Seems that when we plan a trip to Sacramento, it now involves a stop in Suisun City for breakfast.
But a stroll along the waterfront or a more adventurous walk into the Suisun Marsh is possible. We did stroll, but due to plans in Sacramento on the same day, we only peered down the dirt path along Peytonia Slough. Continue reading →
We hoped we’d found another flat walk in the low lands along the bay. Off of Hwy 121 south of Sonoma is Ramal Rd. and on an unmarked road is Hudeman Slough, a Regional Park boat launch. Technically, the address is 28020 Skaggs Island Rd. – we found it as the only road that wasn’t a driveway or had private warnings and was headed to the bay.
These are the questions I ask myself when I see a flat place to walk. No place have I asked myself more often about than the spot I see when hurtling down Hwy 101 to San Francisco crossing Richardson Bay. Oh, the taunt of a tidal marsh trail with walkers, joggers and bicyclists.
We went off to visit UC Berkeley Art Museum and thought we’d take a walk first. Having lived in Richmond, we’d choose one of our early places to walk together.
Of course, we had different pictures in our heads. Where that was that park? What exit off Hwy 580? We turned off at Bayview Ave. and wound up at one of those former industrial areas converted to trail and park area along San Francisco Bay. It was less charming than some of those access points off Hwy 37 in the North Bay.
Sunday afternoon, we were looking for something short and sweet. It was sprinkling and warm and we had already worn ourselves out over the weekend.
We headed to the Laguna de Santa Rosa and parked in a dirt and gravel lot near the Community Center on Morris St. in Sebastopol. The Laguna is a 14-mile long wetland fed by creeks from the mountains. The water drains to the Russian River. Laguna de Santa Rosa is a rich resource of wildlife. The summer is the best time for human visitors, as much of it is flooded in the winter. Continue reading →
It was a dark and stormy day. With jazz variations on gray. Yellow wowing us with blooming mustard in green pastures and vineyards. Acacias and broom glow yellow from Anchor Bay north on the Sonoma and Mendocino coast. Whites in Calla lilies and delicate ruffled daffodils. Ocean like green jade when not roaring in white surf or disappearing in the rain.
That was only the first day.
Highway 1 on the coast of Sonoma and Mendocino counties is a slow winding affair, around mountains that slide to the ocean, down gullies populated with dense vegetations from ferns to redwoods, then climbs against rock faces and occasionally opens to vast pasture land and meadows racing straight ahead until the next set of curves.
Around Fort Ross, the Bishop Pines start dominating the landscape in what seem like gentle slopes to the east, but are really a series of uplifted plateaus. If you were a hiker, you could go up to the pigmy forest of these pines.
We chose to stop at Salt Point State Park. The Fisk Mill entrance is closed but Gerstle Cove is open on the weekends. It’s our favorite anyway. Continue reading →