One of our favorite walks is the Santa Rosa Creek trail in the Laguna de Santa Rosa. It is a spectacular trail that allows bikers, walkers and dog owners a peek of the characteristics that make Sonoma County a wonderful place to live: vineyards, horse and cattle pastures, corn fields and ponds full of ducks and geese.
Every Friday evening, we try to just sit back and enjoy the beauty of the vineyard and appreciate all the hard work we’ve put into it over the last week. We’re often inspired to take a stroll through the vineyard with Jake by our side. We’re finished for the afternoon…we think.
On Saturday and Sunday last weekend, we took our first walks along the new Laguna de Santa Rosa trail. Laguna de Santa Rosa is the largest freshwater wetlands complex on the northern California coast, and we can thank its collection of marshes, creeks, ponds, riparian forests and wetlands for collecting much of the Russian River’s floodwaters.
Now that the vineyard has begun its new life with trellis training, the vines have more foliage, and the moisture accumulated during the winter is gone from the soil, it is time to provide the vines with the water they need.
Sunday evening, as we neared the end of our walk, Clay said we needed to go in to fix dinner. I thought, “Gee, it doesn’t feel that late, but it sure is getting darker.” Then I said out loud, “Why is it so dark?” We went into the house, and I said again, “Why is it so dark when it’s only 6:35 in the evening?”
Well, first of all, it's absolutely beautiful here.