The Trail Companion
Early Spring 1999
From the Editor
Just hours ago,
hail was pecking at the windows and snow was falling
on the mountains around the Bay. And an hour before
that, the sun was shining brightly. And a few hours
before that, it was hailing and snowing around the
Bay area. All day long I was treated to the glorious
colors of rainbows, the sight of snow on the hills,
the clatter of hail, and the warming rays of the sun.
Spring weather can be full of changes, and I was
certainly witness to some of them today. The
weather's not all that's changing. Dea Smith, our
president, has left the Board of Directors. I for one
will miss her and wish her the best in her future
pursuits. Her time and help in the office have been
greatly appreciated by all of us here.
Another change is that
Janet Clark, our office coordinator, has left. Her
efforts at getting the office to run smoothly have
also been greatly appreciated. Thank you, Janet.
Hopefully all of you will be receiving this issue by
Earth Day, since that's the topic of our cover story,
in which Geoffrey Skinner, our chief trail planner
reflects on trail-building from an environmental
perspective. We're also introducing what I hope is a
regular feature: a book review. Also, don't worry
about the missing hike in this issue - it will return
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