Contents:

Santa Teresa County Park

Friends of Santa Teresa Park

Geocaching

Almaden Quicksilver County Park

New Almaden Quicksilver County
Park Association

Slideshows and Videos

Other Santa Clara County Parks

San Jose City Events, Parks, and Trails

Santa Clara County Open Space Authority

San Francisco Bay Trail

Southern California

Other Park and Trail Pages


Outdoor Photography

Colleges

Facebook Photo Albums

My Work Used By Others

Awards

Notes on migrated Geocities, Prodigy Pages (Bay Area Back Pages)

Bay Area Back Pages

Disclaimer







San Francisco Bay Area
Parks, Recreation,
and Travel
by Ron Horii
 

Ron in Santa Teresa County Park, pointing to the Santa Teresa Hills, picture by Mike Boulland 4/4/09


Welcome! My favorite hobbies and activities are photography, hiking, biking, computers, geocaching, travel, and travel writing. I've created a number of Web pages on travel and recreation in the San Francisco Bay Area and California. Here you will find links to pages with photos and information on parks, beaches, trails, history, and places to visit.

Note that this is entirely a volunteer effort, with no commercial intent or sponsorship. I am not a professional photographer or webpage designer. Among other activities, I am a volunteer photographer and docent for the Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation  Department, a docent for the Open Space Authority of Santa Clara Valley, and a member of several volunteer organizations.

News:

These are spring hikes that I'm leading or helping to lead:
  • March 7, 2015: Coyote Ridge 9:00 am with the Open Space Authority of Silicon Valley. Reservations are required. 10 hikes are scheduled so far. I may go on others. "We cordially invite you to join our docent-led wildflower hikes along hillsides teeming with sensitive and delicate species in unique ecosystems. These hikes happen only once a year in the springtime when the wildflowers are at their peak. This hike is about 4 miles long, off trail, across uneven and rough terrain, and we must limit the age range to people 12 years old and above. We encourage you to bring water, a light lunch, hiking poles, a hat that ties down (it gets windy), and plenty of sunscreen. The sun will sneak up on you because of the wonderful breeze that keeps you cool during the walk. We have allotted 5 hours for this hike in order to give people the time and freedom to walk as slowly as they need and to take as many pictures as they want. Please plan accordingly." Here's what the hike looked like last year: Coyote Ridge Wildflower Walk 4/13/14
  • Saturday March 28, 2015. Trickles to Torrents • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-2:30pm. "Join a park docent for a moderate 5.5-mile loop hike to see how water from winter storms finds its way to the valley below. Meet at the Calero Park office off of McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided hike in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; some steep sections; restrooms not available except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771." Here are pictures of previous hikes at Rancho San Vicente: Rancho San Vicente Hikes 4/3/11 and 5/15/11. The hike will start from the ranger station just south of the lake, not from the boat launching ramp. Take McKean Road south of Bailey Road, turn right into the park office entrance, just before and across the road from the Cinnabar Hills Golf Course entrance.
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015. Foothill Ramble • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-1:30pm. "Take a moderate 5.5-mile loop hike from valley floor to ridge-top to enjoy spring wildflowers in a variety of habitats. Meet at the Calero Park office off of McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided hike in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; some steep sections; restrooms not available except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771." This will follow the same route as the March 28 hike.
  • Saturday May 2, 2015. 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. Wildflowers and Butterflies. Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch County Park."Take a moderate 3.6-mile loop hike to the highest point in the park. Enjoy views of rolling grasslands and secluded forest trails lined with wildflowers as we climb with the sun. Meet at the Coyote Lake Dam parking lot. (408) 918-7771." This is what the hike looks like: Ed Willson Trail, Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch, 4/9/13
  • Saturday May 9, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm: Introduction to Outdoor Photography Class and Hike. Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch County Park. "Take a 3.7-mile photography hike on the spectacular Mummy Mountain trail. Learn outdoor photography techniques while enjoying breathtaking views. Meet at the Mendoza Ranch lot on Roop Rd. with a camera. Register online or call (408) 355-2201." I am teaching this free outdoor photography class and leading the hike at Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear County Park on the Mummy Mountain Trail. Here is the poster for the class. See the Outdoor Photography section below for class notes and pictures from past classes at Coyote Lake. Note that the Mendoza Ranch entrance is about 1/4 mile before the Coyote Lake entrance on Roop Road in Gilroy. There is no charge for parking.
  • Saturday May 23, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. Trees of the Forest. "Follow a trail less traveled as it climbs from valley floor to ridge top with views of the surrounding watershed. Along the way, learn to identify a variety of common trees found in the park and how forests contribute to a healthy environment. This 2.5-mile out and back hike has steep sections. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. (408) 918-7771." This will actually follow this route: Healthy Trails Hike, Calero, 4/25/09. Carpooling won't be necessary.

Santa Teresa County Park


Coyote Peak, Santa Teresa County Park

(Migrated from geocities.com/santateresapark.) Web pages on my favorite park in San Jose. The park covers nearly 1700 acres in the rolling, grass-covered hills guarding the southern gateway to the Silicon Valley.
Santa Teresa Park webpages:

Friends of Santa Teresa Park


FOSTP president Mike Boulland leading a hike on the Stile Ranch Trail in Santa Teresa Park, 5/4/08

(Migrated from geocities.com/stpfriends.) The Friends of Santa Teresa Park (FOSTP) is the volunteer organization supporting Santa Teresa County Park. I am the secretary and webmaster for the organization. Find out what's going on in the park and what you can do to help make it better. This site is updated frequently with park and community news, developments, pictures, and volunteer activities. Here are Santa Teresa Park volunteer events and community issues:


Geocaching


Geocaching class in Mt. Madonna County Park, 7/11/09


Almaden Quicksilver County Park


Mine Hill Rotary Furnace, Almaden Quicksilver County Park

(Migrated from geocities.com/almadenqs.) Website on one of the Bay Area's crown jewels. This park, in the backyard of the Silicon Valley, covers almost 4000 acres, with hiking trails through rugged, wildflower-covered  hills filled with historical quicksilver mining relics.

