Wednesday Walking News: Rose Tour & Mad Men

Russian River Rose Company

We, of the Russian River Rose Company, greet you and hope to share our love of roses — with all of you around the world. Our family run nursery got its start in 1990 when our chief collector, took a cutting of an old rose that had escaped civilization and now covers the coastal headlands surrounding the village of Mendocino, California.

PERFUME ROSE HARVEST TOURS, complete with a full demonstration of a rose distillation to rose water and rose oil.

NURSERY with a large and sumptuous selection of exquisite roses, available April thru May plus a few special events in Fall.

DISPLAY GARDENS connected by our Rose Alleé of 8 arches displaying 600+ rose varieties for you to visit and enjoy. Garden tours available on special request.

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Of course there had to be a Mad Men tour

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in the 'Mad Men' season 7 premiere.
Jon Hamm as Don Draper in the ‘Mad Men’ season 7 premiere. Michael Yarish/AMC

Josh slips me a tie pin under the clock in Grand Central Terminal. “This’ll help you channel some of the Don Draper vibe,” he says, as New York commuters wash past us – a blue-grey torrent surging across the polished marble floor. Thankfully, like Mad Men itself (the award-winning TV series set in fictional 1960s advertising agency Sterling Cooper), Josh’s tour of Manhattan is stylishly slower paced. As the famous clock moves past 7pm, he leads us across the concourse to begin our induction into the world of Draper and his immaculately dressed, obstreperously behaved cohorts.

Click the above heading for more information. There’s Sex & the City and Glee tours as well.

 

YMCA Nature Walk at Sonoma Valley

Saturday, April 19th 10 am -12 pm

Sonoma Valley Regional Park provides a paved path through some beautiful oaks. Depending on this spring’s wildflowers, it’s also a great place to see lupines and California poppies.

Sky Lupines Foothill

We’ll only take a 2.25 mi walk, but there’s an introduction to more trails and access to Lake Suttonfield in the area.

A Regional Park, parking is by annual pass or $7/vehicle day use. 13630 Highway 12, Glen Ellen

We’ll  accommodate for wheelchairs.

Sorry, no pets on this walk. Service animals are fine.

Sponsored by the Y, there is no cost and you don’t have to be a Y member.

For map, visit park’s website.

Bay Trail Walk at Old Air Base

dog leash

Back for another piece of the Bay Trail, we started in Novato at Reservoir Hill Vista Trail. It’s on Hamilton Parkway and next door to reborn buildings of the old Hamilton Air Force Base.
Reservoir Hill Trailhead

I thought we could do this hill. Some of the locals were taking the shortcut (seen in the two ruts), we took the switchbacks. Reservoir Hill has some beautiful oaks and on the bay side some coyote bushes.

Reservoir Hill up

Being one to stop and catch my breath, I took this picture looking back from where we came in a few switchbacks.

View back from Reservoir Hill

Because, this is what was ahead.

Paved uphill Hamilton

Around the curve of the hill was a gorgeous meadow with lupines and johnny jump-ups. Bright orange poppies shone in bunches. Blue-eyed grass hid out.

Reservoir Hill Meadow

The view, the other way, was of the airbase hangars, the San Pablo Bay and mountains in the distance.

View over ex-Hamilton airbase

At the vista part of Vista Trail is this view of the remnants of the reservoir and the wetlands that surround the bay.

View to exReservoir & wetlands

This view is to the north towards Bel Marin Keys. The path down was steep and gravelly. It flattens out near some houses. (Access here and limited parking, but we were glad for the views.)

View to Bel Marin Keys

At the bottom of the trail, there is a new perfectly flat packed sand trail that leads north (left) to Bel Marin Keys.

Path split Reservoir Hill to trail North

We went the other way. In a short distance, we had a choice of the sand trail or the gravel one. We took the one nearer the water.

Trail split heading south

Waterway to Bay

This new trail is still being improved. This looks like a future observation platform. Hopefully, with some benches. At this point, there are no benches. (Several on Reservoir Hill.)

New viewing platform

We could see plantings in this inhospitable looking land. Restoration of the wetland is underway.

New plantings

Where the last part of the currently completed trail turns, we had this look to what might be some more trail. Trucks were hauling dirt and bulldozers were pushing and lifting it around. The breach to the bay is to happen in April or May – now a few culverts bring bay water to the land.

More future trail

At the last turn in the path and where we turned around, we had this gorgeous view back to the famous Mt. Tamalpais. This mountain always grounds us in our movements around the bay.

View to Mt Tam

We noticed as we went by the airbase buildings that we could access a flat return route. So rather than going over Reservoir Hill again, we scooted over the wall and went through this parking lot. We’ll start between Hangars 5 and 7 next time. Many buildings are renovated with businesses and the public library – and some are currently under construction.

Hamilton ex-airtower

Past some Hamilton Villas (former barracks), we found Hamilton Parkway and our car.

Hamilton Villas

This section of the Bay Trail, needs to be explored again. Here’s more information for you.

Distance: As we did the walk, about 3 miles, up and over Reservoir Hill about 70 ft. You can walk more and new trails are being added, click Bay Trail.

