Saturday, February 26, 2011

Rest of McEwen Road, Martinez - Feb. 23, 2011

Walking Distance: 2.7 mi.
Walking Time: 1 hr., 16 min. (12:05 - 1:21 p.m.)
Start and End Point: unpaved shoulder, side of McEwen Road, Martinez, CA

I had been a little apprehensive about walking the rest of McEwen Road, due to some blind corners along this fairly narrow, winding two-lane road in the hills.

I waited until the rain had stopped, and the road was dry, and was treated to a beautiful day -- with sun, green grass, and some bright yellow, wild mustard (flowers).

I had a chance to say hello to several cows who were grazing close to the fence at edge of the road. I heard a chorus of frogs singing in the distance in a grove of large eucalyptus trees near a depression that could have held some water, but no frogs were actually spotted. Walking mid-day on a Wednesday meant it was fairly quiet, with more individual bicycle riders than cars passing me now and then.

The only intrusion into this little fantasy world was spotting a load of household items that someone had dumped down an embankment. 

From what I've seen, dumping is still a relatively routine occurrence out in these open spaces in this area. Keeps the public works crew busy I'm sure.

Wildlife Sightings:
20 cows; 10 little brown jobs (LBJs); 10 crows; 4 turkey vultures; 1 couch; 1 hawk; 1 (domestic) cat.

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