Lake Clementine

A quarantine hike is/was good for the soul. This time of year the trails down by the American River and the Foresthill bridge aren’t so overrun with crowds. The cool weather is refreshing and walking under the bridge is exhilarating. I’ll admit I had never actually seen the Lake Clementine damn, not sure how that is possible but CHECK it’s done now. I decided to go further and see where the lakeside trail went. I was rewarded with a peaceful and serine lake with a few boaters and paddleboarders who gave me some entertainment. I saw and enjoyed this view for a very long time. The trail was not at all maintained and at times I had to scramble so keep that in mind should you find yourself exploring.

Tomales Bay Shipwreck – Point Reyes

This will be my last installment for Tomales Bay until I have the opportunity to visit again which I suspect will be sooner rather than later. 😉 Driving through Inverness on my way to the Tomales Point Trail Hike I HAD TO STOP when I saw this grounded ship. Google tells me that this ship was wrecked and the owner always intended on fixing it but it soon became a roadside attraction. I was there at the right time because the lighting, the sun, and the reflection were ideal. This was the first photo of the day, which as many photographers know, makes the rest of the day icing on the cake. I am often terribly critical of the photos I take and this one is no exception taken only with my iPhone and not my “good camera.” However, I love this photo and can’t stop looking at it. I hope you enjoy it too.

“Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was an atrocious liar.” -Don Bamford

Mormon Island Wetlands State Park

There are many trails and parks which surround Folsom Lake in Northern California. I have driven by this one a million times, and to be honest, had never even noticed it was a park before. Last fall I drove by and noticed some pretty glorious fall foliage and ever since then I had wanted to check it out. It’s winter here and it’s been raining in NorCal finally. So, when we had a break from the rain, the boy and I brought our rain boots and checked it out. The park is pretty basic and has only a small trail where mountain bikers seem to enjoy. No wildlife was out so the puddles were the star of the show for my son. I couldn’t help but think of Ireland seeing what would surely be called a Fairy Tree in that part of the world.

For some other posts from the Folsom area click here.

Tomales Bay State Park – Heart’s Desire Beach

While headed to Tomales Point Trail I saw a sign and a dot on the map for “Heart’s Desire Beach.” Well friends, the gimmick worked. I had to check it out and boy am I glad I did. This beach is on the Tomales Bay side of the peninsula not the ocean side so the waters were calm and quiet and serene. The cove was lovely and the stair stepped walk to the picnic overlook was stunning. I came for the ocean waves and was pleasantly surprised by this lovely little beach. I can’t wait to take my son to play here away from the dangers of the breaking waves and the shifting tides. As I was leaving people were dropping in their paddle boards to check out the quiet coast…

Check out my other posts on Tomales Bay and my posts on Point Reyes National Seashore.

Tomales Point Trail Dairy – Pierce Point

As a follow up to my Tomales Point Trail – End of the Earth | Bulldog Travels post I wanted to share photos of the initial part of the hike called Pierce Point Dairy. Much of the area is or was historic dairy land. I must admit I am jealous of the view the cows in the area get for sure. Historic dairies dot the park in both Tomales Bay State Park and Point Reyes National Sea Shore including this old dairy where the buildings have been maintained or restored. It’s a fun spot to start the hike and a welcome vision on the return trip. While there are cows all over the park and the national seashore there were none present at this dairy likely having something to do with the Elk Preserve. But it didn’t stop me from enjoying the rustic buildings. #HAPPYCOWS

Tomales Point Trail – End of the Earth

On New Year’s Eve I bid 2020 adieu by hiking the Tomales Point trail in Tomales Bay State Park. This spectacular hike is about 9.5 miles round trip. (It felt like a lot longer truth be told.) Most of the hike is very easy and reasonably level. However, the trail gets a bit fast and lose at the end likely because many don’t hike the entire thing. And be ready for the wind sailors because there is plenty of it.

Much of the trail is in a Tule Elk preserve. I was hoping to maybe see one Elk. Well, I saw upwards towards fifty as well as a happy, fluffy, and comfortable coyote. The Elk were not even the slightest bit concerned with the many hikers paying them attention. Although While standing trying to take photos I saw a few who were pretty brazen getting a little too close for comfort if you ask me.

One needs to travel to Tomales Bay State park which is just outside of Inverness, Point Reyes and drive to the end of the earth. From there you hike about five miles to get literally to the end of the earth. You will be rewarded with a gorgeous ocean view, a view across the Bay to Dillon’s Beach (Bodega Bay), and a look down the gorgeous Tomales Bay.

The only question is why I haven’t done this any sooner.

Happy New Year everyone.

Welcoming 2021

It’s never felt better to say Happy New Year Everyone! Many thanks to all of you for taking some of your precious time to read and visit my blog in 2020. I hope I was able to play some tiny part in making this rough year more tolerable for all of you particularly those of you who were housebound for all or much of the year.

Included below are links to a few of my most visited blogs from the 2020 plus maybe a few of my favorites peppered in for balance! It feels like I haven’t been anywhere in 2020 or seen anything but this little exercise going through my photos and posts certainly says different. (So thanks for that.) Cheers for a better 2021 wherever you are! Be Healthy and Happy Travels wherever you go.

Social Distancing in Plymouth, California | Bulldog Travels

Coloma drive-by | Bulldog Travels

San Francisco Zoo Tiny Doors | Bulldog Travels

Muir Beach, California | Bulldog Travels

Pacific Grove,California -John Denver Park | Bulldog Travels

Bodega Bay Kortem Trail Update | Bulldog Travels

Otis R. Johnson Wilderness Park, Fort Bragg California | Bulldog Travels

Amador Flower Farm | Bulldog Travels

Wide Open Walls 916 – Social Distancing Edition | Bulldog Travels

Wide Open Walls 916 – Random

Happy New Year everyone. I am thankful and grateful for your readership and your comments and your friendship. I hope the final week of 2020 is a good one for all of you and we can collectively wish a better 2021 to each other. I hope 2021 brings health and travel to all of my restless and wanderlusting blogger friends. Cheers and Happy Travels everyone!