Lake Sonoma Trail – An Interactive Blog

I guess all blogs are “interactive”.  You can make comments in response to anything I write. And some of you do!  Today, however, will be a bit more interactive.  Liz and I took a 2 hour hike along the mountainous shore of Lake Sonoma.  This was the kind of hike where you walk a couple hundred feet and say, “Oh, look!”  And then you snap a picture of whatever it is you’re ‘oh looking’ at.  (Sound familiar Grandma?)  So, we snapped pictures of all the pretty things we saw.  Your job, as reader, if you choose to accept, is to identify all of the plants that we took pictures of and post them on the blog.  Let’s see if you all agree with what you see.  The first 3 pix are of the lake as we hiked along.  Then the pics of the plants and trees.  Then a couple of humanoid pics. Here we go:




The pic above is of the marina.  Now on to the plants:






Woops, humanoid among the trees.  Moving on:






One more humanoid:


Some of the above pix are a bit blurry.  It was a very windy day and the flowers were not standing particularly still.  Go back up pic number 4 (if you include the lake shots at 1-3).  What is that stuff hanging off of the tree?

There were a few pine species as well as redwood trees.  The redwoods are so magnificent and huge.  Really a breath taking tree.

Yesterday, Clark came up to meet Jim Rickards, sample some wines and buy a few bottles.  Jim had lunch with us (we brought sandwiches) and then took us to see his 4 acres of 108 year old Old Vine Zin vineyards.  He then gave us a lesson in grafting which was equally interesting.  Today, we attended Twomey’s Release Party (new vintages).  All you can drink Anderson Valley Pinot, Russian River Pinot, Merlot and the new Sav Blanc.  Lots of food to go with, and a band to accompany the celebration.  Twomey is owned by the Silver Oak clan.  But Silver Oak makes Cab exclusively.  So they started a sister winery to mainly make merlot and pinot.  The scenery is beautiful and the wines aren’t too bad either.  Here are 3 pics from the event today.  By the way, we topped out at 83 degrees today.  Woohoo!




And a diagonal selfie, as we sat on the grass and sipped vino:


Wait. let’s try that again:

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Tomorrow is Sunday.  We’ll clean the cabin, do laundry and pack.  Monday we travel to McMinnville.  Of course I will blog from the land of Pinot Noir.  Ciao to Sonoma County!



Author: euro916

I am a college professor in the music department of Utah State University. I will start my sabbatical on May 1, 2016 and plan to document the year's experiences in this blog. The sabbatical consists of musical endeavors in Europe/UK for 3 months, and half a semester as guest artist in a couple of California universities. Thanks for following!

One thought on “Lake Sonoma Trail – An Interactive Blog”

  1. didn’t know it was there
    around Sonoma Lake
    almost bald cypress

    but my psyche calmed
    when I saw my favorite


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