Hiking in town during "social distancing"

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Hiking in town during "social distancing"

Post by Wandering Daisy » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:41 pm

Well, this is kind of a stupid trip report, but what else can we do now?

I have been walking my dog about 5 miles daily, much of the time down at Sailor Bar on the American River, since I can walk there from my house. Even walks in the neighborhood sidewalks can be fun. Yesterday the wild turkeys were strutting and mating, all fluffed up with feathers scraping along the sidewalk. Unfortunately, I was not carrying my phone so no pictures. The flowers are blooming but it is the lush green grasses that are so beautiful. Monday, a friend and I met at the fish hatchery and then walked around Lake Natoma (12.5 miles in 4 hours), sometimes on the bike trail, and sometimes on the horse trails. We got off into some amazing tailing piles, saw a lot of ducks, geese and other wildlife. Wednesday I combined a neighborhood loop and Sailor Bar for a 10 mile hike. All the time I have been very careful to stay 6 feet from anyone. I have walked these routes for years but never seen so many other people out. One fellow laughed and said one good thing about this crisis is that people are getting fit and discovering that there is life beyond shopping. I think of all the happy dogs who probably do not to get to walk much until now.
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Post by The Other Tom » Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:47 am

Thanks, Daisy

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Post by austex » Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:39 am

\:D/ And Lupe is one happy/good looking/lucky dog. Thanks for the "tr"
In my neighborhood I see more and more people walking their dogs and kids in strollers as ,y office faces the street. Good to see people being more active. Hope they continue it after the stay hom order...

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Post by balzaccom » Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:53 am

We're doing the same. Our completely first world problem is that there is really only one hill in town. We make about a three-mile loop out of it...but there is really only one road that goes up and over the top of it. So we've been seeing a lot of that hill...
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Post by RichardCullip » Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:41 am

We are doing the same down here in Poway, CA. There's over 50 miles of city maintained trails in Poway and we are seeing most of them 4-6 miles at a time. So far, the few people we see on the trails are remarkably friendly and very conscious of social distancing.
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Post by giantbrookie » Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:38 pm

Yes this is how we do it. I think Californians in general are fortunate for having a variety of outdoor options close by. You know I was thinking that this might be getting me out a bit more this time of year than normal. Last week had two days of outright hiking fishing: Mar. 20 up the Sonoma Coast on a dual geologic mapping and fishing trip. Good combo of both. That place has a surreal track record in saltwater fishing for me. Something like 95 hard hits on 100 casts spanning 6 trips going back to Oct 2019. Then Mar. 21 was poke poling on some rocks in the Pacifica area. Folks at the nearby beach were the pretty much the opposite of social distancing, but few folks ventured out to the talus rubble on the rocky point north of the crowded beach. Today was another day of poke poling, this time in the morning in the drizzle. Very few folks there because they closed the parking lots after the big crowds last weekend. In the meantime the family has also been running cross country at one of the East Bay parks. I never was in to distance running, but with the gyms closed (no basketball, among other things) I figured I'd give it a try, so three weeks ago I ran 2 mi for the first time in my life. Things went pretty well (improved time nearly every time out) until something popped in my right hip on a descent to begin the run on Wednesday. Probably will be back in action by Monday, though. I figure running there on weekdays is preferred. Weekends get too many folks crowding the trail, walking shoulder to shoulder etc.
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