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Rattlesnake Show at Nisene Marks

Steve Liebenberg handles a rattlesnake at Forest of Nisene Marks 50th anniversary. Hilltromper Photo.

We expected barbecue and lumberjacks at Nisene Marks' 50th anniversary party. But we didn't expect a rattlesnake whisperer. (With video)

Ventana Surfboards at Stripe Men Are Calling Your Name

Closeup of three Ventana Surf Co wood surfboards at Stripe MEN. Hilltromper photo.

Now you can ogle a bunch of Ventana Surf Co. boards up close and get your mantini too.

Announcing The Outdoor Poet

Closeup of a wild iris at Wilder Ranch State Park. Hilltromper photo.

On Wednesday, May 22, Hilltromper will launch a new weekly feature celebrating nature and place.

Stanford's Self-Driving Racecar Cameos in Spock vs. Spock Video

Shelly, Stanford's self-driving racecar

The Audi Spock vs. Spock video-ad that has been blowing up over the past day or so includes a cameo that is being overlooked by the geekosphere: a cameo appearance by Shelly, the self-driving racecar being developed at Stanford University. It appears as bonus footage beginning at 2:26.

Bicycling Santa Cruz: Celebrate Santa Cruz Bike Week!

Introducing ... the new Hilltromper cycling blog by Karen Kefauver!

Foraging Files: Spring Trail Snacks

Miner's lettuce grows best in shaded areas. And it's everywhere. Hilltromper photo.

What’s to eat deep in the forest on a springtime walk? Plenty.

Spring Wildflower Hikes in Santa Cruz County

Yellow mountain dandelion near Panoche Valley. Photo by Al Frisby.

Four great places to see how spring has sprung.

The Bike Fest Cometh

Catching air — fun for the participant and the audience! Photo by Karen Kefauver.

Fat tires rule at the 4th annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival this weekend.

Freeing My Inner Plant Geek

Inspecting the goods on a 2013 CNPS wildflower walk at Lucille's Court Meadow. Hilltromper photo.

An outing with CNPS yields rare treasures and loads o' Latin.

The 'Affordable' Tesla

Tesla charging at Cruzio. Hilltromper Photo.

We've been seeing a lot of the Tesla Model S around town—partly thanks to the fact that there are solar-powered car-charging stations right outside our coworking space at Cruzioworks (see above).