BAY AREA SUMMERS are famous for the morning fog -- and with good timing hikers can enjoy that mystical transition from cloudy obscurity to the clear bright sunshine. As the marine layer warms it dissipates and disappears while uncovering a fresh look at the skyline landscape.
Resident creatures modify habits as the lifting fog reveals more of the surroundings. Their reliance on sound and smell gives way to a visual detection of danger, so once again it's time to retreat into the thick brush and secluded forest for survival.
As our path winds through old stands of oak trees, we find morning sunlight streaming through massive branches casting long shadows on the ground. It's a virtual dance of bright and darkness that masks all movement while providing necessary seclusion for its critters.
We soon emerge to a magical scene shrouded with the final remains of retreating clouds as the entire skyline ridge comes into view. It's nature's way of entertaining us with a game of hide-and-seek.
Of course, there's always another vista to be discovered ahead as we follow the trail that contours around the mountain landscape. Who knows what lies beyond the next bend? One thing I know for certain... It's bound to be very, very cool!