I’m a poet, editor, naturalist and mountain wanderer (whenever I get a chance). I’ve spent most of my life leading wilderness trips and non-profit organizations.

I live in biologically rich Marin County, just across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, where our towns are confined for the most part to naturally-sculpted enclaves along the eastern skirts of our hills, and where 40% of the land has some sort of conservation status: two national parks (GGNRA and Point Reyes), five state parks, thirty-three Open Space preserves, numerous local parks, and ranchland conservation easements held by the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Marin is the way human communities should be built, and we’ve created that through several generations of devoted and inspired advocacy.

I also live in the midst of a loving, sprawling extended family, most of whom live close by. Jenny and I will be posting a photographic rogue’s gallery here soon.

My wife Tina is a multilingual PhD world-adventurer and award-winning teacher (I’m leaving out the “Mom” parts just because there’s more to tell than I could possibly fit on this page) . I share her current adventure, a sunny, determined, heroic struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. My partner Desiree is heroic, too, even awe-inspiring: She’s currently in the midst of a very hands-on transformation of the lives of her daughter and three grandchildren, struggling with a workload that would drown most of us, and providing lifesaving professional wisdom to Tina and myself on a regular basis.

We’re blessed by four children. Sarah, oldest and wisest, is now a more-than-superb, much-loved grandmother herself, and a student of food and nutrition. She lives in Berkeley with her teen daughter Maciel. Her grown children, Amaris and Jonathan live in Winters and Berkeley. Martha, our second, is a research librarian in San Francisco and with her partner Lisel has created the profoundest relationship in our whole extravagant clan. Third daughter Jenny (Wren), a photographer, lives in New York after early graduation from NYU, and travels the world producing free, large-scale potluck art shows (anything really nice you see about my blog probably bears her imprint). Brendan, our son and youngest, labors at undergraduate astrophysics under dazzling southern skies at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand.

We find it a little bewildering, but the kids have recently mentioned that we’re great-grandparents (that means really old as opposed to necessarily being really good). The hyperenergetic, Star Wars obsessed, sports-fanatic individuals responsible for this generational assault are Amaris and Keith’s kids, Terence, seven, and Kenneth, four.


  1. Susan Gross said,

    February 24, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Bill, I just found your blog via HAI — maybe norcal — and want you to know that I love what I’ve read and seen so far. I will continue exploring!


    • billnoble said,

      February 24, 2010 at 1:56 am


      Wow, what a long time! What’s happening in your life, lady?

  2. Jonathan P said,

    February 24, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Great to see your blog Bill!

    • billnoble said,

      February 24, 2010 at 6:00 am

      Hey, Jonathan! Sometimes I feel a little cruel, flaunting the California spring. 😦

      When’s the next time you’re out here?

  3. Sean O'Grady said,

    February 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Hi, Bill–

    I don’t know if you remember me, but I joined you on several hikes about twenty years ago when I was a PhD student at UC Davis. It turns out we now have a mutual friend in Bill Keener, who put me on to your wonderful blog here.

    Best wishes,
    Sean O’Grady

    • billnoble said,

      February 28, 2010 at 8:22 am

      Hi, Sean-

      Which of Bill’s many hats was he wearing when he made the connection? 🙂 And do you remember what trips we shared? (Can I plead age?) Was it Death Valley? In any case, Welcome! And I’ll check our your pages, too.

  4. Jet said,

    March 5, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Bill
    Hard to believe it has been 10 years since I lost contact with HAI and the Potluckers. Just found your Blog. Love the photography and nature commentary – and of course the poetry. I still have a file of Bill Noble poetry at home. You and Tina great-grandparents – Wow. I’m a grandmother myself. Give my love to Tina. I have sweet, fond memories of you both. It’s o.k. if she doesn’t remember me – I remember enough for both of us.
    Love Jet

    • billnoble said,

      March 6, 2010 at 11:47 am

      Jet–amazing! Illerite more to you directly later. My son and I are on a desert trek without much cell access, but it’s lovely lovely to be in touch! We shared some amazing experiences.

      Much love!

  5. Biswajit Dash said,

    June 15, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Hi! Just fabulous is what I can say about your writing…I loved the diction and presentation. Great to know you over the internet. You can me reach at: http://bluebardpoems.wordpress.com

  6. Brian said,

    August 5, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Bill – I saw a great summary of the Prop 8 decision that you wrote. May I email that around and post (attributed of course) to my blog and FaceBook page?

    • Bill Noble said,

      September 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm

      You may of course! ‘Pologize for the long delayed resonse.



  7. Bill Schenck said,

    July 4, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Just found your blog. Kudos to a true Renaissance man.
    Bill Schenck, living and loving in Kauai, Hi.

  8. Chas Fleischman, AKA Dag said,

    December 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I don’t know if you remember me, I hiked Death Valley with you and Tina eons ago–I wonder if you recall the cartoon I did for you of the
    BEAR with the knapsack on his back, as a logo for your hiking and exploring group, gosh it must have been back in the 1990s. I always loved my drawing of that, and was astonished to see an ad for AMTRAK trains (in Sunset? Via magazine?) with my drawing copied EXACTLY and then turned into a photoshopped bear with the same backpack, only standing on a train platform. Call your lawyer.
    I’m up in Fort Bragg now, amidst several groves of sequoias, and within the roar of the ocean.
    Chas Fleischman

  9. Joy Leftow said,

    February 4, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Hi felt compelled to leave you a note – those personal details reached me.
    I added you at google.


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