Friday, December 17, 2010

Benicia - I St., West - Dec. 16, '10

Walking Distance: 2.8 miles (estimate)
Walking Time: 1 hr., 26 min. (3:56 - 5:22 p.m.)
Start and End Point: W. 5th St., near J St., Benicia, CA

Today I walked back to where I'd hit a dead end near West 3rd St. and I St. in Benicia, last weekend. The mystery was solved when I spotted a wooden staircase on a hill went up to W. 3rd and G St.

From there, I headed West, along the Carquinez Strait, as close to the water as the Bay Trail would allow. I enjoyed seeing several old wood Victorian houses. Further West the houses looked newer and nicer, but less charming.

I passed by several small parks along the shoreline today, including one with a boat launch ramp at West 9th St. I turned around to head back at Matther Turner Park (near W. 12th St. and K St.).

Although my walking was cut short when it got dark around 5 p.m., I was happy to be walking on a day with no rain. Although judging from the heavy cloud formations rolling in, it may be awhile before we see sunny weather again.

OK weather for ducks and geese though.

Wildlife Sightings:
28 sea gulls; 12 coots; 5 white-fronted geese (or at least 4 + 1 whiter one); 1 cormorant; 22 ducks; 19 Canada Geese (13 in water); and 1 unidentified brownish shorebird.

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