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July 13, 2009 04:58PM
http://www.morganhilltimes.com/sports/257505-getting-out-pacheco-state-park
Getting Out: Pacheco State Park

Jul 8, 2009
By Ron Erskine - Staff Writer
'Good things come to those who wait. A half mile down the Spikes Peak Trail, the fog began to break. I stood watching the low streaking sunlight pierce the cool gray fog and suddenly reveal the oak-dotted hillsides beyond. The moody contrast at the edge of the receding fog was a beautiful sight.' (PHOTO BY RON ERSKINE.)

As John Muir stepped off a Panama steamer in San Francisco, he asked a man which way was the quickest out of town. When the man asked where he wanted to go, Muir replied, "To any place that is wild."

On April 1, 1868, John Muir began his walk to Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada Mountains where his life's purpose would unfold and a legend would be made. He walked slowly down the Santa Clara Valley "so covered with flowers that they seemed to be painted." Then, he turned east and crossed the Coast Range at Pacheco Pass.....



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