Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Univ. Ave. to Dumbarton Bridge - Sept. 8, 2009


Walking Distance: ~ 2.7 miles
Walking Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes (9:15 - 10:30 a.m.)
Start & End Point: Dumbarton Bridge/Ravenswood Open Space Parking Lot

The Ravenswood Open Space trail along the Bay on this map (nearest Dumbarton bridge and Ravenswood Pier) was closed (until 2011) due to salt pond restoration work being done. So, I parked in the Dumbarton Bridge parking area and after walking over to look out onto the bay and under the bridge, I walked on the bike path along Highway 84, along the salt ponds, and down University Ave. (shown as double red line on map); then I walked back to the parking lot. The path (grey dotted line on map) linking the Ravenswood trail (further south) that I walked yesterday was also closed to the public.

Wildlife sightings: None (with the exception of some birds far away on the bay). Unfortunately, this route along the highway was not all that conducive to living things. I do remember seeing 1 hubcap, many cigarette butts, pieces of broken glass, miscellaneous clothing items, a belt, a few single gloves, and a nametag, among other items along the path. And there were underground telephone lines (buried underground and marked with an occasional metal grate) along the same route. The little salt flats and salt slushpiles several yards away were interesting to look at, but I could see no life in them from where I stood.

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