For short flat walks, wineries can provide beautiful gardens, vistas and charming if sometime kitschy architecture for your viewing pleasure. One of our favorites is at Kendall-Jackson off of Fulton Rd, north of Santa Rosa. Formal gardens with fountains, lawn and roses are near the building. A Culinary Garden flourishes with flowers, small beds ofContinue reading “Winery Walking”
One would think we couldn’t have missed a 5,000 acre park on the Eastside of Santa Rosa. It’s not so much that we’ve forgotten it as — it’s too darn mountainous for us. The trails have such names as Rough-Go, which I slid down many years ago.
The rain-date did not prove to have better weather than the original date for our Spring Lake walk. But it had one advantage—with fewer people, it was very quiet. This popular park can be noisy with events and chatting walkers.
We usually start at Place to Play to walk along Santa Rosa Creek. The Park’s wide open space lets us breath free and there’s plenty of parking – no sliding into the ditch or getting whacked by a speeding car at Willowside Rd. Near the west end of the park is a recycled water pondContinue reading “Santa Rosa Creek – One Year Later”
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-mileContinue reading “Walking the Laguna de Santa Rosa”
Creeks are all over the Santa Rosa plain and many are part of a flood control plan. This means there are often trails along them. Some are boldly announced as the large fish statue does for the trail starting at Santa Rosa Avenue. And some are quietly waiting by a bridge railing.
After making a few jokes about 30 Rock’s Rural Juror episode, we went off Saturday to Santa Rosa’s Rural Cemetery. It didn’t matter whether we could pronounce it or not. It’s been reportedly voted one of the scariest cemeteries, but in summer sunshine it’s as beautiful as it is historic.
I hadn’t been to Crane Creek Regional Park in a number of years. Then it seemed barren and hot with an impossible hill. Mike reminded me the Buckeye trees would be blooming. He had enjoyed walking here when he worked across the road at HP. It is also a great place for hawk watching.
Spring is not what one expected this year. It seems we’ve been dodging storms since December to get in a good walk. But memory is short. I’d just walked around Spring Lake in sunshine on Saturday with a friend and her dog. (A fine dog walking place it is. I just haven’t had time toContinue reading “Walking on the Flat in Rohnert Park”
Meanwhile back to walking… On last Sunday’s walk I was greeted with much singing. By birds. Robins to be exact. They sat at the top of bare branched trees and occasionally flew off in groups and landed not far away. What the attraction was, I have not been able to determine. They didn’t seem toContinue reading “Winter Walk by Santa Rosa Creek at Willowside”