Ashley McDonald

An SF State Student Attempting to Blog

Clayton Rock Quarry

I was driving the other day and realized that my entire life, there has been a huge eye-sore destroying a nearby mountain.


View of Mt. Zion rock quarry in Clayton, CA. Photo By: Ben Hoedt

This photo is the view of Mt. Zion I have seen my entire life. The quarry has been in-use since 1947, according to the Clayton Pioneer. When I saw this photo, I realized that this quarry is not only ruining the mountain in a structural way, it is ruining animal habitats.

I cannot tell you how many dead coyotes, squirrels, skunks and raccoons I see on a daily basis in the area surrounding the quarry.

However, the damage is not purely on animal habitats or aesthetics, it is on the environment. The equipment used to dig the quarries cause a lot of pollution. Big rigs, haulers, bull dozers: they all pollute the earth.

Moral of the story, now that I have become an aware citizen, I plan on doing a little more research on the quarry and seeing what is being done to prevent pollution and damage to the structural soundness of Mt. Zion. I don’t want to be jealous of Livermore anymore. They have the good view of the mountain.


October 20, 2009 Posted by | Random Musings | Leave a comment

Baby Survives Train

This video that I found on highly disturbed me. I recently dropped my phone onto the BART tracks and although it was alright, the only thing I could think while I saw my phone, my lifeline, slip onto the man-killing BART tracks was “OH MY GOD!?! WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITHOUT THAT!!!???”

That being said, imagine watching your baby fall, head first onto train tracks and then have a train run over and stop right on top of it. That would be exponentially worse than my phone, obviously. Luckily, this baby survived.

I have heard so many stories of babies falling off of mountains or buildings and surviving, unscathed. I have heard that this is because babies lack the ability to tense up when they know they are going to fall or recieve pain like adults do, so they remain looser and therefore hit the ground softer. As for the train child, this was just luck.

October 20, 2009 Posted by | Random Musings | Leave a comment

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market


A man chooses his tomatoes at the Farmers Market at the San Francisco Ferry Building on Saturday Oct. 17th, 2009.

There is a Farmers Market three times a week at the Ferry Plaza in San Francisco, but the big show is on Saturdays. From 8am to 4pm on Saturdays, over 50 vendors gather to sell everything from goat cheese to sweet potatoes. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market has been around for almost 20 years and it is continuing to grow. Rated at 4.5 stars by, attending the FPFM is definitely a great way to spend a Saturday.

(All foods pictured are foods that are indigenous to North America)

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October 20, 2009 Posted by | Random Musings | Leave a comment