My 100 Favorite Walkers #1 John Francis I read his book Planetwalker a couple of years ago. John Francis walked everywhere. I remember two things the most from the book– that a black man walked Pt Reyes roads – (roads without shoulders) and that his mother called him out for riding an elevator (when heContinue reading “100 Favorite Walkers”
I love a place to walk and if a glass of wine comes with it. Great. Last week, we visited Preston Winery in Dry Creek Valley near Healdsburg. A place with so many features to recommend.
Many times we have walked near Asilomar, but never knew we could visit without signing up for a conference. This time we had online information, found brochures at the Social Hall and tried to get the phone tour scanner to work. There’s a beach walk, woods walk and architecture walk – not very far, butContinue reading “Walking at Asilomar – Pacific Grove”
Early before the Monterey Aquarium opened, we went to the bay. This is John Steinbeck territory and this garden is dedicated to him. The statue in the distance, includes friends and characters from his stories.
We recently stayed in Carmel, CA. On a busy park visiting day (Jack’s Peak and Garland Ranch) we started at Carmel Beach and ended at Carmel River. Carmel Beach is at the end of Ocean Ave from Hwy 1 to the ocean. Right through a charming small town to white sand beaches.
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”