Miriam Nuney has lived in Silicon Valley for decades, a transplant from the flat plains of Illinois. After years of commuting in rush-hour traffic, staring longingly at the gold and green hills and wishing she was breathing fresh air instead of exhaust fumes, she determined to find a way to explore that tantalizing wilderness.
Much to her delight, she discovered that most of the "undeveloped" greenbelts visible from the highways were already ribboned with publicly accessible trails. Once the hiking bug bit her big, she dragged her husband out with her, convinced the exercise would do them both good. After shedding many pounds and getting into the best shape of their lives, they started inviting people to join them to discover the joys of getting above the stresses that technology can't cure, but nature still can.
They've hiked every Saturday morning since, through rain and snow, wind and heat, but mostly through the absolutely gorgeous Silicon Valley weather. They've helped others overcome health limitations, recuperate from injuries, and overcome their fear of the unknown outdoors. In the process they've created an ever-growing group of friends who like to hike--and introduced many local Silicon Valley residents to what natural riches abound right in their own backyard.
To join their hiking group at no charge, send an email to JohnMiriamNuney@aol.com.
For comments or suggestions about this ebook, email the author directly at MNuney@aol.com.
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101 Great Hikes Above Silicon Valley: Pre-planned trail adventures for all ability levels of hikers, runners, bikers, horses...and even dogs
by Miriam Nuney
Approx. 30,490 words.
Published on April 30, 2012.
Don't have time to plan where to head outdoors this weekend? Try one of the beginner, intermediate, or advanced hikes detailed in this guide. 37 nearby parks are profiled, with information on trails and facilities, including slope, climb, and mileage, plus easy reference charts to find the perfect hike. Most hikes can be done in 3-4 hours within a 1-hour drive from the heart of Silicon Valley.
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