Saturday, January 22, 2011

Franklin Canyon Rd., Martinez (Part 3) - Jan. 21, '11

Walking Distance: 5.6 mi. (estimate)
Walking Time: 1 hr., 8 min. (4:32 - 5:40 p.m.)
Start and End Point: Side of the road, unpaved area, Franklin Canyon Rd., Martinez, CA

I was able to leave work just in time to catch the last hour of sunlight, to finish (Part 3 of 3) Franklin Canyon Road. The only problem with walking in a canyon late in the day is that while it was beautiful and peaceful, it gets darker sooner. The sun had set behind one of the hills.

That said, I started to emerge from the deepest recesses of the oak tree filled Franklin Canyon Road as I walked West toward where McEwen Road intersects with Franklin Canyon Road.

Along the way, I spotted some abandoned chairs (maybe they went with the abandoned couch I saw yesterday?). I have included both chairs and couches in my "wildlife tally" on this site, and you may notice that some man-made item sightings outnumber certain bird and animal views.
When I walk, I notice things like road furniture -- and also memorials for those who are no longer with us. Some of these memorials are very tiny, and some are quite large. These personal and often moving tributes are a reminder to the living to make good use of the time they have on this planet.

In the meantime, I'm here walking with the cows -- a few of which were mooing at me from over a fence and across the stream as I walked by on the road. Cows are not used to seeing pedestrians I've found, and they may find walkers disturbing. Either that, or they're hoping that a human means they might be fed. Someone will have to explain all this to me some day. In the meantime, I just wave at them nicely. And, I'm stopping to look at all the acorns still on the ground. Do cows eat acorns? I'll have to research this when I have time.

Wildlife Sightings
1 hubcap, 3 cows, 6 chairs, 1 little brown job (LBJ), 1 rusty screw, 1 ball

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