Thursday, August 1, 2013

Paradise Drive, Foods - Dec. 30, '12

Walking Distance: 2.6 mi.
Walking Time: 1 hr., 19 min. (4:56 - 6:15 p.m.)
Start and End Point: Parking lot, near Paradise Foods (market), Corte Madera, CA

This evening was clear and cool; it was a great evening for walking. I said farewell to Paradise Drive, where I'd been walking for the past several walks. And I moved back to the official San Francisco Bay Trail (shown as a solid dark green line on 2012 - 2013 Bay Trail maps). This meant I was walking primarily on sidewalks and packed dirt trails, set far back from busy streets, near the Bay, in Corte Madera. This separation from car traffic meant I could walk at night without fear of getting run over.

And, night walking meant I could enjoy views of San Quentin Prison and the Richmond - San Rafael Bridge; both were islands of light surrounded by dark sheets of water, soon to be illuminated by moonlight.

From the Paradise Foods parking lot (5627 Paradise Drive), I walked south on Paradise Drive from the Paradise Foods parking lot, back toward where I left off before. I turned around when I reached Westward Drive, and then headed back in the other direction.

I followed Bay Trail signs, and walked on a levee trail (passing a rest area and some possible trailheads in the dark). I made a note to go back and check later to see if I'd missed any trails, or parts of the Bay Trail. I caught sight of bits of objects left behind, under streetlamps, like a little child's shoe left on a post.

I turned around at a stoplight, at the intersection of Tamalpais Drive and San Clemente Drive, where Mt. Tamalpais appeared, silhouetted, in the distance.

I walked back to Paradise Foods, where I bought a very tasty dinner from the deli section of the market. I concluded this adventure with a roasted chicken dinner, salad and dessert in the comforts of my trusty vehicle with some music on the radio. It was magnificent, with a little touch of hobo heaven.

Wildlife Sightings:
1 little brown job (LBJ); 2 balls (basketball in fennel plant, 1 white ball in creek); 1 hummingbird; 3 black-necked stilts (possibly the same three I saw a few days ago)

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