Sarah & I went for a lovely hike at Butano State Park on the San Mateo coast yesterday. This was my first time at this park since childhood, and I don’t know what took me so long to return! Although a fairly small state park, it is largely undiscovered, and very tranquil. We were initially…
Sarah & I had a lovely walk around Bon Tempe Lake today, a sunny clear day with temps in the mid-60s – a nice change from the heavy rains we had earlier in the week to be sure! This is probably my favorite hike of the many great lake hikes in the Marin Municipal Water…
Sebby & I headed north to Point Reyes Station yesterday morning to view Stage 1 of the Tour of California pro bike race. This was my first time spectating a stage race, although I’ve seen numerous criteriums. After a delicious breakfast at our favorite diner, the Pine Cone Diner, we walked up the hill north of downtown Point Reyes Station and perched ourselves along the road.
We had lovely wildflower’age as well, including a few I’ve only seen once before. At this time of year, spring is in full bloom at the high elevations!
Sebby & I did our annual walk in the Bradley Grove in Calaveras Big Trees State Park near my family’s cabin, and had a great time, just like last year. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite wildflower walks anywhere!
Verrry good wildflowering & OK birding around the Limantour area of Point Reyes this weekend! Although we were late for the Irises, a few stragglers remained. We didn’t see anything new-to-us, but it was neat to see twinberry in fruit, as we’d only seen it in flower previously (at the nearby Drake’s Estero area of Point Reyes, in fact!).
We saw but a modest number of birds. The highlight was definitely a GREAT HORNED OWL and fledging OWLET, but there was a good variety of the usual suspects throughout our hike.
Sarah, Julian and I hiked to Alamere Falls in the south end of Point Reyes on Saturday – it was a lovely hike, but the wildflowers weren’t as varied or abundant as in years past.
We had a lovely little hike at Tomales Point this morning, and saw a few good birds, including a commoner, but new to us. Right at Pierce Ranch, the parking area for the Tomales Point trail, we saw a number of lovely little Western Bluebirds, cool! Naturally, the first fellow we saw, up close and in good light, flew away to the treetops before I could attach my birding camera lens, but c’est la vie, a tick is a tick, eh?
For our first hike of the year, Sarah & I went north to Tennessee Valley. The parking lot was absolutely packed on this, the first sunny day after a spell of rain, but we were lucky enough to snare a spot near the actual trailhead – there were cars parked a half-mile-plus along the side of the road!
Sarah & I had a lovely hike on Sunday 22 Jan on the north side of Mt. Tam. The cascades in the rainforest’y parts of the hike were flowing freely, everything was fresh and green, and we saw some cool new birds at Lagunitas Lake, as well as a bobcat.