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.
The road has moved with the earth and was a wild ride of roiling bumps. By the time we got to the boat launch area we both said “Deliverance” in reference to the creepy backwater movie of the 70s. The thought passed, but it made us less daring.
One trail is marked private and the other one didn’t look very enticing. Parks website said the boat launch is locked (it wasn’t) and does not have trails.
The area is a Wildlife Refuge, so after enjoying the quiet and looking down on the slough we thought it suited the wildlife better than us.
We did try another road, where I’d seen signs, but when Mike saw ‘private’ and we heard gunshots, we thought we’d move along and try again when LandPaths or someone could cover for us.
See you on some other trail!
Photos by Mike Millar
PS: Last time we skirted the Bay on Hwy 37, we noticed lots of dirt in upheaval, the dikes are being removed to turn the agricultural land back to wetlands. Maybe there’ll be trails at Cullinan Ranch. And more places for wildlife.
Update 2014: New walking sites possible. Click links below.