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Wine Country…Perfect for a Sunday Drive

When I was young my grandparents  loved to take my brother and I on Sunday afternoon drives out in the country. Though I complained, because where they lived in the central valley was so hot, I secretly loved those drives. … Continue reading

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Ninth Street Egrets Revisited!

A few years ago  I became obsessed with the Ninth Street Egrets! Recently I realized I haven’t driven down Ninth Street for quite a while and since it’s spring it seemed a good time to revisit and see how many … Continue reading

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Kendall-Jackson Garden and Wine Tour!

When I researched recently to find a winery with nice gardens, Kendall-Jackson popped up everywhere…and now I know why. We went at 11:00 a.m. on Labor Day  hoping to catch the garden tour. We expected a quick tour and maybe … Continue reading

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Angel Island Day Trip

Angel Island is a nice day trip from Sonoma County and includes a ferry boat ride in the deal! Leaving Santa Rosa at 8:30 a.m. we ended up in Tiburon in time for a cup of coffee at a nice … Continue reading

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Shiloh Regional Park Wildflower Hike

There was a great turn out for the Shiloh Park wildflower hike, even though it is the toughest of the spring wildflowers treks.  Phil Dean, who leads the hikes, warned us it can be a little steep going up and … Continue reading

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Steelhead Beach Regional Park on the Russian River

The Sonoma County Regional parks wildflower hike this week was at Steelhead Beach Park along the Russian River.  Although I’ve taken my kayaks there, I totally missed the wonderful trails! Following our guide, Phil Dean, we discovered all kind of … Continue reading

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Wildflowers! Crane Creek Park

This week the regional park wildflower hike was at Crane Creek Park in the hills above Rohnert Park. While last week at Foothills we saw lots of lupine, this week poppies took center stage. We met at the parking lot … Continue reading

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Foothills Regional Park, Windsor

Spring is the perfect time to visit regional parks wherever you live. Here in Sonoma County wine country, Foothills Regional Park in Windsor is full of wildflowers just waiting to be enjoyed! You can take a guided walk during March … Continue reading

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Muir Woods…The Redwoods Next Door

Here in Sonoma County we are fortunate to  have the  beautiful Armstrong Redwoods. In Marin County they have Muir Woods. Similar, but worth the trip down the road to see more majestic giants in a quiet, cool forest sporting a … Continue reading

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Armstrong Redwoods…Mushroom Season is Here!

Armstrong Redwoods State Park is beautiful any time of year but now, in January, there’s a little something extra to enjoy! Mushrooms are popping up all over.  Though we didn’t score a find this time like we did years ago … Continue reading

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