When it’s pouring rain, I love walking in the redwoods (Redwood Park). The streams are raging; leaf, bark, and moss are slick and shiny; colors pop; and the forest is filled with a dewy fog…
Nevertheless, I am definitely hoping for some sun this weekend for our 2nd Annual Oakland Running Festival (aka Marathon). Thanks to everyone who supported my fundraising efforts (I surpassed my goal last night!) You all are AMAZING, and I will try to do you proud in my race tomorrow! Wish me luck… and get out there and support the runners if you can. If the weather perks up a bit, it should be a blast.
Saw this cool bumper sticker the other day in the Redwood Park parking lot… As I was snapping the picture, I heard the car beep and unlock and realized its owners were behind me and approaching the car. I immediately felt guilty and suspect! But the 12 year old boy was smiling at me, as was his mom, who simply asked, “Would you like one?”
Her friend (artist Philip Kohn) created the sticker as a means to raise money for non-profit organizations working to protect biodiversity and wilderness. Seems fitting that I would come across this in our lovely protected Redwood Park, which undoubtedly is one of my favorite things about Oakland. In addition to the redwood groves (just a few miles from downtown), the park contains over 1800 acres of evergreens, chaparral, streams, and grasslands and is home to many critters including the rare golden eagle! This according to their literature… I can’t say I’ve ever seen one. Though I did see a great horned owl once.