2015: What a year it’s been. A lot happened this year. I left my job at an arts nonprofit in Oakland to take a position of increased responsibility at an education nonprofit in Emeryville. My son turned 1 and started walking (and running!). I made some new friends and lost others. I did a lot of reading. I decided to start this little blog. I learned a lot about myself. I felt challenged in many ways.
In short, this was a year full of ups and downs. There were a lot of highs, but there were just as many lows, too. But I’m alive and well, and so is my family. At the end of the day, can I really ask for more than that?
I thought it’d be nice to end 2015 by going on one of my favorite hikes: Uvas Canyon County Park, located in Morgan Hill. It’s a surprisingly secluded little park that has lovely waterfalls in the spring.
I’ve never visited this park in the winter, so it was a bit of a gamble coming here. I wasn’t sure if the falls would have any water, despite recent rainfall. Fortunately, we were lucky. Each waterfall had a steady, albeit light stream of water.
The park was empty, dark, and frigid. We froze our butts off! If you don’t already know, the weather in Northern California this year is unusually cold. How often is it that New York is warmer than California on Christmas?
On our hike, we came across some witches’ butter, but I believe this to be a different kind than I saw in Point Reyes. I’m no fungi expert, but I think that this is Tremella aurantia. Very cool, but still not very appetizing to look at. 🙂
And without further ado: the falls. Here are a few shots of Granuja Falls, Little Falls, Upper Falls, and Basin Falls. Regrettably, we didn’t have time to see Black Rock Falls. The sun was rapidly setting as I got a couple of poorly lit shots of Basin Falls. We ended up running back to the park entrance and made it just in time before it got uncomfortably dark. I’d forgotten my headlamp at home, and the park’s gate closes at sundown anyway. Phew! Side note: Don’t run on damp trails. I slipped and fell. 🙁
Here’s a closeup of my favorite this time around: the modest but beautiful Granuja Falls.
And here’s to another year of adventure. 🙂
Happy New Year!