Santa Teresa County Park

Friends of Santa Teresa Park


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

Open Space Authority of Santa Clara Valley

San Francisco Bay Trail

Southern California

Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District Preserves

Other Park and Trail Pages

Outdoor Photography


Museums and Exhibitions

Facebook Photo Albums

My Work Used By Others


Notes on migrated Geocities Pages

Bay Area Back Pages


San Francisco Bay Area
Parks, Recreation,
and Travel
by Ron Horii
Coyote Peak Sign
Me in Santa Teresa County Park, at the interpretive sign on Coyote Peak, 12/6/16. I took most of the pictures, including the panorama, and helped with the sign's design.

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.

I'm a retired electrical engineer. I spent over 34 years in the computer disk drive industry, working for IBM, Hitachi, and Western Digital. 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 and non-profit organizations.

Note that this is entirely a volunteer effort, with no commercial intent or sponsorship. These pages are for information only and are based on my opinions, research, and observations.

  • My picture of the Casa Grande in Almaden Quicksilver took first place in the non-professional category of the VisualSJ photo contest. See the Awards section below.
  • My pictures have been used for some of the County Parks' "Nature is Nearby" Billboards.
  • I taught my annual outdoor photography class at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch in Santa Teresa County Park on Saturday November 14 at 10 am - 1 pm. "Join a Docent for a FREE outdoor photography workshop. Learn how to choose and use a camera, how to take better outdoor pictures, and about photo composition. Workshop begins with an indoor slideshow, followed by demonstrations and a walk around the historic area to take pictures. Meet at the Bernal Ranch barn, 372 Manila Dr., San Jose." Here are pictures from the class.
  • My pictures were used in an article in Edible Silicon Valley Magazine on Martial Cottle Park: Farm Forward: Planting the Seeds For The Future of Family Farms, January 20, 2016
  • Some of my pictures of the Santa Clara County Parks were used in an episode of the Open Road TV show on NBC Bay Area. See the video on the Parks for Life Challenge, starting at 5:41 to 6:05.
  • I joined the Friends of Santa Teresa Park in leading hikes in April at Santa Teresa Park:
  • I gave my outdoor photography class and hike at Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch County Park on May 7, 2016 at 10:00. Here's a poster for the class/hike.
  • Measure A was on the June 2016 ballot. It renewed the Park Charter Fund, which allocates a fixed percentage of Santa Clara County's budget to fund the County Parks. It is not a tax, but an earmark that guarantees that the parks will get their fair share of the budget. It provides a reliable source of funding (though not a fixed dollar amount) for the County Parks, which allows them to maintain a high-quality park system and do long-term planning. The ballot measure also increases the percentage of the fund allocated for park development to allow them to do park improvements and open new parkland. My pictures were used as part of the "Yes on A" campaign. Measure A passed with about 78% yes votes. It only needed just over 50%.
  • On 6/26/16, I was featured on an episode of "Open Road With Doug McConnell" on NBC Bay Area. See below for details. Below is a screenshot from that episode, with me being interviewed by Doug McConnell:
Interview with Doug McConnell on "Open Road" TV show
  • I gave a class at Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. Here's the description: 
    "Nature Photography for Beginners, Saturday, July 23, 2016, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m, Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. Join nature photographer Ron Horii for this fascinating and engaging learning experience. Bring your own camera, phone, tablet or whatever you like to take pictures with and Ron will take you on a walk to observe nature as a photographer would. Learn how to take more engaging pictures from someone who is a passionate nature and community photographer." I previously gave this class on June 11, 2016. Here are some pictures from it, mostly taken by my son Chris. 
  • I gave another class for the Open Space Authority at Ulistac Natural Area in Santa Clara on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm. Here are pictures from the class, mostly taken by my son Chris.
  • I gave an outdoor photography class at Santa Teresa County Park, on November 12, 2016 at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch. Here's a flyer for the class.
  • The Open Space Authority of Santa Clara Valley has an article about me in their Spring 2017 newsletter (see page 2).
  • My pictures have been used in a billboard and busback advertising campaign for the Santa Clara County Parks, called "Wish You Were Here?"
  • I edited and wrote many of the articles for the Friends of Santa Teresa Park's Summer 2017 newsletter.
  • The Friends of Santa Teresa Park held a National Night Out event at the Bernal Ranch on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from 5-7:30 pm: Free ice cream and cookies. Bring your family to our fun event. Meet your neighbors and public safety officials. Speak with local and county representatives. Fire engines, park ranger trucks, sheriff and police patrol cars, and other emergency vehicles on display. Children’s crafts project and games will be provided. Sponsored by: The Friends of Santa Teresa Park, Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation, United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County, City of San Jose’s Community Action and Pride Grant Program. Emergency agencies vehicles and public officials will attend depending on their schedule. Here are pictures from that event.
  • Family Fandango was held this year on Saturday, August 5 from 5-8pm at the Bernal Ranch in Santa Teresa County Park. ​Celebrate the history of early California and its ties to the Anza Expedition and the Bernal family. The evening’s focus is family fun through song, dance, demonstrations and activities that highlight the many contributions of our early communities. Location is Camino Verde at Manila Drive in San Jose. Here are pictures from that event.
  • I gave a lunchtime brownbag slideshow presentation on outdoor and nature photography at the Open Space Authority of Santa Clara Valley's headquarters at 33 Las Colinas Lane, San Jose, on September 22, 2017 at 12:30-1:30 pm. More information here.
  • I gave an outdoor photography class scheduled at Santa Teresa County Park on September 30, 2017 at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch (Manila Drive at Camino Verde) from 11am to 2pm. Here is the flyer for the class. You can register online here or call (408) 355-2201 to register or for more information. 
    Photo Class 9/30/17
  • I will be giving a Nature Photography Workshop at the Japanese Friendship Gardens, 1300 Senter Road San Jose, CA 95112 on Saturday October 21, 2017 from 4pm to 6pm. See here for more information and to register online.
    Japanese Friendship Gardens

