monkey.

This foliage reminds me a little of Sticky Monkey but the flowers are different.

Guadalupe Creek

Guadalupe Creek.

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