michaeljf wrote:The Bay Area has lots of great reasons to live here, but great mountain hiking ain't one of them.
Certainly true. I enjoyed Bay Area hiking and Bay Area geology is very hard to beat, but "mountains" to me always (going back to the 60's and 70's of my childhood) meant (and always will mean) heading for the Sierra.
You know there is that famous Tibetan prayer you always hear about them chanting at the monasteries in the Himalaya that goes something like (I forget what it means)"Om Mani Padme Um". Well I've told my wife that in her times of discontent she should chant the following two words that define the most important advantage of living in Fresno vs the Bay Area:
"Sierra Nevada...........Sierra Nevada.............Sierra Nevada.......Sierra Nevada...." hopefully done while holding a pint of pale ale by the same name.