El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve

June 23, 2013
San Mateo County, CA
Hikers: Cathy, Laura, Noreen, Denise
Distance:10 miles

Looks like we are ready for our first day of school ~ remember those photos?

A very mossy sandstone rock between the trees.

A lot greener than the last time we were here.

Tafoni sandstone.

Hmm, should we be concerned?

It was the day of the banana slug.

A lone(ly?)fish.

Denise pointing out the saplings growing off the downed tree.



Tafoni, El Corte de Madera Creek, North Leaf, Methuselah, Giant Salamander,
Timberview, Sierra Morena, Fir.

El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve 

Briones Reservoir Loop

June 16, 2013
Contra Costa County
Hikers: Cathy, Laura, Noreen
Distance: 13.7 miles

Beautiful day~

A lot different than the last time we were here!

Sole sucking mud when we were here in January.


Remnants of a nest.

Nasty! Good thing the birds did their duty at the end of the ramp.

Swallow nests at the top of the roll-up door.

Noreen's fancy feet~
(We couldn't believe that she wears a toe ring while hiking!)

The perfect lunch spot.

The water level looks a bit low..

Oursan, Bear Creek.