Archive | Outdoors

Cranes (not the feathered variety) in North Oakland

August 13, 2015

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With 4 major and several other projects breaking ground in the Temescal/North Oakland, it’s time to take a look at what all the activity is about. The combination of these projects will add hundreds of new units of housing, from studios to an entire senior assisted living complex to Safeway’s new “lifestyle” grocery store and […]

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Years of Living Dangergously? Telegraph (In) Complete Streets/Community Meetings

September 8, 2014

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City Staff Come up with Some Crazy Stuff If the City staff have their way, the long sought for “protected bike lanes” along Telegraph Avenue would be a pipe dream of Bike East Bay and the 70% of folks who came to the public meetings and asked for a continuous bike lane along Telegraph from […]

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Obelisk for Temescal Entry? Installation Has Been Halted

June 8, 2014

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Update: The Temescal BID has agreed to halt installation and meet with local stakeholders (editor) The Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District (TTBID) has designed and is in the process of implementing a huge gateway sign/sculpture for the Temescal Neighborhood. There was no open, competitive process for selecting an artist and the community was not engaged […]

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Mt Diablo–Spring Wildflower Hike

May 12, 2014

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We began at a trailhead on the steep north side of Mt Diablo Saturday and we hiked up Donner Canyon along the fire trail. Jennifer very nearly stepped on a juvenile rattlesnake, taking the sun on the gravel path and nearly indistinguishable from it. Until not. When the pit-headed viper writhes away with its few rattles […]

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Things That I’ve Experienced Once in Nature

August 8, 2013

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Once I saw elephants mating in Amboseli Park in Kenya, made a video of it, posted it on Youtube and now have almost 5 million hits. Once I was walking along a path at Pierce Point in Pt Reyes and a weasel appeared, seemed to look us straight in the eye like out of a TV comic and […]

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Niles Canyon/Palomares Canyon by Bicycle

June 3, 2013

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I recently joined up with over 20 folks organized by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition to explore the Niles Canyon area to suggest improvements for CalTrans. Overwhelmed by opposition from local community groups and the City of Fremont, Caltrans has gone back to the drawing board for the Niles Canyon Roadway Widening Project.  No longer included in the project […]

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Lake Merritt Transformation/Love Our Lake Day on June 9th

May 23, 2013

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It is possible to feel discouraged and powerless, but sometimes the good guys win. Once in a while, everyone turns out to be a good guy. Twelve years ago in Oakland a confrontation was intensifying: Some wanted to sell off public land for a new cathedral looming over Lake Merritt, and others wanted to preserve […]

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Footloose: Why I Travel Alone

May 9, 2013

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For the last nine winters I have taken a longish trip to somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere, mostly on my own. I got started on my solo trips when I decided to go to South Africa, a country that fascinated me. I harbored some of the same fears that I hear so often from friends […]

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I Belong on My Bike

May 2, 2013

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I’m not sure when I started loving to bike so much. I’ve never owned a car so riding has been a way of life for me. I mainly started riding a bike in my 20’s in graduate school in San Jose. I remember riding it to class and work and back to where I lived in […]

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Exploring the SF Bay Trail: Part 1 from Fruitvale to San Leandro

April 22, 2013

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Biking Distance (13 miles, estimate) Duration (2 hours with 30 minute lunch) Start: Fruitvale BART  End: San Leandro BART I recently explored part of the SF Bay Trail by biking it with my friend Paul Backhurst. I had never been on the section of the trail from Fruitvale to San Leandro and I wanted to see […]

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