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Boundary Line Between Alameda and Contra Costa - Daily Alta California, Volume 29, Number 10060, 24 October 1877

Castro's Party.

The surveying party under Luis Castro are in the field and are encountering some of the roughest work they will have to meet on the entire line between this county and Contra Costa county. They commenced at the bay shore line near San Pablo, and have progressed as far as Redwood Peak, which is distant some ten miles from this city, in northeasterly direction, and near where Prince and Brown had lumber mills when those redwoods were in their prime. The party will see some rough work yet. The boundary line crosses some fearfully wild canyons, and traverses the section of country known as the "Rocky Ridge." They will be some three or four weeks in completing the survey.

Jose Luis del Refugio Castro was the grandson of Luis Maria Peralta...

A lingering flash of autumn. Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. November 7, 2023, 4:41 PM.

Autumn storm blowing in, Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. October 13, 2020, 5:28 PM.

June 28, 1983: The hike began with a long ascent along a spur ridge to the main ridge crest at the top of a peak called Little Rocky Row. At first, the AT climbed through lush, green forests in various stages of growth. Stately old trees like those surrounding the shelter hung on for a while, gradually dwindling into forests of intermediate age.

The Ft. Bayard recreation area is a great place to go running. It's got miles of trails through beautiful country. And, unlike a lot of places around here, the trails are mostly non-technical. It makes for a good place to just get out and go.

The sky is crying (h/t Elmore James). Summer is gone and autumn is fleeting. Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. October 13, 2020, 5:20 PM.

"Stupid is, as stupid does." Forest Gump

Google Maps charts "fake trails" Really Why

I've used Google Maps to chart trails & they've all seemed to be reliable but I also use MapMyHike which I use for elevation/distance too. So, I've got a fallback but it amazes me how people will use Google Maps & follow routes (whether real or not) indiscriminately w/o regard for common sense & their own safety.

Reminds me of the story or the tech guy who was traveling w/his family east to west from Ukiah over the coastal mts on a backroad (that few local's even use), who followed the Google Maps recommended route despite the fact that it began to snow & the road became extremely difficult to negotiate in the family car w/o snow tires that he was traveling in, who then was stopped by the snow & then burned his tires to stay warm and then tried to walk out cross country (not by following the road back) who died in the process but fortunately his wife & child survived.

November sunshine, Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. November 7, 2023, 2:46 PM.

May 3, 1983: Temperatures dropped considerably last night when the wind kicked up and stayed down today. Rather late on a cool, damp morning, I set out from Frosty Mountain, having smoked my last two cigarettes with breakfast.


July 1, 1983: It rained throughout the night upon the massive trees and lush ferns surrounding Maupin Field Shelter. The air hung still and leaden, cloaking the old forest in a shroud of dense fog and mystery. Something primeval in the atmosphere seemed conducive to my mind once again wandering strange pathways.

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Are you a nature enthusiast looking for an unforgettable adventure Look no further! These are the most breathtaking backpacking trails the United States offers.


Are you a nature enthusiast looking for an unforgettable adventure Look no further! These are the most breathtaking backpacking trails that the United States has to offer.


Beautiful and a great in region. is a great well signed trail system.

Another sunset on the trail, Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. November 7, 2023, 4:29 PM.

Played trails after. Such a cute game. Bought it for the artwork but actually really enjoy it, too. I guess because you get to collect things!

has basically taken over my gaming life. I play on both and and am almost at the 500 hour mark. Great game though

Oddly it isnt my game of the year though. Any other year it would be but 2023 is the year came westward at last and I am a massive fan so it was always destined to be my

And of course next year were getting do I suspect nothing else will have a chance in 2024 either

Climbing the ravine, Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. November 7, 2023, 2:06 PM.

Hazy, summerlike November afternoon atop the Giant's Chest. Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. November 7, 2023, 2:39 PM

Cobblestone Footpath in Culross, Scotland

This segregated walkway was meant to keep the riffraff in the gutter.

Budding trees at sunset, a reminder that spring will come again. New Britain Reservoir, Southington, Connecticut. May 13, 2020, 7:34 PM.

