PSA: Gate 16J, or what to do when Stevens Creek Trail is closed at 101.

During heavy rains Stevens Creek floods Stevens Creek Trail at 101. As a result, the trail gets closed, and it often stays closed for the beautiful days after the storm.

There are three detour options (scroll down for an aerial view).

Stevens Creek Detours when it’s closed under 101 (the green Stevens Creek Trail marker on the map).

East

  • East on Moffet
    If walking/running, cross to the South side – there is no sidewalk on the North Side. Be careful on the 101 crossing. They are controlled intersections, but they are huge.
  • Left before the Moffet Field entry gate
    Google Maps calls this MT Jones road, and as of February 2017, Google Maps will not route you on this road. It will send you into the Moffet Field guarded perimeter. You so not need to go into Moffet Field.
    There is a lot of construction going on. Remove ear buds and head sets, and watch for heavy equipment that may not see you. Especially during the week.
  • Left at the end of the wind tunnel
    That would be the huge building on the right. There is lots of construction going on, but you may see a sign for PG&E. It’s a narrow passage on the left, after the National Guard.
  • Follow the packed earth/gravel path along Steven’s Creek.

The gravel road on the east side of Stevens Creek

West

  • West on Moffet
    Under the 85 overpass
  • Right on Middlefield Road
  • Right on Shoreline
  • Right on La Avenida
    Just before the Computer History Museum. You could also continue on Shoreline all the way to Shoreline Park.

Looking back. On the right is Stevens Creek Trail. On the left is the gravel road, and in the distance, the wind tunnel

Permanente Creek

  • West on Moffet
    Under the 85 overpass
  • Right on Middlefield
  • Continue on Middlefield at Shoreline
  • Right on Siera Vista
  • Right on Rock St
  • Left on Permanente Creek Trail

Below is a satellite view of the three routes.

Stevens Creek Detours when it’s closed under 101 (the green Stevens Creek Trail marker on the map). The big building on the right, at about 3 o’clock, above the (B) marker is the wind tunnel. You cannot miss it.

It normally takes a few days to clean the trail before it opens up again. As you can see below, they open it up quickly…

Stevens Creek under 101. Just a bit more water, and the trail floods, leading to closure.

 

 

 

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PSA: The Great American Eclipse of 2017

TL;DR;

Book your travel this week. Accommodation and Transportation is filling up fast.

If you don’t want to do the research, book a flight to Portland, OR (PDX) on Saturday or Sunday, back on Tuesday. Get a rental car and book a hotel in Portland or close. On Monday, get up at 5am, check the weather, and drive to the closest area inside the path of the eclipse that promises a cloud free sky.

What’s going on?

The Great American Eclipse of 2017 is happening August 21st. The moon will completely cover the sun for a bit over 2 minutes. If you want to see it, you may need to plan ahead.  It will be like this:

The next one in the US mainland will be August 21st, 2017, around 10:30am. 12M Americans just have to s step outside and hope for a cloud free sky. If you are one of them, block your calendar from 9am to noon. The rest of us has to travel. Check now if you can take the day off. Your kids may already be back to school.

1. Decide Destination

Find out where you want to go first. Distance to where you live, and expected weather are the main criteria. Madras, OR is a good location if you live in Silicon Valley, as it’s close and typically has good weather in August. (If your company has an office in Portland, a visit there is worth a shot, too. The visitor desks will be busy.)

2. Book Accommodation and Flights – now

Hotels are sold out out along the path. Expect to have to drive an hour or two on the day of the eclipse, and expect traffic jams.

But there is an opening coming this week (week before 2/19) for Federal Campgrounds that take reservations 6 months in advance. These sites will go fast. Portland still has some reasonable priced flights, mostly because there are so many flights from Silicon Valley to Portland. But flying to, say Redmond, OR, costs $800 already…

More Information

For Geeks

This guys computed the irregular shadow using elevation models of the Earth and the Moon and created an amazing video. The practical impact of this level of details is minimal, as you want to be in the middle of the shadow anyway, not at the edge. But it’s awesome.

Solarfest

Solarfest is the local even in Madras, OR. Their Facebook page has more updates than their Web site.

National Eclipse

They have some background information and some nice maps on their site.

Next Chances

 

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