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 triplicate.com 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,
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
I can't help thinking that the good-hearted people who volunteer to
provide his programming deserve better.