Recent visit: Sonoma Valley Walk

This has been a cool summer so we managed a walk at Sonoma Valley Regional in the afternoon. Amazing. The new plantings seem to be overwhelmed with weeds – hard to tell how they’re doing. The blackberries are creeping back. But the oaks and the grasses look just fine. It’s a great short walk onContinue reading “Recent visit: Sonoma Valley Walk”


Dog Parks in Santa Rosa, etc

This post was originally published in 2010. I’ve updated and added more dog parks both new parks and new to me. A separate post discusses more parks in the Petaluma area. We have adopted a dog (mostly poodle) since this post went out. He walks on leash with us in many places. At dog parks, if thereContinue reading “Dog Parks in Santa Rosa, etc”

Sunday’s Revisit: Bird and Birdwatching Heaven at Shollenberger Park

Back in January 2010, we made this walk at Shollenberger Park in Petaluma. It was a time of freezing ear, plenty of water and plenty of birds. Lately, due to the drought this park has been dry much of the year. Here’s hoping for a wet winter and happy migrating birds. — Don’t forget to visitContinue reading “Sunday’s Revisit: Bird and Birdwatching Heaven at Shollenberger Park”

Walking along the Willamette River

. Walk like a Duck (University of Oregon mascot) in Eugene On our road trip, we decided to explore new places in old stops. We have enjoyed walking around the main campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene. Among its attributes: architecturally interesting buildings, it’s flat, has pleasing lawns, trees and gardens and itContinue reading “Walking along the Willamette River”

Walking at Pt Isabel and more Bay Trail

We went off to visit UC Berkeley Art Museum and thought we’d take a walk first. Having lived in Richmond, we’d choose one of our early places  to walk together. Of course, we had different pictures in our heads. Where that was that park? What exit off Hwy 580? We turned off at Bayview Ave.Continue reading “Walking at Pt Isabel and more Bay Trail”

Dog Parks of Petaluma

City of Petaluma makes many parks available to off-leash dogs and their owners, for set hours each day. Other than the large Rocky Memorial, you’re more likely to take your dog to a neighborhood park. But, do you know about the others? We visited some parks last week. First are ones on the west sideContinue reading “Dog Parks of Petaluma”

Walking the Skyline Wilderness

Skyline Wilderness Park was recently featured in a Bay Nature article. It didn’t sound very flat, but there were reasons we decided to try the place. Given that the state is cutting loose 70 parks – we thought we’d look at a place the state gave up in 1979. The State of California didn’t needContinue reading “Walking the Skyline Wilderness”

Ragle Ranch – Is it park or nature?

Not too far from downtown Sebastopol is a Sonoma County Regional Park. Ragle Ranch provides both a ‘city park’ with sports fields and group picnic areas and a bit of ‘wild nature’ for people to explore. We’re more the bit of ‘wild nature’ people so we started our walk near the Peace Garden. A wideContinue reading “Ragle Ranch – Is it park or nature?”