Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Strawberry Point - Sept. 28, '12

Walking Distance: 2.9 mi. (estimate)
Walking Time: 1 hr., 55 min. (4:00 - 5:55 p.m.)
Start and End Point: street parking on Great Circle Dr., near entrance to Brickyard Park, off Seminary Drive

Today's walk took place primarily on city streets (unimproved Bay Trail, shown as double yellow lines on Bay Trail map), as well as some sidewalks, and paved (asphalt) paths and sidewalks by the water (Harbor Point).

We started the walk by visiting Brickyard Park, off Great Circle Drive. I had visited this park also on my last walk. Brickyard Park offers great views of the Bay and, on a clear day views toward Sausalito and San Francisco skylines. We enjoyed a snack including a chocolate bar with figs, on a bench overlooking the water. A good place to feel grateful about life.

From Brickyard Park, we continued from Great Circle Drive, back to Seminary Drive, which soon turned into Strawberry Drive. Soon after this point, we turned right on Harbor Point Drive, and headed downhill, to Weatherly Drive, through a development, and toward the water, following signs to Public Shore access.

The signs led us to a stretch of nicely landscaped trail along the water that paralleled Egret Way to the north, and Heron Drive to the south. This stretch was depicted as a solid red line on the Bay Trail map. At the south end of this trail. There were several interesting birds to see, some enjoying the flowers and plants (hummingbirds, LBJs), some feeding by the shore (curlew, black oystercatchers, egrets), and some flyovers (sea gulls, crows, pelicans).

We walked as far south on this trail as possible, which included a short, packed dirt and unpaved area, to the end of Strawberry Point, and then walked as far north as possible to the other end, before walking back uphill to return to walking north on Strawberry Drive.

Still a great day to walk, even if the weather was a bit overcast and cooler than it had been the past few weeks; and it was getting darker sooner.

Thank you to Julie for joining me in today's walk.

Wildlife Sightings:
14 sea gulls; 2 turkey vultures; 13 little brown jobs (LBJs); 2 brown pelicans; 16 crows/ravens; 20 unidentified brownish shorebirds (UBBs), 1 willet; 2 terns; 4 cormorants; 8 hummingbirds; 2 black oyster catchers; 106 coots; 3 great egrets, 1 snowy egret; 2 grebes; 2 tennis balls in bushes next to road/trail.