Perhaps it is because yesterday was the official Earth Day 2015, but I found myself thinking a lot today about our earth, and in particular our precious lands here in the San Francisco Bay Area.
One of the benefits of living and working in the Silicon Valley, in San Mateo County and in San Francisco is our abundant open space right in our own back yards. We have County parks, Open Space Preserves and State Parks and beaches to enjoy.
When you cross the Golden Gate Bridge into neighboring Marin County, the wild lands continue.
Nowhere is it better appreciated than at the Point Reyes National Seashore, 71,000+ acres of protected parkland, visited by 2.5 million visitors annually.
On a recent business planning trip, I had the opportunity to visit the main headquarters, the Bear Valley Trailhead, and went for a couple of jogs and hikes at the end of my work sessions. From the moment I arrived reveled in the beauty, and was grateful this part of our earth has been set aside for the wildlife and the visitors who come to refresh and recharge, to honor the land and its history.
And speaking of recharging, in the parking one now finds a row of electric car battery chargers - and they were put to good use the afternoon of my visit.
I hope you enjoy a few of my pictures, and will agree with me that our Earth is a place to cherish and protect for ourselves and generations yet to come.