Rancho San Antonio is one of my favorite places to go hiking in the Bay Area. There are many trails to choose from, which are all well maintained and clean. It sometimes can get busy but is still a great place to get away from a bustling life and enjoy nature with friends.
One of my favorite places to visit inside Rancho is Happy Hollow Farm. I have a lot of memories as a child hiking up every weekend, where I played with and fed the animals. I was also intrigued by the garden, which grew many different fruits and vegetables.
Before entering the park, there’s a path under a highway bridge which has a slope of rocks under each freeway. When I was young, I used to climb it, and cut my hands on the spiked leaves that would fall from the trees next to it.
Another memory I have is hiking a trail with my father. We walked over one of the bridges, and my dad explained the effects of the drought and why there was no more water flowing underneath. That was the same creek where I first tried long exposure photography.