Gilroy Dispatch: Ron Erskine

Ron Erskine

Ron Erskine
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Thursday 05/19/2016
Coyote Valley wildlife corridor
Posted: May 19, 2016

As humankind has expanded its reach, wildlife and the natural world have retreated. Only recently have we realized our power to exhaust the resources of a world we once thought limitless. What we had previously struggled to conquer, now needs to be saved.

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Thursday 05/05/2016
Rolling hills at Henry Coe
Updated: May 05, 2016 - 9:55 am

The special thing about Henry W. Coe State Park is also the most difficult thing. It is big, really big.

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Thursday 04/21/2016
Spring wildflower fields
Posted: April 21, 2016

I have always been truly amazed at the tenacity and patience of wildflowers. Seeds sit on hot bone-dry ground year after desiccating year, all the while remaining viable, waiting for the right moment. “No, not this spring,” says the seed. “I'll never be able to sprout, create a flower, and most important, produce mature seeds on that paltry rainfall. I think I'll wait.”

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Thursday 04/07/2016
Sutter Buttes calling
Posted: April 07, 2016

One of California’s most curious and intriguing landscapes is hidden in plain sight. You have certainly driven past it but may never have noticed it. And if you have, I suspect your reaction was like mine: What the heck is that, and what is it doing there?

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Thursday 03/24/2016
Sunol Regional Wilderness hike a stunner
Posted: March 24, 2016

We have completed three of the six preparatory hikes in anticipation of the Round Top Challenge in the Sierra this summer. Our most recent hike at Sunol Regional Wilderness received rave reviews from all who came. Without a doubt, it was a stunner.

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Friday 03/18/2016
Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park
Posted: March 18, 2016

It isn’t often that I learn of a state park in the Bay Area that I have never heard of before. Hidden in the foothills of the San Mateo Coast, Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park waits humbly and quietly for someone to notice.

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Huddart County Park Delivers
Posted: March 18, 2016

On a recent weekday morning, two friends and I set out on what we called a guys field trip. For years, we have met weekly to do what old men do: drink coffee and talk about nothing. And we love it. We decided it was time for a road trip, a term that has a dramatically different meaning than it did 40 years ago. After a fabulous meal at the Breakfast House, an inconspicuous but terrific cafe in San Carlos, we set out for Huddart County Park and a walk in the woods to burn off some of the Hollandaise sauce.

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Friday 02/19/2016
Peak of success
Posted: February 19, 2016

SOUTH OF Monterey, the Santa Lucia Range rises boldly from the Pacific Ocean and parallels the coast southward for 105 miles. We know the range best for the local Big Sur coastline, where beautiful sheer conifer- cloaked cliffs plunge into the sea. But the range also has an inland side that rises above the Salinas Valley. While the Big Sur coast gets all the attention, the east side has a hidden nook that I promise will surprise and amaze you.

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Friday 02/05/2016
You need a break in solitude
Posted: February 05, 2016

FINALLY, a free afternoon. You still have a long to-do list, but the heck with it. Everything can wait for a few hours, so you light out for your favorite trail. Good for you. You deserve a break; a bit of quiet solitude.

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Thursday 01/14/2016
Getting Out: Point your way to this vista seashore
Posted: January 14, 2016

It is said that nothing can be all things to all people, but every rule has an exception. Point Reyes National Seashore is the exception to this rule. Jutting boldly into the Pacific Ocean in western Marin County, Point Reyes and its surrounding communities have something that will excite and please everyone.

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