Since I never got to sharing many of our walks and probably won’t get around to it now – I thought, I could show you my best pictures. You can find more trail details on my site or on the famous Google.
In February, we walked to the north end of the trail along the restored wetland at the old Hamilton Air Base in Novato. The wetland area was opened to the bay in 2014.
We hiked many a hill in the next few months to find spring wildflowers. Here are most of the places. The wildflowers didn’t make a great appearance in my pictures. But in reality, they were amazing.
At the far end of Drakes Bay, Chimney Rock in Point Reyes National Seashore has a wide variety of views and in spring, a great show of flowers.
Taylor Mountain provided wildflowers and views to Santa Rosa.
Foothill Regional was a match of wildflowers and view.
Healdsburg Ridge supplied views to the river and had a spring carpet of wildflowers on the Serpentine Trail.
Another part of the Bay Trail near Sears Point provided some wildflowers and no hills but with views to San Francisco and the East Bay.
At the other end of Sonoma County is Gualala Regional Park with connection to a coastal trail along Sea Ranch.
Sonoma Mountain park has views of valleys and mountains. A trail connects to Jack London Park. Not sure when I’ll ever do that.
A new place for us was in Marin County at Tennessee Valley. The trail leads to the ocean and had some fine wildflowers in the meadows.
Come May, we went to Moore Creek in Napa County. We were a little late for the peak wildflowers but the green colors were great.
In June, we made a trip to Atascadero and Morro Bay. Beautiful as always, with a new lake find – Santa Margarita Lake.
On our way back home we stopped at Coyote Hills along the East Bay – complete with nectar garden.
It was a busy first half of the year. Breaking my leg came on June 14th – a great breaking point. But we got on the trail in September. So there will be a Part II.
Here’s one wildflower picture that came out okay – from Santa Margarita Lake.
Get ready for this year’s wildflowers. The common yellowthroats are already feeding on my rosemary bush. Spring is coming.
Words and Pictures by Lynn Millar
Happy New Year!