Category Archives: Local Area Hikes and trips

Vernal Equinox, with Frogs!

Happy Spring Equinox! After a brief moment of nearly equal day and night, the sun crosses the celestial equator as it moves north along our ecliptic, and Earth’s northern and southern hemispheres are evenly illuminated. Persians celebrate New Year or Nowruz, and … Continue reading

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Ravens and Love in Point Reyes

After weeks of work, I was thrilled by a recent hike B. and I took to Point Reyes National Seashore, a spectacular stretch of the California coast and a very special place for us. After winding through woodlands of rushing streams … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice and the Longest Night

Happy Solstice! On this shortest day and longest night of the year, autumn’s harvest season ends and winter begins. Nearby, a wonderful local bookstore hosts the Point Reyes Books annual reading, named after Wendell Berry‘s “To Know the Dark”: To go in … Continue reading

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The Lichenologist, or, Taking a Liking to Lichen

(Sorry, I couldn’t resist! ) This bad pun was even made by our instructor at a recent class B. and I took at the Pepperwood Preserve, a nature preserve focusing on conservation, research, and public education. We knew nothing about lichens … Continue reading

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Welcome Back, Otters!

(Sorry, I couldn’t resist…) On an invigorating hike in Annadel State Park, as the afternoon sun shone onto Lake Ilsanjo in the park hills, B. and I heard splashes. A ripple on the water, then three small sleek heads surfaced, long … Continue reading

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The Coho Still Spawn at Van Damme

On a recent camping trip to the northern Mendocino coast’s Van Damme State Park, B. and I discovered that slugs and newts still cross the trails, and fungi still thrive in the moist, dripping wood that cooled us as we hiked … Continue reading

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Badger the Protector

California’s native badger is a much-misunderstood – and now threatened – animal, as B. and I learned at a Bodega Land Trust-sponsored presentation by Susan Kirks, a naturalist affiliated with the Paula Lane Action Network. American badger (from the French becheur, “digger”) is related to weasels, skunks, … Continue reading

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