A Walk in the Near Woods

I happen to live in a rural area of Northern California where a 10-minute drive and 20-minute walk will take me to a 40-foot waterfall among redwoods and ferns. This setting is as beautiful as you will find in the most remote wilderness areas. A great trek can merely be a walk in the near woods. Which drew me to this local adventure:

Recently, Ron Bloomquist of Fort Bragg, California who walks the town each morning for health and then blogs about it, decided on a near adventure of his own. He and a friend strapped on ultralight backpacks and followed the tracks of the local historic Skunk Train railroad, logging 40-miles. Here is his story.

Be light. Be safe. Be one with the pack.

2 thoughts on “A Walk in the Near Woods

  1. Hi Bruce,

    Since you have expertise in backpacking and the outdoors, I wanted to give you the heads up about a new Sierra Club site. We are gearing up to launch a new website called Sierra Club Trails. It’s (as far as we know) the first-ever comprehensive hiking wiki…A website where anyone can post their favorite hikes and anyone else can edit the descriptions so that the trails are constantly up-to-date. The site is up and running in a beta test now, and we’re planning to launch it this Thursday, July 9th – so I wanted to make sure you were in the loop.


    What makes this site unique is that it’s a wiki – i.e. anyone can update or edit the trails that are posted. So if I post a trail in, say, Yosemite, and you’ve been there recently and saw that part of the trail is really muddy, or the bugs are bad this time of year, or if camping spots are getting really popular and should be reserved in advance, you can update that.

    In addition to hiking and paddling trails, the site also features tips for hikers, a birding blog, photo contests, and Nature Notes, a series of audio features based on interviews with naturalists and Sierra Club Outings leaders. Sierra Club Trails is also an online community where users can create profiles and meet other hikers and nature-lovers, as well as join discussion forums with topics like the best trail mix recipe or whether guns should be allowed in national parks. Community members can form groups around a particular outdoor interest or place.

    Does this sound like something you’d be interested in covering for your blog?

    The link is http://www.sierraclubtrails.org – and the logo is on Flicrk here – http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2604/3701119013_84723f28d9.jpg


    Natalie Gaber
    Sierra Club
    85 Second Street, Second Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    (415) 977-5526

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