A Thanksgiving Day assault

A handful of the South Bay Hiking Elite, as Tom Mangan dubs them, met before dawn this morning to climb the steep and windswept slopes of Mission Peak, which crowns the hills east of Fremont, California. I would have been there with that crew, laboring up that @#$&! hill, if I hadn’t woken up coughing, assaulted by some sort of scurrilous *$&%#!! bug.

Ah, ’tis the season for health-zapping peskies, and I s’pose I’m duly taking my turn.

Some kind of hiking blogger I am. I guess I’m not nearly so elite as I want to be. But I didn’t feel like sharing my malady with the hardy hillclimbing lot (nor with my mother at Thanksgiving dinner this evening), so I stayed snug and cozy under a wad of blankets while the Intrepid Elite walked tall in the morning twilight.

Sunrise atop Mission Peak, Thanksgiving Day 2006

Dawn atop Mission Peak, Thanksgiving Day 2006. Photo courtesy of Two Heel Drive.

Maybe “walked” isn’t the right word. Nobody just “walks” up Mission Peak. Well, except perhaps for that young feller John Fedak. But I’ll let Tom tell the story in yet another of his trademark photoessays.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.



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Wine and hiking blog now fully searchable

SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA, October 25, 2006 – Russ Beebe, author of the Winehiker Witiculture wine and hiking blog and owner of californiawinehikes.com, today announced that his blog is fully searchable for all current and archived content.

“With Google’s Co-op Custom Search Engine, I can now offer my readers a powerful way to find articles they once read days, weeks, or months ago without having to remember which category I placed my post in, and without having to tediously scroll through numerous pages,” remarked Russ. “It’s a valuable tool for me as well. As a regular blogger, I tend to occasionally refer to prior posts via hyperlink to engage the reader in historical perspective.”

In the announcement of its Custom Search Engine program the day before, Google states that users of the beta program can add a custom search feature to their websites “in two easy steps”. And while Russ is no web developer, he was able to add a custom search feature to his blog within minutes.

Russ soon plans to use Google’s AdSense for Search program to capitalize on the traffic to his blog.

Read more about Google’s Co-op Custom Search Engine.

California Wine Hikes offers guided hikes and small-group experiences that combine the best of Nature, wine, fine food & accommodations in the California wine country. Special “winehiking” packages are available. Many tours sell out and guests should book early. For information and easy online booking, visit www.californiawinehikes.com.


Outdoor Blogger Ho-Down a Fine Success!

From all points to a high point: “A pride of bloggers.” Photo courtesy of L&T Nancy.

From all points to a high point: “A pride of bloggers.” Photo courtesy of L&T Nancy.

After three glorious Indian Summer days in the vicinity of Mt. Shasta in upper California, I’m hard-pressed to catch up on things here at work this morning. Frankly, I don’t think I can capture the spirit of our weekend “convention” any better than fellow hiker, outdoor blogger, and compatriot Tom Mangan, so I’ll let him tell the story in his can’t-miss photo essay.

If this past weekend was any indication, the Internet is proving that hiking (and yes, flyfishing) in these United States is alive and well. It sure is a passion with each of us.