Saturday, May 29, 2010

Napa - Old Sonoma Road, May 29, 2010

Walking Distance: 1.7 miles
Walking Time: 47 min. (8:59 - 9:46 a.m.)
Start and Stop Point: Parked near intersection of Congress Valley and Old Sonoma Road, Napa, CA

This morning's short stroll felt more like a walk through the vineyards. Hills were planted with grapes; and small baby grapes were visible from the road (shown). Elsewhere berry bushes were in bloom (pictured at right), and a half dozen sheep munched on hay in the shade.

It was a nice day, which promised to get much warmer; so I was glad to get out early. My SW turn-around point was Vine Village (non-profit) on Old Sonoma Road. And I walked (NE) a little over the crest of a hill, before turning back. With the warm weather predicted this weekend, I was enjoying what was likely the last of the little patches of green grasses on the side of the road. Soon the hills (except for the irrigated areas) will be golden brown.

Wildlife Sightings:
1 red-winged blackbird; 6 sheep; 1 yellow and black butterfly; 1 great blue heron and 1 great (white) egret) flying around in the tall trees on Vine Village property; 5 black birds (orioles?); 3 little brown jobs (LBJs); 2 relatively small brown lizards; 2 unidentified flying bugs; 1 (recently dead) skunk.

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