Wednesday Walking News: Butterflies, Long Walks

Hallberg Butterfly Gardens Buckeye Butterfly

Annual Open Gardens Celebration8687 Oak Grove Road  Sebastopol, California 95472
It’s our 17th anniversary!
Come celebrate with us…

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 10 am to 4 pm

Free! No Reservations Needed!

~Children’s activities ~Wildflower display  ~Walking tours ~Bird and butterfly sightings ~Plants, books, and crafts for sale

Each summer, Hallberg Butterfly Gardens invites friends and neighbors from all over to come to Graton and enjoy a day with us. Look for announcements in local nurseries, local papers, or the current Farm Trails guide…or become a Friend of the Garden and we will notify you in our annual newsletter.

for more information, click Hallberg


Well, I couldn’t pass this title up – read on – text from their website:

Walking Distance  – Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People

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Wednesday Walking News: 10 Urban Parks & Broadway Theaters

From Sunset Magazine -

Top 10 urban parks

Walking at Asilomar – Pacific Grove

Many times we have walked near Asilomar, but never knew we could visit without signing up for a conference.

This time we had online information, found brochures at the Social Hall and tried to get the phone tour scanner to work. There’s a beach walk, woods walk and architecture walk – not very far, but plenty of reading material. Asilomar initially was a summer camp for young women and conference center. Between 1912 and 1922, buildings designed by Julia Morgan were built. Since 1956 the California State Parks has run the conference center.

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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 Jack’s Peak – Monterey

A thousand feet above Monterey is a county park called Jack’s Peak. With 8.5 miles of trails and the sweet smell of Monterey Pines, this is great place to meet nature and savor some views of Monterey Bay. However, it is also above the airport. It was a little noisy from traffic and planes on the north side of the hill.

The sign said 3323 acres and the brochure says 525 acres – the sign also had a flower misnamed – so with my handy miles/acres converter, I’m going to guess – about 525 acres.

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Foothill Walk Uphill

dog on leash ok

Sonoma County Regional Parks have been hosting Wildflower Walks this spring. I managed to join one last weekend at Foothill Regional Park. For a small park, there’s plenty of hills – the reason I don’t often walk here. But I managed to make the loop around the park – happy with the information I learned about wildflowers and disappointed that what felt like a 5-mile hike was only 2.25 miles.

Foothill Trailhead

It starts innocently at this trailhead off of Arata/Hembree Lns. in Windsor, Ca. The park is an excellent example of an oak savannah. Sonoma County is a busy place for oaks and their ability to hybridize. (Sometimes makes it hard to identify oaks.) 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


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.


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


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.


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   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.

Walk in Redding? Maybe not in August


When you plan to travel 2,000 miles to many new places, it doesn’t hurt to stop first at a familiar place.

The dynamic Calatrava’s Sundial Bridge across the Sacramento River in Redding, CA is a ‘must see.’ But, it was a little warm. The lack of people – I’d normally say is just fine – now seemed odd.

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A Walk at a Secret Garden

North of Jenner, CA along Highway 1 are several pullouts. In some places, there’s an overlook to the harbor seals sprawled on the beach near the mouth of the Russian River. (Sometimes, the mouth is closed.) In some places, there are closed access points to the State Parks. (Why? I don’t know, but makes me angry on so many levels. People use them anyway.)

And in some places, there’s only parking for a couple of cars. My favorite is a clifftop that provides a short walk and a gorgeous garden, with ocean view.

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