Saturday, February 13, 2010


I spent all day hiking in Coe State Park. Any of you who are familiar with it, knows there are two directions you can hike in Coe State Park - uphill, and uphill. GIven that, I guess it's no surprise I didn't rack up a huge number of miles, but I sure got a stair-steppin' workout...

Have an idea for a new song, but want to put new strings on my electric guitar first, because it wants to be slinky, and only my tops are slinky at the moment...

-- Badtux the Tired Penguin


  1. Wow. Uphill, and more uphill.

    I thought you could only do that at M.C.Escher park.

    I need to start getting some sort of exercise.


  2. Sometimes I think Henry Coe (whose daughter donated the Coe Ranch to the State of California as a state park) must have been related to M.C. Escher. It's clear why his daughter donated the ranch to the state -- running cattle in such rugged terrain must have been a major pain. Roads fall off the sides of cliffs all the time, major areas are only reachable on foot or horseback (and even some of them are no longer passable on horseback due to erosion and treefalls since maintenance for horse purposes essentially ended when the ranch was donated 60 years ago), and you can have a 4,000 foot elevation gain in a simple 4 mile out and back hike even though the top of your hike is at 3,000 feet and the bottom of your hike is at 2,000 feet, simply because you're hiking ridge to ridge.

    In other words, if you're looking for some exercise, Coe State Park in the wintertime (when the weather is cool) is a heckuva way to do it in a more interesting way than hitting the gym. In the summertime... well, it's two valleys in from the coast so gets above 105F regularly in the summertime, so don't even think about it.

  3. I was thinking more along the lines of the treadmill gathering dust in the basement.

    Coe Park does sound like a very interesting place.

    JzB the sedentary tromboist


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