Here in Sunol we all seemed to survive the holiday
hustle and bustle just fine. The kids are back in school today
and it's a brand new year.
Most of us make New Years resolutions and it usually includes
something about getting healthy or staying healthy or being
more healthy. Fortunately for those of us who live in the Sunol
area, we have an abundance of hiking and biking trails literally
in own our backyards.
My most favorite places to hike include the trails on the Pleasanton
Ridge, most notably the northern part of the Ridgeline Trail.
It can be a little challenging getting to the top of the ridge
but very rewarding when you are sitting on the little bench
located on a hill overlooking the entire valley. The view, especially
on a clear, crisp, sunny winter day is very beautiful. Sometimes
while driving on nearby Highway 680 I take a quick glance up
the hill near the Bernal Avenue exit just to see the bench at
Another favorite place to hike is the Sunol Regional Wilderness.
The Little Yosemite trail is a nice, easy hike and a very popular
destination, but it you are up to it try taking a different,
longer but very rewarding route to Little Yosemite by way of
the Canyon View Trail. I found this trail to be less populated
and it offers a more spectacular view, especially during the
spring when the wildflowers are abundant.
There are many, many miles of beautiful trails to explore very
close to home, so get out there and take a hike!
Sunol Glen School's music department was very pleased with the
numerous musical instrument donations it received in response
to my column's request a few weeks ago. More slightly used musical
instruments are still very much needed and your donation is
tax deductible. For more information or if you would like to
donate an instrument and need to have it picked up, please contact
Lori Nielsen at 925-862-2970.
While we are on the subject of music, Kevin Matlock welcomes
all persons interested in drumming to join him at the Little
Brown Church of Sunol on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in the church's
sanctuary. No experience is necessary and you do not have to
be a member of the church to attend. All are welcome and in
fact most of the drumming participants live outside Sunol. Please
bring your own drum if you wish or you can use one of the many
that Kevin has to offer.
I had the opportunity to chat with Fenestra Winery owners,
Lanny and Fran Replogle over the holidays and their Livermore
winery is preparing for their annual "Souper Bowl".
Visit the winery on January 22 - 23rd to sample their wines
paired with mouth-watering soups and homemade breads.
Besides being successful winemakers since 1976, this couple
has enjoyed being Sunolians for about 17 years. Married for
46 years, their son Eric Replogle and daughter-in law Robin
and two grandkids also live in Sunol. Son Steven resides in
Sunol citizens and neighboring city residents concerned about
the proposed waste disposal site being built near Andrade Road
are encouraged to attend a weekly meeting held every Tuesday
evening at Sunol Glen School's cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. For more
information please go their website, www.stopthedumpinsunol.org.