Portola Valley

By Carol at 7:23 am on Sunday, August 5, 2007

On Thursday afternoon we drove to Portola Valley where we usually hike on Gold Mine Trail. This time we dropped John off for a run up Windy Hill, while we took a gentle three-mile round trip hike to Sausal Pond.

gate to trail

Gateway to Windy Hill and Sausal Pond trails. The poison oak is already showing Fall colors.

babbling brook

We were surprised to find a babbling brook in this very dry season.

covey of quail

A covey of quail crossed the path, staying well ahead of us, as they fed on insects along the way. We also encountered a very large snake and dozens of lizards.

Sausal Pond

Sausal pond attracts lots of wildlife. Minnows were plentiful in the shallows and footprints of raccoons were evident at the pond’s edge.

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Beautiful Berkeley

By Carol at 7:03 am on Sunday, August 5, 2007


Back in California, we drove to Berkeley, to pick up our granddaughter from camp on the campus of UC Berkeley. Her dorm had a view of People’s Park on one side and the Golden Gate Bridge on the other side. On the way home we stopped at Cafe de la Paz for a lovely Latin lunch on Shattuck Avenue.

Cafe de la Paz

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