San Francisco Bay Trail

This past weekend, I decided to check out the San Francisco Bay trail.  It runs all the way around the shore of the Bay for a total of 354 miles.  I opted to stick to a much more reasonable about of trail and went to Baylake Park in Sunnyvale and Shoreline in Mountain View Park.

The day was supposed to be rainy, but the sun opted to make an appearance instead.  I first headed to the Sunnyvale portion of the trail, but found myself in a bit of a pickle as it was Free Dumping Weekend and the line to get to one portion of the trail was backed up.  So, I went down a bit more and entered through the Baylake Park portion.  It was $6 per car.

The sun was still struggling when I got there, but that didn’t matter as the view was amazing.

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This area is mostly wetlands and it is outside of the season for bird migration, but there were other creatures in the park.

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Even if not all of them were visible.

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Later, I headed north to Shoreline in Mountain View to check out more of the trail.

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You could see all the way to Fremont across the bay.

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The wildlife was more prevalent here.

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The plant life was very interesting as well.

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The trail meandered along the creek that feeds into the bay.

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And no matter where you go, there’s always that one guy…

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Also at the Mountain View portion is the Rengstorff House.  Mountain View’s oldest house, it was moved to its current site in 1989 and fully restored in 1991.  A fine example of Victorian architecture, it is also a beautiful place for events.

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The Mountain View portion was free to enter, though if you want to participate in some of the other activities offered (golfing and sailing to name a few), those have additional costs.  A beautiful way to appreciate nature and get some fresh air.

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