Joshua Tree Adventure

Somehow, I had never experienced the magic of Joshua Tree until now. Each high-desert Yucca Palm has their own alien-like persona, giving passersby the feeling of intergalactic space travel. This feeling is compounded at night with stars cluttering the open sky. I now understand the fascination amongst artists and musicians alike. I must someday return.

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Lands End Hike

Lands End is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Legion of Honor. After seeing the Matisse exhibit, I went for hike along the coastal trail. There is a hidden labyrinth at the edge of Eagle Point that over looks the Pacific Ocean, Mile Rock Beach, and the mouth of the much sailed Golden Gate. The bridge disappears and reappears through the foliage throughout the trail, saying hello and goodbye again. Once I reached Eagle Point, I could have perched myself on a rock bird-like and sat for hours. Instead, I continued along the coast, past Baker Beach, through Seacliff to a coffee shop whose table very much reminded me of the labyrinth. What an adventure day!

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Round Valley Preserve Bike Ride

Round Valley Regional Preserve is just outside of Antioch, CA. The land had been used for farming and ranching for 100 years until it was sold to the East Bay Regional Parks District in 1988. The old dirt roads are now used for horseback riding, cycling, and hiking. It is a picturesque old California farmland experience. The preserve is also home to the California ground squirrel, the San Joaquin pocket mouse, desert cottontails, and the endangered San Joaquin kit fox.

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Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods is just a hop, skip, and a jump north of San Francisco and yet I had never been until now.  It is more like a museum of trees rather than a hike through the forest. An ode to John Muir, which I appreciate, yet vastly different than going for a hike in the neighboring Marin Headlands which on certain trails you might not pass another human.  For those who don’t hike, it’s the perfect place to learn about the natural flora and fauna that John Muir fought to conserve. Most of the celebrity redwoods are thousands of years old. They are beautiful marvels and should be appreciated by all.

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