Thursday, May 19, 2016


Just a brief reminder that there is NO HIKE on Tuesday, May 24th.

Our next hike will be June 14 - Bear Valley to Five Brooks Shuttle Hike, at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Dick Jordan's 20th Show for MarinTV to Air Soon

Dick Jordan's 20th show for public access TV station, MarinTV, Yellowstone: Saving The World, Park By Park, airs during the next two weeks on Comcast Channel 26.

(Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park. Dick Jordan Photo)
Dates and times for the show are:
  • Thursday, May 19, 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 22, 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 25, 5:00 pm
If you aren't a Comcast subscriber, or miss seeing the show "live" on TV, you can watch it on YouTube.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Bolinas Ridge to S.P. Taylor Hike (May 17) Preview

Looking West from Bolinas Ridge (S. Walker photo)
The College of Marin Spring series of hikes ended last week so this will be our first "pay-if-you-go" hike between now and the Fall 1 COM series.

This hike is mostly downhill or level! Bleeding Hearts may be in bloom!

Directions to Trailhead:
Meet at Samuel P. Taylor State Park at 9:30 am.

Unless you have a State Park Pass, pay the $8.00 day use fee/parking if you leave your car there.

We’ll carpool to the Bolinas Ridge trailhead and hike back down. 
Click here for a Google Maps map showing the parking lot at Samuel P. Taylor. Click on teardrop icon on the map or on "Directions" on the left-hand side of the page for driving times and directions from your location.

Carpool leaves from St. Rita at 9:10 a.m.

Restrooms at Samuel P. Taylor, none at trailhead.

THIS IS A SHUTTLE HIKE SO CALL OR E-MAIL WENDY IF YOU'RE COMING: Home phone: 415 457-3949; cell 415 517-0488; E-mail:

Weather forecast: As of Tuesday, May 10th, the National Weather Service forecast was partly sunny, with a high near 70. (Click here for an updated forecast).

More on this hike: "H8 - Taylor State Park to Bolinas Ridge" in the Martin's book, Hiking Marin, is a 10.2 mile loop hike which starts and ends in the state park. We're doing this hike in the opposite direction, but only one-way, from the trailhead on the south side of the road where Sir Francis Drake Boulevard reaches a crest between the McIsaac Ranch at Tocoloma (intersection of SFD and Platform Bridge Road) and Olema, so our total distance hiked should be more like 5 miles.

Although part of the area is within the GGNRA, it is actually administered by Point Reyes National Seashore. The Point Reyes Hiking Map (South District) shows the trails that we'll be following within the GGNRA.

The Google Earth image below shows the area where will be hiking viewed from just east of Olema toward Samuel P. Taylor State Park. Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is the yellow line snaking through the picture. You can see the trail beginning right off to the road on the right. (Click on the image to open a larger view in your Web browser).

Lavender-Blueberry Soup Recipe

Here's the link to the recipe for the Lavender-Blueberry Soup that Dick Jordan brought to today's "Final Exam" luncheon.

(It's the same one he made for the Spring 2008 and 2011 "Final Exam" feasts so some of you may already have the recipe.)