Monday, August 5, 2013

Andersen Drive, cont. - Feb. 1, 2013

Walking Distance: 1.05 mi.
Walking Time: 45 min. (3:15 - 4:00 p.m.)
Start and End Point: Orchard Supply Hardware, parking lot, San Rafael, CA

This afternoon's meander was a short continuation of a walk earlier this afternoon -- when I walked the southern end of Andersen Drive and continued up Andersen to the Orchard Supply Hardware store. This walk was more casual than usual, with a few stops along the way. Sidewalks were available for this segment and, in fact, most of Andersen Drive is shown as a solid, green line -- a developed trail -- on the San Francisco Bay Trail map set.

I started this walk by buying some bottled water at Orchard Supply for the walk. And I headed northwest on Andersen Drive until I reached the intersection of Andersen Dr. with Bellam Boulevard (traffic light), where I turned around. Not many birds today other than ones you'd expect to see in more urban or light industrial areas near the shore: sea gulls, and a few crows perched on fences.

Tap Plastics stop
Occasionally I've noted possible places of interest while walking the Bay Trail. Here's one that might appeal to a select few. On the way back to my car, I stopped at Tap Plastics -- (a chain of) stores in the Bay Area that offer custom-made and off-the-shelf plastic sheets, dowels, cases, and many other shapes and options. It's a great store for people who are building specialty items, creative projects, or just want to solve a simple problem. I lingered over the displays and bought some custom cut plastic sheets (for a photography shoot) and happily lugged them down Andersen Drive back to my car.

Three Twins sundae
One more place of note...After I finished this walk, I drove south along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard (and the SF Bay Trail), and I stopped at Three Twins ice cream (at Marin Country Mart shopping center) for a truly great ice cream sundae, called the California Cliche: two scoops of ice cream, drizzled with olive oil, and topped with pistachio nuts and fresh whipped cream. Food tastes even better after a walk on the Bay Trail.

Wildlife Sightings:
11 sea gulls; 3 little brown jobs; 3 crows

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