Hiking on this side of the mountain is always great in Spring. Loads of spring flowers and always a chance of spotting black eagles riding the thermals.
The purpose of this bike trip was to test a new AMOD AGL3080 since my QSTARZ BT-Q1000P stopped working. After passing under the Lefkowitz underpass under 101 and ran into tens of Russian nursing home residents walking on the pathway. Apparently, it was walk time at the nearby Hillhouse and I had no idea that a retirement home had replaced the Stanford Intellectual Property licensing offices.
Standard Castle Rock Loop but the GPS failed to log for about an hour. It was hot, mid 80's, with less than a dozen people on the trails. No campers at the Castle Rock Campgrounds but I could hear gun fire and semi-automatic weapons fire from the Los Gatos Shooting Range next to the campsite.
This walk started at Waverley and University in Palo Alto but for some reason the beginning of the track is gone and then goes haywire in the parking structure on Alma. In any case, this walk consisted in going up and down the streets in Palo Alto while waiting for someone at the Waverley Surgery Center. The physician was late and then left before getting to the patient.
Wednesday 2B Hike. Mitch was supposed to lead this but he got a last minute modeling job. Edna led. Short walk on the Dipsea Trail to Cardiac Hill. Noodling around looking for a view before lunch and a look at the Lone Pine Spring. (Oddly named because it was deep in the woods.)Then we lost the rest of the group. The seven left came back on the Ben Johnson trail to Muir Woods.
I was in Missoula, Montana for a wedding. My dog, Snickers, came with me. I found this walking trail and decided to take the dog for a nice long walk.The trail is very dog friendly. There were walkers, bikers, and runners. Attached to the trail is a dog park "Bark Park." I had thought about taking Snickers into the park but that may be a bit too much for her.
Attempt to walk down Charity Valley to look at Wildflowers. Had some trouble finding the trail. Left when a thunderhead was dropping lightning within 9 seconds of the trail.
Went out on a boat to take morning photographs. Ran out of gas on the south side of the Lake. Flooded the engine after changing tanks. Boated over to the west side of the lake and then the wind picked up.
Medium hike from Stanford Camp. Thunderhead built up and dropped just as I returned to camp. Took the shortcut back but it was a little muddy.
Emma and I went on a lobster boat tour in Kennebunk. We were on the Kylies' Second Chance. We saw former President George H. Bush's fishing boat with the Secret Service boat tied up next to it. We also saw Walker's Point where he and Barbara spend their summers, and St Ann's church where they attend Sunday services. We did catch a few lobsters and learned quite a bit about them.