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Parks, Recreation,
and Travel
by Ron Horii
Coyote Peak Sign
Me in Santa Teresa County Park, at the, 12/6/16. I took most of the pictures, including the panorama, and helped with the sign's design.

Welcome! My favorite hobbies and activities are photography, hiking, biking, computers, geocaching, travel, and travel writing. I've created a number of Web pages on travel and recreation in the San Francisco Bay Area and California. Here you will find links to pages with photos and information on parks, beaches, trails, history, and places to visit.
I'm a retired electrical engineer. I spent over 34 years in the computer disk drive industry, working for IBM, Hitachi, and Western Digital. Among other activities, I am a volunteer photographer and docent for the, a docent for the, and a member of several volunteer and non-profit organizations.

Note that this is entirely a volunteer effort, with no commercial intent or sponsorship. These pages are for information only and are based on my opinions, research, and observations.

  • My picture of the Casa Grande in Almaden Quicksilver took first place in the non-professional category of the VisualSJ photo contest. See the section below.
  • My pictures have been used for some of the County Parks'.
  • I taught my annual at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch in Santa Teresa County Park on Saturday November 14 at 10 am - 1 pm. "Join a Docent for a FREE outdoor photography workshop. Learn how to choose and use a camera, how to take better outdoor pictures, and about photo composition. Workshop begins with an indoor slideshow, followed by demonstrations and a walk around the historic area to take pictures. Meet at the Bernal Ranch barn, 372 Manila Dr., San Jose.".
  • My pictures were used in an article in Edible Silicon Valley Magazine on Martial Cottle Park:
  • Some of my pictures of the Santa Clara County Parks were used in an on NBC Bay Area. .
  • I joined the Friends of Santa Teresa Park in leading hikes in April at Santa Teresa Park:
  • I gave my outdoor photography class and hike at Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch County Park on May 7, 2016 at 10:00. Here's a.
  • was on the June 2016 ballot. It renewed the Park Charter Fund, which allocates a fixed percentage of Santa Clara County's budget to fund the County Parks. It is not a tax, but an earmark that guarantees that the parks will get their fair share of the budget. It provides a reliable source of funding (though not a fixed dollar amount) for the County Parks, which allows them to maintain a high-quality park system and do long-term planning. The ballot measure also increases the percentage of the fund allocated for park development to allow them to do park improvements and open new parkland. My pictures were used as part of the "" campaign. Measure A passed with about 78% yes votes. It only needed just over 50%.
  • On 6/26/16, I was featured on an.. Below is a screenshot from that episode, with me being interviewed by Doug McConnell:
Interview with Doug McConnell on "Open Road" TV show
  • I gave a class at. Here's the description: 
    "Nature Photography for Beginners, Saturday, July 23, 2016, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m, Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. Join nature photographer Ron Horii for this fascinating and engaging learning experience. Bring your own camera, phone, tablet or whatever you like to take pictures with and Ron will take you on a walk to observe nature as a photographer would. Learn how to take more engaging pictures from someone who is a passionate nature and community photographer." I previously gave this class on June 11, 2016., mostly taken by my son Chris. 
  • I gave another class for the Open Space Authority at in Santa Clara on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm., mostly taken by my son Chris.
  • I gave an outdoor photography class at Santa Teresa County Park, on November 12, 2016 at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch. Here's a.
  • The Open Space Authority of Santa Clara Valley has an article about me in their  (see page 2).
  • My pictures have been used in a billboard and busback advertising campaign for the Santa Clara County Parks, called ""
  • I edited and wrote many of the articles for the.
  • The Friends of Santa Teresa Park held a at the Bernal Ranch on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from 5-7:30 pm: Free ice cream and cookies. Bring your family to our fun event. Meet your neighbors and public safety officials. Speak with local and county representatives. Fire engines, park ranger trucks, sheriff and police patrol cars, and other emergency vehicles on display. Children’s crafts project and games will be provided. Sponsored by: The Friends of Santa Teresa Park, Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation, United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County, City of San Jose’s Community Action and Pride Grant Program. Emergency agencies vehicles and public officials will attend depending on their schedule. Here are.
