Sorry for the lack of posts recently. This last week has been pretty nuts- last weekend went to Vegas with my girlfriends and enjoyed a very action packed long weekend there, came home to find out I might be losing my job next month at the same time I’m closing on a condo and taking a trip out of the country for my best friend’s wedding- to say I’m a bit stressed is an understatement. But despite all of the above, I’ve found nightly serenity in taking the dogs for extra long walks and staying offline. The last few days have been hot here though and I haven’t had time during the cool hours to take the dogs out so by today they were looking at me like WTH mom?! So they told me we were going for an extra long walk today somewhere good so we headed out to Pt. Pinole, where the cool coastal breezes and lack of rattlesnakes would make for a pleasant and safe afternoon.
I love Point Pinole- its off-leash for the mutts, pretty bay views the whole time and there’s a nice 6 mile loop that is all flat so good for days I don’t feel like climbing hills. And since it’s rattlesnake season in the valley all of our hikes will be coast side for the next few months. Pt. Pinole is great for families looking for nice picnic or play areas, dogs, fishermen and history buffs. There’s a long pier where people fish and there are historical plaques along the way telling you about the history of the area. There’s a long beach on the south side of the park but it’s sadly littered with garbage and glass… we sometimes walk along it but have to be careful.
Anyhow, it’s always lovely to escape the high temps in the valley and go to the coast for a nice hike. The dogs are tired after romping around for 2 hours and the silence is music to my ears I hope everyone is having a great Mother’s Day! I feel so fortunate to have such great little dogs that make me happy everyday despite the chaos that may be going on- they give me great purpose and structure which makes me feel good!
Point Pinole Regional Park
Pros: Miles of trails (both paved, gravel and dirt), water and bathrooms ever mile or so, nice coastal views from most trails, poop bags available, good place for families (picnic areas/playgrounds/BBQ pits/etc., nice long pier you can walk out on, mostly off-leash except for on the paved trails, a lot of pretty wildlife viewing
Cons: Beach is a bit dirty and littered with glass/garbage, there’s a shooting range near by so if you have noise sensitive dogs beware