New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association


NAQCPA president Kitty Monahan at the dedication of the English Camp Map House, 10/10/09

The New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association (NAQCPA) is the volunteer organization supporting Almaden Quicksilver County Park. I am one of the webmasters for the organization. See this site for pictures, events, and volunteer opportunities at the park. Here are NAQCPA events in Almaden Quicksilver County Park and New Almaden community events, which are organized by NAQCPA members:

Self-Running Slideshows (Windows only)
 
Instructions for slideshows: move mouse around the bottom of the page to see the controls to pause/play and step back/forward. Slideshow will loop. To stop, right-click, choose Exit option.

Online Slideshows

(Wait for pages to finish loading, enable Javascript if asked, scroll to bottom, hit play button to start, stop button to stop, click on links to exit):

Santa Teresa and Almaden Quicksilver County Parks are covered above. Here are webpages and pictures on other County Parks:

San Jose City Events, Parks, and Trails


Discovery Meadow, Children's Discovery Museum, Downtown San Jose

Santa Clara County Open Space Authority

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve
Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve, Sierra Vista Trail, 10/22/11
Note that the Open Space Authority provides 20% of its capital expenditures to fund urban open space projects. This includes the Albertson Parkway, Martial Cottle Park, the Three Creeks Trail, the Coyote Creek Trail in Selma Olinder Park, the Penitencia Creek Trail, the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail, Ulistac Natural Area, and the Santa Teresa Park Historic Area. See other pages for pictures on these areas.

San Francisco Bay Trail and Feeder Trails


Alviso Slough Trail

Southern California

I was born and raised in Southern California. My family's there, so I mostly go to visit family, rather than being a tourist. Here are some pictures I've taken down there:

Other Park and Trail Pages


View of Mt. Umunhum from the Woods Trail, Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve

Outdoor Photography


Ron teaching a photo class at the Bernal Ranch, Santa Teresa Park, 4/4/09, picture by Sam Drake


I've been been teaching classes on outdoor photography at Santa Teresa Park for several years. These are web pages associated with the class:


Colleges


UCSB


Facebook Pictures and Photo Albums

Note that most of these Facebook pictures are also listed above. This is a list of all the Facebook albums I have:

I have contributed pictures and notes to the Facebook pages of these organizations:


My Work Used By Others


Bay Trail in Shoreline Park in Mountain View, used in Bay Nature Magazine, April-June 2009

I often get requests to use pictures or information from my websites. Here are some examples. If you'd like to use something from my websites, send me a note.

Awards

I've received a number of awards over the years. Here's a sample of them:


Note on Geocities migration
:
This is my new domain. Yahoo shut down its Geocities.com domain in October 2009. Many of my web pages, including this one, were on Geocities. If you have been automatically routed to this page, it's because all of my pages on geocities.com/rhorii will be routed here to this home page. Also, my web pages on geocities,com/santateresapark, bayareaparks, almadenqs, santateresahills, stpfriends, and some others will be dead, but I'm going to re-create them here eventually or migrate them to other sites. It will take a lot of time to rebuild the pages and reset the links. While the links below work, the links on the pages that they are linked to will need updating. Please be patient. Here are my old Geocities websites and their new locations, including some archive sites for the pages that haven't been migrated:

Bay Area Back Pages

This is what I used to have:
Bay Area Backpages - Visit my first webpages on Prodigy, started in 1997, once featured on TV, on travel and outdoor activities in the Bay Area. It has pages on parks, hiking, camping, biking, beaches, swimming, museums, playgrounds, views, and information about places in the Bay Area and other parts of California. There's also a technical section on scanners. Prior to these webpages, I was a frequent contributor to Prodigy and other travel bulletin boards, and I found I was frequently answering the same questions over and over again. These pages gave me a means of having the information available permanently. Because of space limitations, I have not been able to expand these pages, so some have been supplanted with pages on this site.

On June 1, 2011, AT&T terminated the Prodigy Personal Web Pages without warning (to me, at least). All my Bay Area Back Pages at http://pages.prodigy.net/rhorii are now dead. I'm going to gradually revive them here, but it will take time. Many of those pages are very old and are in need of upgrading. In the meantime, you can still find the home page on this archive. See here for the history of Prodigy.

I attempted to re-create Bay Area Back Pages on this website, but not everything is working yet. Here are the major pages for my migrated Bay Area Back Pages. Note that many of these pages date from the 1990's, so they are not up-to-date. The links are most likely stale. Some things never change, so much of the fundamental information is still valid. Just don't expect the links to work.
Disclaimer:
The information in these web pages was accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time the pages were written, but is not guaranteed to be accurate or current. Factors such accessibility, conditions, rules, ownership, directions, etc., can change without notice. Readers are responsible for finding out the latest conditions before venturing out. The information on these pages should not be treated as official, but as private opinions and observations. These pages are non-commercial and not officially associated with any company or agency.

Note on Dead Links:
Links go dead faster than I can fix them. The older the web page, the more likely the links will be dead. All of these web pages are volunteer efforts, done in my spare time. I don't have time to constantly go back to check and refresh links on old web pages. However, if you are looking for some specific information, send me an e-mail, and I can see what I can do to answer your questions.

Note on Link Exchanges:
Sorry. I don't have time, so please don't ask.
I do not accept commercial link exchanges.

Updated 5/17/15 by Ron Horii.
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