Wildflower of the Week: Silver Lupine

March 26, 2012

Well, we’ve fallen a little behind in choosing a wildflower of the week, so we’re going to make up for it by choosing silver lupine (Lupinus albifrons): one of California’s most ubiquitous flowers. Although it leaks across the border a little into Southern Oregon and Northern Baja, this perennial shrub is a true Alta Californian. These are blooming near Soberanes Creek in Garrapata State Park – one of the many State parks scheduled to be “closed” this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mayors to Decide How Serious They Are About Avoiding Rationing

March 22, 2012

The mouth of the Carmel River as viewed from Whaler’s Knoll at Pt. Lobos

Are Monterey Peninsula leaders really serious about avoiding rationing? We’ll find out tonight, as the mayors’ new Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority decides whether or not to expand its mission to include seeking additional water for growth. Read the rest of this entry »


Some Real Rain … Finally

March 19, 2012

While the Santa Cruz Mountains may have gotten most of the rain and left our rainfall totals still languishing way below average, at least there’s now a little water in the creeks and some snow on the hills.  For the first time since last fall it’s … finally … starting to seem like a rainy season again. Read the rest of this entry »


Cycling the Peachtree-Cholame Country

March 12, 2012

The long road across the Salinas Valley. The high ridges of the Southern Diablo Range beckon us on. Read the rest of this entry »


Wildflower of the Week: Crimson Columbine

March 8, 2012

Crimson Columbine (Aquilegia formosa)

Although we spent last weekend riding around on bikes and sailboats, rather than out in the hills, we are reliably informed that crimson columbine is now coming into bloom. So we’re making it our Wildflower of the Week. A member of the Buttercup Family (the Ranunculaceae), this hummingbird favorite is native to western North America, from Alaska to Baja. Read the rest of this entry »


What Happened to FORA’s $100 Million?

March 6, 2012

Cyclists enjoying Ft. Ord backroads

Keep Fort Ord Wild, the coalition that formed last year to protect open space and trails on the former Ft. Ord, filed suit against the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) yesterday. The lawsuit seeks to enforce the California Public Records Act and compel FORA to reveal what was done with nearly $100 million in grant money awarded by the federal government, in 2007, for the purpose of cleaning up certain Ft. Ord lands. Read the rest of this entry »