Huckleberry Preserve / by Hope A

From the hills

From the hills

Occasionally, we get a friend's car for a few days or a few months. The transportation system is better in the Bay than residents make it sound--you can reach many places though it might take some time. It is nice sometimes though to pick a spot on the map and explore.  A few weeks ago, when I think it was still snowing in Boston, we drove a little bit to explore a park near my favorite park.  Huckleberry Preserve is a spot in a volcanic valley, a botanical park with a self-guided tour of unique intermingling of California species.  It is only a 20 minute drive from downtown Oakland and quiet and full of wonder. Also it is an easy hike, more like a walk with incline.  Nevertheless, we treated ourselves to vegan burgers afterwards.

blurry picture, purple bark

blurry picture, purple bark

Then, as if the day couldn't get better, we returned to my favorite cemetery in Oakland.  It is large, reaching up a long hill, and there is always something new to see. We drove to the top, found a way around a fence and kept heading up, all the way to the  top f the hill. Since we moved here I have been looking up at the top of this hill, thinking that's where I want to be. We made it to a concrete slab and the finest view. 

Oakland from the top of the cemetery

Oakland from the top of the cemetery

And we didn't forget on the way out where to find the cutest public bathroom (in the mauselem at the bottom).

more from the tombs at Mountain View

more from the tombs at Mountain View