Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Just a reminder that there will be no hike this coming Tuesday, December 23rd.

The next "Winterim" hike will be on January 13th from Sky Trail to Bear Valley.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dick Jordan's Latest Travel TV Series Starts Tomorrow

Who says that there's nothing worth watching on TV?

(Library and Archives Canada Flickr Photo)
Dick Jordan's five-part "One Minute-Plus Journeys" begins airing on MarinTV, Comcast Channel 26, tomorrow, Wednesday, December 17th in Central and Southern Marin County.

Here's the full schedule:
  • Wednesday, 12/17, 7:00 PM - "A Minute With The Queen" (Queen Mary Ocean Liner)
  • Sunday, 12/18, 8:30 PM - "A Minute With The Queen"
  • Wednesday, 12/31, 7:00 PM - "A Minute At The Aquarium" (Aquarium of The Pacific)
  • Sunday, 1/4, 4:30 PM - "A Minute At The Aquarium"
  • Wednesday, 1/7, 7:00 PM - "A Minute In Nature" (Lassen Volcanic Nature Park)
  • Sunday, 1/11, 7:30 PM - "A Minute In Nature"
  • Wednesday, 1/14, 7:00 PM - "A Minute In The Museum" (deYoung Museum)
  • Sunday, 1/18, 7:30 PM - "A Minute In The Museum"
  • Wednesday, 1/21, 7:00 PM - "A Minute In Wine Country" (Sonoma County)
  • Sunday, 1/25, 7:30 PM - "A Minute In Wine Country"
Not a Comcast subscriber in Marin? Don't have a DVR? Can't wait to see them?

Not a problem. They are all available for viewing now on this YouTube Playlist.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Pine Mt./Elliott Preserve Hike (12/16) Preview

CALL WENDY AT 457-3949 or send her an e-mail her at if you are coming!

We'll open the "Winterim" hiking session with our last hike of 2014. (The next "Winterim" hike will be  on January 13th. Registration for the College of Marin Winter 2015 hike series opens on Monday, January 5, 2015.)
This one-way shuttle hike starts in oak/bay/madrone woodland, passes through chaparral, then heads down to a valley with a stream, passing some serpentine rock areas. We'll check out birds and mushrooms as we go.  (Click here for the recap of our hike in this area in January of 2009. There are a few photos from a past hike in this area in one our online albums.)

Directions to trailhead: We need some people to meet at the end of Cascade Drive in Fairfax at 9:20 a.m. (Click here for a MapQuest map with that location and click on the #1 to get directions to it). If you have time pressure after class go there as well, since the car shuttle won’t get us back to the trailhead until a little after 2:00 pm. Wendy will drive those drivers to the start of the hike.

Others should meet at the trailhead by taking the Bolinas-Fairfax Road past the Meadow Club (golf course) and up to the crest of the hill. (Click here for a MapQuest map with that location and click on the #1 to get directions to it.)

Park in the parking lot across from the Pine Mountain Fire Road. It is a large dirt parking lot on your left, and the fire road is on the right. If you start going downhill and can see Lake Alpine, you’ve gone too far.  There may or may not be a porta-potty at the trailhead.

Carpool to the trailhead (not the end of Cascade Drive) will leave from St. Rita's at 9:25 a.m. (Wendy won't be at St. Rita's she is going early to drive to the end of Cascade Drive).

Weather forecast: As of Sunday, December 14th, the National Weather Service forecast for Fairfax on the day of the hike was Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 59. North northeast wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. (Click here for an updated forecast).

More on this hike: We'll be hiking on both MMWD watershed lands (click here for a map that you can view, zoom in on or print) and those of the Marin County Open Space District (click here for a description of the preserve (now called Cascade Canyon Open Space Preserve instead of Elliott Preserve) on the District's Website, or click here for a map of this area).

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Newts and The "Final Exam"

About half of the Tuesday Meanderers made it for the Fall 2 "Final Exam" hike and luncheon at Lake Lagunitas today.

And although the fog never lifted, the temperatures were mild and it was perfect weather for finding lots of newts along the trail.

(The College of Marin session is over, but the final hike of 2014 will be next Tuesday, December 16th, up Pine Mountain and down into the Elliott Preserve near Fairfax.)