Richard Wiens, The Triplicate

It's easy to assume everyone knows we live in a hiker's paradise on the North Coast. Gnarly groves of old-growth redwoods are just minutes away. Stretches of coastal trails merge the forests and the sea. Inland paths unveil even more of the incredible diversity collected here.

When I started writing the periodic Walk Your World columns, I feared I might be stating the obvious: Who does this guy think he is writing introductory stories about these places we've been going to for years?

Turns out there were plenty of people who didn't know, or had forgotten, the basic facts about our plentiful world-class hiking trails. I've been amazed how many longtime residents have told me they tried this or that hike only after I wrote about it.

And then there are the newcomers, and the visitors.

If you go to and do a keyword search for "walk your

world," you'll find most of these columns. A couple of years ago, we

decided to gather some of the best in one place, a hiking guide still

available at the Triplicate office, visitor centers and other locations.

Inside today's paper is "Series 2" of the guide, 14 more premiere hikes

in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

Combine the two and you've got a lot of portable information ready

for your backpack. Mine has been gathering dust while I edited longer

columns into capsules for Series 2 of the guide.

Time to hit the trails.

Out and back to S.F.

Laura and I did our part to help out beleaguered residents of fiery

Colorado last weekend by driving to San Francisco to pick up our

daughter and 1-year-old grandson. They were looking for a quick escape

from the haze lingering over Colorado Springs, and you don't want to

know what the price would've been for a last-minute flight to a smaller,

closer airport.

So instead we burned up Highway 101 Saturday and Sunday with an

overnight stay at the Novato home of some friends.

A couple of consumer notes gleaned from the journey: Do not look for a

Walmart in highfalutin Marin County. It's not to be found, no matter

how bad you suddenly need a portable crib. And yes, you can still avoid

paying extra for checked luggage by flying Southwest, but walking

through the airport we couldn't help noticing the extremely long line of

heavily laden passengers waiting to reach the counter of that airline

and only that airline.

Monday morning we were kid-proofing the house on the fly. Welcome to

the smoke-free Pacific, Melissa and Aiden. You're just in time for a

dose of small-town Americana.

Look how much we got right

In response to the letter to the editor elsewhere on this page, no,

we did not intentionally leave a local venue out of the Crescent City

Art Walk advance. Any mistakes and omissions are accidental, thank you.

I don't think anyone is getting paid to organize the marketing of

these events, and the advance information we receive often comes from

several different sources. Anyone planning something special should send

the information directly to tripnews@triplicate.

com, rather than assume that someone else is taking care of it.

As for the tone of the letter from Paul Critz and the KFUG Facebook

insinuations that accompanied it, I pass it off as his calculation that

any publicity, even the negative, divisive sort, is good for his

fledgling enterprise.

I can't help thinking that the good-hearted people who volunteer to

provide his programming deserve better.