Tilden Regional Park Hike, Berkeley Hills, California

Yesterday afternoon, June 19th 2015, I hiked beautiful Tilden Regional Park in the Berkeley Hills, San Francisco Bay Area in California, from end to end and back again to the starting point.
In total, I hiked about 11 1/2 miles, and it took me about 3 1/2 – 4 hours of steady hiking with few stops, except to take pictures; I forgot to look at the time right when I started. As those of you who know me well are aware, I hike a lot, it’s one of my very favorite things to do. Just thought I’d share this one with you since it’s the first time I made a point of hiking the Tilden trails that took me as far as I could go from one end of the park to the other. http://www.ebparks.org/parks/tilden.htm

I parked near Little Farm and the Visitor’s Center, and headed via Jewel Lake and Sylvan Trials to Wildcat Canyon Peak Trial, which takes you to around the northwest end of the park. I took the Peak Trail to Nimitz Way, stopped at Inspiration Point, headed up the Seaview Trail to connect with the East Bay Skyline National Trail, and took that all the way to Vollmer Peak at the southeast end of the park. Coming back, I took the Vollmer Peak Trail to Arroyo, to Upper Big Springs, to Quarry, to Lower Big Springs, back down Seaview, then met with Curran Trail. For the last leg of the return trip, I chose Wildcat Gorge Trail, which takes you nearly all the way back to the Visitor Center.

Along the way, I saw quail, lizards, wild turkeys, and oodles of other birds; at one point as I was on a ridge trail, a redtail hawk cruised by about twenty feet in front of me at eye level on its way to hunt the grassy hillside below, so I got a good, long look at her. I saw sweet peas, sticky monkey flower, golden poppy, cow parsnip, wild teasel, thistle, and many other wildflowers. I walked through oen grasslands and hiked among oak, sequoia, bay, pine, eucalyptus, toyon, and other beautiful trees and shrubs. I ate wild blackberries and plums, and would have eaten the less common thimbleberries except the ones I found weren’t ripe yet (I had some the other day in Joaquin Miller, really a treat). Watch out for poison oak; I used to react to it very badly, but I think I’ve developed a resistance to it: it’s absolutely everywhere, but I don’t break out anymore, just a little itchy blister now and then.

Here’s a little picture book I took on my hike (with my cell phone camera, nothing fancy). All photos are presented here in the order in which they were taken so you an take a virtual walk with me, though I only captured the smallest fraction of the beauty of this place.

I hope you enjoyed your virtual hike with me!

love, Amy

Red, White, & Blue at afterglow vintage

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Find your Fourth of July colors at afterglow vintage!

From a beautiful 1960’s Marchesa di Gresy designer wool coat (soon to be listed, stay tuned or message me!), to a floral stripe festival skirt, to soft and cool men’s shirts, to a striped early 1990’s New York Yankees hooded tee, to a vintage Asics Japan track jacket when your love of country encompasses two nations!

Celebrate in vintage style at afterglow vintage

Love, Amy

Oodles of beautiful Wool at afterglow vintage!

Like to be warm and cozy yet not overheated, dry yet ventilated, and soft and fuzzy to the touch?

Then you like to wear wool!

There’s oodles of beautiful vintage wool pieces at afterglow vintage right now; just enter ‘wool’ into the store’s search bar and you’ll find plenty to choose from, for women and men, just in time for this round of winter storms!

Vintage midcentury Marchesa di Gresy wool jacket at afterglow vintage


Oakland Art En Plein Air: Murals and Grafitti

There has been so much fantastic new art appearing on the walls in my neighborhood (Chinatown) and surrounding areas lately, and I feel the need to share it.

I’ll continue to document more as I discover it over time. Enjoy!

By the way, if you are the creator of any of these pieces and would like to be named here, please contact me. I would love to hear from you!