Benches: Currently (may change) only on Reservoir Hill. No picnic tables.

Bathrooms: None. Make friends at the library or at one of the businesses.

Wheelchair: Accessible from ramp near Hangar 7.

Dogs: On leash.

History: For information from the National Parks, click Hamilton Base. Or from Wikipedia, Hamilton Air Force Base.

Current Day: City of Novato: Arts Center, pool, and of course the wetland restoration.

In any large wetland restoration project there are many to thank, Coastal Conservancy, Bay Trail, and Conservation Corps North Bay to name a few.

See you on the trail!

Words by Lynn Millar, photos by Lynn and Mike Millar

 

Lizard at Reservoir Hill

 

Wednesday Walking News: Greenway & Next YMCA walk

Click the heading to get more information and to register for walk.

Join Us for a Spring Greenway Stroll

Saturday, April 12: 9:30 am – 11:30 amGroup -outdoors -cr

OR

Thursday, May 15: 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Montgomery High School Parking Lot (near the tennis courts)

The spring weather should be perfect for a walk along the edge of the Southeast Greenway! With three creeks, old trees, wide swaths of open space and beautiful vistas, this is the best time of year to “Imagine A Greenway… to Spring Lake and Beyond.” The walk will give you a chance to see and learn more about the land’s potential for restoration and how it fits into a regional plan for connectivity.

 

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Next YMCA Nature Walk

April 19th 10 am -12 pmSonoma Valley Regional Park provides a paved path through some beautiful oaks. Depending on this spring’s wildflowers, it’s also a great place to see lupines and California poppies.

We’ll only take a 2.25 mi walk, but there’s an introduction to more trails and access to Lake Suttonfield in the area.

A Regional Park, parking is by annual pass or $7/vehicle day use. 13630 Highway 12, Glen Ellen

We’ll  accommodate for wheelchair accessibility.

Sorry, no pets on this walk. Service animals are fine.

Sponsored by the YMCA, there is no cost and you don’t have to be a Y member.

For map, visit park’s website. Should be warm and sunny, unlike this winter picture.

Sonoma Valley Regiona Park Trail

Walking more Bay Trail & the Napa River

dog leashLast week I did another walk with fellow-Walkabouters at the JFK Memorial Park along the Napa River. Tule Marsh used to dominate the area until the mid-1800s.  San Pablo Bay (off of San Francisco Bay) was 18,000 acres of tidal marsh. Some of that is being restored.

We chose to start our walk at the parking lot near the boat launch.

Napa River Boat launch Continue reading

Wednesday Walking News: Earth Day, Month, etc.

Explore Sonoma County for Earth Day

Dry Creek
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Celebrate Earth Day (or any day) by getting out in nature and exploring a corner of Sonoma County you haven’t visited before.

With more than 1,500 square miles, there’s bound to be something new to discover.

- See more at: http://www.sonomacounty.com/articles/explore-sonoma-county-earth-day#sthash.nNLYr3eW.dpuf

Explore Sonoma County for Earth Day

Dry Creek
1 of 1

Celebrate Earth Day (or any day) by getting out in nature and exploring a corner of Sonoma County you haven’t visited before.

With more than 1,500 square miles, there’s bound to be something new to discover.

- See more at: http://www.sonomacounty.com/articles/explore-sonoma-county-earth-day#sthash.nNLYr3eW.dpuf

Explore Sonoma County for Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Dayclick the following headings for more information.

Explore Sonoma County for Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day stepping outside and exploring a corner of Sonoma County – there are 1500 sq. miles.

For specific information, please click Explore Sonoma County.

Celebrate Earth Day (or any day) by getting out in nature and exploring a corner of Sonoma County you haven’t visited before. – See more at: http://www.sonomacounty.com/articles/explore-sonoma-county-earth-day#sthash.nNLYr3eW.dpuf

Celebrate Earth Day (or any day) by getting out in nature and exploring a corner of Sonoma County you haven’t visited before.

With more than 1,500 square miles, there’s bound to be something new to discover.

- See more at: http://www.sonomacounty.com/articles/explore-sonoma-county-earth-day#sthash.nNLYr3eW.dpuf

Celebrate Earth Day (or any day) by getting out in nature and exploring a corner of Sonoma County you haven’t visited before.

With more than 1,500 square miles, there’s bound to be something new to discover.

- See more at: http://www.sonomacounty.com/articles/explore-sonoma-county-earth-day#sthash.nNLYr3eW.dpuf

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Sugarloaf Ridge via Planetary Walk

no dog

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, a 2700-acre park in the mountains above the Sonoma Valley, is still worth a visit even for people who need a flat walk.

Just past the entrance kiosk, on the left, is a parking lot, with a trailhead to Bald Mountain and to Meadow Trails.

Trailhead Bald Mtn &n Meadow Trail Continue reading

Wednesday Walking News: Drought, Art, Long walk

Regional Parks Botanic Garden a resource for drought conditions gardening

By Marta Yamamoto Correspondent Posted:   03/19/2014 02:50:12 PM PDT

As winter heads toward spring with little sign of rain, gardeners’ thoughts turn to how to cope with drought conditions and how California native plants can be used in light of water-challenged seasons.

