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Spring wildflower hikes around Sonoma County

Hikers enjoy a a full bloom spring in a field of lupin (lupine) at the 162-acre Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve at the base of Sonoma Mountain in Sonoma. (Press Democrat file)   From the Sonoma County Regional Parks, it's time for one of their spring traditions - wildflower [...]

By | March 10th, 2014|0 Comments

Fog on and off at Tomales Point in Point Reyes

[imagebrowser id=85] Why is hiking through fog so captivating? For me, I wonder what's ahead, even if it's a trail I've been on many times. I also know that as my elevation and terrain changes, I may literally rise into and out of the mist. The coolness and moisture in [...]

By | February 25th, 2014|0 Comments

Wintertime at Lake Sonoma

[imagebrowser id=84] The last time I tried to go out to Lake Sonoma, the place was hostage to the federal government shutdown and it was locked up. Not that the trails weren't generally accessible but the whole place had the feel of an abandoned ghost town. The shutdown effects still [...]

By | February 21st, 2014|0 Comments

New bacteria, Lyme-like, found in ticks around Bay Area

A new Stanford University study has found ticks in a dozen Bay Area parks that are carrying a mysterious bacteria that is an offshoot of Lyme disease.

By | February 19th, 2014|3 Comments

Dry and dusty atop Bald Mountain

Since rain seems imminent here for the first time in a few years (or so they say...), I'm posting a blog about an extremely dry hike that highlighted the drought we're experiencing. Consider it a rain dance of sorts. The destination was the 2,729-feet-high summit of Bald Mountain, one of [...]

By | January 28th, 2014|0 Comments

Schedule for guided nature walks at Bouverie Preserve

Schedule of upcoming hikes, from the good people at Audubon Canyon Ranch. If you haven't yet been out to their Glen Ellen property, or haven't been in the useful link singles 2 object downloads mature sex chat roxannelin.com search couger dating definitionlake winnipesaukee web cams racsocomics.com we choose it winter, [...]

By | January 20th, 2014|0 Comments

Free guided hikes at Hood Mountain this weekend

A few great opportunities to share about exploring Hood Mountain this weekend. Guaranteed stunning views and possibly a workout too, depending on your fitness level. Hope to see you out there, or elsewhere on a trail. From the Sonoma County Regional Parks: Saturday, December 7, 2013 10:00AM - 1:00PM Hood [...]

By | December 3rd, 2013|0 Comments

Marking the Full Beaver Moon

Press Democrat file photo If you haven’t done a moonlight hike recently (or ever), this weekend offers a chance to bask in a Full Beaver Moon. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the November full moon, also called a Full Frost Moon, or a Frosty Moon, is an [...]

By | November 14th, 2013|0 Comments

Blackberry Trail and two Gulches

A few random and recent hikes to share. While both were short, they had their moments, scenic or otherwise, which is kind of the point of hiking too. Pinnacle and Shorttail Gulches, Bodega Bay It's an almost 2-mile loop that goes to the coast, follows it for a brief distance [...]

By | September 24th, 2013|0 Comments

Volunteer at Lake Sonoma, Point Reyes

[singlepic id=807 w=520 h=440 float=center]   With the 20th anniversary this year of National Public Lands Day, there are two local places this weekend to be part of the nation's largest one-day parks volunteer day. Lake Sonoma: Saturday, Sept. 28, Clean 50 miles of Lake Sonoma shoreline, clear trailheads of [...]

By | September 23rd, 2013|0 Comments

Guided nature walks at Bouverie Preserve

See information below on a hiking/educational opportunity in Glen Ellen this fall. I did one of these a year ago and it was terrific. A real treasure that most people never get to see.   AUDUBON CANYON RANCH ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 2013 FALL GUIDED NATURE WALKS AT BOUVERIE PRESERVE Glen [...]

By | September 12th, 2013|0 Comments

Never easy, but worth the view

Is there a better view in Sonoma Valley than 2,100 feet up sitting atop Gunsight Rock? It's the very first hike I did when I moved here five years ago, and I was woefully, naively and painfully unaware of what I was doing. That trip went up via Adobe Canyon [...]

By | August 26th, 2013|2 Comments