Santa Teresa County Park

Coyote Peak, Santa Teresa County Park

(Migrated from Here are 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. It's the closest County Park to where I live, so I go there the most often and have lots of pictures of it. 

Friends of Santa Teresa Park and Volunteers at Santa Teresa Park

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

(Migrated from 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. Below are Santa Teresa Park-related volunteer events and community issues. The Friends of Santa Teresa Park also has a Facebook page, STPFriends, which I help administer.


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

Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Mine Hill Rotary Furnace, Almaden Quicksilver County Park

(Migrated from 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 the webmaster 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):

These are videos that I've uploaded to the Internet, primarily on Youtube and Facebook:

Other Santa Clara County Parks:

Healthy Trails Hike, Uvas Canyon County Park, 2/21/09

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
Open Space Authority of Santa Clara Valley

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 more pictures on these areas. This list also includes OSA events at urban parks. The Open Space Authority partners with city agencies to provide educational and interpretive events in urban areas.

San Francisco Bay Trail and Feeder Trails

Alviso Slough Trail

Southern California

Santa Barbara Harbor, 9/23/12

Santa Barbara Harbor, 9/23/12

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:

Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District Preserves

View of Mt. Umunhum from the Woods Trail, Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve
Other Park and Trail Pages

Tunnel in Quarry Park, Saratoga
Tunnel in Quarry Park, Saratoga
Outdoor Photography

Ron teaching photo class, Santa Teresa Park, 11/14/15
Ron teaching a photo class at the Bernal Ranch, Santa Teresa Park, 11/14/15, picture by Mike Boulland

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



Museums, Gardens, and Exhibitions

Gilroy Gardens Luminations

Lumination, Gilroy Gardens, 10/2/16

Facebook Pictures and Photo Albums

Note that most of these Facebook albums are also listed above. This is a list of all the Facebook albums I have. They are organized by the date of the pictures, not by the date I created the album.

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.

Recipients of Presidential Volunteer Service Award
Me (3rd from left) with fellow recipients of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award on 11/18/14 at the County of Santa Clara Civic Center

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

Note on Geocities migration: Geocities was a web hosting service that was founded in 1994. They offered free web hosting for small web pages. Many of my web pages, including the predecessor of this one, were on Geocities. The webpages included, which was my main page, geocities,com/santateresapark, bayareaparks, almadenqs, santateresahills, stpfriends, and some others. Geocities was acquired by Yahoo! in 1999, but they shut it down in October 2009. I migrated most of my webpages to this website or other websites that I control. While the links below work, the links on the pages that they are linked to most likely don't work. 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

Bay Area Back Pages header

For many years, I had a website on Prodigy called "Bay Area Back Pages." This is what it said:
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 are now dead. I may revive some of 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.
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 2/9/18 by Ron Horii. E-mail me!