Tromp Blog

A Wild Bird, A Feral Cat and The Nature of Things

Sometimes it can be hard to know if you're helping or harming a wild animal.

Ten Reasons to Save The Redwoods Today. No, Really. Today.

Share some greenbacks with Big Green. Photo of the Advocate Tree in Forest of Nisene Marks State Park by Hilltromper.

Sempervirens Fund is holding a one-day fundraising drive to save the redwood forest. Here are 10 reasons to join the effort.

Sweet Summertime at the Mission Adobe

The 190-year-old Mission Adobe overlooks downtown Santa Cruz.

Bring life, love and laughter to the Mission Adobe this summer with Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks' newly announced Summer Series. Enjoy cultural events, local artists and music, outdoor movies and a Mole and Mariachi festival all within the shadow of the adobe walls.

The Outdoor Poet: James Maughn

From the Cabrillo College instructor and New Cadence Poetry Series founder, "Crescent Flower."

Twin Oaks Tromp

Sky lupine on Twin Oaks Trail, a welcome sign of spring.

Sky lupine, blue-eyed grass, checkerbloom and a bazillion poppies are out on this favorite trail of mountain bikers and hikers alike.

Star Creek Ranch Adventure

California Bush Poppies are abundant on Star Creek Ranch's sunny ridges.

Exploring the Land Trust's 1,200-acre gem in the Pajaro Hills.

Seven Earth Day 2014 Stories Worth Reading

NASA released this new photo of the earth today.

The best of #EarthDay reportage.

10 Tips for Happy Tidepooling

A sea star gets cozy next to some sea anemones in an intertidal pool.

Because sea stars, anemones and chitons are really good at hiding.

The Outdoor Poet: T. Mike Walker

Poems from the writer, painter, former SF cop and Cabrillo College instructor.

Why Bike Fit Matters

Think Liv/giant XC world champ Jolanda Neff's bike doesn't fit? Bet it does.  Liv/giant photo.

Numb feet and sore necks are the worst. We get the word from exercise physiologist Dave Liotta on why proper bike fit counts—just in time for a special Fit Form & Function event at Bicycle Trip.