After a few attempts, I finally made it all the way from the base of Huddart Park to Skyline and back down. 10.3 miles, 1,716ft elevation gain, 3:35:15 moving time, 80°F outside temperature, no wind. It wasn’t tough until I hit mile 8 or 9.
The ultimate challenge remains to get to the top using only the Richard’s Road Trail, a raw 2.75 mile, 1,500 foot climb straight up the mountain which historically was used to drag lumber down to Redwood City.
I don’t recommend visiting Huddart Park right now unless you like lots of bugs and walking through spider webs.
Inspired by some art I found on the internet, I made a couple decals for my car today:
If you want to put these on your own car as decals, feel free to download these images. I recommend creating ‘multi-colored transfer stickers’ using carstickers.com. Top image is 5.8×3.0 inches while the bottom image is 5.7×3.0 inches.
I can tell that I am getting old every time I look at the music lineup for large local music festivals.
Outside Lands was always a festival I considered attending, but when I look at the lineup now not only do I not listen to any of the bands, I hardly recognize a single name. Of all the bands listed below, I am only familiar with Childish Gambino, Blink-182, Leon Bridges, and Lil’ Wayne. My desire to listen to any of those bands stands at zero.
I came across a blooming patch of ‘indian warrior’ (pedicularis densiflora), a.k.a. ‘warrior’s plume’, on the Sawyer Camp Trail this afternoon. These flowers did not have as many petals as the examples I see when I search Google. Since I didn’t see any petals littering the ground, I suspect that the local deer have been snacking on these plants.
The indian warrior is a parasitic plant native to Oregon and California. While it is capable of living on its own through photosynthesis, if given the opportunity the plant will attach its root system to other plants to obtain water and nutrients. Indian warrior particularly likes to grow on manzanita and madrone, and can sometimes be found near chamise. When the plant is not acting as a parasite it does not grow as robustly, which makes indian warrior relatively difficult to cultivate in gardens.
The following interesting fact comes from the book California Plants by Matt Ritter: “Pedicularis comes from the Latin pediculus, a louse, which refers to the widely held belief at the time of Linnaeus, who named the genus, that sheep sharing a field with Pedicularis would be infested with lice.”