On a perfect October day last weekend, Shone Farm had an open house. We visited several years ago and have been waiting to visit again.
Here is our box in October. The tomato plants, still tree-like, are not producing much fruit now. We have hopes of a couple of more giant heirlooms.
For short flat walks, wineries can provide beautiful gardens, vistas and charming if sometime kitschy architecture for your viewing pleasure.
With over 300 wineries in Sonoma County, we won’t cover all of them – but we will display some of our favorite gardens. Some are walks on their own and some are near places we like to walk.
This imposing Kendall-Jackson Winery is off of Fulton Rd. north of Santa Rosa, CA. Its gardens provide their own walk.
The name is a giveaway - that Taylor Mountain would not be a flat walk. But I was game to give it a try. It helps that the parking lot is part of the way uphill and if you can only get that far you can still have a hillside picnic.
This is a new Sonoma County Regional Park, that you can access off of Kawana Terrace in Santa Rosa. Pay for the parking or use your Annual Pass. Only about 4 miles of trails exist now, but more are planned. Continue reading
Spring Lake Regional Park is one of the most popular places to walk in Santa Rosa. But I bet there’s a few things you don’t know about the area. To find some answers, please join a naturalist the first Saturday of each month for a most knowledgeable walk.
While the picture is on a rainy day, I think this Saturday July 6th will not have rain nor 100 degree temperature.
Part of a Bay Area program for Healthy Parks Healthy People, the walk starts at the swimming lagoon. Just over a 2-mile loop, you’ll only climb a dam once. (Unless they take the low road.) For more information click Walk. Time: 9am to 10:30am
Other activities at the park: Swimming, boating, fishing, camping and picnicking. Don’t forget the Discovery Center!
For our take on the park, please click Spring Lake.
Words by Lynn Millar, Photos by Mike Millar
She wasn’t a walker but she is Madame X or Madame Pierre Gautreau, the symbol of French Society in the 1880s. She’s at the center of my winning play, The Art of the Matter.
The setting: a gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The set-up: Madame X walks out of the painting.
To be determined: Madame X tries to settle some issues with her portraitist, John Singer Sargent while Leona’s lover, Paul pleads his own case.
My winning 10-minute play, The Art of the Matter, is being produced at 6th St Playhouse – in the Studio from June 27th to June 30th.
Seven 10-minute plays won the honor to be at the center of the Short and Long of It Play Festival. Please visit the Playhouse website and order your tickets.
Don’t forget to come and enjoy all the plays – but vote for mine!
Thanks, Lynn Millar
Here’s a picture from my play!
Daily Prompt – this is a ‘misfit’ to my normal walks.
Thanks to the creek signs Sonoma County installed several years ago, it’s easier to find a lush riparian path. Forestview Creek is just north of the shopping on the corner of Fulton and Guerneville Rds. Continue reading
Last Tuesday, I went for a walk with the Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway Campaign. The Greenway is a 2-mile strip of land from Hwy 12 and Hoen to Spring Lake Regional Park. Originally, it was to be an extension of Hwy 12 across Spring Lake and through Annadel State Park.
The door at the front of the house? The back door? The door that opened to summer camp? Or on the trip to your relatives across town? Did you find it when you drove across country to go to college? Or when you ran away from home? Maybe you wonder where it went? Maybe you open it every day?
We usually start at Place to Play to walk along Santa Rosa Creek. The Park’s wide open space lets us breath free and there’s plenty of parking – no sliding into the ditch or getting whacked by a speeding car at Willowside Rd.
Near the west end of the park is a recycled water pond where we spotted a Great Blue Heron, several egrets, cormorants drying their wings and grebes and coots all around. The entrance to the creek is through a break in the oaks along a sandy gravel path.