June 19, 1983: Several drenching thundershowers struck around noon but did absolutely nothing to alleviate the oppressiveness of the day. In fact, they made matters worse. When the sun returned, there was plenty of new moisture to be drawn back up into the air. All the underbrush growing over the trail was dripping wet.

Got back out on the trails today after a month long break.

This time of year, with clouds and a low horizon Sun, is uniquely picturesque

Balmy autumn evening at the reservoir. New Britain Reservoir, Southington, Connecticut. October 13, 2019, 5:39 PM.

Talk about recycling! A story about local governments and nonprofit/tribal partners working together in a very smart and creative way to advance a bold trail network.

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As always, our Maple Lane, Grand Allee, Deer Run, Springbank and Newman remain open to the public from sunrise to sunset year-round. This frosty and foggy view of the Osprey trail was taken October 2016. The photographer is unknown.

May 10, 1983: More than 5500 feet in height, Standing Indian is by far the highest summit yet for a northbound Appalachian Trail hiker. There would be no higher summits ahead until the Great Smoky Mountains. Decades later, you could still see the traces on the grassy summit of the old fire tower that was removed in the 1950s.

Secluded sunset. Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. July 21, 2020, 8:16 PM.

Tranquil sunset. New Britain Reservoir, Southington, Connecticut. July 18, 2018, 8:16 PM.

September 1, 1983: I flipped through the register, finding comment after comment about the magnificent view from the fabled Smarts Mountain privy. I shrugged my shoulders and sauntered up to check out the outhouse.

Evening sunshower at Lost Ponds, Mattatuck State Forest, Plymouth, Connecticut. July 14, 2018, 6:56 PM.

July 25, 1983: The ensuing trail was one of the most intriguing portions of the entire Appalachian Trail. It climbed out of the gap over a huge rockslide. There were several tough scrambles that probably did not belong on a backpacking trail, but the area possessed a certain unique charm (if you can call it that).

Belated for the I played in October.

New to me games:

it took 4 players 4 hours to work out the rules (1 already knew) and play half a game. Not sufficiently simplified from the video game but Id like to try again.

felt like a swingy card game but actually quite puzzly in the end

nice mechanics with spinning wheels but felt easy to make bad decisions early

Simplified-ish Parks but I prefer Parks

The kid is protesting against her mother's battles against Acerbic Tomartians in . 'You cannot fight the tomatoes, mama. They're cute.'

I went back and thought about this, talked about it with a friend.
Gardiner's route was likely up Thirteenth Ave, up what's now Park Blvd, what's now Mountain Blvd, what's now Joaquin Miller Road, left on the road that was replaced in the 1920s with Skyline Blvd ... then up to Redwood Peak on foot. ... "I was about to descend as we had come, when I saw a little road leading off to the left in the opposite direction and just for fun I thought I would follow it." I think he went down the old logging road that is now Castle Drive / Castle Park trail and what's now the Cinderella trail, Sinawik Trail, Palos Colorados Trail, returning on what's now Mountain Blvd. Here is my imagining of his drive, based on the contemporary Map of Oakland, Alameda and Berkeley. Copyright, 1906, georeferenced here. As my friend Mudrak used to say, it's hard tellin', not knowin'.

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Die Erkltungspause hat mich etwas zurckgeworfen. Bin doch recht kaputt nach den 62km:

20km Wald- und Wiesentrails, 15km Schotter, der Rest asphaltierte Wege, Strae, Fuwege.

Bin mit paar Leuten aus BS ne Runde gefahren. Das war ganz ordentliches Tempo fr die Untergrnde.
Und ich war der einzige mit Hardtail. Der Rest hatte Enduro/ All Mountain/ XC Fully. Ging aber trotzdem gut.

62km (inkl. Hin- und Rckfahrt)

June 11, 1983: Today, I had my first taste of the long, placid center of the Appalachian Trail. There were no monster climbs or killer rock scrambles. I hiked the fourteen miles from Old Orchard to Trimpi Shelter, following the flat crests of long ridges through a pleasant variety of forests.

Little Painted Desert and the San Francisco Mountains, Little Painted Desert County Park near Winslow, Arizona. April 1984.

Autumn hike on the White Trail, Right Leg, Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. October 25, 2023, 3:58 PM.

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