He had been on the road for the past 2 months, touring with his Band through the Southwest. She couldn’t wait to see him. He couldn’t wait to see her. They couldn’t wait to hug kiss and go for an excellent hike! She looked so cute in her summer dress, big floppy hat and hiking boots! He also couldn’t wait to get back to the Bay Area and its wealth of parks, trails, open space and of course, its thousands of acres of open space and public lands. He needed some breathing time. With her.
Often, on their hikes and walks scross the thousands of acres of open space in the East Bay, there are signs indicating that these trails are connected to a larger Bay Area Ridge Trail. What did it mean, though? For some reason they’d never stopped to find out more about this trail. Until now. This time they decided then and there to see if they could walk the whole trail through its nine counties! Obviously they couldn’t do it in one weekend, so they decided to giving themselves a year- From June 2012 to June 2013. We’ll give you updates as they proceed throughout the nine counties along the Bay Area Ridge Trail.
We’ll be traversed in a clockwise order around the Bay Area: we’ll begin by walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, followed by walks in Marin County, including the fabulous Marin Headlands sanf Mount Tamalpais; we’ll take you to, to Samuel P Taylor Park and the wild old growth Redwoods; across the Oak Sudded grasslands of the Sonoma County Hills, the legacy and history of Jack London’s home and Park; then we’ll head down and re-connect with the trail at Sugarloaf Ridge in Napa, then over to Skyline Wildernss Park of south Napa, the wine regions and open space of the Green Valley, Rockville Hills Park, over to Lynch Canyon Open Space, then we’ll end phase I of this ambitious hike in the East Bay. We’ll be heading over to Tilden Regional Park, Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Cull Canyon and Five Cantyons Open Space, arriving in Crockett, and biking across the Alfred P. Zampa Bridge, or as we know it- the Carquinez Bridge. The South Bay regioon will be next on the list after these areas are accomplished.
A little more information about it:
The Trail is not complete yet-
A wealth of natural beauty abounds in the Bay Area. The coastal mounatins, the rolling hills of the lush valleys, oak studded grasslands, open space preserves, rocky peaks, awesome waterfalls, rolling creeks, powerful rivers make this nine county area a recreational person’s dream come true. One just has to figure a map of how to access of all of its bounty.
“These public open spaces are peaceful backdrops to the bustling urban areas,” he said.
” I know, its so amazing there are these places for adventure, discovery, recreation and relaxation…habitat for diverse plant and animal species, areas for forests to thrive and cleanse our air and cool our piece of the planet”, she responded lovingly.
When complete, the Bay Area Ridge Trail will be 550 miles long of trail will link 75 public parks and nine counties on ridgelines surrounding the bay area. As of this writing only 330 miles have been completed… its a 550 mile trail- sources say it’ll be completed by 2015. It will rank among the world’s finest hiking biking and public Trail/ Open spaces in the world. Bay Area natives are fiercely proud and protective of their mountains, for , from almost any point or place in the Bay Area, the ridgelands, accented by their peaks are visible to the 7 million Bay Area residents. And, like John Muir before us, we should take the time to appreciate and be a part of the incredible wild California nature all around us.
Over and out.