On April 15, 2009, our office closed. The company is taking pretty good care of us, however, and I'm finding so much time to get out, see things that have been on my list for awhile and put in a bunch of miles every day.
For instance, Gina and I visited Sunol Regional Wilderness last week and ambled on a long loop beginning with Hayfield Road, Cave Rocks Trail, Cerro Este Trail and McCorkle Trail. It felt wonderful to explore this great piece of the parkland, all the while finding remarkable things to see and hear.
I also spent a morning at Shadow Cliffs, where we managed to visit every section of trail in the park in just under 3 hours. No pressure to get back to work or get home for anything, either. We simply had a most pleasant morning watching the nesting herons and hawks, as well as the waterfowl by the dozens. Add to that a curious alligator lizard running up my pants leg! The sum of those encounters is one great day.
I've found more time to write, which I usually do late into the evening. Eventually, something good may come of that practice. I have to make time to get some photos of the trails of which I write, but once I do, I hope to have a "4wheelbob's Favorite Hikes" book out soon after. This is to be a collection of East Bay Regional Park District hikes. It's their 75th anniversary year, after all....what better way to celebrate than by, er, taking a hike?
That's why, in a nutshell, I haven't been around here too much. The website is being remade. More stories, photos and a completely different look. More time to write. More time to hike. More time to sit and revel in the sights, sounds, smells and sedation of Nature. I look forward to seeing some of you, somewhere, in my travels.
Hmmm....just noon. Time to visit Henry Coe State Park for the afternoon, eh?