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 tree like your teenage daughter knows Edward from Jacob.


I also love literature, and I’m very partial to California authors (Steinbeck and Stegner are a few of my favorites). Right now, I’m working on a project that combines my passions for hiking and reading. I’m writing a literary trail guide for the Bay Area where I describe hikes you can take in local parks that correspond with passages of literature. Each entry will highlight a different California author and a different park. Our literary tradition in the Bay is as rich and diverse as our natural environment, and also, I fear, just as unknown. With this project, I want to promote Bay Area authors and encourage people to explore the great natural beauty that surrounds us.


So if you want some interesting native plant facts to share at your next dinner party, or if you want to learn more about where John Muir wrote his famous  works, or where Jack Kerouac went hiking with his friends, keep your eye out for my upcoming posts. I’ll be writing about my project–the places I go, the authors I discover, the stories I uncover, and the challenging but rewarding process of putting it all together.


The Literary Ranger



  1. Dave Fiore says

    Stephanie, I just read about you in the Santa Clara alumni news. Congratulations on all your accomplishments! I attended SCU in 1979 and majored in English, as well. I taught English in Bend, Oregon for 11 years and took three groups of students on literary tours of California and Southern Oregon in the summers of 1997-1999. I wrote a paper while at SCU about New Almaden and Mary Foote, etc for Father Torrens. Stegner’s Angle of Repose is one of my favorite books and Steinbeck , too, is another favorite. I have read probably 75% of what Kerouac wrote and am currently working on creating a class on him and his writing. Wow! What a small and serendipitous world. I, too, grew up in San Jose and used to run out to Calero from my home. Keep up the good work; I intend to follow your trails!

  2. Nice and thanks!