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Asian flora at Glen Ellen’s Quarryhill Botanical Gardens

[imagebrowser id=81] Did you know that one of the top 10 botanical gardens in the world for magnolias and maple trees is in Glen Ellen? Or that it is in the worldwide Rose Hall of Fame for its collection of Asian roses? Just celebrating its 25th birthday last year, Quarryhill [...]

By | March 27th, 2013|0 Comments

The bluffs of Mendocino

[imagebrowser id=80] Visitors to Mendocino know that it's more than just a quaint town. It also is right in the middle of excellent hiking opportunities. For the most part, the nearby parks (over a dozen in Mendocino County alone) aren't overly strenuous workouts, but they are scenic, largely coastal and [...]

By | March 22nd, 2013|1 Comment

Wildflower Walks in Regional Parks Begin March 23

Passing this along from the Sonoma County Regional Parks: "Each spring, Regional Park volunteers lead a series of free wildflower walks in parks throughout Sonoma County. The first walk of 2013 is scheduled for March 23 at Sonoma Valley Regional Park in Glen Ellen, with additional hikes planned [...]

By | March 14th, 2013|1 Comment

The other side of Mount Burdell

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By | March 12th, 2013|4 Comments

Land, water, and rocks at Point Lobos

[imagebrowser id=78] It took a Tasmanian watercolorist to adequately describe it, but I think he did a nice job. "The greatest meeting of land and water in the world," is how Francis McComas saw Point Lobos, the 1,200 acres of land and water that jut off the Pacific Coast just [...]

By | March 1st, 2013|0 Comments

Trailhead heroes all around

With the first weekend of March ahead and a forecast of more spring-like temperatures ahead, many, including myself, will be out hiking more and more. When I stop and think about all the options for outdoors activities, especially walks and hikes, in this area, it is staggering. In [...]

By | February 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Short hikes, Part II: Skyline Wilderness, Healdsburg Ridge

Continuing my recent blog posts on short-ish dayhikes around the North Bay, I had a chance to hit a couple more interesting spots in recent days. You too? Uh, why not? Healdsburg Ridge - I went here soon after it first became more publicly accessible a few years ago, and [...]

By | February 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

Dogs, hikes, trees, and miscellany

Monday's snow aside (yes, Virginia, it did snow in Sonoma County), the hiking trails around the North Bay are getting crowded these days. No surprise, given the early mustard blooms and other things starting to come to life. In contrast from some of my mega-hikes of recent years, I'm doing [...]

By | February 20th, 2013|2 Comments

Spring hikes a-plenty

Yes, ignore the calendar, it's time for spring hikes. And around Wine Country, there are plenty of scenic opportunities to find a trail, even if you're not into the back-breaking 15-mile rugged ones (hey, they're not that bad!) and just want a pleasant diversion from wine tasting or other weekend [...]

By | February 13th, 2013|0 Comments

Glen Ellen author on best Sacramento area hikes

Glen Ellen author and veteran outdoors writer Tracy Salcedo-Chourre has a new book on the best Sacramento area hikes. Whenever I hear from local hikers, I like to ask them about their favorite hike. Tracy picked one that I just did a couple of months ago, coincidentally. "It's tough to [...]

By | February 5th, 2013|0 Comments

Volunteer: Milk thistle removal

The folks at Audubon Canyon Ranch are hosting a volunteer workday soon in case you want to get your hands dirty and do some good. It will take place¬†at their Mayacamas Mountain Sanctuary property about seven miles northeast of Healdsburg on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m.   [...]

By | January 31st, 2013|0 Comments

Winter walk at the Laguna de Santa Rosa

[imagebrowser id=77] The snake-like (more for shape, not habitat, although....) 22-mile water channel running in a vertical strip along the western flank of Santa Rosa is now seeing a lot of visitors. To be more precise, the wetlands surrounding the Laguna de Santa Rosa are the attraction. After two years [...]

By | January 28th, 2013|0 Comments