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Gear Links at Two-Heel Drive

My friend Tom Mangan has been steadily plugging away at creating the must useful hiking blog in Central California, and he has now added a gear page to the site. Tom tracks and lists lots of great deals on outdoor equipment. Don’t miss the rest of his site either – tons of great stuff there. I recommend subscribing to his RSS feed like I do.

June 30, 2009 Posted by | Commentary | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Gear Links at Two-Heel Drive

Take Transit to Trails?

Tom Mangan of Two-Heel Drive (Tom, again I first typed Two-Hell Drive before backspacing and correcting… ;-) has an interesting post with a quick overview of some options for getting to your San Francisco Bay Area hike on public transit. (See Transit accessible trails in the Bay Area)

Read Tom’s Post for details and links to more information. The short story is that you have lots of options if you live in certain areas north of the Golden Gate. You have limited options if you live elsewhere in the Bay Area, but some of them do seem pretty interesting. His report on Mt. Diablo, for example, is intriguing. I’ve often considered heading to New Almaden Quicksilver County Park on a VTA but have never quite gotten around to it – something about schlepping my typical Big Bag o’ Camera Gear through city streets and on the bus perhaps?

A day after posting this I realized I could have had even more perverse fun with the title of the post – “Time to Take Transit to Top Trails” would have worked. (I suspect that Tom would have approved… or at least chuckled a bit.)

May 1, 2009 Posted by | Commentary, News, Trails | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Take Transit to Trails?

More Redwoods

At his Two Heel Drive blog, Tom Mangan points out a redwood grove that I did not know about. It is located at the Mount Madonna county park on the ridge between Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

April 14, 2009 Posted by | Commentary | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on More Redwoods

A Car Story

Since my outdoor adventures involve a significant amount of travel, and since the price of gas and environmental concerns make it more and more necessary to think about the impacts of such travel, I thought I’d write something about the car we bought last year. Yes, a Prius. Continue reading

July 29, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Environment, Equipment | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on A Car Story

   

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