Carol Jacobs learned from a woman who babysat in Portola Valley about the special qualities of the town. Although the Jacobs family bought a house in Hidden Valley, they were in closer proximity to Portola Valley than Woodside, and her thoughts and activities always revolved around Portola Valley.
One of her special memories is taking a family walk every Thanksgiving while the turkey baked. One walk she especially remembers was with Herb Dengler, an early and longtime resident who knew and respected every aspect of nature. [The Herb Dengler Preserve near the top of Hayfields and the Larry Lane Trail honors his memory.] This hike took them to the hills of the then-Morshead property above the schoolhouse where Herb showed Carol an albino redwood. If it is still there, no one knows its location any more.