Growing Up in Alameda: Cars and cliffs

Devil’s Punch Bowl was an old rock quarry we passed on the way up to Skyline Drive. We often hiked through the trees and brush, and would climb down inside, just for the adventure.

One of my neighbors gave me an old Dodge that didn’t run; maybe I can fix it, I thought. After a while I was bored with it, so the Shifters put their heads together and decided to tow it up to the Punch Bowl and shove it off a 500-foot drop (having seen one too many movies about cars crashing over cliffs). Read more >> about Growing Up in Alameda: Cars and cliffs

Amblin' Alameda: Vernal equinox

We've been altering our east-west route across the city to drive on Central Avenue as often as possible this past week. This winter has been unusually mild, even for the Bay Area, and the trees that line Central have been emerging from their winter hibernation somewhat earlier than usual this year.

At first only a hint of light green was discernible on the trees, but then, day by day, the foliage began appearing in its inimitable magical way. By this time next week we fully expect to once more drive down the road beneath a green and shady bower. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Vernal equinox

Running in the 'Meda: Redwood Regional Park

To celebrate one year of blogging for The Alamedan, and for my third installment of the "Great Places to Run in the East Bay" series, let's go to Redwood Regional Park. This is a huge park up in the Oakland hills that has, not surprisingly, lots of beautiful redwood trees. There are 38 miles of trails in the park, most of which I have run on at one time or another. Read more >> about Running in the 'Meda: Redwood Regional Park