Coyotes back home in Saratoga?

Ran across this clip of our former hometown, Saratoga.


Seems nature is asserting it’s (ugly) presence.  Coyotes are freely roaming the neighborhoods hunting for food.  They are being (naturally) aggressive towards smaller or perceived weaker animals and running prey (I mean joggers).

If you don’t know, Saratoga California is a small bedroom township in the San Jose, Bay Area.  Nestled up into the hills, families have moved to this idyllic community for its nice neighborhoods, swanky restraurants, wonderful schools, and (gasp) it’s proximity to nature.  Even within the Golden Triangle, a view of the hills, the Santa Cruz Mountains, can be noted from most porches, backyards, & street corners.  In high school, my favorite escapes were to walk down to the creek nestled behind St Andrews Church or to get a little silence by riding my bike up to Villa Montalvo ( and walk the trails. Longer bike rides would bring me up to Hakone Gardens ( or up to Big Basin State Park.

Each of these personal escapes was a trip to . . .     (wait for it)  . . .      NATURE!!!!!!



The advice from the wildlife management person seems reasonable.

  • Don’t act like Prey (ie run away)
  • Don’t feed the wild animals!!  Why?  because they usually want more!!!

My own personal advice . . .

  • Don’t adopt the furry creatures.  They are not pets! They are wild.
  • Keep a better eye on your purse dog.

One of my favorite pictures below is of Jeremy in Yellow Stone.  Everywhere there are signs to be aware of Nature and WILD Animals.  And yes, you still see some dumb ass tourist trying to feed the “______”.

Don't Feed the Animals!


Motoring in downtown St Helena

Amongst all the kitsch girl shops in Napa, there was a Harley rental store.  The out building had large airplane motors.  very cool.  Such a nice clean shop. But when you walk in and see all the leather seats and saddle bags, they scream RIDE ME NOW please.

Big Sigh.

sorry and sadly I can’t.  so back to the girly shops I went.

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Spr’ing in Napa

It never fails,  you leave the Kansas snow behind and marvel a the color and green in California.  I think Spring is one of the nicest times in California, as all the dry hills look so verdant and lush.  The bulbs and flowers pop from the ground thumbing their noses at the rest of the country that still slumbers in a late winter.

From camellia’s to grass, the ground are perfectly groomed at the Napa wineries.  Even the wisteria covering a local business looks perfectly placed.


If this doesn’t inspire you to go “ing outside, than I think you may need a little more Vitamin D in your life.

So what are you waiting for?   Go get out side already!!!IMG_1708 IMG_1707 IMG_1709 IMG_1731