Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Carquinez Scenic Drive, Part 3 - Jan. 31, 2011

Walking Distance: 3.0 mi. (estimate)
Walking Time: 1 hr., 21 min. (4:45 - 6:06 p.m.)
Start and End Point: unpaved shoulder, Carquinez Scenic Drive, near Port Costa, CA

I walked (NW to SE) on Carquinez Scenic Drive (about 1/4 mi. SE from the intersection with McEwen Road).

This two-lane, winding road (shown as double yellow line on the right side of the map) had several pull-out areas, and a reasonable shoulder to walk on for pedestrians, compared to the top of McEwen Road nearby -- which, sadly, I may have to skip for safety reasons.

I passed what I'm guessing is the old brickyard that I'd read about -- at the beginning of the closed section of Carquinez Scenic Drive. These were the only buildings I saw - except for a quick view of  Port Costa below, at the beginning of the walk.

I continued to walk in the closed area of Carquinez Scenic Drive and, after reaching a point where I'd left off last week, I turned around and walked back the same way that I'd come.

Scenic views of the Carquinez Strait (in many directions), and of the railroad tracks (and passing trains below) were memorable parts of this walk.

Wildlife Sightings:
16 little brown jobs (LBJs); 2 doves; sounds of lots of frogs, but no sightings

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