June 14, 2009 Rancho San Antonio

The announcement

Hi All – I’m the stuckee, er, stand-in, for Mike/Kathy this weekend.

The hike is on Sunday, June 14, 9:00 a.m. We’ll take a walk through Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.

The meeting place is the parking lot at Montclaire Elementary School in Los Altos (1160 Saint Joseph Avenue, see link to map below). We can walk to Rancho San Antonio from the school – it’s about a 1/2 mile walk to a side entrance of the park. Please be at the school parking lot by 9:00 a.m. We’re all meeting at the school; we’re not meeting at Mike and Kathy’s house.

It sounds like you had a murderous hike last weekend, so we’ll take it easy on this one – it’ll be approximately 6 miles with about 800 feet total elevation gain.

Be sure to bring water.

The hike

Well, we saw lots of baby quails with their moms and dads, and several bunnies with white cotton tails. No snakes, no turkeys, no coyotes, no deer, no bobcats – all of which I have seen from time to time at Rancho, but not this time.

We walked about 6 miles – went up on the Rogue Valley trail, and came down along the creek and over the bridges in Wild Cat Canyon. There is still water running in the creek. The bay trees arch over the path and keep it nice and cool.

Then we had lunch at Hobees – Paul and Jan graciously joined us for lunch:)

It was no problem parking at the school and walking into the park through the side entrance.



So I understand that temporary dictator Judy (a.k.a. the Marathoner) pushed the hikers on a grueling 10 km or better hike, through rodent-infested fens and past poison oak infested aviaries filled with mother birds out to protect their young at any cost. She set a grueling pace that was possible only by sticking close to stream beds filled with cool, rushing water. With some of their wits and most of their body parts intact, they managed to limp into a restaurant and refresh their depleted stores before a customer uprising was able to form and ask them to take their dusty, smelly selves elsewhere.

At least that’s what I think I heard Judy say.

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