Bundle up and hike Windy Hill is the call of the day

Mag and D looking out from Windy trail - 1

Friday, Feb. 23: OK, L is not a climate change expert, but she does remember a lot more frosty days when  she first moved back to Menlo Park in 1990. That meant chilly hikes, then mostly on the weekends due to work obligations.

Of course, the Adventurers have no such obligations (well, much reduced, to be accurate) so they have to rally themselves to hit the trails when the temperature is still in the high 40s mid-morning. That, of course, is balmy to some of their Midwest and East Coast friends.

Today, the decided to tackle Windy Hill, but not in the way they usually do it, which is a loop hike that’s about eight miles and beats them up pretty badly due to both distance and elevation gained.

Instead they went up and back on the Spring Hill trail. That gave them lots of uphill work. Of course, The Mag is a gamer and gets lots of attention from the hikers who have much bigger dogs. And, we must mention, it was another spectacularly clear day…

Hike/moderate/5 miles

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Return to long-time favorite on Portola Ranch trails

D and The Mag at Los Trancos loop - 1

Tuesday, Feb. 20: L, in particular, has hiked what she calls the “Los Trancos/Portola loop,” hundreds of times. It’s the go to hike when looking for a good workout over a short amount of time.

Today, the Adventurers and Maggie did it on a spectacularly clear – and very brisk – day with views crystal clear looking east over the Bay.

The treat for The Mag was some off leash time as long as she stayed close. There are, after all, coyotes in the area, although less so in the late morning…

Hike/moderate due to some steep ups not distance/3.5 miles

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Here’s a surprise – a brand new hike at Quarry Park

D and The Mag at Quarry Park - 1

Saturday, Feb. 17: On what was forecast to be a sunny and warm winter day, the Adventurers headed coastside for a hike “on the other side of the highway.”

That means they were east of Highway One, rather than one of the pathways they enjoy that’s bluff top above the Pacific Ocean.

Their destination was Quarry Park, which some consider a locals’ secret, although it can be found in various guidebooks.

Most of the uphill two miles is through a eucalyptus forest on a broad trail that was undoubtedly a ranch road at some time. Indeed the Park had been broadened in acreage with a local family donated their land through POST.

It was a good climb, one that got their attention enough to know they were getting a work out but didn’t tear them up completely.

Once on top they’d swung around enough for great views out over the Pacific. They’ll be back (and this time head down the Dolphine Trail)…

Hike/moderate/4.2 miles

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A “wow” hike along the Bay followed by one great “dog”

D and the Mag at Coyote Hills_Feb2018 - 1

The Adventurers headed across the Bay this morning for a hike around the perimeter of Coyote Hills Regional Park, which they’ve enjoyed in the past. And did so very much again today.

There’s always something to look at – colors of the Bay, birds, abandoned equipment of one kind or another. And given that it was a Friday, not too many people.

After they journey a bit south to have lunch at the Dog Haus, which they’d discovered a year of so ago. It just may the best hot dogs and sausages in the world – or would at least give the brats of the Midwest a good run for the money.

Of course, the Mag had to poise next to a Year of the Dog poster…

Hike/easy/4.10 miles

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A winter marsh hike on a day that felt like winter

Baylands march walk_lead - 1

The Adventurers abandoned the hiking shorts of last week to bundle up this morning for a hike along the marshes that line San Francisco Bay.

While they’ve often done a loop walk around Baylands, they chose to head in a another direction today, walking in the direction of the airports and, more important, the still closed Palo Alto muni golf course, which will open in a couple months after a complete re-hauling.

Baylands march walk_egret and geese - 1

Along the way, they found out the trail closure from the athletic center wasn’t due to golf course construction but rather a new levee that should alleviate the flooding of San Francisquito Creek over the years.

They’ll kayak up the Creek again when the weather gets warmer.

Hike/easy/4.45 miles

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M-A night at CSM plus one famous football player

D inducting Don Gray with Gary on stage - 1

The Adventurers journeyed up to D’s alma mater, College of San Mateo, last night for an athletic Hall of Fame induction organized by their M-A classmate Gary Dilley (far leftO, who also happens to be one of D’s older friends.

D knew a couple of the inductees as they, too, had gone on the Pacific. He was the “pinch hit” introducer of inductee Don Gray (next to Gary) as their swim/water polo coach Rich Donner was not able to attend.

As dinner began, there was a celebrity conversation between Giants broadcaster Jon Miller and New England Patriot Julian Edelman, both who attended CSM at one time.

Because son John is such a big Patriots fan, L summoned up the courage to ask for a photo op, which Julian kindly granted…

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Winter seems like spring at Arastradero

D and the Mag at Arastradeo - 1

The Adventurers and the Mag enjoyed a morning hike at Arastradero preserve on a winter day that felt much more like spring, given temps in the 70s. What was also spectacular was how far you could see in any direction. And yes, the new Saleforce Tower in the City is quite visible from the Peninsula…

Hike/moderate/4.5 miles

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