I moved to the Bay Area from New England in 2003 and haven't looked back! In the intervening years I've explored many of the local trails and parks, always with an eye toward plants, mushrooms, wildlife, and all things living. Oh, who am I kidding, dead things are pretty cool too. Whether I'm feeling the heat on top of Mt. Diablo or cooling my feet at Abbotts Lagoon, nothing makes me feel more alive than being outside.