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”


Walking Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, Oregon

While there is a Mt. Pisgah near Eugene Oregon, with plenty of trails – we insisted on walking the arboretum at the base of the 1,531′ Mt Pisgah. (Visit Lane County Park site for information on hill trails.) We studied the flower pictures and then went to look for them in the 209 acre arboretum. TheContinue reading “Walking Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, Oregon”

Walking Moore Creek

We went to Lake Hennessy near St Helena (Napa Valley) several years ago. Time for a visit again. We drove by the lake and went up Moore Creek – where I had found a park with trails. Our first task was crossing a creek – should be dry by summer. I noticed that the trailContinue reading “Walking Moore Creek”

Walking to Kehoe Beach, Pt Reyes

A couple of words come to mind about walking to Kehoe Beach in Pt Reyes. One is yellow. One is geology. While mustard dominates the flowers on the trail to Kehoe Beach, there are plenty of other flowers around. And the mix of flowers will change as the season changes. From Pierce Ranch Rd, (northContinue reading “Walking to Kehoe Beach, Pt Reyes”

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”

Walking the Jepson Prairie

So many wildflowers (and pictures) at Jepson Prairie and Healdsburg Ridge lately, I’ve been slow to choose some pictures and share. Just go there, now! The Jepson Prairie is over 1500 acres in the Sacramento Valley with vernal pools and extravagant spring flowers. This is almost how California’s Central Valley used to be. It’s a windyContinue reading “Walking the Jepson Prairie”

Sunday’s Revisit: Everything’s Right at Wright’s

This post is from May 2010, but I’m very into spring and there’s no place like the bluffs between Wright’s Beach and Furlong Gulch for some beautiful wildflowers. Wrights Beach is downhill to the left after turning off of Hwy 1 north of Bodega Bay. There’s camping and miles of beach. This is part ofContinue reading “Sunday’s Revisit: Everything’s Right at Wright’s”

Sunday’s Revisit: Walking on the Flat in Rohnert Park

The ‘nature walk’ next to the creek will be a little soggy now, but you can walk around Sonoma State campus or walk along the creek past Spreckels Center and then all the way to Hwy 101.  This was written in April 2010. Spring is not what one expected this year. It seems we’ve been dodgingContinue reading “Sunday’s Revisit: Walking on the Flat in Rohnert Park”

Riverfront Park in Windsor

This original post was in March of 2010. We have visited many times since then and written many more posts. What a great place. There’s still trouble with the trail where the dam doesn’t quite keep out the Russian River in winter floods. The trees and bushes are bigger so that some of the benchesContinue reading “Riverfront Park in Windsor”

Sunday’s Revisit: Bodega Head-Whales, Rocks & Flowers

Going to the ocean is always my first choice. This post is from March 2010. Want to get to a parking lot where you can watch migrating whales? Or see the surf pound against crevassed rock? Or walk a trail with scenic ocean and coastal views? With wildflowers at your feet? Follow the signs toContinue reading “Sunday’s Revisit: Bodega Head-Whales, Rocks & Flowers”