I know this will be difficult, just a week into
winter but close your eyes and imagine yourself on a palm studded
beach of beautiful white sand, the sounds of a turquoise blue
ocean, warm sunshine beating on your face; are you still with
me here? That's where the Chapmans; Diane, Nick and children
Denise and David were enjoying an exotic vacation to Hawaii
free from Holiday Inn last September. Diane entered and won
a contest through USA Weekend magazine to vote for one of the
10 most beautiful places in America and with over 100,000 entries,
Kauai received the most votes. This lucky family got to spend
5 days in Oahu, then they traveled to Kauai for 2 days where
they rented a car and tried to see everything on the island.
"Kalalau Lookout was just beautiful, it's on the Na Pali
coastline, and it's just gorgeous", said Diane.
Yes that might have been me you have seen swerving on Kilkare
Road recently. No it's not all that cold medicine I've been
taking lately, it's just those slow-moving, slimy salamanders
that come out during every rainy season. It's just hard for
me to run over these little creatures I call "sticks with
an attitude" because that's what they look like crawling
across the road with their little heads sticking up in the air.
Now folks I know this is not an "only in Sunol" moment
and they are not closing the road for the newts mating season
as they do in Tilden Park. Interested in learning more about
these romantic amphibians? Join a 3-mile hike in Sunol Regional
Wilderness' on January 31 in search of "Salamanders!"
for more information call, (925) 862-2601.
It's been one month now since taking over this column and I
have received many wonderful requests that I write about Sunol's
historical background. It's fun and interesting for me because
these requests are coming from neighboring cities. I have also
been requested to write about such topics as; What is actor
Clint Eastwoods connection to Sunol? Did legendary bandit Joaquin
Murietta actually hide out in one of Sunols many caves? Is there
a time capsule buried somewhere in Sunol? Where was the air
raid siren from World War II located? Did a plane crash here
in the 1950's? Has anyone actually seen the Niles Canyon ghost?
Where are the dinosaur bones that were found during the construction
of Calavaras Dam? I'm really excited to report on these topics
but I would sure love some help. So if you are an old timer
or local historian or if you just have a story to share please
contact me at the address or email listed below.