Between the Bay Area and the blue border of the Pacific ocean, the Santa Cruz Mountains stretch for over 50 miles. Skyline/CA 35 traces the spine of that ridge, from Fort Funston and Redwood City, through Crystal Springs and Portola Valley, to Palo Alto and Saratoga—and beyond. The country is gorgeous along Skyline. Grasslands and chaparral. Douglas fir, oak, and redwood trees. Families live in these mountains. Among them, my family on my wife’s side. They’re good people, all told. They ride quads and play soccer. They zip line among oak trees. They raise cats and dogs. That freckled teen above is my niece. She’s growing like a cornstalk in a field. I wish many good things for her. But mainly, I hope she stays wild in the mountains for years to come.
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