Monday, December 13, 2010

Benicia Marina -> West; Dec. 12, '10

Walking Distance: 2.7 miles (estimate)
Walking Time: 1 hr. 52 min. (3:00 - 4:52 p.m.)
Start and End Point: Public Parking lot area (4 hour limit), near Benicia Marina, Benicia, CA
Although overcast, the weather today was relatively mild. This made for a pleasant stroll through the historic areas of Benicia by the water, including the restored train depot (with a small See's Candies shop inside), a large Christmas tree, and a fishing pier out on the 1st Street Green area. From there, I walked up 1st Street, past antique shops, restaurants, and other businesses.

I took a very short detour to see the Benicia Capitol building, and then tried to follow the dog-leg trail. Eventually it got dark enough that I had to stop. Next time, I'll figure my way out of what appeared to be a dead-end street somewhere near I Street.

39 little brown jobs (LBJs); 54 sea gulls; 1 great egret; 15  blackbirds (plain and red-winged blackbirds close to water's edge); 2 Western or Clark's grebes; 20 ducks.