Above the fog line

The beauties of Sonoma Mountain at sunset….from Meg’s point of view.

A horse trailer on the side of the road, with a sunset view of the valley down below.

A horse trailer on the side of the road, with a sunset view of the valley down below.

Sonoma Mountain Road at sunset.

Sonoma Mountain Road at sunset.

Sonoma Mountain, From Mom’s Camera

After a beautiful morning hike in Helen Putnam Park, and an afternoon of wine tasting in Sonoma Valley, we ended our day of girl bonding by driving up the Western slope of Sonoma Mountain to watch the sunset. It was a stunning view.

Barn on Sonoma Mountain Road

Barn on Sonoma Mountain Road

It’s a rough and windy road going up the side of the mountain, but all the views along the way are incredible. From rustic barns to glowing valleys to old fences, it’s a beautiful way to end the day.

Sonoma Mountain Road at sunset

Sonoma Mountain Road at sunset

Happy sun-setting.

 

HP: From Meg’s Point of View

With Mum visiting for a few days from Kansas City, I wanted to show her some of my favorite places to run and hike. Helen Putnam Regional Park is one of those places. On a beautiful Saturday morning, we parked the Jeep and headed out with our cameras.

Helen Putnam Regional Park

Looking through the trees at the trails beyond, Mum thought this trail looked like an old path for the wagons venturing into the west during the California Gold Rush.

Tree at Helen Putnam Regional Park

This was such a funky tree. Its branches dipped all the way down to the ground, and its knotty trunk had a whole family of geckos. Such an interesting site.

Trails at Helen Putnam Regional Park

This is a great shot of the trails at HP. I love running here, or walking with the kids, or just going up and taking in the views. It is such an amazing treasure here in Petaluma. One of the many reasons I love living in beautiful California.

Mother Daughter Bonding Kansas City Style

Kansas City is at its most beautiful in the Spring.  Mom is at her best when Meg visits.  Meg’s visit this week combines the best of my worlds: Spring and Meg!

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Meg showing off her shopping prowess.

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Meg enjoying a latte at Eddie’s Coffee House on State Line.

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Meg and Ann with Casey on the bridge over I-670 in downtown Kansas City.

Savannah Trail

The trails of Helen Putnam Park are among my favorite places to explore. This beautiful space is on the west side of Petaluma, about 15 minutes across town from our house. There are over 200 acres of hills, trees, meadows and trails.

While Mum was visiting last weekend, we took a walk along Panorama Trail, which then meets up with the Savannah Trail. I love these shots. The trees are beautiful, with grass and wildflowers aplenty.

Helen Putnam Regional Park

Helen Putnam Regional Park

East side beauty

Sunrise on the east side

There are many differences, both cultural and aesthetic, between the east and west sides of Petaluma. This is one of the things I love about the east side. A five-minute walk from my front door and I’m enjoying a beautiful sunrise in the country.

Mum on walk

Glad Mum was here to enjoy this beautiful view with me this weekend. We went for an early morning walk to take pictures of the sunrise. With such an amazing walking path along the edge of the east side of Petaluma, it’s hard not to want to get out and enjoy the views!

Kauffman Memorial Gardens’ Winter Beauty

As the season finally begins to change, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to visit Kauffman’s winter beauty one more time.  From November through March, the main event at Kauffman is in the arboretum. Tropical plants and flowers are in abundance.  A visit there is truly soothing to the soul.

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And summer plantings are just around the corner!

The Lion Roars

Sunday is a perfect day for a visit to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.  It is always a treat. The Funerary Lion that sits in the Gallery Sculpture Hall on the main level of the gallery is one of my favorite works of art in Kansas City.

Sculpted from marble in Athens Greece, it dates from about 325 BCE [1].  The lion epitomizes the power and grace of Greek culture.

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Before the weather outside is too beautiful to ignore, check out the Nelson or a museum or gallery near you.

[1]  BCE–Before Common Era