Austin Explorer's Logbook

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Total Log Entries: 320 (Rank: 3rd) [List Them] [Map Them]
Total Distance: 1,268.18 Miles (Rank: 4th)
Average Distance: 3.96 Miles

Average Rating: (3.04)
Average Difficulty: (2.21)
Average Solitude: (2.51)

Earliest Log Entry: 4/7/2001
Latest Log Entry: 9/15/2017

Average ratings are based on the published values and not the values entered in your own log entries.

Photos

Gazebo

Many Bastrop State Park hikes start near this gazebo. [Bastrop State Park]

Log Entries

Hiking and drinking with the Sonoma Activity Group
Sonoma Valley Regional Park - 9/15/2017  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.14 Miles Duration: 49 minutes

Coppertone and I did another short hike at Sonoma Valley Regional Park with the Sonoma Activity Group and continued on into Glen Ellen afterwards for some drinks and conversation at the Wolf House.

The lake was notieably lower given the high temperatures and little rain as of late.  For the second time in a row when visiting we found young folks hopping the gate saying do not enter to go out onto the walkway leading out over the water.

Our previous visit to the Wolf House was not quite as pleasant given the mosquitos along the the creek, but tonight there no bugs and very pleasant weather.  

Walking along the river and through history
Cloverdale River Park - 8/19/2017  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.32 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 51 minutes

The trail is a simple paved path following the Russian River.  It's rather short, slightly scenic but near constant road noise from Highway 101 takes away from the experience.  Might be a nice resource for nearby residents or a quick walk for visitors to Cloverdale or Alexander Valley who are in the area for other reasons.

It's grape picking time in wine country and some wild grape vines we saw near the parking area looked ripe for the picking.  Obviously the area is well suited to viticulture given that untended plants seem to flourish.

At one point we were almost taken out by a squirrel who may have been fleeing a rival when he appeared just a foot or two in front of us on the trail.  He quickly got his wits about him and scurried up a nearby tree.  Fence lizards were ever frequent on the edges of the trail, often perched on rocks trying to soak up the Sun's heat.

What really consumed our time here was the wandering we did around the cemetery situated at the southern end of the trail adjacent to the parking area.  We found grave sites as early as 1862 and many interesting headstones.

Coppertone and I planned to walk this trail, run a few errands and then try another hike in nearby Healdsburg but with all of the time spent in the cemetery we had to cut our walking/hiking short.  No complaints though.

Wonderful muddy discovery
Discovery Well Cave Preserve - 8/9/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.31 Miles Duration: 54 minutes

I had not known about this preserve until I researched Cedar Park parks for this trip.  I postponed going a couple of days since it rained the morning I had intended to hike it.  As it turns out, 2 days was not enough for things to dry out.  I only had running shoes and not hiking boots and they muddy and wet from the remaining dew on the grasses.

It was still an enjoyable hike.  Not another soul on the trails, though the close proximity of Anderson Mill Road provides a constant reminder that one is not far from suburbia.

At one point I observed four deer (two of them quite young) darting across the open grassland in search of some better cover.

I also did the small crushed granite loop of the adjacent Ranch at Cypress Creek Park afterwards, which you can see on my map.

Compact neighborhood park
Rosemary Denny Park - 8/8/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.68 Miles Duration: 33 minutes

Got a walk in early in the morning and obviously I was not the only person who thought of this.  Because it had rained yesterday I wanted to avoid any dirt trails and I had observed the paved trail here when I last drove by, so it seemed ideal.

The length of the trail here is not very long, so I made a few loops to get a bit over a mile and a half in.

Well equipped neighborhood park
Elizabeth Milburn Park - 8/6/2017  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.31 Miles Duration: 40 minutes

Hot and humid day, even with my early start.  Very few people on the trail or in the park in general, with the exception of a strong contigent of cricket players.