About Mike Monroe

Mike Monroe and his Valley of Heart's Delight, Inc. are based in Gilroy. He is amateur historian and naturalist focusing on South County in coordination with Santa Clara County Parks, California Passport Tours, Friends of the Winemaker, the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley and the Historical Societies of Gilroy and Morgan Hill.

Take a Hike . . . with Mike Monroe: Enjoy the fall colors and oak trees on a walk along Llagas Creek

By |2019-09-22T10:09:59-07:00September 21st, 2019|Environment|

Super production years are called "mast" years and scientists are unsure what causes them Little Llagas Creek passes through the South Valley. By Mike Monroe Mike Monroe All of nature's seasons are amazing [...]

Take a Hike  . . with Mike Monroe: Hike the uplands of Anderson Lake and see and hear tule elk

By |2019-08-10T08:19:40-07:00August 9th, 2019|Breaking News|

In the deer family, elk are second in size only to moose By Mike Monroe One of the true success stories of bringing an animal species back from the brink of extinction has to be that of [...]

Take a Hike . . .with  Mike Monroe: Explore the majestic redwoods of Mt. Madonna County Park

By |2019-07-02T10:33:57-07:00June 29th, 2019|Environment|

By Mike Monroe Charles Kellogg Our annual sojourn to Yosemite Valley is always a special time. Usually we try to avoid the summer crush of tourists, but this year the weekend of June 8 and [...]

Take a Hike . . .with Mike Monroe: Celebrate Earth Day while learning about vineyard sustainability

By |2019-05-01T01:14:14-07:00April 19th, 2019|Environment|

CLICK HERE for more stories published in the April 24 - May 7, 2019 issue of Morgan Hill Life This year marks the 49th anniversary of Earth Day. What better way to toast Mother Nature than with [...]

Take a Hike . . . with Mike Monroe: Swap stories of Italian foods, recipes and tour Hecker Pass Winery

By |2019-04-24T07:20:41-07:00January 13th, 2019|Wine and Dine|

Published in the January 16 - 29, 2019 issue of Morgan Hill Life Photo by Robert AiroldiCarlo Fortino, left, and his father Mario Fortino, who founded Hecker Pass Winery. One of my family traditions during [...]

Take a Hike … with Mike Monroe: Explore one of the last remaining orchards in the Valley of Hearts Delight

By |2019-04-24T07:15:02-07:00November 16th, 2018|Environment|

Published in the November 21 - December 4, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life Photo by Marty CheekAndy Mariani in the store of Andy’s Orchard in northeast Morgan Hill. The holiday season is just around [...]

Take a Hike … with Mike Monroe – Learn about the history of Hecker Pass Winery on Saturday stroll

By |2019-04-24T07:12:30-07:00October 18th, 2018|Wine and Dine|

Published in the October 24 - November 6, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life La Vigna Conference Center at Hecker Pass Winery Call it serendipity, or a remarkable discovery of new associations since my original [...]

Take a Hike . . . with Mike Monroe – Learn about the region’s viticulture history with talk at Solis Winery

By |2019-04-23T23:13:40-07:00August 24th, 2018|Environment, Wine and Dine|

Published in the August 29 - September 11, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life riting about our local landscapes is such a joy! As a story in the Morgan Hill Times and San Martin News from 1971 [...]

Take a Hike . . . with Mike Monroe – Hike the Merry-Go-Round Trail, part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail

By |2019-04-23T23:11:27-07:00July 27th, 2018|Environment|

Published in the August 1 - 14, 2018 of Morgan Hill Life Photo courtesy Santa Clara County. Mt. Madonna County Park will be in the spotlight the weekend of Saturday Aug. 18 and Sunday Aug. [...]

Take a Hike . . . with Mike Monroe – Enjoy the cool air of the coast and hike beautiful Rancho del Oso

By |2019-04-23T23:09:06-07:00June 15th, 2018|Environment|

Published in the June 20 - July 3, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life Rancho Del Oso State Park Usually I do not stray too far from South Valley when I arrange a walk. But with [...]