The Sutro Baths were a large, privately owned swimming pool complex built in the late 19th century. The building housing the baths burned down in 1966 and was abandoned. The ruins continue to degrade, but can still be visited. On March 14, 1896 the Sutro Baths were opened to the public as the world’s largest indoor swimming pool establishment.
Archive for July, 2012
Castle Rock State Park is a treasure, climbers and hikers love it.
With Budget difficulties in California, several parks have been considered for closure to public access.
Castle Rock was on the list to be closed, but was granted a reprieve for one year by The Sempervirens Fund, here’s the press release:
Sempervirens Fund Commits $250,000 to Keep Castle Rock State Park Open
Agreement with State Parks signed on June 11, 2012
One-third of park will be open to hikers for the first time
LOS ALTOS, CA – Sempervirens Fund, a nonprofit conservation group, and California State Parks, announced this week that they have finalized an agreement wherein Sempervirens will provide $250,000 to keep Castle Rock State Park open for one year, starting July 1, 2012. Castle Rock was one of the 70 parks slated to close this summer, but will now remain open to the public. Sempervirens Fund is leading a collaborative fundraising effort with the Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, Adventure Out, and REI, with additional support from Planet Granite and Pacific Edge Climbing Gym.
As part of the agreement, an area of Castle Rock previously closed to public access, the San Lorenzo River Redwoods, will be open on July 1, 2012. The addition of this 1,340-acre area, which contains the headwaters of the San Lorenzo Rivers and stunning redwood forests, will increase the accessible area of Castle Rock by 35% and add to the park’s trail system.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ~John Muir
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YES, we women don’t often talk about this. However, check it out. (And no, he is not paying me. LOL. I am just trying to learn more.)
Often discussed in yoga classes, and described by body types and blood pressure among many traits, this is a pillar of Indian medicine. Various types of foods and beverages fit with one dosha or another. The 3 basic types: Pitta, Kapha, and Vata although one person has a combination of all three with one being dominant. There are many references and also many qualified and knowledgeable practitioners in our area.
From the WIKI:
Ayurveda (Sanskrit: ????????; ?yurveda, “the knowledge for long life in Vedas”; //) or ayurvedic medicine is a Hindu system of traditional medicine native to India and a form of alternative medicine. The earliest literature on Indian medical practice appeared during the Vedic period in India, in Rigved, the oldest known text in written form, where Chyavana rishi, son of Bhrigu rishi is mentioned for whom the herbal preparation Chyawanprash was first prepared, 10,000 years ago in Ashram of Chyavana rishi on Dhosi Hill in the Vedic state of Brahmavarta in India. The Su?ruta Sa?hit? and the Charaka Sa?hit?, encyclopedias of medicine compiled from various sources from the mid-first millennium BCE to about 500 CE, are among the foundational and formally compiled works of Ayurveda. Over the following centuries, ayurvedic practitioners developed a number of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for the treatment of various ailments. Current practices derived (or reportedly derived) from Ayurvedic medicine are regarded as part of complementary and alternative medicine.
Safety concerns have been raised about Ayurveda, with two U.S. studies finding about 20 percent of Ayurvedic Indian-manufactured patent medicines contained toxic levels of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic. Other concerns include the use of herbs containing toxic compounds and the lack of quality control in Ayurvedic facilities.
Come explore the Steinhart Aquarium which houses more than 38,000 animals; be taken aback by the Morrison Planetarium which provides a highly accurate and interactive view of the universe; discover the history of the earth and the course we’re on at the Kimball Natural History Museum and explore the rainforest . . . all on a Thursday Night!
Every Thursday from 6-10pm the California Academy of Sciences hosts NightLife by transforming the museum into a 21 and over venue complete with cocktails, music, and mingling! That means no crowds, no children & no strollers and half-price admission.
please note: The Academy of Sciences does not hold tickets at Will Call,and it is hard to find people inside, so if you are meeting with a group of friends, be organized and allow for traffic and time to find parking, so you can arrive as a group.
Rocks that change and flow!
We think of rock formations as solid and unyielding, but Castle Rock has great examples that help us undertstand how much influence the elements can have and how this entired area is changing. Vaqueros Sandstone is the name of the formation underlying Castle Rock State Park.
It looks like it might have once been pudding, or melted and bubbled – it has a special name- TAFONI. These intricate patterns result from the different erosion rates of the harder and softer regions within the sandstone. The harder regions with more calcium stay cemented together, while the softer regions with less calcium erode away. This formation might also remind you of fossilized sponge or coral.
TIMELINE: this entire area was once a broad sea floor, 30 to 40 million years ago. It was once a marine shelf, the sediments were deposited before the San Andreas fault existed.
The falls continue pushing the changes in the park: Phil Stoffer of the USGS in Menlo Park says
“In winter and spring, Castle Rock Falls, on Kings Creek near the Saratoga Gap trail, plunges about 80 feet down the rocks. Vaqueros Sandstone formations are found at spots around the Central Valley and at locations in the northern and southern Coast Range. Whether it was all originally formed in a single location and then broken up is not known. It could have been formed by similar conditions off the mouths of many ancient rivers during that era. In many areas, Stoffer says, the formation is just a few feet thick. But in the Santa Cruz Mountains, it crops up in a uniquely coherent mass, more than 2,000 feet thick.
The sandstone, a mix of quartz and feldspar crystals lightly glued together with organic compounds from ancient sea life, continues its journey today. Tectonic upthrust here matches or exceeds annual erosion, so the stone moves ever higher, and elements migrate within the rock, dramatically sculpting the shapes of exposed knobs of stone. Rainwater infiltrates the rock and dissolves calcium carbonate and other glues within it, then transports them back out to the rock surface via capillary action. Here they harden and armor the outer surface with a shell up to several feet thick. Meanwhile, unglued inner grains crumble, hollowing the outcrops from within.”
The sculpted shapes have built the large and distinctive forms of Castle Rock itself, Goat Rock, Skull Rock, and other smooth and bulbous nodes that attract and awe hikers and climbers. Some pictures of GOAT ROCK follow.
Castle Rock State Park is an extraordinary place, located in the SF Bay Area.
15000 Skyline Blvd.
Los Gatos, CA 95033-8291
Park Office Telephone: (408) 867-2952 BEST TIME TO CALL is 8am when the rangers are starting their day.
FINDING THE PARK: YOUR GPS may indicate that you have arrived, just as you are passing the Rod and Gun Club, but continue on about 1/2 mile further until you see the large State Park sign that is at the entrance of the parking lot.
The park is located on Highway 35, just 2 1/2 miles southeast of the junction with Highway 9.
Castle Rock State Park, CA Latitude / Longitude: 37.2317 / -122.1158
PARKING: You will have to pay for parking $8 day, however, many people do park outside along Skyline Blvd. If you park in the parking lot, put your payment in the small payment envelope you’ll find near the kiosk. Seal it and drop it in the green, metal post with the slit for the envelopes. The rangers will ticket your car if you have not paid.
- Information about the trails
- YELP for Castle Rock SP
- Information published by Bay Area Hiker
- Article on Castle Rock Geology
Great course offerings. This is the first year that Yoga has been taught as a certificate course at College of San Mateo. There are 3 required yoga classes, one required yoga PE class and first aid. To get the 200 hours to be yoga alliance certified requires commitment, time and dedication. It is doable, fun, and will change your life. All this for the cost of units at a CA Junior college.