One of my favorite places to ride in the Bay Area is Henry Coe State Park. It’s a rugged and varied park with fun trails and always-challenging climbs. But the real reason I go is the sense of solitude and the feeling of being in a wilderness on the edge of a huge city.
Most days I’m either above the valley fog if it’s early or baking in the heat late in the day. However, today was unique with fog clinging to the ridges throughout the day lending an air of mystery throughout my ride.
The Spring is dominated by wildflowers and green grasses but during Autumn, before our rains come, it’s all brown grass
and the occasional Tarantula looking for a mate
When it was time for lunch I found a nice spot nestled below a ridge and out of the wind. The little knoll was covered in Oaks and large boulders with thick carpets of moss
Getting to the spot I walked through 10 yards or so of grasses. I had forgotten that the fall grasses have a nasty sticker that cling to everything
I’ll probably spend 15 minutes just getting all those out to save my socks, but I’ll remember my Sunday at Henry Coe a lot longer.
Be the solution. Use that bus/train/plane and hotel money and get a bike instead. Buy a Clipper card. Walk, use your bike, use transit. You will make a difference the first day and if you convert others by your example (kids, parents, co-workers) then they will make a difference, too. You don’t have to leave your car at home every day. Just try it a few days a week and you will find out how easy it is.