Bodega Bay Kortem Trail Update

I am so fortunate to live within a few hours of our magnificent California coast. I have posted on the Bodega Bay Kortum Trail before. But, all these years of visiting and camping, I have never hiked the entire trail. I always wanted to but either wasn’t prepared or didn’t have the time. I finally decided it was time. I had hiked bits and pieces here and there but never the entire 8+ miles. Well, friends, the trail did not disappoint. In fact I could easily argue it is the finest trail in all of California. What? Yes, folks, big talk I know, since the epic Pacific Coast Trail runs nearby. The American River Bike Trail is pretty awesome too. But, 4ish miles each way of reasonably flat trail with sections of the most gorgeous coastline in the world cannot be understated. It is impossible not to be happy on this trail. Bring a snack and some water, clear your mind, and do this. The waves and bird sounds will accompany you. Do this. Right. Now. Start the trail at Wright’s Beach (free parking) and head north to Goat Rock Beach and back. There is one good stretch just before Goat Rock which is a bit strenuous and a good rise in elevation so leave this in the middle of the hike and not at the end. 😉 Your legs will thank you. Cheers!

Wide Open Walls 916 – Eye of the Tiger

My friends, here is an example of when you just cannot get the photo you want. Short of the Incredible Hulk coming over and removing this car it’s the best I could do. Hopefully you can appreciate that the car at least gives you an idea to scale. 😉

I LOVE this mural. It is stunning. I would love to park here every day for work. What an amazing way to freshen up what was likely a boring and blank wall previously. The artist did a wonderful job capturing emotion from this Tiger. Wide Open Walls 916 you continue to amaze me!

For other murals from the festival please click here and let me know your favorites!

Wide Open Walls 916 – Jazz Alley

This mural is large and in charge. The alley may not smell good but the mural is impressive and commands the space. I saw a great photo of the actual saxophonist playing his instrument in front of the mural which is pretty awesome. And its interesting the artist chose to use red and orange poppies since the California Poppy is king in these parts. I can’t help but wonder just how much paint was used to paint this wall black before they even got started on the rest…

Folsom Power House

Thursday Doors with Norm 2.0 gave me inspiration to include some photos from the Folsom Power house in downtown Folsom, California. The powerhouse is a state park and nestles up against one of the most beautiful stretches of the American River and the American River Bike Trail. It never grows old walking over the rainbow bridge even when the air is smoky from fires and unclear. Take a walk/ride down the bike trail and stop for some coffee when you are done at any number of lovely places to eat…