Over 500 miles of trails

Someone said that there are over 500 miles of trails in Marin County. I'm going to hike all of them. Want to hear more? Read on...

Location: Woodacre, California, United States

Well, I hike, obviously. I read, without retaining, lots of stuff but mostly classic and contemporary fiction, history, and science. I look at birds and plants. I play my guitar far less than I ought, and watch movies far more. I like to ask people questions, but only if they ask me questions in return. I aspire to honorable behavior and am mostly successful. I'm on the cusp of a career change, with bird research in my past/present and academic librarianship in my future. Occasionally I bust out and cook six course gourmet meals for my friends; for some reason it's always six and never seven or five. Enough about me. What about you? Stranger or friend, drop me a line!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

This will be a little more personal, because Victor and I had a fight on this hike. We went to the Gary Giacomini Open Space Parcel this past Sunday, walked up Bates Canyon Trail to Conifer Fire Road to San Geronimo Ridge Fire Road to Deer Camp FR to Sylvestris. Then walked back along San Geronimo Valley Ave for about .5 miles back to our car. 5.4 miles all told. Arty roamed free for most of the hike, except of course for the part along the road.

We didn't see much wildlife. It was windy. There's an awesome view from the top of Green Hill over to Kent Lake, which I didn't even know was there before this hike. There were a shit-ton of mountain bikers, which leads us to our argument. We were passed by one posse of mountain bikers, maybe 10 or so, all men except for one woman. They rode fast down a hill, then overtook us on an uphill, riding their momentum to get to the top. It was pretty cool, cause they were all working hard, and it was good to see that. Victor made a comment about the woman, and it wasn't in admiration of her athleticism. It was a sexual reference, which annoyed me because why does this have anything to do with sex in the first place? And he thinks I'm taking it way too seriously cause it was just a joke. But he makes these sorts of comments about lone women, or women in an activity traditionally dominated by men, frequently. It bugs me. They don't need to be glorified: they're just doing what they're doing. But what they're doing has nothing to do with sex... they are just minding their own business doing what they enjoy, or what they need to do, so why even bring it up? Why are women so sexualized that their mere presence elicits these sorts of comments?

So then we got into why we had been arguing a lot lately, and didn't come to any satisfactory conclusions. It was just one of those things. We're not arguing as much this week, which is fine by me. It was my birthday yesterday, and we actually had a bang-up time, going out to dinner and then hanging out with some friends afterward.

This weekend we're going on a longer hike. I'll let you know how it goes.



Blogger nick said...

I dunno about the subject matter of V's remarks, but you must be aware by now that guys think about sex roughly every 30 seconds, max. Right? In that respect, we are all the same.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Yeah. I know. It's hard to be hard on the guy, with that sort of debilitating handicap.

Good to see you, Nick! Thanks for visiting.

9:04 AM  

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