After a month of not being able to hike because of rain on Fridays, we finally got a beautiful day. We went up the windy road to Morgan Territory Regional Park to see if the wild flowers were out. Indeed they were! There were fields of yellow buttercups, sprinkled with white, purple, and yellow/brown flowers. This is one of my favorite places to see the flowers and it didn’t disappoint.
We did our usual trails, a 3 mile loop starting at the parking lot and going mostly on Volvon Trail. The ponds were full and there were a few muddy spots on the trail. at one point, we could look out over the Central Valley all the way to the snow covered Sierra Mountains in the far distance. That has not been the view in recent years. It was really good to get out and hike again.
The creeks were full and running fast today in Sunol Regional Park. The rain stopped earlier this week, but the results were obvious. The road into the park had been closed for a couple of days while crews removed mudslides from the road, and the road which is normally gravel had been scraped and was a bit muddy.
It is so beautiful there right now with the green hills and spring flowers just starting to bloom. Lots of folks were out walking to take advantage of a school vacation day and the nice weather, along with the wild turkeys who put on a nice display for us. This is one of our favorite places to walk.
Our usual hiking day fell on Dec. 30th this year, so we went hiking as usual in Sycamore Grove, an old favorite of ours, then had our annual pot-luck brunch at the picnic tables in the park. It turned out to be a great day for hiking and we had a lot of fun sharing our treats.
We have been doing this celebration of the coming new year since our inception as a hiking group. It is the only time during the year that we share a meal after our hike and has become a treasured time for us.
One of the rock formations.
Looking over Golden Gate Park toward the Golden Gate Bridge.