Where No Cars Roam 

Berkeley Bay Trail now open and running

WED 7/30

If trees could talk, Arnie Schwarzenegger wouldn't be the only wooden inanimate object this summer proclaiming, "I'm back." The Berkeley Bay Trail, an 8.5-mile course and the latest addition to the ever-expanding San Francisco Bay Trail, opened earlier this month, taking the jaw-dropping beauty of the Bay Area another step closer to heaven. The trail, which stretches from the Berkeley Waterfront through the Eastshore State Park, is chock-full of breathtaking views and up-close access to natural wonders that East Bay hikers and bike riders have been clamoring for. The Berkeley trail is part of the ambitious Bay Trail, which will eventually connect four hundred miles of trails, beaches, and campsites throughout the entire area, making it possible to travel continuously through the Bay Area's nine counties and nearly fifty cities on park land. The Berkeley Bay Trail treks through the six cities of the Eastshore State Park (Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, and Richmond) and runs eight and a half miles. The group Citizens for the Eastshore State Park, the City of Berkeley, and organizers of the Bay Trail celebrated the trail's official opening last weekend.

"Any trail like this that provides more isolated recreation and biking opportunities is a big plus for the area," declares Jonas Jackel of Mike's Bikes of Berkeley. "The Bay Area has a lot of trails to choose from, but this one looks to be really suited for us who live and work in the East Bay." -- Tony Hayes

THU 7/31


Blazing paddles

You know that SUV commercial where there's a guy in a kayak in the ocean just offshore in a thick fog, and he uses his remote to turn his car into a lighthouse? You can be that guy. Thursday evening (7 p.m.) at REI Berkeley (1338 San Pablo Ave. at Gilman), paddling school director Dan Crandall gives a slide lecture designed to help you get started kayaking on lakes, the ocean, rivers, what have you. Explore strange waters. Talk to sea otters. Make like an Inuit. Get wetter than you ever thought possible. The lecture is free. Phone 510-527-4140 for more details. -- Kelly Vance


Bend It at Ohlone

If there's anything to be deduced from Ohlone College's summer athletic camps for kids, it's that baseball is more highly valued than soccer. The college's youth camp for soccer players (boys and girls, ages six to fourteen) runs from Monday, August 4 through August 8, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, and costs $75. Compare that to Ohlone's baseball camp for boys and girls (ages seven to thirteen), also August 4-8, which costs $120. Let's see -- if any little David Beckhams or Barry Zitos out there are trying to decide where to put their summer camp money, follow your heart but use your head. Billy Beane or Sir Alex Ferguson might be watching. Ohlone College is at 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Register online for the camps at www.Ohlone.cc.ca.us/org/athletics -- Kelly Vance


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