Gloria Fire Threatening Homes East of Soledad

August 27, 2009

In a repeat of yesterday’s Bryson Fire, that ignited in the early afternoon and had burned over 1,500 acres by sundown, today’s Gloria Fire (that broke out about 2:45) has already burned more than 2,000 acres. It appears to be moving southeast through the Gabilans east of Soledad. Homes in Bryant and Stonewall canyon are threatened.

Hopefully, as happened with the Bryson Fire, the intensity will diminish overnight – but we haven’t seen much sign of that yet. Read the rest of this entry »

Pinnacles Wildflowers

April 5, 2009

The sun is out and the flowers are blooming at Pinnacles National Monument.

Here’s a little of what we saw today …


This is a field of Tufted Poppies (Eschscholzia caespitosa).

(For a closer look, click on a picture to bring up a higher resolution image, then use your browser to zoom in) Read the rest of this entry »

Fremont Peak Ride

May 27, 2008

Breakfast of Champions: With a tough 110 miles of cycling planned for the day, an early morning donut stop in Monterey is mandatory. Read the rest of this entry »