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A tour of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. I started and ended at Searsville Lake, near the Sun Research Center. Going across the dam, I then followed Trails 14, 8, & 7 up past the Hillside Lab (the former shack of the Shack Riders, a men's horseback-riding club). At the intersection of Trails 7 & 6, red berries announced madrone & toyon. Convergent evolution? Down Trail 6 & Trail 5, to the top of Rattlesnake Ridge, the location of Rattlesnake Rock. Eocene sandstone & lichen. SLAC power lines. Blue oak forest, mostly bare branches. Above Trail a, then across and up the back of Rattlesnake Rock to what I call the Sacred Space: a former ceremonial spot used by Native Americans. Then down Rattlesnake Rock to the grinding stone at the bottom, back along Herb Dengler's Trail 1 and Road C to the Sun Research Center for a brown-bag lecture.

Thanks to Bob Dodge for pointing out the mountain lion scat near the Sacred Space, and for encouraging me to post these images sooner rather than later.

A nearby collection documents the five Native American grinding holes (mortars) that I saw in the sandstone at the Sacred Space.
Entrance OakSearsville Lake, CloudyKeeping WatchWetland GrowthWillow LeavesSearsville DamView from Searsville DamAutumn Color, Searsville LakeShore of Searsville LakeSearsville Lake to SkylineOaks with Lace Lichen, Searsville Lake ShorelineView of Searsville LakeSun Research Center from Searsville LakeCormorants with Ducks on Searsville LakeCormorants with Ducks on Searsville LakeSearsville Dam & Searsville LakeWoodland TrailShack Riders' ShackForestMadrone Berries