Feb. 21st, 2009

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earthquake... I felt it; a sharp creak and a bit of a thud/jolt as though someone had backed their car into the building. There was a bit of a quiver afterward that meant it was probably a quake, though, so I fired up quake.usgs.gov and saw the "unknown magnitude quake" symbol right around the Fremont-Sunol area. C., in the shower, didn't notice. (It was a 3.2, about from here.)

Anyway, after that we had breakfast and went to the Sunol Regional Wilderness to check out the so-called Little Yosemite Area. It's a nice easy drive from here, about 15 minutes away. We went into the visitors' center and saw some critters and talked to a person who reminded me a whole lot of [livejournal.com profile] debmats. She was really helpful; we told her we wanted to do the Canyon View trail first but wanted to take another route back, preferably an easier one, so she advised the Ohlone Road.

Canyon View: "Gentle rise in elevation. Leads through Jacob's Valley to Little Yosemite. Weathered serpentine and sandstone outcrops. Grassland, oak woodland."

I have issues with their definition of "a gentle rise in elevation." Those hills seemed pretty steep to me. I know I'm way out of shape, but gah. *wheeze* It was only 1.39 miles but felt like a lot more. Anyway, Little Yosemite was worth it, though if we go back before I get decent hiking shoes and am in better shape we'll park down Ohlone Road and go up that way. Little Yosemite is Yosemite-like not in the Sheer Rock Grandeur way but more in the Big Rock Boulders in Streams way. Very pretty, with mossy outcroppings above. It was worth it, but by the time we got there, I had blisters, it was late, and we didn't have a lot of time to look at it. At least, having had a bit of rain in our rainy season lately, there was some water in the waterfalls and things were fairly green (remember, weird topsy-turvy Mediterranean green-in-the-winter climate here).

So I recommend it, just realize that if you have knee problems or are out of shape, the Canyon View Trail is not especially "gentle," and there are other ways to get to see Little Yosemite. (I hate to think what their "medium slope" trails are like. SOMEDAY.) I'll post the two semi-cruddy photos I wound up with in a minute.

When we came home we saw PG&E at the ominously dark apartment complex across the street, and when we got inside our new microwave's screen was telling us to check the manual, haha. Guess we also had a power outage, but it's OK now.

Anyway, I'm glad we've been taking advantage of living here more lately. :)
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Green Hills
Originally uploaded by wintersweet.
I love this kind of view, even with rainclouds gathering.
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Little Yosemite
Originally uploaded by wintersweet.
Here's part of the so-called "Little Yosemite" area of the Sunol Regional Wilderness. See my actual post about it below...too bad there was just no light today.

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