and occasionally rides a bike.
A word of warning. The walk descriptions are not detailed enough to guide you - please take a map. The batteries never run out, and you always have a signal. Oh, And don't take left or right as gospel!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve

Friday 19 September 2014

A little under five miles of gentle walking, on clearly marked trails helped by the free leaflet at the trailhead.

We followed the volcanic trail, not completely in order, as it led us round the park, educating us about the formations in this part of the East Bay area. The tunnel and freeway are out of sight most of the time.

There were birds of various kinds, from Steller's and other jays, to some so far unidentified by us, small bold black-headed birds, and this one seen on a bush nearby,  possibly a female lazuli bunting or a female western bluebird . 
There were birds of prey hovering around, being mobbed as usual by smaller birds. One flying like a kestrel.

Butterflies, white and coloured, large and small, the scent of eucalyptus, pines and in the open areas anise.

Lizards lounging deckchair less along the side of the old Quarry Road - a favourite basking spot.

Grassland dried out and gone to seed. Two 'labyrinths'

Distant views of Mount Diablo and the Bay. the freeway not too far away, but hidden.

The last section of the walk back was blissfully shaded. 


Ida Jones said...

A fascinating glimpse of a very different walk from your usual, Alison!

aliqot said...

You'll notice how short the walks are - it was pretty hot most days! A lovely area, and I'm delighted to have had the chance to explore a bit beyond the city.