Follow in History’s Foote-steps at Quicksilver Park

There is mystery in the brooding hillsides at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Beneath the rolling hills of oak woodlands and serpentine grass meadows lies an underground maze of mining tunnels that once fed the second largest mercury mine in the world. Today, mountain bikers and hikers tread over the same dirt roads where horsecarts and […]

Turtle Rock

Malcolm Margolin has worked extensively to chronicle the history, culture, and literature of the Native Americans of the Bay Area. In honor of him, I’d like to share a story I discovered while I was researching for my project. The Ohlone, who consisted of more than fifty groups native to the Bay Area, have one […]

With a Wreath of Laurel

While researching for my project, I stumbled upon an interesting history involving California’s first poet laureate, a bay tree on Mt. Tamalpais, and one of my favorite poets–the famous English Romantic Lord Byron. With a wreath of laurel leaves plucked from the branches of a California Bay, Ina Coolbrith resurrected the grave of Lord Byron. […]

Reading and Hiking my Way through the Bay

Hello! My name is Stephanie and I’m an English major at Santa Clara University. Living in San Jose my whole life, I’ve grown up hiking and running over the beautiful hills in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I cherish all the oak woodlands and the redwood forests, and I can tell a buckeye from a bay […]