March 26, 2006 Bear Meadow/Zinfandel Loop

March 26, 2006 Bear Meadow/Zinfandel Loop
The announcement
This weekend I’m offering an upper-end easy hike of the Bear Meadow/ Zinfandel Loop trail in Cupertino, with a 50% chance I’ll change the hike depending on who comes. Wherever we go, we’ll leave here at 9. Plan on about 2 hours of hiking. It doesn’t look like it’s time to go wildflower hiking yet, and I’m not sure I want to drive as far as Portola Redwoods, so let’s start with the Bear Meadow plan and go from there.

Bear meadow is single track trails, with a fair chance of encroaching poison oak, so shorts may be a bad idea. The trail is about 50% covered. We will, of course, make a short stop at the winery along the way, and spend some time at the pond looking for ducks and frogs.

The hike
A break in the wet weather was welcome.

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Though it did mean a lot of muddy trails.

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At the pond, we were shown the proper way to enjoy spring—no shoes, slogging through the mud.

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Adults smell the roses. Kids scoop up slimy frogs eggs and tadpoles.

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It was enough to get Peggy skipping through the mud puddles.

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Here is a sprout, well budded out.

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Looking back from the winery towards the pond. We have seen artists out here a few times capturing the hillside.

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Joanne just has to tease the peacocks each time she sees them.

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Once more around the pond on the way back.

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A well rounded day for our newest and youngest FOMFOK member—Winter.

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