Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Redwood Shores - Jan. 21, '12

Walking Distance: 2.4 mi. (estimate)
Walking Time: 1 hr., 6 min. (9:34 - 10:40 a.m.)
Start and End Point: Redwood City Public Library (Redwood Shores branch), public parking lot; Redwood Shores/City, CA

In between light rain showers, I walked NE on the trail behind the Redwood Shores branch of the public library. I passed a few different industrial parks (on the right side) of this mostly paved (asphalt) trail; the bay/Belmont Slough stretched out to the left/north side. The blue-aqua windows of the Oracle headquarters were visible in the distance (to the west) for most of this walk.

I passed a fork in the trail, and took the paved path to the right. Across the slough to the north was Foster City. After the industrial buildings thinned out, I passed a few new housing developments, and a lagoon. Eventually I reached Preserve Park, where I'd left off on a previous walk; and I turned around to walk back. Two years ago, when I passed this spot, I believe this area was still under construction. The Bay Trail and shoreline continues to evolve.

I walked out to a path toward the water. The tide was high, with some fences being half submerged.

On the way back, I took the paved dirt portion of the trail that forked off toward the water. It was a bit muddy in spots, but not difficult to navigate. The air was fresh after the rain, and the sun was out.

The highlight of this walk came when I was almost back to the library. A small child was running toward me yelling -- "It's going away! It's going away!" I turned around and realized that this little boy was literally chasing a rainbow (behind me). And his two younger siblings were huffing and puffing some distance behind him,  struggling to keep up. Further down the trail, a small boy was tentatively jumping into a small puddle, testing out a small pair of rainboots.

Before returning to my car in the library parking lot, I ventured inside the library, where I discovered the Sea Link Cafe -- a great place to stop for a tea/coffee/bite to eat.

Wildlife Sightings:
1 hummingbird; 6 snowy egrets, 4 great egrets; 109 ducks; 4 Canada geese; 13 little brown jobs (LBJs); 4 sea gulls; 3 crows; 2 great blue herons; 1 ball; 1 unidentified flying bug; 1 UFO grebe/diver; 28 unidentified brownish shorebirds (UBBs)