  • was held this year on Saturday, August 5 from 5-8pm at the Bernal Ranch in Santa Teresa County Park. ​Celebrate the history of early California and its ties to the Anza Expedition and the Bernal family. The evening’s focus is family fun through song, dance, demonstrations and activities that highlight the many contributions of our early communities. Location is Camino Verde at Manila Drive in San Jose. Here are.
  • I gave a lunchtime brownbag slideshow presentation on outdoor and nature photography at the 's headquarters at 33 Las Colinas Lane, San Jose, on September 22, 2017 at 12:30-1:30 pm. More .
  • I gave an outdoor photography class scheduled at Santa Teresa County Park on September 30, 2017 at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch (Manila Drive at Camino Verde) from 11am to 2pm.. You can or call (408) 355-2201 to register or for more information. 
    Photo Class 9/30/17
  • I gave a Nature Photography Workshop at the Japanese Friendship Gardens, 1300 Senter Road San Jose, CA 95112 on Saturday October 21, 2017 from 4pm to 6pm. See here for.
    Japanese Friendship Gardens
  • I will be helping to lead these hikes with the Friends of Santa Teresa Park this spring:
    • Sunday 3/25/18: “Hike the Magnificent Seven! Santa Teresa” 10am to 1pm. Join the Friends of Santa Teresa Park for a moderate 2.5-mile #PixInParks hike on the Stile Ranch, Mine, and Fortini Trails. View spectacular wildflower displays, take in the gorgeous views, and hear talks about the rich history of the area. There will be nature and history exhibits and activities at the trailhead. Please bring snack, sunscreen, water and wear comfortable shoes. Meet at the Stile Ranch Trailhead on San Vicente Avenue, at the end of Fortini Road, off McKean Road..
    • Saturday 3/31/18: Outdoor Photography and Wildflower Walk: 10 am - 1 pm. Join a docent (me) for an outdoor photography class and slide show in the barn at the historic Bernal Ranch followed by a moderate, but easy-paced hike up the Joice Trail to take pictures of the colorful spring wildflower displays. Meet at the Barn with your camera or smartphone...
    • Saturday 4/21/18: Coyote Peak Vistas Hike: 2 pm - 4 pm. Join the Friends of Santa Teresa Park on a moderate 2-mile hike to Coyote Peak starting from the Pueblo Day Use Area. Look at the wildflowers and trees along the way. At the top, take in panoramic views of the Bay Area and Coyote Valley. Please bring snack, sunscreen, water and wear comfortable shoes...
  • Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese's office contacted me last year about providing a picture that would be used on the Gold Star Families Memorial monument to be installed in Oak Hill Memorial Park. It honors families of fallen military members. I sent them some pictures, and they chose one that I took from the Bernal Hill Trail in Santa Teresa Park on 4/15/16. The picture was etched in granite on the back of the monument, representing the homeland of the families, in this case, Santa Clara County., which was dedicated on 4/14/18.
    Gold Star Families Memorial, Homeland panel
  • On August 7, 5:00-7:30 pm, I helped the Friends of Santa Teresa Park with our second annual National Night Out event at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch at Manila Drive and Camino Verde.. For pictures from last year's event, see:
  • On Sunday, September 23, 2018, the Friends of Santa Teresa Park had an information booth at Viva CalleSJ. I helped setup the booth, and my pictures were on display. Here are. This is a huge annual event. Several miles of San Jose streets are closed to vehicles, so bicycles and pedestrians can experience exploring those streets without having to worry about traffic. There were lots of activities along the way.
  • On Sunday, September 30, 2018, from 10 am-1pm, I gave an outdoor photography class at Santa Teresa County Park's Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch. .
  • On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, I will be leading a hike to Little Uvas Creek Open Space Preserve in Morgan Hill for the City of. 

Coyote Peak, Santa Teresa County Park

(Migrated from geocities.com/santateresapark.) Here are web pages on my favorite park in San Jose. The park covers nearly 1700 acres in the rolling, grass-covered hills guarding the southern gateway to the Silicon Valley. It's the closest County Park to where I live, so I go there the most often and have lots of pictures of it. 

  • (on STPFriends Facebook page).

FOSTP president Mike Boulland leading a hike on the Stile Ranch Trail in Santa Teresa Park, 5/4/08

(Migrated from geocities.com/stpfriends.) The Friends of Santa Teresa Park (FOSTP) is the volunteer organization supporting Santa Teresa County Park. I am the secretary and webmaster for the organization. Find out what's going on in the park and what you can do to help make it better. This site is updated frequently with park and community news, developments, pictures, and volunteer activities. Below are Santa Teresa Park-related volunteer events and community issues. The Friends of Santa Teresa Park also has a, which I help administer.

