My friend Whitney and I decided to take advantage of the long daylight hours to sneak in a hike and picnic after work. Since it was foggy along the coast, we headed south to Russian Ridge open space preserve, which at 2400' usually stands above the fog. From Russian Ridge you have outstanding views east over the south bay to Mt. Diablo, and west over the Santa Cruz mountains to the coast.
It was a warm spring evening under blue skies, with hints of the nearby fog blown in by the ocean breezes.
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Low Lying Fog
The low lying fog turns mountains into small islands, and the misty air creates a distant, far off look.
Whitney grew up in the Bay Area, and is happy to be back after a number of years in soggy Seattle.
We ran across an alligator lizard enjoying the warm evening air.
The sunsets from Russian Ridge are great. The preserve overlooks the coast, about 12 miles west, and the sun sets into the Pacific.
From where we were sitting, the sun set just behind Mindego Hill, and lit up the trees about a mile and a half across the valley.