Spring at Healdsburg Ridge

Spring 2017 Update: Dogs on leash now allowed on trails. Beware ticks and poison oak. Not too late for spring flowers this year. (See June 2013 post below. Other posts: Dream  April 2013, Heights April 2010. The meadow up on Serpentine Trail is so amazing, I just have to try my best to climb theContinue reading “Spring at Healdsburg Ridge”

Frog Pond Wetland Stroll

With only a few parking spaces off a high speed road, access to Frog Pond Wetland Preserve in Monterey can be daunting. But please persevere. Friends had told us about the place. Frog Pond Wetland Preserve is part of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District in Canyon Del Reys, inland from the town of Monterey.Continue reading “Frog Pond Wetland Stroll”

Walking at Garland Ranch – Carmel

Before our recent trip to Monterey Peninsula, Mike studied a map of the area. That’s how we found Jack’s Peak and how we wound up at Garland Ranch Regional Park. Both great finds for us. Here’s a link to Jack’s Park and here is some of our visit to Garland Ranch Park. We drove outContinue reading “Walking at Garland Ranch – Carmel”

Walking Jack’s Peak – Monterey

A thousand feet above Monterey is a county park called Jack’s Peak. With 8.5 miles of trails and the sweet smell of Monterey Pines, this is great place to meet nature and savor some views of Monterey Bay. However, it is also above the airport. It was a little noisy from traffic and planes onContinue reading “Walking Jack’s Peak – Monterey”

Wildflower Training Walk in Pacific Grove

Every year in April, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has a Wildflower Show. Flowers, grasses, and tree twigs or cones, from all over California, are collected and displayed. We’ve gone for several years now. This year we lost pictures on the camera and forgot to take an overall picture of the room withContinue reading “Wildflower Training Walk in Pacific Grove”

Foothill Walk Uphill

Sonoma County Regional Parks have been hosting Wildflower Walks this spring. I managed to join one last weekend at Foothill Regional Park. For a small park, there’s plenty of hills – the reason I don’t often walk here. But I managed to make the loop around the park – happy with the information I learnedContinue reading “Foothill Walk Uphill”

Walking more Bay Trail & the Napa River

Last week I did another walk with fellow-Walkabouters at the JFK Memorial Park along the Napa River. Tule Marsh used to dominate the area until the mid-1800s.  San Pablo Bay (off of San Francisco Bay) was 18,000 acres of tidal marsh. Some of that is being restored. We chose to start our walk at theContinue reading “Walking more Bay Trail & the Napa River”

Sugarloaf Ridge via Planetary Walk

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, a 2700-acre park in the mountains above the Sonoma Valley, is still worth a visit even for people who need a flat walk. Just past the entrance kiosk, on the left, is a parking lot, with a trailhead to Bald Mountain and to Meadow Trails.

Walking around the Bay at the Oakland Museum

Hope you are a quick planner – we went to a wonderful exhibit called Above and Below: Stories from Our Changing Bay It ends February 23rd – that’s like Sunday. One area of the exhibit is about the “below” with a video showing the San Francisco Bay without the water. What I learned about theContinue reading “Walking around the Bay at the Oakland Museum”