Wednesday Walking News: National Parks hit 150 &

The 150th Anniversary of the idea of National Parks by elfling Follow for Daily Kos Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 04:00 PM PDT 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…

Wednesday Walking News: 10 Urban Parks & Broadway Theaters

From Sunset Magazine – Top 10 urban parks 1. Art in open spaces: Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver, B.C. The surprise here is the life-size Digital Orca sculpture breaching vertically from the Jack Poole Plaza, a triangular slice on the waterfront. And no, the whale isn’t fuzzy; it’s pixelated into Lego-like blocks. Also on the plaza…

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…

Walking more Bay Trail & the Napa River

Last 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…

Sugarloaf Ridge via Planetary Walk

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.

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

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. If you continue along Bellevue, there is almost a walking path. First on the southside and after Elsie Allen High School…