The Advocates have been saddened by the recent passing of Tanya Larson, our trail boss, board member, and dear friend. Tanya died on January 17 after a sudden illness with NUT Midline carcinoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. Her husband, family, friends, and fellow Advocates will celebrate her life through several events still to be scheduled. Read Advocates Vice-President John Fuchs’ tribute to her life.
Rock Sculpture in honor of Tanya by Allison Livingston.
Redwood sorrel is one of the first to bloom of the season. It is low to the ground with a pale pink or white flower and green clover-like leaf. You can find them all over Nisene, often growing under the redwoods. With the drought we worried there wouldn’t be many flowers this year, but the last storm gave enough for at least the redwood sorrel although later than usual.
Porter House. Those of you who have wandered up the Loma Prieta Grade Trail recently have no doubt seen the interpretive panel at Porter House Site. If you’re a long time county resident or even a recent arrival to the area, you may recognize the Porter family in the place names of Santa Cruz County – Porter Gulch Road near Cabrillo College, Porter Street and the Porter Memorial Library in Soquel, Porter College at UCSC and the Porter House Site in the Forest of Nisene Marks. Read More.