An Everyman’s Ocean: The Walking Trail to Franklin Point.

Franklin Point is the most spectacular ocean viewpoint you’ve never heard of – even if you DO call the San Francisco Bay Area your chosen home. It’s so off the radar screen it hurts. John Hope Franklin fans (like me) will know the backstory here, but most visitors to this modest, unassuming wooden planked platformContinue reading “An Everyman’s Ocean: The Walking Trail to Franklin Point.”

Downtown San Jose’s Reed Street historic district is more than meets the eye.

I know what you are going to say. Another “historic district” designation. Just a fancy way to wallpaper over ongoing gentrification, right? Not so fast. Downtown San Jose isn’t a Potemkin village where the warts have been excised & growing pains hidden behind a slick surface of freshly applied house paint. Here, they do itContinue reading “Downtown San Jose’s Reed Street historic district is more than meets the eye.”

Stanford Garden Report for Thursday, January 30, 2020.

One of the things you may not realize about the Stanford University campus is that is has several working organic community gardens organized by the BeWell@Stanford sustainable food and healthy living program. The Oak Road garden is by far the largest, and it is open by online application to Stanford students, staff, and faculty forContinue reading “Stanford Garden Report for Thursday, January 30, 2020.”

Destination Hike #001: Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

Over the course of more than a decade of determined wandering, I have managed to walk every inch of marked trail here, along with some unmarked others. If you ever need expert guide services to help you unlock the many hidden and healing secrets of Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP, I am your man. Contact meContinue reading “Destination Hike #001: Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.”

Dinner Menu @theRedwoodBistro: 29.01.2020

Main Ingredients purchased @Sigona’s in Redwood City. Entree: Oregon hedgehog mushroom bucatini w/ La Quercia pancetta Americana, garden fresh winter Spanish rojo garlic, Clover organic heavy cream, & organic chopped parsley w/ Fifth Crow baby lettuce leaves on Sundance Catalogue Portuguese serving plates. Wine: 2016 Querceto Chianti Classico ($15), decanted into a Riedel serving vesselContinue reading “Dinner Menu @theRedwoodBistro: 29.01.2020”

Foraged Flower Art: January 2020.

Here are two examples of the foraged flower and tree artwork that I create here at the sempervirens117 cottage on Kings Mountain. One is made from fresh holly branches in full winter’s red berry bloom. The other consists of two delicate white camelia blossoms, also collected from the grounds here. If you would like toContinue reading “Foraged Flower Art: January 2020.”

Intertwined Redwoods @theinnercore.

The inner core of the sempervirens117 medicine wheel is an intertwined pair of living coastal redwoods foraged from nearby the cottage. They evoke the ancient, fire scarred old growth redwoods pictured on my WordPress landing page that you can visit in person on the Craig Britton Trail in Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve. TrailContinue reading “Intertwined Redwoods @theinnercore.”