The best part about living in South San Jose is that you are right up along the mountains. It can’t get any better than that! I’d take Northern California landscapes over Southern California beaches any day.
Alamaden Quicksilver Park is less than fifteen minutes from our house. There is a grueling uphill loop. We did it on New Year’s Eve. However, we went just a few days prior to hang out on a blanket. Is it weird to take a blanket to the forest, lay down, and read? We tried to stay a little bit hidden so that anyone walking by would not be put off by two weirdos on a blanket. It was a great day!