A good place to turn for suggestions and advice is the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Regional Park in the Berkeley hills, where new manager Bart O’Brien has ideas for East Bay gardeners.

RPBG juniper lodge  seabluff  photo by Steve Edwards (2).jpg

Click the heading for more information and for our visit to the gardens, click Walking the Berkeley Hills (scroll to the bottom).

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Working with the Parks

March 20, 2014 by Lauren D. Chavez

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Hamlet on Alcatraz. Autumn, 2010.

We Players has been creating art in public spaces since 2000, and in partnership with the National Park Service and California State Parks since 2008. Last year we coined the term “site-integrated” to describe our keystone, outdoor, traveling theatre productions to differentiate our creative practice from the many (and ever-increasing) site-specific performance groups and artists in the Bay Area and beyond. Rather than simply choosing a dramatic or inexpensive backdrop for a performance, we very much create our art in direct relationship with the many layers of history, ecology, and community that we encounter within our treasured parklands.

For more information, click Working.

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Man walks for miles and creates a fascinating time-lapse video

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 – 4:58pm IST | Agency: DNA Web Team – Reema Punjabi

Bay Trail & Napa River Walk

Last week we walked a new trail around a landfill in American Canyon. Sounds perfect, right?

Well, it was beautiful to be along the Napa River and have views of Sonoma Mountain, Mt Tamalpais and Mt. Diablo. The trail was new segment of the Bay Trail – that will someday go all around San Francisco Bay. As this area is being restored, the trails here go through a marsh and wetland area of the Napa River. (Click here for online map of Bay Trail.)

Bay Trail Napa River backwater Continue reading

Things to Do – Spring Has Come

Do you need some things to do this gorgeous spring? Not that you haven’t been already.

Senior Walkabouters

I’ve been walking with this group along Santa Rosa Creek for about a year. Recently, I’ve been exploring other places with them. They go so many places and almost every day. There are weekly walks and solos – as one woman is leading walks on different sections of the Bay Trail. Please visit their site, sign up and find the walk that’s just right for you. (There are other Meetup groups in the area for more strenuous hikes or other types of activities.)

Howarth Park

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Sonoma County Regional Parks -  Wildflower Walks -
March 22 to May 3

Every Saturday at 10 AM sharp are wildflower walks with different themes at one of the Regional Parks led by volunteer Phil Dean, a Master Gardner

Click on the heading above or the flower to find out more. Brief basics below.

Wildflower Walk – Native Magic
Sonoma Valley Regional Park
3/22/2014 10:00 AM

Wildflower Walk – Death, Spirits, Alcohol & Other Strange Plants and Tales
Steelhead Beach
3/29/2014 10:00 AM

Wildflower Walk – Native Magic & Cures
Crane Creek Regional Park
4/5/2014 10:00 AM
I’ll be there.

Wildflower Walk – Fields of Color
Foothill Regional Park
4/12/2014 10:00:00 AM

Wildflower Walk – Alcohol, Spirits and Fatal Beauties
4/19/ 2014 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Riverfront Regional Park

Wildflower Walk – Magical Color & Ingredients
Shiloh Regional Park
4/26/2014 10:00 AM
Moderately difficult – but I’m going to try.

Wildflower Walks – Rare & Unusual
Hood Mountain Regional Park – Los Alamos Road
5/3/2014 8:00 AM
Hood Mtn is a 5 hour commitment with steep climbing.

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Stewards of the Coast & Redwoods

Click on the heading to go to a registration form. Many activities and volunteering. Fill in some blanks about yourself, scroll down to a heading “I would like to register for the following Educational Seminars:” — Select your choice – $10/each.

Geology of Sonoma Coast
Saturday, March 22, 2014
9:30 am – 3 pm, bring lunch, Shell Beach and Bodega Head
Instructor: Rebecca Perlroth, Geology Instructor, SRJC

Plants of the Redwood Understory Seminar
Sunday, March 23, 2014
1 pm – 4:00 pm, Armstrong Redwoods, Stewards’ office/Volunteer Center
Instructor: Sherrie Althouse, Co-Owner California Flora Nursery

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Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation

has open house once a month – the next one is April 12th. Center is open daily to visitors, picnic, self-guided birdwalk at 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa

After you click on the heading or the picture, go to Public Education to find more information on these 2 events.

3-20-14 All about Swallows

3-28-14 Birds of the Laguna slide show and then a walk on the 29th.

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New Walking Class

Everything you wanted to know about walking – with a real-life walk. The class is geared towards people over 50, who are just starting to exercise or need to get back in shape. Walking should be fun – and it will be.

Starting on May 6th, I will be leading a walking class at the Person Senior Center (behind the Finley Center) on West College in Santa Rosa. You can sign up by visiting the center or online at https://econnect.ci.santa-rosa.ca.us/Start/Start.asp   Once at the page enter barcode 72328. There’s a different code for each month. Currently there’s a schedule through September. Every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9am – 10am.