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Geocaching class in Mt. Madonna County Park, 7/11/09

  • - Geocaching is a hobby and recreational activity that has been growing in popularity. It involves using GPS (Global Positioning System) receivers to locate hidden "caches" whose GPS coordinates are published on the Internet. Santa Teresa Park is a popular place for geocaching.

Mine Hill Rotary Furnace, Almaden Quicksilver County Park
(Migrated from geocities.com/almadenqs.) Website on one of the Bay Area's crown jewels. This park, in the backyard of the Silicon Valley, covers almost 4000 acres, with hiking trails through rugged, wildflower-covered  hills filled with historical quicksilver mining relics.

  • (see 8/7-8/17 for comparison)

NAQCPA president Kitty Monahan at the dedication of the English Camp Map House, 10/10/09

The New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association (NAQCPA) is the volunteer organization supporting Almaden Quicksilver County Park. I am the webmaster for the organization. See this site for pictures, events, and volunteer opportunities at the park. Here are NAQCPA events in Almaden Quicksilver County Park and New Almaden community events, which are organized by NAQCPA members:
  • in Spanishtown, 10/14/06.

  • New Almaden Day 9/13/14,,
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  • Facebook: New Almaden Day: Jump-In Parade, 9/9/17,,,
  • ,,, 9/8/18

Self-Running Slideshows (Windows only)
Instructions for slideshows: move mouse around the bottom of the page to see the controls to pause/play and step back/forward. Slideshow will loop. To stop, right-click, choose Exit option.

Online Slideshows

(Wait for pages to finish loading, enable Javascript if asked, scroll to bottom, hit play button to start, stop button to stop, click on links to exit):


These are videos that I've uploaded to the Internet, primarily on Youtube and Facebook:

Other :

Healthy Trails Hike, Uvas Canyon County Park, 2/21/09

and County Parks are covered above. Here are webpages and pictures on other County Parks:

  • County Parks - All/Multiple
    • (18 MB)

    • (includes pictures of the County Parks
  • Alviso Marina
    • Facebook Albums 10/12/14:,
  • Anderson Lake
  • Calero/Rancho San Vicente

  • Chesbro Reservoir
  • Chitactac-Adams
  • Coyote Creek Parkway
  • Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear
    • Harvey Bear Ranch-Coyote Lake Pictures,,,
  • Ed R. Levin
    • (Published 2/9/18)

  • Field Sports
  • Hellyer
    • at Hellyer, 6/24/07 (10 MB)
    • ,
    • ;
  • Joseph D. Grant
  • Lexington Reservoir
  • Los Gatos Creek Park/Trail
    • Los Gatos Creek Trail Update,,
  • Martial Cottle

  • Motorcycle
  • Mt. Madonna
  • Penitencia Creek
  • Rancho San Antonio
  • Sanborn
  • Stevens Creek
  • Sunnyvale Baylands
  • Upper Stevens Creek
  • Uvas Canyon
  • Uvas Reservoir
  • Vasona
    • Los Gatos Creek Trail Update,

  • Villa Montalvo

Discovery Meadow, Children's Discovery Museum, Downtown San Jose
  • - (Migrated from geocities.com/santateresahills.) Pictures and descriptions of the Santa Teresa Hills in South San Jose and the Coyote Alamitos-Canal which runs below them.
  • Ideas for the Albertson Parkway, 2007,,
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Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve
Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve, Sierra Vista Trail, 10/22/11
  • Coyote Ridge
    • (includes pictures of Coyote Ridge)
  • Coyote Valley
  • Doan Ranch (Diablo Foothills)
  • Little Uvas Creek Preserve (Melchor Ranch)
  • Pajaro River Agricultural Preserve
  • Palassou
  • Rancho Canada Del Oro/Blair Ranch

  • Santa Teresa Hills
  • Sierra Vista
  • Urban Open Space, Parks, and Trails

Note that the Open Space Authority provides 20% of its capital expenditures to fund. This includes the Albertson Parkway, Martial Cottle Park, the Three Creeks Trail, the Coyote Creek Trail in Selma Olinder Park, the Penitencia Creek Trail, the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail, Ulistac Natural Area, and the Santa Teresa Park Historic Area. See other pages for more pictures on these areas. This list also includes OSA events at urban parks. The Open Space Authority partners with city agencies to provide educational and interpretive events in urban areas.

