Throwback Thursdays - this picture of my daughter and her friend dates back to 1985, when Edgewood County Park in San Mateo County, California, was quite new. Some dirt fire roads and ranch roads were there, not much in the way of trails.
At one time, this land was intended for use as a California state college campus; later a group wanted to develop it as a golf course. Fortunately, the open space and parks supporters were victorious, and today it is used by hikers, runners, wild flower enthusiasts from all around San Francisco Bay. Close to the urban areas of Redwood City and San Carlos, near Interstate 280, it serves as an oasis of peace.
I would take my girls here for picnics, for spots to sit and read books together, to simply enjoy a tranquil hour or so. My daughter, always a planner, decided it was the perfect spot to fly kites. She and her friend carried the chairs, kites, etc. up steep hillsides--they had fun (but never asked to do that again!)
Today, this knoll, the highest spot in the park still has the same fabulous views, but a trail to the top eases the climb. The old tree in the photo has long since died, toppled over, and has become one with the earth again.
If you live in or around San Mateo County, check out Edgewood County Park - one of our treasures.