September 24, 2022

I spent the weekend on the San Francisco Peninsula.  Today went biking starting at Baylands Nature Preserve Trailhead in Palo Alto at the South Adobe Creek Trailhead. That trail is connected to the San Francisco Bay Trail , three-hundred and fifty foot and bike trails that surround the Bay!

Shoreline Lake

The trails around Palo Alto and Mountain View left me wanting to explore the area more as there is much to see and it’s easy to get lost.  Most of the trails are paved, thus, one could safely bring a road bike.  Just remember to bring a water and phone with gps so you can find out where you parked.  Fortunately, this is in the heart of Silicon Valley so easy to get a signal.  The routes along the Bay are relatively flat, and even on this scorchy day, the Bayshore was cool and balmy.  The views are beautiful and there are enough people around to feel safe, and few enough to lend peace and privacy.

Later I went to see Buried: The 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche.  It was a very disturbing documentary, but engrossing and extremely well done.  I lived in Lake Tahoe just a few years before the avalanche.  I was living in Santa Cruz in 1982 and I remember how heavily it rained that year.  In fact, there was a terrible tragedy that year in Santa Cruz County with the Love Creek mudslide.

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Susan Casslan is a writer and a nurse. Her writing touches on spirituality and issues pertaining to social justice. Casslan lived for a decade in the San Francisco Inner Mission District, and she was greatly inspired by the Latinx culture of that neighborhood. The Inner Mission emerges in her books Conversations with Richard Purcell: The Adventures and Reflections of a Renegade San Francisco Priest and That Which Wavers with the Night, as well as in her chapbook 24th Street and Other Poems. Additionally, Casslan’s nonfiction articles have appeared in El Tecolote, an Inner Mission newspaper.

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