The Advocates have been saddened by the recent passing of Tanya Larson O’Donnell, 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.
The blue purple color of the Hounds Tongue is magnificent! They are named as their leaf looks like a hound’s tongue. They have been seen growing all along the Westridge Trail, especially near the power poles. Also along the Vienna Woods Trail, The Buggy trail, the Terrace Trail and the Old Growth Loop. Get hiking, biking or running in the forest and be sure to stop and admire!
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.