Hikes in SoCo – Wet & Dry, Pre- and Post-Fire

Followers and friends will know that I spent nine months at home this year, at first mostly near my mother’s (now former) home in New Jersey with some trips to my own home-base in Sonoma County, and then from June mostly in SoCo. The day I left my home to begin the travels which brought me to the desk in Dhaka from which I’m writing this now, I left earlier than planned because the friend whom I’d planned to be my ride to the airport was in an area that had fallen under mandatory evacuation, due to yet another devastating forest fire. That fire ultimately burned parts of Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, which had already been badly burned in the major fires just two years ago. I hiked up there less than two weeks before I flew out, and took the photo just below – where you see the charred part of a trail marker, left over from two years earlier.

You also see how very dry things are by the late dry season, making whatever vegetation there is ready fuel for any fires that do start. The photos I’m showing you here were taken on several hikes with friends (Howard, Nancy, Steve) and bike rides on my own, in many parks, trails and roads spanning a lot of Sonoma County between the end of the wet season / start of dry (the first photo in this post, on a bike ride in mid-April when rain might still fall a bit) to the one below, late October, late in the dry when we haven’t seen rain in more than six months.

I’m thinking of home on what’s still the end of Thanksgiving day, there in California – even if here it’s already Friday morning, that silly consumerist “black Friday” thing that American merchants get all excited about. Enjoy time with your friends and family, my beloved readers. They’re what’s truly priceless.

5 responses

  1. Hi Paul, happy belated Thanksgiving! Hope you’re having a good time in Bangladesh. By the way, it seems that Black Friday isn’t as much of a thing these days as it used to be. For some reason people seem to start their shopping even earlier these days.

    November 29, 2019 at 06:16

  2. Ms. E.

    Hi Paul! A happy late Thanksgiving! I hope you reach your 500 views! As I write this, I’m looking out my daughter’s front window at snow on the ground in northern Arizona. It’s light, and I’ll be heading home tomorrow. Take care!

    November 29, 2019 at 09:25

  3. Always great to hear from you, Pat. May your drive home be smooth and untroubled :-). Love – Paul

    November 30, 2019 at 03:45

  4. maineac40

    Happy post-Turkey, Paul (though can’t imagine they have seen too many turkeys in Dhaka). Enjoyed your Sonoma pictures. Am missing California! Grandson Dylan, at Pomona, loving the Southern CA lifestyle (as well as school there). Good luck with life outside work. Ya gotta have Paul-time!!

    December 2, 2019 at 00:27

  5. Sam Craig

    Beautiful! Awesome to see all of the elevation there, with me coming from flat places and all.

    December 29, 2019 at 16:27

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