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Reader: Bill Hoyt, 35, of San Jose, California

The Spot: Henry Coe State Park, California

The Moment: I took the photo in the summer of 2007 about an hour after dawn, facing south as the marine layer (fog) from the Monterey Bay blew in over the foothills. I was approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 meters) east of the headquarters of Henry Coe State Park starting a 15-mile (24-meter) hiking loop over Mount Sizer.

This 87,000-acre (35,208-hectare) park is located just south of San Jose. It is within easy reach of over a million people. However, the park is so underutilized that it may be closed this year due to the state budget crisis. I hope this photo will remind people that there are amazing adventures not just around the world, but in our own backyard.  

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