Saturday, January 01, 2011

Weekend Reflections #67 - Crystal Springs Reservoir, San Mateo County, CA - January 1, 2011

Weekend Reflections #67 - Crystal Springs Reservoir, San Mateo County, CA - January 1, 2011

The reservoir is made of artificial lakes in a rift valley of the San Andreas fault in the
north Santa Cruz Mountains in San Mateo County, just south of San Francisco.  The
water level is high from all the recent winter storms.  Water is also piped in from the
Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park.

It is a beautiful area, with trails for hiking, running, biking and just stolling, with
occasional benches to stop and take a break.  The views are lovely, with rolling
fog at times, pouring down the mountainside. 

This was taken from my car window as I took my son to catch his morning commute
train - so I couldn't get a very good picture.  Had to cut out the guard rail and other
roadside clutter.  One of these days, I'll go back and walk the trail for better photos.

I am participating in Weekend Reflections - visit the site to see other lovely places in the world.

I wish everyone the best that life can bring in 2011 -
check out my poem, As the New Year Dawns,


  1. Anonymous3:49 PM

    Green - coloure of hope.

    May your all new year be filled with it.

    daily athens

  2. It must be a lovely place. I didn't know it existed.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  3. Looks great! You know you got my attention with "hiking trails."

  4. I like the fog rolling in off the hills. Happy New Year!

  5. I just love the way the fog sits on the hills of California. I used to live in Sonoma Countyfor a long, long time. Great post.

  6. So beautiful Carmen! Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you and your family a very happy 2011.

    xo jj

  7. ρομπερτ -
    It's easy to be hopeful on the 1st day of the New Year - sustaining it is what will be important!

    Kay L.Davies -
    The reservoir is only Interstate 280, one of the loveliest freeways I've ever seen. I used to take it every morning to my tourism classes at Canada College - beautiful sunrises in the AM and spectacular sunsets in the evening!

    Sharkbytes -
    These hiking trails are probably not much of a challenge to you but, from the Yelp reviews, they are pretty nice and very scenic.

    Pat -
    The fog has a personality all its own.

    Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA -
    Fog out here has such character - it can pour down the hills in one area and another hill can be in complete sunlight - same way with the Golden Gate Bridge. I love it.

    Joanna Jenkins -
    Hi there. You've got snow on your L. A. mountaintops, I see...we've just got our usual fog!

  8. I looks beautiful with the fog on the top of the mountain.

    Happy New Year, Carmen!

  9. Looks serene and a little mysterious due to the fog!! You have a wonderful blog...
    Have a nice day:-)

  10. Carmen, I've got you in my thoughts, wishing you a good transition. Stay positive; life has a way of finding solutions we never thought of.

  11. That is a really beautiful place.

  12. ***Icy BC -
    That spot is about two miles from my home and I drive by it on a regular basis. There is a road that is now closed to cars and people use it for walking and biking. It is just beautiful there.

    Arti -
    Thanks for the compliment on my blog. I enjoy writing it and have now been doing it for over a year. It's kept me sane since my nursing job of 21 years ended in massive budget cuts in San Francisco.

    rosaria -
    Please continue to think good thoughts for me. I am trying to stay positive though I just got shattering news this third day of the new year.

    Welschcakes Limmoncello -
    I know you brought the New Year in iwth good food, good wine and good friends...what better way.

    secret agent woman -
    I am lucky to live just a couple of miles from the reservoir. When I can get my lazy self out and about, it's just a lovely place to walk.

  13. It looks so green there, Carmen!
    I saw the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir this past summer when we visited Yosemite. It was a little out of the way but we were glad we took the time to see it.

  14. Happy New Year, Carmen! Beautiful icture!

  15. It's nice to see so much water in the reservoir! Looks like you and your family had a fun holiday. Happy new year and thanks for your visits. Looking forward to more blog exchanges over the year.