Introduction to Walking – Three Years Later

So, going forth, I’ll have a fifth. How did I get to that sentence? First, a suggestion to rewrite my first post. Second, a notice of my third anniversary on WordPress. And then the ordinal numbers and puns poured out.

My first post was an Introduction to Walking. After three years of blogging many of my promises to readers came true. The first year there were 52 walks. Since then, there’s been another 68. Some of them repeats or in the same general area and some to places I hadn’t forseen. Seasons and plans change. The blog goes with us on vacation.

Many people come to the site for Mike’s pictures. Here’s one that well describes the reason we walk. We love to walk in beautiful places. Lucky you, we also like to share those places.

Salt Point

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Here’s a link to that first post, Introduction to Walking.

Here’s how I might rewrite it.

I love to walk but I’m not an exercise fanatic. I want to enjoy nature and that means walking, stopping, looking around and listening.

Walking in Sonoma County…mostly describes places to walk with ease. The sub heading is ‘for those with bad habits, bad knees and bad attitudes.’ If someone tells us we should walk for the exercise. We don’t. But if I show you a trail that is relatively flat, not too long and in a beautiful place, maybe you will venture out.

If you’re looking for trail access and want a real hike, you’ll find that here too. Posts on the Kortum Trail, will lead you to the top of Red Hill or to Pomo Canyon.

Because you want to get out of the car to enjoy the outdoors, the blogs often include information for wheelchair access, biking, horseback riding, camping and dog-walking or dog parks.

Jack London State Historic Park

Sonoma County is an amazing place for walking, where you can walk a short distance or go for a long hike. Trails abound thanks to Coastal Conservancy, Coastwalk, LandPaths, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods and the City of Santa Rosa Creek Stewards.

While the State of California threatened to close many state parks, they were saved by reason and the hard work of many people. From Fort Ross to Sonoma, you can have an historic time. Sonoma County has 11 state parks.

Sonoma County Regional Parks is opening more parks and has taken over the management of Annadel State Park. The best value around for access to almost 50 parks is to buy an annual pass.

Local cities provide a variety of outdoor experiences including places to walk and places for dogs to run.

If you just want to take virtual walks, hopefully the descriptions and pictures provide that for you. In the future, we hope to do some videos.

But if you have excuses not go out – you’ve come to the wrong place.

  • If you don’t have the time, you just haven’t made the time. You have time.
  • If you can’t physically, I can tell you that I have two arthritic knees and COPD. There’s nothing better for those conditions than walking.
  • If you don’t want to be by yourself, I lead groups once a month for the Sonoma County YMCA (free and open to non-members) and there are groups – like Walkabouters.

Let’s go walking. See you on the trail.

Words by Lynn Millar

Photos by Mike Millar

Bodega Head Trail

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