Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Carquinez Scenic Dr. - Feb. 8, 2011

Walking Distance: 2.0 mi. (estimate)
Walking Time: 44 min. (12:12 - 12:56 p.m.)
Start and End Point: Unpaved shoulder, Carquinez Scenic Drive, near Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline park entrance, Crockett, CA

It was a beautiful, sunny, breezy, winter day to walk the last remaining stretch of Carquinez Scenic Drive (curving double yellow lines on map) -- near the parking area of Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline park, West toward Winslow Street in downtown Crockett.
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I walked along this fairly narrow, winding two-lane road somewhat carefully as there were spots where space for pedestrians was very limited. Although having to walk on a tiny strip of gravel and asphalt, very close to the guardrail gave me the opportunity to enjoy some spray-painted stencil art ("We are the NRA") and one that warned those looking to dump garbage: "We will photograph you while dumping!"

Between trees were great views of Carquinez Strait far below. Tiny whitecaps were visible, but they seemed not to affect the occasional boat going by. Also visible down the hill: the trail (red line on map) running roughly parallel to this stretch of road.

Wildlife Sightings:
2 little brown jobs (LBJs); 1 turkey vulture

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