Two Feet, Two Wheel, Four Legs and then…..?

We regularly hike the hills above Petaluma in Helen Putnam Park. There we see all kinds of people and forms of transportation along the trails. One’s own legs are the most common of course, followed by trail bicycles and finally horses. Today a new mode of transport hove into view. This happy dude was riding his unicycle! all over the park’s steep hills.  Up…

Front Yard Extravaganza!

Sometimes in our travels we run across some pretty amazing things that are worthy of comment and contemplation And then again….. Sometimes not.

400 Steps Down

 400 steps down from this cliff’s edge is the Point Reyes Lighthouse clinging to the juxtaposition of Drakes Bay and the open Pacific Ocean. It’s one of the “must sees” of the Point Reyes National Seashore Park. The place is a testimony to courage and ingenuity show by early settlers protecting this rough, rocky, dangerous stretch of coastline. The cultural history of Point Reyes…

Burning Off The Gas Is For The Birds

When we walk around the bird ponds at Shollenberger Park I usually take photographs of the many waterfowl found there. Ducks, geese, stilts, sandpipers and their kin throng to this area to nest and feed. What I have never really talked about is that, while this area looks for all the world like a wildlife sanctuary, it is actually there thanks to the farsighted…

People You Meet

There is a wonderful county park here in Petaluma called the Helen Putnam Regional park. Helen Putnam was a mayor of this city and instrumental in saving this lovely stretch of land along a high ridge overlooking the river and the city. We walk this area quite regularly because it involves a serious climb to get up to it and we always feel better…

Touring GREEN STRING FARM with Nayah and Claire

Green String Farm in Petaluma is a fascinating place. Check its website out here. At first glance, the place would appear to be an ordinary “grow & sell it” vegetable and fruit operation but upon closer viewing it shows itself to be a commercial farm that practices a radical new kind of agriculture, complete with an on site educational program that  trains young intern…

An Adobe Vanishing Point

Those always arresting photographs of railroad tracks merging in the distance are often used by art teachers as examples of a perspective’s vanishing point. The other day we visited the largest adobe building in northern California, an enormous hacienda girdled by long long porches. It’s called the Petaluma Adobe and is now a California state park. The structure was once the home of General…

At Drakes Bay Oyster Company Again!

I would like to thank Ginny Cummings, the manager of Drakes Bay, for her warm welcome and the fun tour of her operation I had the other day. Even though my wife and I come from coastal Maine and we do indeed have oyster companies there too, I have never had the chance to look at what goes into producing them up close. I…

Drakes Bay Oyster Company

In our travels we like to look around for fun places to visit that are somewhat off the beaten path. In the North Coast area of California there is Drakes Bay Oyster Company which is on the way to the famous Point Reyes lighthouse. You get to it down a long gravel road. The locals certainly know about Drakes Bay as you will read…