Wednesday Walking News: National Parks hit 150 &

The 150th Anniversary of the idea of National Parks

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Merced River and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, circa 1865, Carleton Watkins photograph

attribution: Carleton Watkins, Library of Congress
Merced River and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, circa 1865, Carleton Watkins photograph

One hundred and fifty years ago, the United States was in the midst of the Civil War. And yet, a group of men dared to press a curious idea. A magnificent valley and a grove of immense sequoia trees had been discovered in California. What if this land were to be preserved and protected from exploitation and development for all time?

More information, click National Park


From the Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Girl visits over 160 National Parks,

makes a stop in the Keweenaw on the Fourth

Sarah Blakely Posted: 07.04.2014 at 5:59 PM

CALUMET — She’s only 13 years old, and Aida Frey has already visited 163 National Parks. On July 4, she and her parents, Shawn and Norma, explored the sites of Keweenaw National Historical Park making the Copper Country stop number 164.

It all began when she was just nine years old visiting her first-ever National Park that sparked an interest in American history that led her to become a National Park Service Junior Ranger.


for more information, click on Keweenaw


Still time to vote – who pays for California Parks

Wednesday Walking News: 10 Urban Parks & Broadway Theaters

From Sunset Magazine -

Top 10 urban parks

Walking at Garland Ranch – Carmel

Before our recent trip to Monterey Peninsula, Mike studied a map of the area. That’s how we found Jack’s Peak and how we wound up at Garland Ranch Regional Park. Both great finds for us. Here’s a link to Jack’s Park and here is some of our visit to Garland Ranch Park.

We drove out Carmel Valley Rd, east from Hwy 1 in Carmel. (There is a Carmel Valley farther out this road – but not the ‘San Diego’ Carmel Valley.)  We parked and entered down some steps to a summer bridge over the Carmel River. (The year-round entrance is to the right or downstream from here.)

Garland Park Entrance summer bridge

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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.

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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.

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Walking around the Bay at the Oakland Museum

Hope you are a quick planner – we went to a wonderful exhibit called Above and Below: Stories from Our Changing Bay It ends February 23rd – that’s like Sunday.

Above Below

One area of the exhibit is about the “below” with a video showing the San Francisco Bay without the water.

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More Colgan Creek Walking

Colgan Creek, from Stony Point Rd. to Bellevue Ave. is a short flat walk by some open fields and yards. We like it for the raw Santa Rosa and openness. See Colgan Creek Walking.

dog leash

If you continue along Bellevue, there is almost a walking path. First on the southside and after Elsie Allen High School on the northside. At Dutton Meadow is Lower Colgan Creek Park and the path makes a turn north.

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Wednesday: Walking News

It’s winter. Please be sure others can see you at night. I wear a reflective vest. This is from the Sitka walkers.

November 30, 2013 by

Be Safe, Be Seen as you ride your bike or walk during the dark hours of winter

SpotTheCyclist2Sitka is lucky because our mild climate allows most of us to bike and walk throughout the winter. But cyclists and walkers also need to take care to make sure they can be seen by drivers, especially since there is so little daylight this time of year.

Take a look at the photo on the right (you can click on it to enlarge the photo). Can you see the cyclist? This cyclist just rode through one of Sitka’s best-lighted intersections (Lincoln Street and Lake Street), but he’s wearing dark clothes and you can’t see him even though he does have a working taillight. By the way, the cyclist is in the right center of the photo, between the car’s taillights and the fire hydrant, near the Moose Lodge parking lot. Continue reading

Walking News

Yes, I’m still working on a guidebook – so in the meantime – here’s some news. Click the hyperlinks (bold and underlined text) to travel to those place.


Road at Doran Beach is done! This is terrific even though we won’t need it for the walk on November 16th. Click for the Parks page on that walk. Check the Regional Parks Calendar for other events.


If you’re interested in the Southeast Greenway (that open space that was almost a freeway), go to their newsletter for an update. The State has formally decided not to build a freeway. (After all these years!!) Click on to SE Greenway.


Hopefully, you know how popular (and fun) walking is. Groups are forming everywhere. There’s Walk San Francisco, kind of a save-the-pedestrian effort – not an easy task if you’ve heard the news lately.

As an article reports on the SFGate site, San Francisco ranked number two nationally (NYC was #1) in walkability. Of course, Ms. Gobets, the article’s author,  indicates that a recent study shows 3 pedestrians a day are hit by vehicles. To check on 2,500 cities + neighborhoods go to Walk Score. They also rank cities on bike-friendly and transit-friendly.


My new favorite group is Walk Sitka. Who knew? But they won designation as a bronze-level Walk Friendly Communities. a national organization. They are active walkers and advocates for walking.

Do you know about Meet Ups? There’s a very active walking group in Santa Rosa. Click on Senior Walkabouters. Saturday one group is going to Gerstle Cove and one is joining a walk in the Laguna. Monday some are walking along the Santa Rosa Creek while others walk the Golden Gate Bridge and Crissy Field. And next Friday, it’s camping at Pinnacles National Park. There has to be some place for you to go.


If you would like to help me with the guidebook, please click guidebook.

Have you taken a walk today?

Jack London State Historic Park

Jack London State Historic Park

Crescent City to Arcata Walking

Well it isn’t one straight walk from Crescent City to Arcata, California. But it is some driving and bits and pieces of walks and parks.

Crescent City

When along the coast in Washington and Oregon, we saw signs everywhere declaring the Evacuation Route – in case of a tsunami. The signs are probably around, but I’ve not noticed them in California. A visit to Crescent City reminds me of the damage tsunamis can do.

The city, surrounding a crescent shaped beach, was wiped out in 1964 by a tsunami. The ocean floor by Crescent City perfectly funneled the wave onshore. The earthquake that leveled Anchorage, Alaska caused that wave.  In 2011, Crescent City suffered tsunami damage from the Sendai earthquake that caused extensive destruction to Japan including to their nuclear reactor.

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