Rancho San Antonio Hike
Los Altos Hill, California

Hike: Coyote Trail &
Lower Meadow Trail

Saturday, August 27, 2011

By Peter Y. Chou

Preface: On Saturday, August 27, 2011, Al Guzman invited me hiking at Rancho San Antonio. My friend Rudy and Al's friend Felix also came along. Rudy has joined me on many Stanford lectures and films at Stanford Theatre, but this is the first time we went hiking together. The Fall 2011 issue of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space has a Visitor Survey for 2008-2010 (p. 16). Using infrared trail counters, the average visitation/day at Rancho San Antonio (1348) exceeded the total of the next three Preserves— Fremont Older (522), St. Joseph's Hill (422), and Windy Hill (341). I've hiked here more often than any other trails, the last time in 2003. So it was refreshing to come here again. We began our hike near 2 pm at Coyote Trail and into the Wildcat Loop Trail. When Al decided to go for pizza, we turned back and went on the Lower Meadow Trail. Stopping by Deer Hollow Farm's Phoebe's Garden, had a sniff of the peppermint and spearmint leaves. Then took photos of pigs and goats in the farm. Spotted some wild turkeys on the Lower Meadow Trail. Rudy noticed branches shooting vertically up from a tree, and we discussed phototropism on plants bending toward sunlight. Then I told Rudy about Rumi's remark that the sun in our sky is not real, though it provides us with warmth, light, and life. Al wants to hear this version, so I repeated the rationale to him as well as to Felix later in the car. We finished hiking at 3:30 pm and went to Bogey's Pizza (5039 Almaden Expressway) in San Jose, that's Al's favorite near his home. It's my first time here, and the decor and ambience were great as well as the combo pizza and drinks that Felix treated all of us. After pizza, Al wanted to go to the movies to watch Captain America and Felix invited us to visit his new house in San Pablo near Berkeley. However, I wished to go to my regular Saturday ballroom dancing at Cubberley Pavilion, so they dropped me off at my apartment. It was a wonderful afternoon hiking at Rancho San Antonio and eating tasty pizza with good friends.

Coyote Trail Sign

Twisted California Live Oak

"O" in Live Oak Trunk

Branches Up to the Sun

Water in the Creek

Y-shaped Maple Tree

Water in the Creek

Dead Tree Trunks

View of Hills on Coyote Trail

Rancho San Antonio Info Boards

Deer Hollow Farm Sign

Peppermint & Spearmint Herbs

Phoebe Garden Sign

Cute Orange Hen Sign

Phoebe Garden Entrance

Phoebe Garden Herbs

Two Pigs in Deer Hollow Farm

Goats in Deer Hollow Farm

Goats Going to the Barn

Cow Walked Behind Bushes

Tree Rings in Stump

Clouds, Trees, and Grass

Wild Turkeys on Lower Meadow Trail

Water in the Creek

Lower Meadow Trail Sign

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey Closeup

Hollowed California Live Oak

View of Hill from Bay Tree

California Bay Tree Infomation Board

St. Joseph College Rock

Permanente Creek under Bridge

Tree Reflections in Creek

Giant 200-year Old Bay Tree

"Tuning Fork" Tree

Bogey's Pizza & Mickey Mouse

Bogey's Pizza, San Jose

Rock Stars from the 1950s

Marx Brothers, Marilyn, James Dean

Bing Crosby Clambake

Tim Lincecum, Beatles, & RCA Nipper

Larry Bird & San Francisco 49ers

— Photographs by Peter Y. Chou, August 27, 2011

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