David Weintraub

David Weintraub is an author and photographer whose work has appeared in Bay Nature, Audubon, Smithsonian, Backpacker, and Sunset. His books East Bay Trails (1998) and North Bay Trails (1999) were published by Wilderness Press (Berkeley). This article was adapted from his forthcoming book on the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Graphic Arts Center Publishing, Portland OR, 2004).

Life on Black Mountain


Q: Getting permission to live in a cabin on Black Mountain Ranch (in the hills east of Palo Alto) in 1975 must have been pretty exciting for a graduate student with a young family. A: I was working on a … Read more

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District


The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD, or “the District”) was formed by voters in 1972 to create and preserve a greenbelt in the Santa Cruz Mountains that would help provide a scenic backdrop for the rapidly growing communities of … Read more

Peninsula Treasure


This former home of Italian winemakers, a ’70s commune, and a recluse named Indian Joe saw its share of history before being acquired by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Now it boasts its fair share of easily accessible geological anomalies, diverse wildlife, and spectacular views.