Valley of the Moon Trail stroll

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Valley of the Moon Trail running through the heart of the park.
User: Austin Explorer - 11/24/2019

Location: Sonoma Valley Regional Park

Rating: 3stars
Difficulty: 2stars  Solitude: 2stars
Miles Hiked: 2.70 Miles  Elapsed Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes


Coppertone and I took a leisurely stroll through the park along the paved Valley of the Moon Trail.  Her ankle was a bit sore and we did not want to risk any uneven or rocky paths.  We also did not want to waste a day of beautiful weather by not being outside.

An art walk of book illustrations was placed near the trailhead.  We had seen a similar one when we last hiked at Coverdale River Park.  The topic of this installation was woodpeckers.  Whoever chose this location to place the art walk chose well.  We indeed heard and saw a lot of woodpeckers along the trail.  We can't be sure whether the woodpeckers like it here so much because of the terrain itself or whether the health of the trees given the ongoing drought and 2017 fire that ravaged part of the park also plays a role.  Whatever it is, this park is a must visit if you want to observe woodpeckers in action.

Woodpeckers weren't the only birds to be found along the trail.  One couple who we passed by twice brought their own.  A medium-sized parrot rested on the lady's hand much of the time.  When passing by other people she cradled it with her other hand as though to make it feel more secure and ensure it wouldn't try to fly away.  There appeared to be a harness tied to its leg to keep it from getting very far.  It was the first time I'd seen that type of visitor on the trail.

The grasses and trees all seem to be screaming for rain, which hopefully will arrive in just a couple of days.  We are all anxious for fire season to end.

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