Whenever I point my car north and head from San Francisco along the coast towards Oregon, I’m a very happy guy. I know that every mile will be beautiful and every stop will be interesting. It’s a fabulous slice of the far western United States, and I hope our video gives you at least a glimpse of the journey’s many pleasures. We shot the body of our three video stories just a few years ago, but we reached a bit further back in time to insert a few additional components from our library. For example, the Fort Ross portion of the first story was taped when I was a baby, more than fourteen years ago. Though I’ve aged for sure and Bill Walton is no longer there, Fort Ross hasn’t changed much and remains a very special place. My walk with Bruce Bolt along the Earthquake Trail at Point Reyes was also recorded a long time ago. Although the trail today is exactly as we saw it then, I’m very sorry to report that Bruce, a brilliant, highly respected and wonderful man, died in 2005. I had known Bruce in a variety of personal and professional contexts and I miss his kindness and good humor very much. I remember our day together, looking for evidence of the San Andreas Fault, with great fondness. And finally, in the third video segment of our northcoast road trip, we follow a proud woman I admired, respected and adored, Phyllis Cangemi. Phyllis guided us up an accessible trail into the redwoods she’d helped imagine, design and bring to fruition. Phyllis was seriously disabled for decades, plagued by a variety of illnesses that finally caught up to her. She died in the fall of 2005. She’d overcome so much and led such a determined life that I had thought somehow she would always defy the odds. It’s hard to imagine that Phyllis is gone. But she left a great legacy of access to nature for everyone. Fortunately, along her trails, in the efforts of those who continue her work and in the hearts and minds of many people she will always be with us.