Walked the Whole Trail

Two days ago I walked the whole Joe Rodota/ West County Trail from Santa Rosa to Forestville. That was a good 12 mile walk! I didn't expect to log any observations but of course I couldn't help myself. While most of the way there were a lot of non-native plants to be seen and many mysteries, I was surprised that so much was still green and blooming. Stopping in Sebastopol for breakfast and coffee at Coffee Catz was relaxing and I wasn't hungry or ready for another break by Graton so I carried on to Forestville. By then I was happy to celebrate at Backyard where they made me a fresh strawberry lemonade with local fruit and everyone came out to say "hi" to my exhausted pup. I wasn't a fan of the stretch along Highway 116 and especially down Occidental Road right alongside traffic, but after 3/4 miles you're back on a nice trail. My dog was a trooper and trotted the whole way. Next time I would definitely bring binoculars because I really missed out on the bird-watching the whole way. I'll definitely do it again. I left my car in the big dirt parking lot in Forestville and got dropped off at the trail entrance at Hwy 12 and Fulton (the interior parts of the trail in Santa Rosa are a bit sketchy and not so pretty anyway, in my humble opinion). The whole trip took six hours including my leisurely hour-long breakfast/coffee break and several longish chats with other walkers.

Posted by bjoelle bjoelle, April 22, 2015 14:32

Observations

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Fremont Cottonwood Populus fremontii

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 08:45 AM PDT

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Oregon Ash Fraxinus latifolia

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 08:47 AM PDT

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Poison Hemlock Conium maculatum

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 08:50 AM PDT

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Northern California Black Walnut Juglans hindsii

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 08:51 AM PDT

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English Plantain Plantago lanceolata

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 10:43 AM PDT

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Crimson Bottlebrush Melaleuca citrina

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 10:44 AM PDT

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Non-native ornamental planted all along the trail outside of Sebastopol. I wonder what they are; I see them in Hacienda too.

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Broad-leaved Sweet Pea Lathyrus latifolius

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 11:12 AM PDT

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Mustard Family Family Brassicaceae

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 11:15 AM PDT

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Hairy Vetch Vicia villosa

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 11:15 AM PDT

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Seven-spotted Lady Beetle Coccinella septempunctata

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 11:34 AM PDT

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Prostrate Capeweed Arctotheca prostrata

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 12:02 PM PDT

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Appears escaped from gardens along the West County portion of the trail. Grows low to the ground from a rosette that looks like dandelion with similar toothed leaves.

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California Buckeye Aesculus californica

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 12:07 PM PDT

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Purple Chinese Houses Collinsia heterophylla

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 12:09 PM PDT

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Cut-leaved Crane's-Bill Geranium dissectum

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 12:10 PM PDT

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Pretty common along the trail between Graton and Ross Station Road. Appears weedy; growing along the disturbed ground. Bright pink five-petaled flowers at the end of long stalks. Unique seedpods shown in first photo.

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California Mugwort Artemisia douglasiana

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 12:32 PM PDT

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California Black Oak Quercus kelloggii

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 12:48 PM PDT

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Greater Quaking Grass Briza maxima

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 01:17 PM PDT

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Lace Lichen Ramalina menziesii

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bjoelle

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April 20, 2015 01:22 PM PDT

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