Wate and Johanna Bakker led long and rambler hikes in the east bay Pleasanton Ridge park near Sunol. The hikes were mainly along the ridge line with beautiful views of the east bay hills. Elevation differences mainly to climb up to the ridge, were 600-1200 ft. The trails are mainly old farm roads with some well groomed connector trails. Ramblers did 3-5 miles and the long hikers did 6 miles. The day was very pleasant and there was a record 25 hikers in the two groups. One of the largest turnouts in recent memory.
On Wednesday, January 21st. Bonnie Preston led the Ramblers to the new Martial Cottle Park on Snell which just opened. It is named for the 19th century farmer whose family donated the 287 acre farm to Santa Clara County with the intent of preserving the agricultural heritage of “The Valley of Heart’s Delight” which will maintain a working farm. The park remains a work in progress where Master Gardeners will have gardens and orchards, and a 7 acre 4-H area including running livestock such as sheep.