Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Alameda Pt. Beach - June 15, '11

Walking Distance: 2 miles: (1.5 mi. + 5 mi.)
Walking Time: 1.) 1 hr., 10 min. (12:40 - 1:50 p.m.); 2.) 30 min. (5:55 - 6:25 p.m.)
Start and End Point: Alameda Pt/Beach Park - off Central/Main, Alameda, CA

Today's walk was a two-part stroll through two adjacent areas of trail in Northern Alameda in the area of Alameda Point/Beach: 1.) Path from Alameda Point boat launch/ramp to USS Hornet - end of dock/pier; 2.) Alameda Pt. Rock Wall/jetty (later). Toni, thank you for joining me on today's walk, and for helping sample a few sips of wine at Rosenblum and Rockwall, and later a very small glass of Framboise (raspberry) Eau du Vie at St. George's. Alameda wineries (that buy grapes from various sources, estates) offer fun social opportunities. Even better, don't drive and make the trip to Rosenblum by ferry from San Francisco. (Rosenblum is within easy walking distance of the Alameda Ferry.)

Also, I wouldn't advise walking the Alameda Point rockwall after wine-tasting. There is some boulder-hopping required to scramble out across to reach the end of this curved line of large rocks (past the section with a cement walkway on top). The rockwall was a popular location for fishermen of all types on the evening we were there.

Wildlife Sightings:
Part 1 of walk: 1 blue jay; 9 cormorants; 4 ground squirrels; 5 little brown jobs (LBJs); 1 snowy egret; 5 terns; 5 sea gulls; 3 crows; 1 dove; 6 pigeons; 1 black and yellow butterfly; 1 ladybug.
Part 2 of walk: 3 sea gulls; 1 crow; 1 cormorant.