Family travel always involves exploring the environment around us. Northern California is a perfect destination for discovering new and wonderful places. On a recent visit to see Meg, we put on our walking shoes and, with cameras in hand, hiked and drove through the wonderful countryside in Sonoma County.
Our first hike focused on Helen Putnam Park, located just west of Petaluma. The park includes 216 acres of grasslands and forests. In late April, the wildflowers were in bloom throughout the park. The well-worn walking paths and old wagon roads could easily have been formed during the years of the California 1849 gold rush, when pioneers flocked into Petaluma from the Northeast.
We watched this woman happily make her way over the hill and around the bend in the path.
Home to geckos and birds, this gnarled old tree seemed timeless.
This old barn can be seen from the entry way to Helen Putnam Park.