Winery Walks: Think Lavender at Matanzas Creek Winery

We recently visited Matanzas Creek Winery – just before a big event. The lavender was gorgeous and the wine was pretty good too. Please visit soon before the lavender is harvested. Originally posted in June 2014: If it’s June, think about visiting Matanzas Creek Winery in the Bennett Valley in Sonoma County. Thought we hadContinue reading “Winery Walks: Think Lavender at Matanzas Creek Winery”

Walking at Doran Beach & Birdwalk

We often visit Doran Beach. It’s an easy sand walk when the tide is low and the rhythm of the ocean is calming and exciting. I took these pictures last Saturday on a busy day with many people, dogs and equipment for land and water. We walked and then… We hunkered down in the dunes forContinue reading “Walking at Doran Beach & Birdwalk”

Bay Trail Walk at Old Air Base

We visited the old Hamilton Air Base in Novato last week (June 2016), this time after appreciating the updated observation post, we headed north. As part of the wetland restoration, the dike was breached in April 2014. Now water is everywhere. We saw a few birds. June and late morning is probably not the best birdContinue reading “Bay Trail Walk at Old Air Base”

Sunday’s Revisit: Where is Your First Day Hike (Walk)?

This post went out four years ago. The suggestions will still work just fine. Or maybe you have something to add? Low tide at Bodega Harbor is just before 11am – good for a morning walk. – HAPPY NEW YEAR! Where will you walk the first day of the year? I have a few suggestions.Continue reading “Sunday’s Revisit: Where is Your First Day Hike (Walk)?”

Walking Hunter Creek Trail

I had seen the trailhead from visits to Friedman’s Home Improvement, but didn’t put it high on my walk list. Undoubtedly, it was flat. I almost got a speeding ticket test driving a car on the nearby straight and flat Mountain View Ave. I assumed it was open and hot, requiring the correct season andContinue reading “Walking Hunter Creek Trail”

Walking Richmond Bay Trail – with Rosie the Riveter

Last month or was it the month before already, we met Mike’s son and his wife for brunch at Assemble on the water in Richmond. We diligently used our GPS, which was telling us to go through a guard gate. Huh? Yes, we just had to tell the guard where we were going and sheContinue reading “Walking Richmond Bay Trail – with Rosie the Riveter”

Walking to the Heceta Head (Calendar-Icon) Lighthouse

Last year we zipped down the coast of Washington and Oregon, hardly having time to look. This year we decided to spend two days in Florence, a small town on the Siuslaw River at the ocean. North of town (13 mi.) is a gem of a lighthouse, that the fog prevented us from seeing inContinue reading “Walking to the Heceta Head (Calendar-Icon) Lighthouse”

Weekend Fun: A Month of Activities

Oh yeah, happy holiday weekend. Thanks to all of you who have actually worked (if they let you) for a living. Thanks to all those in the past who fought for a 40 hour work week – and don’t you wish we’d kept fighting for a 30 hour week so more of us would haveContinue reading “Weekend Fun: A Month of Activities”

Labyrinth Walks – One Path

I enjoy walking a labyrinth – there’s only one way to go and they’re flat. Okay, and then there’s the focus. Walk with my head down, be in the present, and ignore the distractions. Here are a few of my favorites in Sonoma County. The most interesting one is located off the Kortum trail justContinue reading “Labyrinth Walks – One Path”