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    • Today, April 22, 2020, marks 50 years of Earth Day.

      What are the chances that on this day, most of the world is stuck at home? The global pandemic is sweeping the world with no end in sight. But, we plan on celebrating this day of of the Earth by sneaking out to see nature.

      Are you planning on celebrating Earth Day?

    • On this Earth Day I enjoyed the crisp and chilly air on my exercise walk this morning, and I am dreaming of places I can't currently visit during this stay-at-home time.

      Here's a photo from my last walk on the beach at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge before the beach closed on April 1st for the nesting season of the endangered piping plover.

      While it's still possible to walk into the refuge the gate was closed to motor vehicles as of April 17th. Unfortunately - probably due to misbehavior of individuals - there is no longer a place to park on Plum Island to walk into the refuge so it is pretty much off limits for now.

      I guess I need to keep dreaming.

    • I decided it was a good day for a second walk so I headed to Harold Parker State Forest, about 5 miles from home.

      The ripples in the water are the result of gusting wind.

    • We went out for a hike today to celebrate Earth Day out in the wild. Rancho Cañada del Oro has so many beautiful trails filled with blooming flowers. We are so blessed to be surrounded by nature so close to the Silicon Valley.

    • The grass is still green and the air is refreshingly crisp. The smog and pollution has significantly subsided over the last month due to the lock down. There is a silver lining in this pandemic.

    • We got carried away with the hike as the sun started to set. Warm rays shining through the canopy led us back to the parking lot before it got dark.