Alviso Slough Trail
  • - The Bay Trail, when completed, will be a 400-mile trail along the shores of San Francisco Bay. Here are pictures and descriptions of the southern Bay Trail segments from just north of SFO to Oakland Airport, many of which I submitted to the official. Note that the Bay Trail website has been revamped. The old photo tours are frozen and will not be updated until that process is complete, so they may have obsolete information, or they may not be available at all. The new tours are stored on my website.

  • Facebook Albums 10/12/14:,
  • Facebook: Coyote Hills Regional Park bike tour, 6/25/15: 
  • Facebook: Bay Trail Tour, Alviso to Mountain View 8/27/15:
  • Facebook: Alameda Creek Trail Bike Ride 8/31/15:

Southern California

Santa Barbara Harbor, 9/23/12

Santa Barbara Harbor, 9/23/12

I was born and raised in Southern California. My family's there, so I mostly go to visit family, rather than being a tourist. Here are some pictures I've taken down there:

Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District Preserves
View of Mt. Umunhum from the Woods Trail, Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve
Other Park and Trail Pages Tunnel in Quarry Park, Saratoga
Tunnel in Quarry Park, Saratoga
  • - (May 2001) Guide to Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa and parks and attractions in Santa Rosa and Sonoma and Napa Counties.
  • - Spring 2001 pictures of the trails and wildflowers at Edgewood County Park in Redwood City, one of the best places in the Bay Area for wildflower viewing.
  • - Pictures and information about beautiful redwood-shaded Portola State Park and nearby parks in the Santa Cruz Mountains.,
  • - (Migrated from geocities.com/bayareparks.) Another former Geocities Website of mine hosting the following Web pages:
    • - Pages on the 600-acre preserve in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains above Palo Alto.
    • -  Webpage with detailed descriptions of the south part of the Coyote Creek Trail from Hellyer County Park to Anderson Lake County Park
    •   -  The partially-completed Coyote Creek Trail from Yerba Buena Road to San Francisco Bay, and plans for future developments.
    • - Detailed mileage notes and pictures on the completed south parts of the Coyote Creek Trail.
  • - (June 2001) Indexed archive of my replies to the Bay Area Backroads Message Board, with information on parks, travel, outdoor recreation, etc. and lots of links.
Outdoor Photography
Ron teaching photo class, Santa Teresa Park, 11/14/15
Ron teaching a photo class at the Bernal Ranch, Santa Teresa Park, 11/14/15, picture by Mike Boulland

I've been been teaching classes on outdoor photography at Santa Teresa Park for several years. These are web pages associated with the classes or on outdoor photography:
  • - Text from presentation foils for a class I gave on this subject.
  • - Examples of some of my outdoor photographs, taken around the Bay Area.
  • (4/2007, 21 MB).
  • High Dynamic Range Photography:
  • ,, demonstration of High Dynamic Range photography.
  • Part 3: sunset
  • Part 4:

  • My old.



  • - Pictures of my alma mater, UCSB, and of the beaches, parks, trails, and sights in the Santa Barbara area near the campus, taken in summer 2000.
  • - information, rankings, pictures, advice, and links on Calfornia 4-year colleges and planning college tours.
  • Pictures of

Museums, Gardens, and Exhibitions

Gilroy Gardens Luminations

Lumination, Gilroy Gardens, 10/2/16

  • (my picture of Santa Teresa Park is on the memorial)

Facebook and

Note that most of these Facebook albums are also listed above. This is a list of all the Facebook albums I have. They are organized by the date of the pictures, not by the date I created the album.

  • 2005-2010
  • 2011

  • 2012

  • 2013

  • 2014

    • Facebook Albums 10/12/14:,
  • 2015

    • Coyote Hills Regional Park bike tour, 6/25/15: 

    • Bay Trail Tour, Alviso to Mountain View 8/27/15:
    • Alameda Creek Trail Bike Ride 8/31/15:

  • 2016

  • 2017
  • 2018
    • (on STPFriends Facebook page).

    • (on STPFriends Facebook page).

    • (Published 2/9/18)

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